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A Guide to Interviewing Children: Essential Skills for Counsellors, Police, Lawyers and Social Workers

It is critical that children are interviewed properly in cases of suspected abuse or where the children may be witnesses to or victims of a crime. Poor questioning can upset the child further and contaminate evidence that may be needed in court.

Interviewing Children is a practical guide to interviewing techniques for a range of professionals including welfare workers, psychologists, schoolteachers and counsellors, police officers and lawyers. Step by step, it outlines the key stages of an interview, and how to respond to the child's needs during an interview. It explains how to deal with children of different ages and from different backgrounds, and also how to work with their parents. Particular attention is paid to the sensitive issue of sexual abuse, and the problems created by multiple interviews.


  • Acknowledgments
  • How to use this Book
  • Chapter 1: Understanding children's minds
  • Chapter 2: Preparation and planning of the interview
  • Chapter 3: The essential elements of the investigatory interview
  • Chapter 4: Tailoring the interview to the child's needs
  • Chapter 5: Evaluating the process and outcome of the interview

Author Bio:

Clare Wilson lectures in the Department of Psychology at the University of Sydney.

Martine Powell lectures in the School of Psychology at Deakin University.

Both have trained police officers, social workers and legal professionals in interviewing techniques in Australia and the UK.


“This book has been written by two people who really understand children. In passing on their knowledge to professionals who engage with children in the interview room, they create opportunities to reduce the trauma of the interview and significantly improve the quality of the information obtained. Writing in a clear and fresh style, the authors have produced a book which is valuable as a point of reference, a day to day tool and as a training aid to develop skills” - Chief Constable A.J. Butler Gloucestershire Constabulary.

A Guide to Interviewing Children: Essential Skills for Counsellors, Police, Lawyers and Social Workers

Author: Claire Wilson, Martine Powell

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