Timely disclosures mean timely interventions for young offenders and victims
This project builds on previous research funded by the Nuffield Foundation, which developed interview procedures to improve the quality of investigative interviews with children who may have been sexually abused, but are reluctant to disclose and describe their experiences.
The rationale for this project was that better interviewing will lead, in turn, to better decision-making in both the child-protection and criminal justice arenas, ensuring that children are better protected and treated; and previous research has convincingly documented an effect on criminal convictions.
This grant funds two new elements in this ongoing research endeavour. The first aims to assess the value of cognitively and emotionally supportive practices when interviewing young alleged offenders. The second questions the received wisdom that conducting multiple interviews with suspected victims of crime inevitably leads to suggestion and coercion by the interviewer. This is important because around half of suspected victims fail to disclose when interviewed only once, and multiple emotionally supportive interviews could represent a useful tool to elicit disclosure.
Grant amount and duration
January 2013 - December 2018
- The impact of anti-social behaviour interventions on young people
- Trialling an executive function training intervention for preschoolers
- A review of interventions to improve primary school maths achievement
- Evaluating an innovative classroom reading intervention in Years 2 and 3
- Inequalities in child welfare intervention rates
- Understanding men’s perspectives on encounters with the child protection system
- Developing the most promising parental involvement interventions