National Children's Advocacy Center

Best Practices and Guidelines

Adoption of evidence-based practices, whenever possible, has been encouraged for all organizations that provide services to the public. Unlike medical care, which has a long and robust tradition of research to inform protocols, research related to prevention, investigation and treatment pertaining to child abuse is relatively new and incomplete.

The resources identified in this portion of CALiO are selected as convenient starting point for developing local protocols and practices. They should be reviewed on the basis of the evidence upon which they depend. They should also be considered within the context of their appropriateness for local implementation.

The National Children’s Advocacy Center cannot verify the veracity of evidence upon which the listed resources are based. Listing of documents here should not be interpreted as validation or recommendation. In some cases, the resources identified are included because they are the only guidelines available.