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22 October - 13 November
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Effective participation of vulnerable suspects in police interviews

My local area theme

Professional audiences

What’s on offer?

An informed discussion and debate on what is the scope of the right for vulnerable suspects to effectively participate in police interviews. 

What’s it about?

This event will look at how vulnerable persons are questioned in police custody. Miscarriages of justice can occur if a person does not understand the process, for example, by confessing to a crime they did not commit. Children and individuals with psychological or psychiatric conditions are most at risk.

At this event researchers will present the latest findings into whether the legal procedures surrounding the police interview are fit for purpose.

People with a background in law, policing, mental health or youth work, or generally curious about criminal justice will find this event of interest. 

Who’s leading the event?

Dr Piers Von Berg, Lecturer in Law, University of Plymouth 

Dr Miranda Bevan, Goldsmiths University.
Dr Abenaa Owusu-Bempah, London School of Economics. 

Open to

Local legal professionals, local judiciary, Police, intermediaries who work with vulnerable suspects in Devon and Cornwall, Youth Offending Teams 

Of particular interest to

This will be of interest to human rights and criminal lawyers representing vulnerable suspects in police custody, trainers of police interviewers, the judiciary, researchers and charities working on improvements to the police interviewing process. 

Event Booking details

This event is for professionals as part of their work. If you’re interesting in attending, please email