- Ensures that Registered Intermediaries are used appropriately
- Achieves better evidence for safeguarding, investigations, CPS and court
- Answers criticisms of ABE quality.
- Designed to improve ABE practice
It is widely recognised that investigative interviewers struggle to recognise the communication difficulties of children and teenagers with learning difficulties. ABELS addresses this in a number of different ways.
- A framework to identify communication difficulties specific to investigative interviews.
- Effective and efficient rapport building.
- Consistently identifies which children need the support of a Registered Intermediary.
- Provides written record of rationale.
- Embeds ABE guidance into pre-interview practice.
- Encourages planning and preparation.
- Identifies children who guess and/or are suggestible.
- Offers questioning strategies to manage guessing and suggestibility
- Give officers an understanding of a childs' processing speed, willingness to engage, intelligibility and attention & listening skills
- Maximise the opportunity to secure a reliable and credible account
ABELS has given me a better understanding of a child's abilities, enabling me to produce better quality interviews