I am a member of the Centre for Behavioural Science and Applied Psychology in the Department of Psychology, Sociology & Politics.
-- ‘Looking Down’ Interpreters mimicking children’s body language in police interviews --
This work was funded by the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group (iIIRG). We have developed an educational video to support interviewers and interpreters in the various difficulties they encounter. Police forces and forensic interpreters’ services from three countries (Cyprus, England, Netherlands) have contributed in developing the video. You can watch our educational video on YouTube.
We are currently collecting research-based evidence on whether interpreters should mimic or not children’s body language during police interviews or children’s testimonies in court. Our efforts move towards in turning this into practitioners-based participatory research where police interviewers and interpreters’ needs can be adapted to align with the recommendations we are about to be publishing. As such, we will be accommodating five Online Interactive Workshops in January 2022. If you are an active interviewer and/or interpreter in this area, please considering joining us. For further details please see our Google Slides.
This ongoing work is conducted by our Forensic Interpreters Research Team comprised by Dr Marilena Kyriakidou, Emma Cokayne (BSc) and Izzy Ashmore (BSc).
-- Preparing children for court through playing! --
Our funded work from SHU CK and REFFund noted that the support we offer to children in Cyprus and UK prior their testimonies in court could be more consistent and research-based. Our partners, the Children’s House, Crown Prosecution Service, Intermediaries for Justice and Victim Support, raised the need for a professional tool but at the same time a child friendly approach to support children for their testimonies in court. So here we are! Developing the Kids in Court Game (KiCGame) with these partners.
We are currently testing the prototype of the KiCGame in a longitudinal field study with the Children’s House in Cyprus. At the same time, we are inviting practitioners’ feedback on how to improve this playful intervention. If you are an active practitioner supporting children for their testimonies in court, please consider joining us in four Online Interactive Workshops in January 2021. For further details please see our Google Slides.
This ongoing work is conducted by our KiCGame Team led by Dr Marilena Kyriakidou and (in alphabetic order):
Alex Crombie, Dr Aminorroaya Yamini, Sima, Dr Coleman Charlotte, Dr Claire Craig, Emily Ellison, Lewis Smith, Lydia Powers, Matthews Sands, Dr Megan Kenny, Niamh Sinclair, Dr Nicola Lonsdale, Zeshan Rashid. And external partners which were Antros Tsaeras, Kalia Loizidou, Louis Syrimis. As well as Design Futures from SHU and the Children’s House (Ms Ioanna Drousiotou, Children’s House, Cyprus, and Ms Rafaella Georgiou, Hope for Children, CRC Policy Center, Cyprus).