Specialist Interviews with Children

The course concentrates on specialist interviews conducted with children as part of serious, complex or major investigations.

Interviews conducted with children must be carefully planned and executed by suitably trained investigative interviewers.

The interviewer must possess the ability to analyse accurately the information gained from all areas of an investigation in order to conduct a legally acceptable interview.

Serious crime investigation demand a higher level of interview technique that is both ethical and effective.

This course aims to improve the skills of the interviewer in order that they are able to conduct effective and professional interviews.

Interviewers must have demonstrated competency at Level 2 before embarking on this particular training course


Course Content

The course is designed to include the following specific areas:

  • Back to Basics
  • Decision making
  • Role of the Child Interviewer
  • Psychology of Interviewing Children Law, Policy and Procedures
  • Review of ABE Guidance Child Development
  • How Children Accommodate Abuse
  • Interview Planning Dealing with Vulnerable witnesses
  • Understanding Offender behaviour
  • Understanding rapport
  • Questioning Structure
  • Use of an Interpreter
  • Role of the Intermediaries
  • Role of the Interviewer Adviser
  • Closing the interview
  • Recording and retaining all material
  • Post Interview Processes
  • Evaluate own performance

Features and Benefits

Interviews that are professionally undertaken and quality assured can have several advantages for your business.

They are:

  • Direct an investigation
  • Support the prosecution case, which saves time, money and resources
  • Increases public confidence in your business


Delivering high quality training to nationally recognised occupational standards will enhance the reputation of your business.

The course complies with all requirements of ACPO guidance and College of Policing guidance material.

The course is presented using a variety of learn styles such as:

Board blasts, power-points, group work, exercises, and interview practical's.

Students are provided with a range of hand-outs to support their learning.

Each student will receive a copy of their interview practical and a documented feedback report


Target Groups

The course is aimed at all those who come into contact with Children through their employment and are tasked to plan, conduct and evaluate investigative interviews within specialist investigations such as, public protection, rape, complex investigations, financial investigations, homicide, terrorism and fatal road traffic collisions.

Must have demonstrated competence at Level 2

Number of Students

The course can be taught to a minimum of 6 and to a maximum of 14 students.


To be negotiated but with a suggested range of 5—10 days


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