Best Practices: Interviewing

The following resources are listed in no particular order.


Child Forensic Interviewing: Best Practices.  Juvenile Justice Bulletin, NCJ 248749, OJJDP.


Agatston, A. (2012). Legal Letters by Andrew Agatston: The Legal List.Forensic Interviewers and Support Persons "In the Room". 4p.

Pipe, M.-E., Orbach, Y., Lamb, M. E.,  Abbott, C. B, & Stewart, H. (2008). Do best practice interviews with child abuse victims influence case processing. Unpublished report, US Department of Justice. NCJ 224524

Forensic Interviewing Practices in Children's Advocacy Centers: 2009 Data

Survey results and summary of interviewing practices in Children's Advocacy Centers. Report developed by The National Children's Advocacy Center. 7p

Outline of the National Children's Advocacy Center Forensic Interview Structure This is a one page outline of the Forensic Interview Structure of the National Children's Advocacy Center (2015).
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Electronic Recordings of Investigative Child Abuse Interviews.

Amy Russell, MsEd, JD, NCC. This article examines the benefits and drawbacks of electronically recording investigative interviews, reviews legislation and case law regarding electronic recordings of interviews and makes recommendations on documenting child abuse reviews. (2009) Center Piece, 1(8), 1-5.

National Child Protection Training Center. MSEd, JD,N Forensic Interview Room Set-Up

These guidelines from the U.S. Office for Victims of Crime are intended to guide every Justice Department law enforcement officer, investigator, prosecutor, victim/witness professional, and staff member in the proper and appropriate treatment of child victims and witnesses in matters under their responsibility.

Guide for Forensic Interviewing of Spanish-Speaking Children (2nd Edition) English version. 2011. Guía Para Entrevistas Forenses de Niños de Habla Hispana, Segunda Edición. This guide provides helpful insights and strategies for persons interviewing Spanish-speaking monolingual and bilingual children. It also includes useful information for interpreters and suggestions for how multidisciplinary interview teams can work together to obtain the best results.The California Multidisciplinary Centers Coordinator Program produced this Second Edition with funding from the California Emergency Management Agency, Public Safety and Victims Services Division,with Children’s Justice Act funds received from the United States Department of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime.

Practice Parameters for the Forensic Evaluation of Children and Adolescents Who May Have Been Physically or Sexually Abused

Recommendations from the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry on forensic evaluation.

Victims with Disabilities: The Forensic Interview. U. S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. 2009. (NCJ 162842)

A training DVD and trainer’s guide to demonstrate effective techniques for interviewing individuals with disabilities that affect cognitive and communication abilities