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Course Aims:

This course aims to educate both family and criminal practitioners in the procedure behind interviewing children about alleged sexual abuse. It also aims to question whether the current procedures could be improved and encourages debate on this issue.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the background to the Achieving Best Evidence guidelines Understand the four phases of an interview that the guidelines suggest;
  • Know how to get the best results when interviewing a child about alleged sexual abuse;
  • Be able to evaluate how successful the guidelines have been in practice.
General Interest Difficulty: 2 of 5
Practical Guide
Sources and References:
  • Criminal Justice Act 1991;
  • Achieving Best Evidence Guidelines;
  • Cleveland Inquiry.

This podcast considers interviews with children over alleged sexual abuse, and the "Achieving Best Evidence" guidelines. It asks whether the guidelines are up to date, whether they are appropriate for getting the best evidence from a child, and whether they are followed in practice. Brenda Robinson uses her extensive research of analysing over 140 ABE interviews to answer these questions.

Podcast Added: 27/10/2008

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-06-27

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