Maintaining the integrity of student disclosures of abuse: A cross-professional perspective. Kelly Allen Laura Dodds Emma Novosel. AN EDUCATION PERSPECTIVE. Schools are sometimes the most protective factor in a young person’s life.
Schools aim to…
a) integrity with which the disclosure is viewed if the matter proceeds to court
b) student’s own memory of an event/experience
eg. Loftus and Palmer (1974); Leitchman and Ceci (1995)
eg. Loftus (1991-94)
eg. Orne (1981); Ceci, Toglia and Ross (1987)
What do you mean?
Do you mean….?
Priorities for investigators when dealing with child victims or witnesses
Legislative provision that provides in circumstances where direct oral evidence would be admissible, any statement contained in a document shall be admissible if:
* Child/person with impairment of the mind
* Personal knowledge of the matters
* Available to give evidence
Any record of information considered relevant
Preliminary complaint means any complaint other than the complainants first formal witness statement to a police officer given in or anticipation of a criminal trial
Child discloses to friend about alleged offence (complaint 1)
Child discloses to teacher and guidance officer
(complaint 2 & 3)
Child attends police station and makes complaint to police officer at front counter (complaint 4)
Child subsequently attends and provides formal statement (complaint 5)
After criminal proceeding has commenced child provides a further statement (complaint 6)
Each of complaints 1-4 is a preliminary complaint. Complaints 5 and 6 are not preliminary complaints
i.e Tell me everything about ….Start at the beginning
Tell me more about the part where ….