Child Forensic Interviewing: Best Practices (PDF - 4,260 KB)
Newlin, Steele, Chamberlin, Anderson, Kenniston, Russell, Stewart, et al. (2015)
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Consolidates the current knowledge of professionals from several major forensic interview training programs on best practices for interviewing children in cases of alleged abuse. The bulletin reviews the purpose of the child forensic interview, provides historical context, reviews overall considerations, and outlines each stage of the interview in more detail.
The Evaluation of Children in the Primary Care Setting When Sexual Abuse Is Suspected (PDF - 777 KB)
Jenny & Crawford-Jakubiak (2013)
American Academy of Pediatrics, Committee on Child Abuse and Neglect
Provides information to practitioners on interviewing a child and performing a medical assessment when sexual abuse is suspected. The article includes guidance on assessing the physical, emotional, and behavioral consequences of sexual abuse.
Investigative Interviewing in Child Sexual Abuse Cases
Pennsylvania Child Welfare Training Program, Institute for Human Services (2015)
Provides information to child welfare professionals on how to structure a child sexual abuse investigation and conduct interviews with alleged victims, siblings, nonoffending caretakers, and perpetrators. The curriculum includes information on how to plan the logistics of an investigation, including the use of multidisciplinary teams.
If You Suspect A Child Is Being Harmed
RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network)
Provides information on the physical and behavioral warning signs of child sexual abuse. The page also provides guidelines for talking to children about sexual abuse and for reporting the abuse after disclosure.