Interviewing children who are reluctant to disclose sexual abuse
This project is designed to improve the quality of investigative interviews with children who may have been sexually abused, but are reluctant to disclose it. Professor Lamb and his team developed interview procedures that provided more emotional support than traditional methods, while still focussing on the cognitive factors that allow children to provide detailed accounts of abuse.
The researchers worked in cooperation with investigative interviewers to analyse forensic interviews with 150 alleged victims of intra-family abuse. They focused on interview dynamics, i.e. the behaviour of the children and interviewers, the children’s informativeness, and the plausibility of the information they provide, verified by independent information about what actually may have happened.
- Young witnesses in criminal cases
- Impact of special measures on jury decision-making
- Witness Confident
- The role of the independent reviewing officer in improving care planning
- An evaluation of one-stop-shops for women offenders
- Children and young adults in gangs: impact on lifecourse development
- Adolescents and informed consent