The NICHD protocol: a review of an internationally-used evidence-based tool for training child forensic interviewers

David J. La Rooy, Sonja P. Brubacher, Anu Aromäki-Stratos, Mireille Cyr, Irit I. Hershkowitz, Julia Korkman, Trond Myklebust, Makiko Naka, Carlos E. E. Peixoto, Kim P. Roberts, Heather Stewart, Michael E. Lamb

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Abstract

Purpose
This article reviews an evidence-based tool for training child forensic interviewers called the NICHD Protocol, with a specific focus on how the Protocol is being adapted in various countries.

Design/methodology/approach
We include international contributions from experienced trainers, practitioners, and scientists, who are already using the Protocol or whose national or regional procedures have been directly influenced by the NICHD Protocol research (Canada, Finland, Israel, Japan, Korea, Norway, Portugal, Scotland, and United States). Throughout the review, these experts comment on: How and when the Protocol was adopted in their country; who uses it; training procedures; challenges to implementation and translation; and other pertinent aspects. We aim to further promote good interviewing practice by sharing the experiences of these international experts.

Findings
The NICHD Protocol can be easily incorporated into existing training programs worldwide and is available for free. It was originally developed in English and Hebrew and is available in several other languages.

Originality/value
This article reviews an evidence-based tool for training child forensic interviewers called the NICHD Protocol. It has been extensively studied and reviewed over the past 20 years. This article is unique in the it is the first to bring together practitioners who are actually responsible for training forensic interviewers and conducting forensic interviews from all around the world.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-89
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice
Volume1
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2015

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    La Rooy, D. J., Brubacher, S. P., Aromäki-Stratos, A., Cyr, M., Hershkowitz, I. I., Korkman, J., Myklebust, T., Naka, M., Peixoto, C. E. E., Roberts, K. P., Stewart, H., & Lamb, M. E. (2015). The NICHD protocol: a review of an internationally-used evidence-based tool for training child forensic interviewers. Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice, 1(2), 76-89. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCRPP-01-2015-0001