Journal Article

Videotaped Evidence of Children: Application and Implications of the Memorandum of Good Practice

Penelope Welbourne

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 32, issue 5, pages 553-571
Published in print August 2002 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online August 2002 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/32.5.553
Videotaped Evidence of Children: Application and Implications of the Memorandum of Good Practice

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A sample of videotapes carried out in accordance with the ‘Memorandum of Good Practice’ in one Child Protection Unit was evaluated to ascertain any factors associated with disclosure of abuse during the interview. The sample of children selected for interview was compared with the group of all children referred to the Unit during the study period. It was found that such interviews are used primarily for victims of suspected sexual abuse. Only videotaped interviews of children who had made a prior disclosure of abuse contained disclosures on video. It is argued that use of the Memorandum as an investigative technique in child protection and criminal justice is problematic because of the inflexibility of the Memorandum procedures. It is proposed that they be reviewed in light of information now available about the impact of their application.

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Subjects: Social Work

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