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Evaluating police interviewing practices with suspects in child-sexual abuse cases

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posted on 2014-01-01, 00:00 authored by Julianne Read, Martine Powell, M Kebbell, B Milne, R Steinberg
This article examined adherence to current best practice recommendations for police interviewing of individuals suspected of committing child-sexual offences. We analysed 81 police records of interviews (electronically recorded and then transcribed) with suspects in child-sexual abuse cases in England and Australia. Overall we found areas of skilled practice, indicating that police interviewing in Australia and England is in a far better place than 20 years ago. However, this study also demonstrated that there is still a gap between the recommended guidelines for interviewing and what actually happens in practice. Specifically, limitations were found in the following areas: transparency of the interview process; introduction of allegations; disclosure of evidence; questioning techniques; and the interviewing approach or manner adopted. The practical implications of these findings are discussed.

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Journal

Policing and society : an international journal of research and policy

Volume

24

Issue

5

Pagination

1 - 22

Publisher

Routledge

Location

Abingdon, England

ISSN

1043-9463

eISSN

1477-2728

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Taylor & Francis

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