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Guidance on Joint Investigative Interviewing of Child Witnesses in Scotland, 19/12/11 [S]

The Scottish Government have published good practice guidance for police officers and social workers who are carrying out joint investigative interviews with child witnesses.

The Cabinet Secretary for Justice Kenny MacAskill said:

"The introduction of visual recording equipment will be an important step in reducing anxiety for child witnesses in the most serious and troubling cases. It will reduce the number of times a child is interviewed and provide a more accurate record capturing their exact words, tone of voice and body language which can be so important.

"Visually recorded accounts from child witnesses can be used as prior statements, an alternative way in which vulnerable children in the most serious cases can give their main evidence. The roll out of this recording equipment complements our ongoing work to support child and other vulnerable witnesses to give their best evidence, as well as the National Guidance for Child Protection in Scotland which was published last December".

The revised guidance ensures consistency with the updated National Child Protection guidance published in December 2010 and will assist compliance with the requirements of European legislation.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Guidance on Joint Investigative Interviewing of Child Witnesses in Scotland
Scottish Government news release