Achieving best evidence in child abuse cases - a joint inspection (5184)

Police forces should:

  • review their current practice and training to ensure that it supports and is compliant with the Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) Guidance 2011;
  • incorporate opportunities for police officers and staff to improve interview skills through practice interviews with children and young adult role players;
  • ensure that, in order for police officers and staff to maintain their accreditation, attendance at refresher training is available and mandatory, and involves the evaluation of ABE interviews with feedback provided; and
  • involve the CPS in training courses, particularly in relation to interview structure and questioning style (paragraph 10.3).

[on]18th December 2014 [status]awaiting-review[/status][/on][on]12th September 2016 [status]complete[/status][/on][on]12th September 2016 [comment]

Achieving Best Evidence practice is embedded in GMP with mandatory interview skill refresher training. The Regional Investigative Interview Group considered including CPS staff in GMP interview training, but deemed it unnecessary. Questioning styles/interview structure are taught by specialist trained interviewers using a range of teaching aids.