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NCJ Number: 135888 Find in a Library
Title: Police and Social Workers: Joint Work with Youth in England (From Preventing Juvenile Crime Conference Proceedings No. 9, 1991, P 103-113, Julia Vernon, Sandra McKillop, eds. -- See NCJ-135877)
Author(s): D Jefferies
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Australian Institute of Criminology
Canberra ACT, 2601, Australia
Sale Source: Australian Institute of Criminology
GPO Box 2944
Canberra ACT, 2601,
Australia
Type: Conference Material
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The Bexley project in the United Kingdom is described regarding the investigation of child abuse by police and social workers.
Abstract: The operations of the metropolitan police members of joint teams at Shooters Hill (Bexley), Hillingdon, and Putney, Manchester, Lancashire, and Cheshire are presented as well as interviews with social workers from the social services departments and members of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Essential elements of training cover self awareness in attitudes toward joint working and sexual abuse, procedural and legal aspects of child sexual abuse, and technical skills of interviewing. Outside speakers covered the nature and manifestation of sexual abuse, skills in interviewing children, and the use of technical equipment and aids to interviewing such as video, dolls, and line drawings. In an actual investigation, the sequence of events depends upon the nature and circumstances of a particular case. However, most of the following are relevant: interview of the referee or informant; visit with family; medical examination; interview of child victim; written consents for interviews; witnesses interviews; and suspect interview. The purpose of the coordination phase is to review the case, discuss further investigative action, and prepare recommendations for a case conference. 7 references
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse; Police-social worker cooperation
Index Term(s): Child abuse investigations; England; Foreign juvenile justice systems; Investigative techniques
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