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Guidelines/Procedures/Training when Interviewing Children


1. Please provide or describe any policies, procedures, guidelines or standard operational practices which dictate or otherwise influence the decision as to which officers or investigative staff interview child suspects. (An ‘interview’ is defined in paragraph 11.1A of Code C of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984: ‘An interview is the questioning of a person regarding their involvement or suspected involvement in a criminal offence or offences which, under paragraph 10.1, must be carried out under caution’. A ‘child’ is a person aged between 10-17 years old. A ‘suspect’ is a person who is interviewed under paragraph 11.1A).

2. Is it mandatory for a person interviewing a child suspect to have a minimum level of training? What is that level e.g. Tier 1, Tier 2 or Tier 3 or other?


1. The legislation is the Police And Crime Evidence Act 1984. In terms of the skills and guidance to conduct suspect interviews, this is through the Professionalising Investigation Programme (PIP) rather than written guidance and includes the use of the PEACE model of interviewing.

2.  The levels of training are:

PIP Level 1 – priority and volume crime investigations
PIP Level 2 – serious and complex investigations

PIP Level 2 - Specialist include the Specialist Child Abuse Investigation Development Programme for those involved in child protection work.

There is related PIP Level 1 and PIP Level 2 interview training courses. The training therefore relates to the type of offence rather than the age of the suspect. The use of Tiers is now historic and has been replaced by PIP Levels.


FOI Ref: 610/16

Date of Request: 20.04.16