North Carolina Justice Academy

North Carolina Department of Justice

ChildFirst Interviewing

Please check our "Available Training" page for the most current status of the course. 

Who Should Attend:

Social workers, law enforcement personnel, attorneys, medical professionals and any other professional who work with children who are victims of sexual abuse and physical abuse.

Course Goal:

To increase/enhance the forensic interviewing skills of law enforcement, social workers, medical and legal professionals who work with child victims of maltreatment. The training provides a semi structured research and evidenced based legally defensible protocol for interviewing child victims.

Topics Covered:

Effective Interviewing, Dynamics of Child Abuse, Process of Disclosure, Child Development, Medical Aspects of Child Abuse, Questioning Children, Child First Interviewing Protocol, Anatomical Dolls, Blocks in Interviews and How to Remove Them, Suggestibility, Preparing Kids For Court, Working as a Multi-Disciplinary Team to Corroborate Evidence, Testifying in Court, and Hearsay.


Lecture, Practical Exercises, Demonstrations and Practice Interviews

Course Requirements:

Attendance at all class sessions is required.


  1. Checks should be made payable to: Child Advocacy Center, 222 Rowan Street Fayetteville, N.C.  28301. Call 910-486-9700 to pay by credit card or mail check.
  2. Fee: $400
  3. Also, register on our  North Carolina Justice Academy Training Portal. After signing in to the portal, you can view ALL available classes. If you don’t have a portal account, instructions for creating one are located here.




Course Coordinator:

Casson Reynolds

Length of Course:

Five days - 40 hours

CICP Credit