The National Children’s Advocacy Center (NCAC) was established in 1985 as the first Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) in the world. Since its inception, NCAC has served as a global model for the 950+ CACs worldwide. The CAC model is an innovative, child-friendly program built on the coordination of a collaborative, multidisciplinary investigation of child abuse and exploitation. During the past decade the international community has increasingly implemented the Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) concept of the CAC model, and there are now CACs functioning in more than 27 countries.
NCAC provides consultation with governmental policy makers on the dynamics, development, and implementation of a coordinated MDT approach. Let NCAC partner with you to develop a child-centered system for the investigation of child abuse and exploitation.
Training and Consultation
International trainings and consultation are provided to governmental policy makers, government organizations and agencies who are providing or who are developing a multidisciplinary response to investigating child sexual abuse, severe physical abuse, and children who witness violent crimes.
NCAC's trainings are created using the latest evidence-based research. All trainings and consultation are based on currently accepted best practices, and can be customized to meet the needs of individual communities or countries.
All international trainings are provided in the home country of those seeking training.
- Multidisciplinary Response to Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation
- Multidisciplinary Team Development
- Forensic Interviewing of Children Training
- Extended Forensic Interview Training
- Supervising Forensic Interviewers
Important Note: All trainings are delivered in English
Fees for training and consultation are based on a flat-rate, which fluctuates with the length and nature of what is requested, plus travel expenses. All contracts and fees are negotiated prior to the training or technical assistance. For more information, please contact Amy Garrison.
Chris Newlin, MS, LPC
- Executive Director of NCAC since 2005
- Over the past ten years, has provided training in more than ten countries throughout the world
- Has worked in CACs since 1999
- Regular presenter at national and international child abuse conferences
- Active member and presenter for the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (ISPCAN)
- Internationally recognized leader in the establishment of multidisciplinary teams and CACs
Linda Cordisco Steele, MEd, LPC
- NCAC Curriculum Chair and Senior Trainer
- Has worked in a CAC and conducted forensic interviews of children since 1993
- Internationally recognized trainer who has conducted over 300 trainings across the U.S. and abroad
- Areas of expertise include child forensic interviewing, child development, victim advocacy, and working within the multidisciplinary team setting
"The partnership of Childhood Brazil with The NCAC has lasted for almost a decade. The Center has a long list of services provided to children and adolescents in many countries. His proven experience, professional excellence and commitment to the protection of children and adolescents victims or witnesses of violence is certainly what brings to the organization a differential value. Our partnership includes providing training for interviewers and supervisors and adaptation of NCAC forensic interview protocol. In these years of collaborative work, in addition to the more than 400 trained professionals by the NCAC team, our coordinated work has brought about other important results such as the development of national public policies, regulatory framework, research and publications. Through these shared efforts we are strengthening the institutional capacities of children's safety network, security and justice agencies and creating a new culture of non-victimization of children and adolescents. Consequently we have been contributing to reduce the levels of violence against children." Childhood Brazil.