Increase Conviction Rates for Child Sexual Abuse

by Lauren Mills in Keele, Staffordshire, England

Increase Conviction Rates for Child Sexual Abuse
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PhD research to develop, implement, and evaluate a new training program for police officers who interview child victims of sexual abuse.

by Lauren Mills in Keele, Staffordshire, England

Starting in September 2018, I am ready to begin a three-year doctoral research project which will help improve the interview skills of police officers in Staffordshire, in particular for cases where they interview child victims of sexual abuse. 

I have been fortunate enough to develop a research proposal with two supervisors at Keele University, which has been approved, and a place at the university has been offered to me. Unfortunately the only thing preventing the research form going ahead is a lack of funding! 

The research comes at a really important time, when as many as 1 in 20 children suffer sexual abuse, and the importance of the forensic interview with child victims is increasing. Developing a new interviewer training program is essential for increasing conviction rates in cases of child sexual abuse. 

Studying a PhD is my dream, and the results of this research will have really important real-world implications for children who suffer sexual abuse. 

Let's make 'Increase Conviction Rates for Child Sexual Abuse' happen