Vulnerable Interviewees

A number of witnesses may be regarded as vulnerable because of their age, emotional state or intellectual ability. Such witnesses may be particularly open to suggestion or may be made especially anxious or confused by the interview process. Special interview procedures have therefore been developed for interviewing such people. They pay particular attention to the relationship established between the interviewee and the interviewer and the need to phrase questions and facilitate answers in ways that make sense to the respondent. An awareness of the vulnerability of some interviewees has also led to the legal requirement that now exists for an appropriate adult to be present at police interviews.

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