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Investigative Interviewing of Children: Achieving Best Evidence. Working togther - training together Spiral-bound – 20 Oct 2008


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  • Spiral-bound: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Russell House Publishing; Spi edition (20 Oct. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905541333
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905541331
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 29.2 cm
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"The authors of these two training manuals highly experienced social work and police service professionals, respectively put their cards firmly on the table in the comprehensive historical perspective at the start of each pack. ("Investigative Interviewing of Children: Achieving Best Evidence" and "Joint Investigation in Child Protection".) These texts have an entirely different process from the assessment of children in need and a necessary dual focus on both the risks presented by a perpetrator and the needs of child and family. These two closely linked training manuals are intended to... enhance the working together in child protection skills of a wide range of professionals, who come together across the constituent statutory and voluntary agencies of the local safeguarding children boards in section 47 referrals and investigations. "Joint Investigation in Child Protection" offers experienced trainers a comprehensive and well-researched skills and knowledge base... The material is varied and up to date, using tried and tested adult learning methods to inform and challenge in a secure environment. It is ingenious in its scope and its relevance to a wide range of professionals including those in health and education, probation, housing, and the voluntary sector. Issues of ethnicity, culture, religion and language are addressed. It also deals with the important area of... 'professional dangerousness'... trainers will need to spend some time familiarising themselves with the detailed presentations and activities; there are tips on delivery and clear guidance on the protocol for photocopying handouts from the manual. "Investigative Interviewing of Children: Achieving Best Evidence" builds on its partner manual, using many similar methods but taking the social worker and police officer investigators on to detailed consideration of the context, process, skills and dilemmas involved in Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interviews. Through its twenty presentations and twenty-three activities, it is consistently child-centred, includes children with disabilities and children from a range of ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds. It clearly aims to build confidence in those working directly with children in highly sensitive and anxiety-provoking situations and also confidence and trust in the joint working relationship that brings together professionals from two very different work cultures. All stages of the ABE interview are closely examined in a range of scenarios, together with guidance. Both manuals are very reasonably priced, with the first kept deliberately lower than the second, in the hope that even small organisations could afford it. Let us hope that the time is ripe, in the wake of the baby P. case, for serious reflection on the training needs of those working in child protection and more commissioning of this type, quality and length of training." --British Journal of Social Work.

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Designed to help improve the investigative interviewing of child victims and witnesses in possible child abuse cases - and entirely applicable when undertaking investigative interviews with children in any other circumstances - this manual provides material for extensive, advanced-level joint training of police officers and social workers. It diligently follows statutory guidance on interviewing child victims and witnesses in criminal proceedings, in ways that are made directly relevant to possible child abuse cases. This is high level material. Its successful delivery requires the direct co-operation of appropriately skilled and experienced police officers and social workers, working together, to deliver the training. A wide range of activities is presented in order to achieve clear learning objectives and, although some choices of material are offered, trainers should follow the suggested programme, which is timed to run over a full 5-day week.Ideally any social worker or police officer undertaking this training would already have gone through the Joint Investigation in Child Protection training.

It contains 20 presentations and 23 activities which include a wide range of materials suited to adult learning.It is recommended for use in training with: social workers and police officers of varied levels of experience, knowledge and prior learning, including those who are involved in the work of Local Children's Safeguarding Boards, as well as in SSAFA (who respond to the needs of children of families in the armed forces); several teams in each constabulary: child abuse investigation, domestic violence units, complex abuse investigation, investigation of serious sexual assault, investigation of trafficking of children and of other organised crime, schools liaison, public protection, Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPAS); and, social workers in Children's Services with responsibility for the protection and safeguarding of children and young people, including those who work in specialist teams such as those for disabled children, unaccompanied minors and child and adolescent mental health.Extensively tested, this specialist, advanced-level, high-quality and material directly addresses major current gaps in training that is available to police officers and social workers.

It will enable them to work together on the investigation of possible child abuse in ways that can meet concerns raised by high profile inquiries of the last two decades...but not yet addressed. This material will help police officers and social workers to meet their performance objectives, but it also challenges and goes beyond existing government guidance in ways that can significantly improve work with both the victims and perpetrators of child abuse. This should become a 'must have' resource that can help police officers and social workers start right away to make real progress and improvements in their work.

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