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Assessing the reliability and credibility of children’s evidence

Dr Sarah Krähenbühl, an associate member of Psychology Direct, Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer in Psychology at Staffordshire University and also with The Open University, has undertaken extensive research on interviewing strategies used in children’s forensic interviews and as such has highly specialised skills in the area of child testimony. Dr Krähenbühl is a joint holder of a research grant from the British Academy to fund a project examining ground rule implementation in Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) and associated effects on children’s testimony.

In the last 2 years Dr Krähenbühl has written over twenty expert witness reports concerning the reliability and credibility of children’s evidence, competency and/or cognitive ability for the Family or Criminal Courts and have given evidence in the Family, Magistrates and Crown Courts in both England and Wales and Scotland. In a recent article in Counsel Magazine Dr Krähenbühl explains that she has “come to realise that there is a lack of understanding and awareness of the role of the expert witness and what he/she can and cannot do in the assessment of children’s testimony.” She has also found that the quality of the information obtained during the interviewing of a child witness “varies considerably”.

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A child’s testimony and measuring its value

A child’s testimony and measuring its value The information below is taken from an article in Counsel Magazine Dr Krähenbühl.  Dr Sarah Krähenbühl, an associate member of Psychology Direct, Chartered Psychologist and Lecturer in Psychology at Staffordshire University and also with The Open University, has undertaken extensive research on interviewing strategies…

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Child interview process and protocols

Child interview process and protocols The stages of the investigative interview Interview protocols generally include flexibility in implementation according to the individual child. In legal proceedings there is concentration on the evidentially significant information. However, the process through which that information was elicited can have a considerable impact on the…

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Expert Witness assessment of child testimony

Expert Witness assessment of child testimony While the investigative interview is central to my expert assessment, to provide the full ‘picture’ I generally need to examine contextual information from the case bundle, such as social work reports, school records, medical reports and so forth, to establish whether there may be…

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