Forensic interviews with child victims of trafficking: developing best practice

Bennett, Stephanie Jane (2016) Forensic interviews with child victims of trafficking: developing best practice. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Human trafficking (HT) is a significant problem across Europe, with the UK currently considered high on the priority list as a destination country for victims. Whilst there is an extensive research literature on best practice in investigative interviewing of vulnerable witnesses (e.g. Milne & Bull, 2002, Milne & Bull 2006), research exploring forensic interview practices with child victims of human trafficking specifically has not yet been a particular focus for academic research. Child victims of HT often present with a unique set of characteristics that need to be appropriately managed in an interview situation, which requires appropriately trained and experienced staff. Police interviewers (N=10) completed an extended survey which served as an exploratory study scoping their understanding of the difficulties and issues that can arise when interviewing child HT victims. Open-ended survey questions explored challenges and solutions in child HT interviews, and identified interviewer specific training needs. The key findings of this study suggest that rapport and subsequent trust between a child and their interviewer is critical to the success of a child HT forensic interview. Where an interpreter is needed, it is essential that sufficient time is spent allowing the interpreter to build rapport with the child also. Due to the small sample size in this exploratory study, further research is clearly needed. It is suggested that future research should focus on the analysis of real-life child HT interviews.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2017 12:57
    Last Modified: 21 Mar 2017 12:57

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