Centre of Forensic Interviewing


Conference 2019: Vulnerability, Justice and Communication

A conference hosted by the Centre of Forensic Interviewing (Professor Becky Milne). Field leaders including researchers and practitioners join together to discuss evidence-based approaches regarding current topics surrounding the communication process and vulnerability.


Thursday 16th and Friday 17th May 2019

Topics include:

  • Assessment
  • Trauma
  • Safeguarding
  • Defining Vulnerability
  • Critical Incidents
  • Special Measures

Further detail:

The conference is aimed at looking at the best ways to communicate with those deemed vulnerable across the criminal justice sector and identify best practice.

Sessions include:

  • Professor Penny Cooper (Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Birkbeck, University of London and 39 Essex Chambers, London) chairing a session on Defining Vulnerability
  • Dr Michelle Mattison (University of Chester) chairing a session on Assessment and Communication
  • Dr Kevin Smith (National Vulnerable Witness Advisor NCA) chairing a session on Managing Trauma
  • Mr Piers Von Berg (University of Plymouth) chairing a session on Safeguarding and Suspects
  • Professor Graham Davies (University of Leicester) presenting a Keynote paper on Vulnerable witnesses in court: Past, present and uncertain future
  • Dr Patrick Tidmarsh (Sexual Offence and Child Abuse Team, Family Violence Command, Victoria Police, Australia) The ‘Whole Story’ approach to investigating sexual crime

Book your place

Vulnerability, Justice and Communication: Conference 2019

Further Information

For further information, please contact Sarah Bayliss (sarah.bayliss@port.ac.uk)

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