Child Victims of Sexual Abuse: Children's Experience of the Investigative Process in the Criminal Justice System

Davidson, J (2006) Child Victims of Sexual Abuse: Children's Experience of the Investigative Process in the Criminal Justice System. Practice: Social Work in Action, 18(4), pp. 247-263.

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This paper is a selected review of research on issues surrounding the investigation of intra-familial child sexual abuse for children aged eight and above, in the criminal justice system. Particular attention is paid to features of the investigative interview in relation to the child's level of understanding, ability to report and likely emotional response when the proceedings take place. Best practice by police and social care agencies involves establishing valid and reliable information from children while attending to their developmental level and emotional state. The review aims to distil principles optimising this process from both the investigative judicial perspective and the child's focus, as well as from the inter-agency perspective and information sharing. Recommendations are made for improving the interview process based on research and methods from a range of disciplines and to optimise information recording in a format easily shared between agencies. Updated and ongoing training procedures are key to successful practice with training shared across police and social work agencies. The focus of this review is informed by preliminary findings from pilot research in progress on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Child Abuse Investigation Command.

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ID Code: 51711
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: No
DOI: 10.1080/09503150601025253
ISSN: 0950-3153
Deposited On: 17 Jul 2012 03:43
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2012 00:47

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