ChildFirst® National Course

Zero Abuse Project Presents

ChildFirst® National Course

September 28- October 2, 2020 via video conference

Finding words can be difficult for a child victimized by abuse. Conflicting emotions of fear and love for the perpetrator may cause a child to be reluctant to reveal abuse. If a child tries to speak of abuse, he or she may lack the verbal skills to adequately communicate the event to an adult.

Finding words can be difficult for a police officer, social worker or prosecutor who must speak to a child about abuse. In order to communicate competently with a child, the interviewer must be able to speak in a manner consistent with the child’s linguistic and developmental abilities.

Finding words can be difficult for a child forced to tell a jury about abuse.

Finding words can be difficult for an investigator or prosecutor forced to defend an interview from an attack by defense counsel that the child was “led” into making a false accusation.


ChildFirst® is an intensive five-day course in which students learn the necessary skills to conduct a competent, investigative interview of a child abuse victim using the ChildFirst® Forensic Interview Protocol.

ChildFirst® is an interactive course which combines lectures with demonstrations and hands-on experience. ChildFirst® is a flexible model and takes a holistic approach and explores for all forms of maltreatment. Students will conduct a 30 minute interview with an actor/actress playing the role of an abused child and will be critiqued on their performance and take a written exam.

ChildFirst® is the ideal course for investigators, child protection workers, forensic interviewers,  and prosecutors seeking to enhance their ability to speak to children.

Video Conference Training Fee: $250

Each student will need their own 500+ page training manual, either downloaded and stored on an electronic device for reference during the training, or printed
Technical requirements: 
  • Computer, tablet, or phone with ability to download and store or print 25mB document (500+ pages)
  • Computer, tablet, or phone with microphone and camera. Students will need camera and microphone capability during the entire training
  • Ability to print a small number of documents/forms for use during the training

CLE’s and CEU’s will be offered to prosecuting attorneys, law enforcement officers and social workers. Please inquire with any questions.

Application Form

Please be aware that this is an intensive course. ChildFirst® National will send you a MANDATORY reading assignment prior to your training session. Homework is assigned each evening to supplement each training session. Each student will be given a written examination at the end of the course. In order to receive a certificate of completion, participants are required to attend all workshops all five days of training, complete homework and pass the mock interview and final examination.

ChildFirst® National is limited to 30 participants per session. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Preference will be given to those who apply to attend the training as a multidisciplinary team (MDT). The ideal team consists of a prosecutor, law enforcement officer and a social worker and/or forensic interviewer. If your team varies from this norm, please attach to your application an explanation of the unique makeup of your team and why you would benefit from the training. Individual applicants will be considered.