Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) Guidance & Overview


Course description

Achieving Best Evidence provides an opportunity for social workers in child or adult care safeguarding services to further develop competence as a practitioner undertaking or assisting in a joint achieving best evidence DVD recorded interview with a child or adult at risk.


1 day course

Course Outline

  • Identify the importance of categorising victims & witnesses.
  • Recognise the Special Measures available to support vulnerable and intimidated victims & witnesses.
  • Describe the Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) model of interviewing
  • Explain the roles within the interview process.
  • Identify differing question types in accordance with ABE.
  • Appreciate the significance of planning and preparing for an ABE interview.
  • Explain the need to take notes during an ABE interview.
  • Recognise how the ABE interview may be used in civil as well as criminal proceedings.



By the end of the session social workers will have an enhanced insight into the ABE interview process, current supporting legislation guidance and an increased confidence to take into safeguarding practice.



Achieving Best Evidence in criminal proceedings: Guidance on interviewing victims & witnesses, and guidance on using special measures, March 2011. The Youth Justice & Criminal Evidence Act 1999 & legislation changes from The Coroners and Justice Act 2009. Also a significant requirement in Working Together to Safeguard Children March 2013.

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