Forensic interviews with children in Scotland: a survey of interview practices among police.

David J. La Rooy, Michael E. Lamb, Amina Memon

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Abstract

The present study surveyed 91 police interviewers in Scottish police forces about their perceptions of how well they adhered to the Scottish Executive (2003) guidelines. Almost all respondents (97%) received the appropriate national training and overwhelmingly indicated (again 97%) that their training equipped them either quite, very, or extremely well for conducting their interviews. Not surprisingly, therefore, that most interviewers (88%) believed that their interviews allowed them to obtain full and complete accounts of the events being investigated. However, aside from this positive self evaluation there are reasons to be concerned about some aspects of the interviews being conducted; 1) Most interviewers (78%) received no refresher training, 2) no interviewers received formal feedback about the quality of interviews that they conducted, 3) practice interviews were reportedly not included in most interviews, 4) the use of open-ended prompts were not widely used with 20% of interviewers indicating that they were rarely used, and 5) interviews are not currently being electronically recorded. These results are discussed with respect to the context of child interviewing in Scotland and recommendations for future training.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)26–34
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Police and Criminal Psychology
Volume26
Issue number1
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StatePublished - Apr 2011

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La Rooy, David J.; Lamb, Michael E.; Memon, Amina / Forensic interviews with children in Scotland: a survey of interview practices among police.

In: Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, Vol. 26, No. 1, 04.2011, p. 26–34.

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