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

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

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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review an evidence-based tool for training child forensic interviewers called the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Protocol (NICHD Protocol), with a specific focus on how the Protocol is being adapted in various countries. Design/methodology/approach – The authors 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 USA). 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. The authors 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 paper 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 paper is unique in that it brings 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
StatePublished - 8 Jun 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
In this paper, we describe the evidence base, development, and structure of a training tool for interviewing children known as the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Protocol (the NICHD Protocol). This tool was developed through the intensive efforts of US Government Scientists at the National Institutes of Health in the 1990s and has been the subject of intensive evaluation and research ever since (see Lamb et al., 2008).

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, © Emerald Group Publishing Limited.

Keywords

  • Children
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Forensic
  • Interviewing
  • Justice
  • NICHD Protocol

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Law

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