Research on forensic interviewing of children has motivated protocol changes in the last 20 years. The protocol from our first trainings held in 1994 are almost unrecognizable. We are proud to have created a new updated interview protocol that through our experience, just makes plain sense. We integrated new research, best practices and techniques making interviews defensible for the court room.
These changes to the protocol include:
• Increase the use of narrative practice and invitations. Interviewers are trained to use open ended questions to allow the child to talk more, the interviewer listen, and reduce the suggestibility of interview.
• Utilize forensically sound orienting messages prior to and during the interview.
• Include questions about exposure to pornography or other technologically based abuse in every forensic interview.
• Integrate into our interview the reliability instructions to make sure children can use the instructions to the best of their ability. In return, alleged victims are less likely to be suggestible by the interviewer and more likely to use the instructions to communicate clearly.
• Ask the child for a truth agreement. This is based upon an intense amount of research, forensic interviewers now know that testing a child’s understanding of the truth does nothing to make them more likely to be truthful. A simple agreement has been shown to slightly increase truth telling.
The Forensic Interview One-Day Refresher training is designed for multidisciplinary team members previously trained in a Forensic Interview Protocol within the past 5 years. This training will enhance an interviewer’s understanding of research and refresh their skills as a forensic interviewer. This training includes the updates on research and modifications to the ChildFirst® First Witness Forensic Interview Training protocol and meets an interviewer’s need for on-going forensic interview training. Participants in the One-Day Refresher Training will learn the stages and purposes to the updated protocol, engage in correlative scenarios, and strengthen skills testifying about the research behind the protocol.
This is set according to the best practice standards from the National Children’s Alliance.
“CAC and/or MDT must provide opportunities for those who conduct forensic interviews to participate in on-going training and peer review. In addition, there must be demonstration of the following Continuous Quality Improvement Activities:
Ongoing education in the field of child maltreatment and/or forensic interviewing consisting of a minimum of 3 hours per every 2 years of CEU/CME credits.
Participation in a formalized peer review process for forensic interviewers.”