This fully online course is designed for any professional who conducts or supervises investigative interviews with children, particularly interviews about alleged child abuse. The course focuses on the elicitation of narrative detail from children. Topics include choosing effective questions, eliciting reliable disclosures of abuse and tailoring interview techniques to the needs of individual children. Strategies for working with children from cultural minority groups and with complex communication needs are covered. The course also addresses the requirements of prosecution and the degree to which certain evidential details need to be clarified or followed up.
Trainees progress through the modules at their own pace and receive a certificate on completion. The course has been continually evolving over 10 years and is highly practical in nature. It includes innovative interactive computer exercises, which have been demonstrated in empirical research to promote adherence to best-practice (narrative based) interviewing. Each module also includes films (made by a professional film maker) that illustrate aspects of child development and interviewer skills, quizzes (where instant feedback on performance is provided), practical readings, and mock interview exercises (conducted with a tutor or a virtual child).
What Do You Need to Participate?
A computer with internet (high speed or dial-up)
Internet Explorer 10 or higher, Google Chrome, or Safari (recommended)