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Initial Child Interview Training Project


The Initial Child Interview Training (ICIT) aims to train first responders on best protocols for gathering information in cases that relate to child sexual abuse, physical abuse, and child sexual exploitation, thus minimizing trauma to the child and avoiding multiple interviews. The goal will also be to use best practice to preserve the case and avoid conflicting statements that may result from ineffective interviewing, or situational factors beyond the interviewer’s control.

The training is broken up into three modules:
1. Child Welfare
2. Law Enforcement
3. Mandated Reporters 

Each module contains interactive activities and knowledge checkpoints throughout. The course is self-paced and available online 24/7.

Start Learning

Head to the ICIT learning hub, where you can create your account. You will then receive a confirmation email, and start learning immediately!

Watch a tutorial with instructions for creating an account and getting started with the Learning Hub.

Click the button below to start learning or by visiting:


Watch the video below to learn how to sign-up.

ICIT is a project of the Center for Resources and Innovation. Learn more at

The ICIT project is provided to you free of cost with funding awarded by the Children’s Justice Act, grant number VQ21 018567, through the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES).

What professionals are saying about ICIT..
  • Training Participant

    That this is an excellent resource for training child welfare professionals.

  • Training Participant

    There are few, if any, practical MINIMAL FACTS interview training courses available. This course really included the "cautions" about duplicative interviewing and emphasized pausing to consider the type of case to reduce duplicative interviewing, as well as acknowledged that this is not a full course on interviewing children, encouraging additional training on investigative interviewing and/or forensic interviewing.