SEFTON LSCB Safeguarding Policies and Procedures Online Manual

    6.10 Interviewing Children with Disabilities as part of Criminal Proceedings

    Last updated 12/11/2018

    6.10  Interviewing Children with Disabilities as part of Criminal Proceedings

    The Government is committed to improving the protection for vulnerable and intimidated witnesses during the criminal justice process, especially children, including children with disabilities. Interviews under Achieving Best Evidence Guidance can only be undertaken by suitably qualified social workers and police officers that have completed the required training and are familiar with “Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings: Guidance on Interviewing Victims and Witnesses, and using Special Measures”. Chapter 2 gives guidance on interviewing children and paragraphs 202 to 222 gives additional guidance on interviewing children with disabilities. Section 2.96 to 2.101 gives general guidance on the role of intermediaries.