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Training NameChildFirst® South Carolina
Training Description

ChildFirst® South Carolina is an intensive five-day course in which students learn the necessary skills to conduct an investigative interview—also known as a forensic interview—of a suspected child abuse victim. This interactive course combines lectures and demonstrations supplemented with homework assignments and a written examination at the end of the course. Participants also must conduct a 30-minute interview of a professional actor playing the role of a sexually abused child after which the interviewer is critiqued by a professional forensic interviewer and a group of fellow students. Completion of this training does not result in any recognized state professional “certification” to conduct forensic interviews


Requirements. If a team from your county has attended a previous session of ChildFirst® South Carolina or Finding Words South Carolina and you work as part of that team, you may register as an individual. However, you must meet the basic requirements of any team member:


(1)  You must be a South Carolina state professional, unless otherwise approved in writing by Zero Abuse Project.


(2)  You must work in a job, through formal professional affiliation with a Children’s Advocacy Center, in which you conduct forensic interviews of suspected child abuse victims.


(3)  You may also attend if you refer children to a children’s advocacy center for forensic interviews as part of a child maltreatment investigation or you defend forensic interviews in court.  Most frequently, these professionals are law enforcement officers, DSS attorneys, DSS caseworkers, and prosecutors. Your participation in this training is focused on understanding the forensic interview process and how it fits into your comprehensive investigation. 


(4)  You must commit to attending every session. Anyone who misses a session, does not complete the practical exercises, or fails the examination will not be awarded a certificate of course completion.

Tuition is $350.00 per person. After registering, you will receive an email regarding payment. If the training is hosted in-person, participants are responsible for their own lodging and per diem arrangements and expenses.

2021 Location. The course will be conducted on a virtual platform OR at the Metropolitan CAC at 3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29204.  Decisions about location will be made throughout the year as we assess the changing COVID-19 pandemic.  

This registration is not for DSS staff. If you are DSS, please register for the "ChildFirst South Carolina for DSS Staff" course.

Training LocationTBD
Training Start Date / Time2021-10-25 / 8:30 AM
Training End Date / Time2021-10-29 / 5:00 PM
CE CreditsThis course is approved for: 32 hours by the National Children's Alliance for Forensic Interviewing Standard of Accreditation and Social Workers & 32.5 hours from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy.

If you have questions about the training, please contact Kelley Kilgore by email at or by phone at 803-576-7235.

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