Police Scotland and Social Work Scotland are working in partnership with the Scottish Government to take forward recommendations of the Evidence and Procedure Review to improve the quality and consistency of Joint Investigative Interviews (JIIs) of children.
The aim is that JII statements can be used as Evidence in Chief and contribute to the range of improvements being made to remove the need for children to give evidence in court and so reduce the potential of further trauma for child victims and witnesses.
A Project Team comprising six experienced practitioners and managers from police and social work is managed jointly by Police Scotland and Social Work Scotland. The Project Team, which is based at the Police College in Tulliallan began this work at the end of November 2017.
The team will
- draw on national and international research and best practice to create a model for Joint Investigative Interviewing tailored to the Scottish context;
- write the training for JIIs which recognises the depth of knowledge and skills required for this complex work;
- work with the Scottish Social Services Council and Police Scotland to align the training with national standards for police and social workers;
- design national standards for quality assuring JIIs, supervising and appraising staff for the task;
- make recommendations for the revised statutory guidance.