Vulnerable Adult and Child Witnesses

Paperback | August 30, 2007

byKevin Smith, Steve Tilney

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The treatment of vulnerable witnesses is an area which has seen great change over the past 20 years. The 1989 Pigot report made a variety of recommendations and suggestions for improvement and this marked the early stages of this process of change.This book is designed to be an invaluable, practical source of help to all those working in the complex area of vulnerable witnesses. It is structured to follow the chronology of an investigation from the first steps of identifying a vulnerable witness through to trial and includes helpful casestudies with examples outlining potential pitfalls during the investigation and possible solutions. The book covers key topics such as identifying vulnerable witnesses, protection of vulnerable witnesses throughout the criminal justice process, pre-interview contact, assessing competence,multi-agency working, interviewing and pre-trial preparation.The treatment of vulnerable witnesses by police investigators and others involved in the criminal justice system is likely to come under increased scrutiny in the future with the Victims' Code of Practice and the Witness Charter. This book considers the many changes and new documentation in thearea including the Victims and Witnesses' Commission, the revised edition of 'Achieving Best Evidence' and the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Code of Practice.This book is an essential guide and reference.The Blackstone's Practical Policing Series is a collection of highly practical, up-to-date titles covering a range of essential subjects in today's policing arena. Developed from a detailed understanding of police information needs, this series seeks to explain the relevant law, practice andprocedure from a police officer's perspective.

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The treatment of vulnerable witnesses is an area which has seen great change over the past 20 years. The 1989 Pigot report made a variety of recommendations and suggestions for improvement and this marked the early stages of this process of change.This book is designed to be an invaluable, practical source of help to all those working ...

Kevin Smith is an experienced police officer, trainer and interview advisor. He has contributed to a number of ACPO Manuals and is author of the ACPO Guidance on Vulnerable and Significant Witnesses. He is also a member of the ACPO Steering Group for Investigative Interviewing. Steve Tilney is an experienced police officer, trainer ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.51 inPublished:August 30, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199214107

ISBN - 13:9780199214105

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Table of Contents

IntroductionFirst Steps1. Identifying and intimidated witnesses2. Initial actionThe investigation3. Offences commonly experienced by vulnerable witnesses4. Human Trafficking5. Multi-agency working6. Special Measures7. Consent: Whose decision is it anyway?8. Competence and compellability9. Medical Examinations10. Witness Interview Strategies11. Planning and Preparing for Interviews12. Conducting Interviews13. Storage and Retention of recordings14. Ongoing Protection Orders15. Witness IntimidationPost-charge16. Pre-trial therapy17. What's on the Horizon?18. On-going contact19. Pre-trial preparationTrial20. Court supportersThe future