Compliance Conduct

The Certified Forensic Child Interviewer (CFCI) is a credential created to address the evolving practice of child abuse forensic interviewing. This credential (CFCI) identifies qualified individuals performing child abuse forensic interviews who have satisfied the established standards.

Regardless of any other affiliations, this CFCA Code of Conduct (Code) applies to each applicant and individual candidate credentialed by CCAA. The Code is designed to provide both appropriate ethics practice guidelines and enforceable standards of conduct for all credential holders and applicants. The Code also serves as a resource for clients served by CFCI credential holders and applicants with respect to such standards and requirements.

CFCI credential holders have the obligation to maintain high standards of integrity and conduct; act in a manner that protects the welfare and interests of clients; accept responsibility for their actions; act in a manner consistent with accepted ethical and legal standards; continually seek to enhance their occupational capabilities; and practice with fairness and honesty.

As a Certified Forensic Child Interviewer (CFCI), I will comply with this Code of Conduct:

Section A: Compliance with legal requirements and conduct standards. 

  1. Comply with all applicable laws and governmental regulations relating to occupational activities.
  2. Refrain from conduct or behavior that is contrary to legal, occupational, or ethical standards or requirements.
  3. Refrain from behavior involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation.
  4. Refrain from unlawful discrimination in occupational activities, including but not limited to discrimination based on age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender orientation, religion, national origin or disability. Occupational activities include relationships with employers, clients and colleagues.
  5. Avoid condoning, or engaging in harassment, including but not limited to deliberate or repeated unwelcome comments, gestures, or physical contact.
  6. Maintain accurate and otherwise appropriate client records in accordance with applicable legal and occupational requirements.
  7. Make appropriate disclosures and referrals to government agencies and employers when a client appears to be a danger or is otherwise unable to act safely concerning him/herself or others. Such disclosures or referrals shall be consistent with legal and occupational requirements.

Section B: Compliance with CCAA organizational policies and rules. 

  1. Comply with all applicable CCAA policies and procedures, including the CFCI Code of Conduct.
  2. Provide accurate, complete, truthful representations and information to CCAA, including, but not limited to information related to credentialing and renewal.
  3. Maintain the security of confidential CCAA information and materials, including but not limited to confidential videotapes, transcripts and examination materials.
  4. Cooperate fully with CCAA concerning ethics matters, including but not limited to the collection of information.
  5. Inform and support others regarding certification standards and responsibilities set forth in this Code.
  6. Report an apparent violation of the CFCI by a credential holder or applicant based on reasonable and clear factual support.

Section C: Performance of services and other occupational activities 

  1. Conduct all occupational activities responsibly and fairly with employers, clients, and colleagues.
  2. Recognize the scope and limitations of their respective occupational abilities and qualifications, and provide services only when qualified (as a police officer, delegated child protection worker, forensic interviewer with a Child Advocacy Centre or forensic consultant). Each credential holder or applicant is responsible for determining the limits of his or her own abilities based on education, knowledge, skills, practice experience, credentials and other relevant considerations.
  3. Maintain and protect the confidentiality of private or otherwise sensitive information (including but not limited to the submission of practice videotape) obtained in the course of providing services unless the information is reasonably understood to pertain to an unlawful activity, a court or governmental agency lawfully directs the release of the information, or the employer or client expressly authorizes the release of specific confidential information (as is required for submission of practice videotape).
  4. Properly use occupational credentials, titles, and degrees; and provide truthful and accurate representations concerning education, experience, qualifications, competency and the performance of services.
  5. Avoid occupational techniques that are harmful to clients. Each credential holder and applicant is responsible for ensuring that the techniques used are consistent with clients’ needs; consistent with CFCI Code of Conduct, and clients’ emotional, intellectual and physical capabilities.
  6. Maintain respect for institutional policies and management within agencies, and will take the initiative toward improvement of such policies and management when it will better serve the interests of my clients.
  7. Seek consultation with qualified professionals when necessary, and provide appropriate referrals when unable to provide appropriate assistance to a client expectations,
  8. Advise client and agency of CFCI evaluation processes the limits of confidentiality and privacy and applicable ethical and legal requirements.

Section D: Avoidance of conflicts of interest an the appearance of impropriety 

  1. Disclose to employers or clients significant circumstances that could be construed as a potential or real conflict of interest, or as having an appearance of impropriety.
  2. Avoid conduct that could cause a conflict of interest related to, or which otherwise interferes with occupational judgments regarding a client or employer. If such a circumstance is unavoidable, the credential holder and applicant shall take reasonable steps to resolve such conflict.
  3. I have an individual responsibility for myself in regard to sexual conduct and/or contact with clients, and shall not engage in sexual conduct with clients.
  4. Refrain from offering or accepting significant payments, gifts, or other forms of compensation or benefits that are intended to influence occupational judgment.
  5. Accurately, truthfully and completely acknowledge the intellectual property of others with respect to all activities.

I agree to abide by the CFCI code of professional practice principles, standards and ethical conduct with the understanding that any substantiated allegation of violating the ethical code of conduct may result in adjudication and possible sanctions to include the revocation or denial of credentialing.

Download Forms below:

CFCI-F700-Code of Conduct Adherence for Certified Forensic Child Interviewers
CFCI-F2100-Personal Conduct Declaration
CFCI-F2200-Personnel Information Form