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Title: Assessing the quality of interviews with children alleging sexual abuse in Scotland
Authors: La Rooy, David J.
Affiliation: University of Abertay Dundee. School of Social & Health Sciences
Keywords: Child witnesses
Child sexual abuse
Interviewing in child abuse
Issue Date: May-2008
Publisher: Scottish Institute for Policing Research
Type: Other
Refereed: n/a
Rights: Published version (c)Scottish Institute for Policing Research
Citation: La Rooy, D. 2008. Assessing the quality of interviews with children alleging sexual abuse in Scotland. SIPR Briefings. 4. Available from http://www.sipr.ac.uk/downloads/Briefing4.pdf
Abstract: Child sexual abuse is a significant problem in the UK. The key to successful prosecution of child sexual abuse lies in investigators conducting high quality victim interviews that are based on guidelines provided by the Home Office (2002) and the Scottish Executive (2003). However, previous research has shown that just because scientifically based guidelines are made available by the Government, investigative agencies do not always follow them (Sternberg et al., 2001). It is currently unknown whether the interview guidelines for Scotland are actually being adhered to by interviewers. If this is the case, there is a need for quantitative assessment of the quality of interviews currently being conducted so that training resources can be effectively directed.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10373/1217
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