Child Forensic Interviewing: Best Practices

This bulletin consolidates the current knowledge of professionals from several major forensic interview training programs on best practices for interviewing children in cases of alleged abuse. The authors discuss the purpose of the child forensic interview, provide historical context, review overall considerations, and outline each stage of the interview in more detail.

Six Pillars for Prevention

The six key policy pillars the Prevention Coalition consistently identified as necessary to preventing sexual abuse and exploitation of children are listed below. The Prevention Coalition encourages its members to use these pillars as a tool to influence the conversation about a comprehensive prevention policy agenda and to expand what is currently considered as relevant prevention policy. The Prevention Coalition is a volunteer network that does not have the ability to actively advance policies on its own. The Coalition hopes these pillars are useful to expand the conversation and strategic planning around prevention related policies in communities across the country.

Complex Trauma: Facts for Caregivers

This fact sheet presents information that can help you recognize the signs and symptoms of complex trauma in your child and offers recommendations for what you can do to help your child heal.

Emotional Barriers to Children’s Disclosure of Abuse: A Selected Bibliography

This bibliography provides citations and abstracts to English language literature covering issues related to the fear of consequences related to child sexual abuse disclosure. This bibliography is not comprehensive. This bibliography is arranged in date descending order. When possible, the abstracts that were included with the original publication are used in this bibliography. Links are provided to open access publications.

Poly-victimization: Childhood Exposure to Multiple Forms of Victimization

This paper summarizes the key findings on poly-victimized youth in the United States, using data from the National Survey of Children Exposed to Violence (NatSCEV). NatSCEV estimated violence and victimization exposure in a nationally representative sample of 4,549 children and adolescents from age one month to 17 years. NatSCEV provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive statistics on the co-occurrence among different forms of youth violence. Poly-victimization refers to the experience of multiple victimizations of different kinds, such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, bullying, and exposure to family violence, not just multiple episodes of the same kind of victimization. The threshold used in research connected to NatSCEV classifies roughly the most victimized 10 percent of the survey sample as poly-victims.

Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A Technical Package for Policy, Norm, and Programmatic Activities

This technical package represents a select group of strategies based on the best available evidence to help prevent child abuse and neglect. These strategies include strengthening economic supports to families; changing social norms to support parents and positive parenting; providing quality care and education early in life; enhancing parenting skills to promote healthy child development; and intervening to lessen harms and prevent future risk. The strategies represented in this package include those with a focus on preventing child abuse and neglect from happening in the first place as well as approaches to lessen the immediate and long-term harms of child abuse and neglect. These strategies range from a focus on individuals, families, and relationships to broader community and societal change. This range of strategies is needed to better address the interplay between individual-family behavior and broader neighborhood, community, and cultural contexts.