Australian prosecutors perceptions of the utility of child investigative interview protocols

Benson, Mairi S. and Powell, Martine B. 2015, Australian prosecutors perceptions of the utility of child investigative interview protocols, International journal of police science & management, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 216-229, doi: 10.1177/1461355715616958.

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Title Australian prosecutors perceptions of the utility of child investigative interview protocols
Author(s) Benson, Mairi S.
Powell, Martine B.ORCID iD for Powell, Martine B.
Journal name International journal of police science & management
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 216
End page 229
Total pages 14
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, Eng
Publication date 2015-12
ISSN 1461-3557
Keyword(s) investigative interviewing
child witness
Summary Investigative interviews with alleged victims form the central plank of evidence in the prosecution of child sexual abuse. Despite interviewers being provided with a guiding framework, child sexual abuse cases are often not prosecuted because of poor-quality evidence. The purpose of this study was to elicit feedback from prosecutors about the structure and format of current interview protocols and the ways in which these could potentially be improved from an evidential perspective. Focus group discussions (ranging in length from 180 to 190 minutes) were conducted with 13 Crown prosecutors representing every jurisdiction of Australia. Thematic analysis of the focus group discussions revealed that prosecutors were supportive of the structure of interview protocols, however, concerns were raised about four of the interview elements. These elements were the oath and truth–lie competency test, the ground rules, the practice narrative and eliciting a disclosure. The prosecutors’ concerns and their implications for protocol developers and trainers are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1461355715616958
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
160205 Police Administration, Procedures and Practice
1602 Criminology
1605 Policy And Administration
Socio Economic Objective 940403 Criminal Justice
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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