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Designing effective training programs for investigative interviewers of children

Powell, Martine B. 2008, Designing effective training programs for investigative interviewers of children, Current issues in criminal justice, vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 189-208.

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Title Designing effective training programs for investigative interviewers of children
Author(s) Powell, Martine B.ORCID iD for Powell, Martine B. orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Journal name Current issues in criminal justice
Volume number 20
Issue number 2
Start page 189
End page 208
Total pages 20
Publisher University of Sydney Law School, Institute of Criminology
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W
Publication date 2008-11
ISSN 1034-5329
Keyword(s) Child witnesses
Children -- Interviews
Interviewing in law enforcement -- Technique.
Summary 'Best-practice' guidelines for conducting investigative interviews with children are well established in the literature, yet few investigative interviewers actually adhere to such guidelines in the field. One of the problems is that little discussion has focused on how such guidelines are learned and sustained by professionals. To address this concern, the current article reviews the key elements of interview training programs that are known to promote competent interviewing. These elements include: (i) the establishment of key principles or beliefs that underpin effective interviewing, (ii) the adoption of an interview framework that maximises narrative detail, (iii) clear instruction in relation to the application of the interview framework, (iv) effective ongoing practice, (v) expert feedback and (vi) regular evaluation of interviewer performance. A description and justification of each element is provided, followed by broad recommendations regarding how these elements can be implemented by police and human service organisations in a cost-effective manner.
Language eng
Field of Research 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, University of Sydney Law School, Institute of Criminology
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017576

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