Investigative Interviewing of Children: Achieving Best Evidence

Investigative Interviewing of Children: Achieving Best Evidence

By: Debbie Townsend (author), Liz Davies (author)Paperback

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Designed to help improve the investigative interviewing of child victims and witnesses in possible child abuse cases - and entirely applicable when undertaking investigative interviews with children in any other circumstances - this manual provides material for extensive, advanced-level joint training of police officers and social workers. It diligently follows statutory guidance on interviewing child victims and witnesses in criminal proceedings, in ways that are made directly relevant to possible child abuse cases. This is high level material. Its successful delivery requires the direct co-operation of appropriately skilled and experienced police officers and social workers, working together, to deliver the training. A wide range of activities is presented in order to achieve clear learning objectives and, although some choices of material are offered, trainers should follow the suggested programme, which is timed to run over a full 5-day week.Ideally any social worker or police officer undertaking this training would already have gone through the Joint Investigation in Child Protection training. It contains 20 presentations and 23 activities which include a wide range of materials suited to adult learning.It is recommended for use in training with: social workers and police officers of varied levels of experience, knowledge and prior learning, including those who are involved in the work of Local Children's Safeguarding Boards, as well as in SSAFA (who respond to the needs of children of families in the armed forces); several teams in each constabulary: child abuse investigation, domestic violence units, complex abuse investigation, investigation of serious sexual assault, investigation of trafficking of children and of other organised crime, schools liaison, public protection, Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPAS); and, social workers in Children's Services with responsibility for the protection and safeguarding of children and young people, including those who work in specialist teams such as those for disabled children, unaccompanied minors and child and adolescent mental health.Extensively tested, this specialist, advanced-level, high-quality and material directly addresses major current gaps in training that is available to police officers and social workers. It will enable them to work together on the investigation of possible child abuse in ways that can meet concerns raised by high profile inquiries of the last two decades...but not yet addressed. This material will help police officers and social workers to meet their performance objectives, but it also challenges and goes beyond existing government guidance in ways that can significantly improve work with both the victims and perpetrators of child abuse. This should become a 'must have' resource that can help police officers and social workers start right away to make real progress and improvements in their work.

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About Author

Liz Davies is a senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University. She has many years' experience as a social worker and child protection manager and trainer. She is widely published, and regularly works with the media on child protection issues.Debbie Townsend is a former Metropolitan Police detective specialising in child abuse investigation and also a child protection trainer. She now works as a consultant designing and delivering child protection courses. Together, they deliver the post qualifying training in joint investigation and investigative interviewing skills to social workers and police at London Metropolitan University.


PrefaceAbout the authorsAcknowledgementsAbout this manual and the training course Photocopying permission for the handoutsElectronic supply of the handoutIntroduction and overviewDay 1: Achieving best evidence interviews: the contextLearning objectivesPre-course informationIntroductionTraining environmentIntroductory exercise: true or falseGetting it right, addressing anxieties about conducting a recorded interview of a childThe child centred interviewThe use of a video recorded interview in courtThe role of the Crown Prosecution ServiceTo interview or not?When is it appropriate to conduct an ABE interview?The use of special measuresUnderstanding when to apply special measuresThe video interview within the investigation processDay 2: The Phases of the interviewThe phased interview approachThe introduction phasePractising the phased interview approach - introductionThe rapport phasePractising the phased interview approach - rapportBridging between rapport and free narrative phases: the ground rulesThe free narrative phasePractising the phased interview approach - free narrativeMaking use of drawing during the interviewUse of anatomically correct dollsMemory gameThe questioning phasePractising the phased interview approach - questioning - open and closed questionsPractising the phased interview approach - questioning - developing skillsAssessing the validity of a child's statementResponding to difficult questionsPractising responding to difficult questionsPractising the phased interview approach - questioning - additional practicePractising the phased interview approach - questioning - responding to sexually explicit languageThe closure phasePractising the phased interview approach - closureDay 3: Interview Preparation and PlanningInterviewing disabled childrenAge appropriate responses: the child's concept of timeConsidering age appropriate languagePreparation and planning for the interviewPreparation and planningDay 4: Practising through role playsCommentVideo-recorded role playsDay 5: Reflection on the interview practiceLearning from the role playsThe security of the video recordingReview of 'Getting it right' activity Group work: messagesReferencesWebsitesResources for work with young peopleAppendix 1: National Occupational Standards (NOS) for police workAppendix 2: National Occupational Standards for social workAppendix 3: Relevant academic standardsAppendix 4: BSc module handbookAppendix 5: MSc module handbookElectronic supply of the handouts from Investigative Interviewing of Children: Achieving Best Evidence.

Product Details

  • publication date: 31/08/2008
  • ISBN13: 9781905541331
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 192
  • ID: 9781905541331
  • weight: 558
  • ISBN10: 1905541333

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