Drawing on professional experience, Emma Belton shares her tips for interviewing men who pose a sexual risk to children
Interviewing men who pose a sexual risk - due to current or historic convictions or allegations of sexual offences - can be a daunting prospect for researchers, particularly if they haven’t worked with this group before.
Interviewers can have a range of concerns and worries about these interviews.
They may worry about what these men will be like as people or how they’ll react if the men start telling them details of an allegation or offence. They can also be concerned about the men trying to groom or manipulate them.
These concerns can have a major bearing on how an interview is conducted: everything we’re taught about interviewing, including establishing and maintaining rapport and keeping a neutral, objective interviewing stance, can suddenly feel unachievable.
Based on my own experience of carrying out interviews for NSPCC evaluations, I’m offering advice for researchers interviewing men who pose a sexual risk.