Seeking the child’s permission

It is important that children are consulted about the process.

The investigating workers should make efforts not to just “turn up” and to ensure, where possible, that a trusted adult prepares the child for their arrival.

The two investigating social workers or police officer and social worker should seek the child’s permission for interview. If the child refuses then this should be accepted.

The wishes and feelings of the child should be taken into account where practical throughout the process.