Journal Article

Has the Quality of Investigative Interviews with Children Improved with Changes in Guidance? An Exploratory Study

Emily S. Hill and Graham M. Davies

in Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice

Volume 7, issue 1, pages 63-71
Published in print March 2013 | ISSN: 1752-4512
Published online November 2012 | e-ISSN: 1752-4520 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/police/pas046
Has the Quality of Investigative Interviews with Children Improved with Changes in Guidance? An Exploratory Study

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This study examined whether the revised guidance on the conduct of investigative interviews with children had improved quality and completeness. Transcripts from Family Court proceedings of 13 interviews conducted between 1993 and 1998 under the Memorandum of Good Practice were compared to 12 interviews taken from 2002 to 2009 under Achieving Best Evidence (ABE). Analysis suggested that ABE had positive effects on Rapport: ABE interviews included significantly more ground rules and were more likely to use an appropriate example of lying. However, on all other measures, the two samples showed no differences and demonstrated the same shortcomings as earlier published studies: failure to include all four phases of the interview; overuse of specific and closed compared to open questions, and incomplete or missing closure phases. It is argued that improvements in overall interview quality are best achieved by a continuing programme of peer monitoring and constructive evaluation.

Journal Article.  4430 words. 

Subjects: Policing

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