Supporting child witnesses during identification lineups: Exploring the effectiveness of Registered Intermediaries

Wilcock, R., Crane, L., Hobson, Z., Nash, G., Kirke-Smith, M. & Henry, L. (2018). Supporting child witnesses during identification lineups: Exploring the effectiveness of Registered Intermediaries. Applied Cognitive Psychology,

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Abstract

Performance at identification lineup was assessed in 85 6- to 11-year-old typically developing children. Children viewed a live staged event involving two male actors, and were asked to identify the perpetrators from two separate lineups (one perpetrator present lineup, and one perpetrator absent lineup). Half the children took part in lineups adapted by a Registered Intermediary (an impartial, trained professional who facilitates understanding and communication between vulnerable witnesses and members of the justice system), and half took part in ‘Best-Practice’ lineups, according to current guidance for eyewitness identification in England and Wales. Children receiving assistance from a Registered Intermediary (relative to children who received ‘Best-Practice’ lineups) were more accurate in their identifications for perpetrator present lineups, and there was some evidence that they were also more accurate for perpetrator absent lineups. This provides the first empirical evidence for the effectiveness of Registered Intermediary support during identification lineups.

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Additional Information: This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Wilcock, R., Crane, L., Hobson, Z., Nash, G., Kirke-Smith, M. & Henry, L. (2018). Supporting child witnesses during identification lineups: Exploring the effectiveness of Registered Intermediaries. Applied Cognitive Psychology, which is to be published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)1099-0720. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > Department of Language & Communication Science
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/19183

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