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

Rachel Wilcock, Laura Crane, Zoe Hobson, Gilly Nash, Mimi Kirke-Smith, Lucy Henry

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Performance at identification lineup was assessed in eighty-five 6- to 11-year-old typically developing children. Children viewed a live staged event involving 2 male actors, and were asked to identify the perpetrators from 2 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 the 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)367-375
Number of pages9
JournalApplied Cognitive Psychology
Volume32
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2018

Keywords

  • Child witnesses
  • registered intermediaries
  • perpetrator lineups
  • identification
  • intermediaries
  • child witnesses

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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, 32(3), 367-375. https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3412
Wilcock, Rachel ; Crane, Laura ; Hobson, Zoe ; Nash, Gilly ; Kirke-Smith, Mimi ; Henry, Lucy. / Supporting child witnesses during identification lineups: exploring the effectiveness of Registered Intermediaries. In: Applied Cognitive Psychology. 2018 ; Vol. 32, No. 3. pp. 367-375.
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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, vol. 32, no. 3, pp. 367-375. https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3412

Supporting child witnesses during identification lineups: exploring the effectiveness of Registered Intermediaries. / Wilcock, Rachel; Crane, Laura; Hobson, Zoe; Nash, Gilly; Kirke-Smith, Mimi; Henry, Lucy.

In: Applied Cognitive Psychology, Vol. 32, No. 3, 02.04.2018, p. 367-375.

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Wilcock R, Crane L, Hobson Z, Nash G, Kirke-Smith M, Henry L. Supporting child witnesses during identification lineups: exploring the effectiveness of Registered Intermediaries. Applied Cognitive Psychology. 2018 Apr 2;32(3):367-375. https://doi.org/10.1002/acp.3412