Please see attached details for “Exploring the perspectives of children and young people: Understanding positive and adverse experiences through the medium of In My Shoes & Apps”, a one-day conference taking place in London on 26th June 2019. The conference is relevant to anyone interested in assessment and interviewing of children using new technology. For additional details, please see:
Invitation to take part in an online study – call for practitioner research participants
Title of Study: How would you evaluate a witness statement?
Duration: self-paced but no longer than 15 minutes
Researcher: Dr Feni Kontogianni, Prof. Lorraine Hope, Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth
Objective of the study
We are seeking fluent or native English practitioners for a study investigating factors that affect the way people perceive and evaluate witness statements.
Seeking your support
Your participation will enable us to examine ways in which we can develop strategies to help decision-making when evaluating interviewees’ reports in police investigations and asylum-seeking applications. You can complete the experiment online anonymously, where you will be asked to read an interview transcript and then answer a short series of questions.
If you are interested to participate, please follow the link below or scan the QR code:
If you have any questions about the study please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations are invited for the vacancies of iIIRG Director and Co-director
The iIIRG Executive Committee are seeking nominations for a new Director and Co-director to develop the iIIRG further as a unique network of professional interviewers dedicated to ethical interviewing worldwide.
Applications from an already paired Director/Co-director partnership would be advantageous, however, individual applications are also welcome.
Nominees must be members of the iIIRG.
Full details of the vacancies together with the full application process can be found here in the Members Area of the iIIRG website
If you have any questions relating to the roles or you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact Gavin (email@example.com) and/or Trond (firstname.lastname@example.org) direct who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.
The closing date for interested parties to submit their nominations is this coming Friday 18th January 2019 and it is expected that the successful candidate/s will take up positions as Director Elect and Co-director Elect by March 2019, taking over full responsibilities during the iIIRG Annual Conference and Masterclass in Stavern, Norway at the end of June 2019 where a formal handover will take place.
Click here to view the vacancies for iIIRG Director and Co-director
International Survey on Interviewing Uncooperative Eyewitnesses
*** CALL FOR POLICE RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS ***
Some witnesses are uncooperative during the investigative interviews making it difficult for law enforcement agencies to gather complete and accurate information. Uncooperative witnesses are unwilling to be involved in the criminal investigation and refuse to provide valid information to aid the case. Nonetheless, there are ways in which interviewers try to overcome witness reluctance. We would like to learn about your interviewing experience with uncooperative witnesses, and what your perceptions are as an interviewer regarding lack of cooperation.
Could you please help us with our research? Your interviewing experience and expertise can help us understand better how you overcome the challenges of interviewing reluctant witnesses.
All police officers who conduct witness interviews in criminal investigations can take part in this research. You can take part in the survey by clicking on the following link:
The study is a short online questionnaire, so it can be easily distributed to any of your colleagues willing to take the survey. Just forward the link above.
This is a project financed by The House of Legal Psychology, with researchers from Maastricht University (the Netherlands), Gothenburg University (Sweden), and University of Portsmouth (United Kingdom). We received approval from the standing ethical committee of Maastricht University.
If you have any questions or would like more information about this research, you may contact the research team.
Thank you very much for your time and contribution!
Alejandra De La Fuente Vilar
Dr. Robert Horselenberg
The deadline for the iIIRG’s Networking Grant is the 28th September. If you are a member, apply now here: https://www.iiirg.org/networking-grants-application/
Please see the below request from one of our academic members:
Dear members of iIIRG,
We are looking for a police force in the UK to collaborate with on our project regarding interviewing of children.
Simply put, our research targets situational conditions that police can apply to instantly improve evidence gathering from vulnerable interviewees. Such situational conditions have been adapted with impressive and immediate outcomes in judicial processes (Nuffield Family Justice Observatory, 2018; The Modernisation of Family Justice, 2016). This research collaboration will develop an intelligent and a practically easy operating policy for using such situational conditions in investigating child sexual abuse cases.
Via our research collaboration interviewers’ involved in interviewing children will develop and improve existing interviewing skills.
More details on the project:
Invitation for research collaboration in an international and national research project: How situational conditions influence police interviews with children victims or witnesses?
What is expecting from a police force: Provide access to police interviews of children victims or witnesses of alleged crime 6 to 11 years old.
Benefits from taking part: Free individual and group feedback/training to interviewers based on interviewers’ performance and the department’s performance compare with national and international standards. Receive an intelligent protocol for handling situational conditions to help improve interviewers’ performance.
Who would need to be involved?: Any department that conducts interviews with children victims or witnesses.
What is the time commitment?: 2 months to get relevant permissions to access the interviews and about 5 months to transcribe the interviews. We are flexible and willing to make changes to minimise your time on this.
What exactly we want?: Access to video recordings of police interviews with children who have been victims or witnesses of alleged crimes (6 to 11 years old). We may need to use your facilities to transcribe the video recordings. We are flexible and willing to make changes to minimise your time on this.
Would the Police be paid for its time?: No.
Deadline for expressing an interest: 31st of October 2018
Our team has long experience on researching and training on police interviews with children.
Please email for further details M.Kyriakidou@shu.ac.uk
Dr. Marilena Kyriakidou
SARMAC welcomes submissions for papers, symposia, or posters in any area of applied research on memory and cognition (e.g., law, education, engineering, health/medicine, politics, marketing, human factors). The conference features keynotes by Stephan Lewandowsky (University of Bristol), Susan Bluck (University of Florida), Simine Vazire (University of California – Davis), and Steven Whittaker (University of California – Santa Cruz).
The deadline for symposia submission is November 1, 2018. The deadline for posters and talks is December 1, 2018.
To register, make a submission, or learn more about the conference, visit the conference website.
The iIIRG’s Networking Grant application process is now open! For more information and to apply click here.