New clause 1 - Interviews with children

Part of Adoption and Children Bill – in a Public Bill Committee am 4:15 pm ar 17 Ionawr 2002.

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Photo of Tim Loughton Tim Loughton Shadow Spokesperson (Health) 4:15, 17 Ionawr 2002

I appreciate the hon. Lady's experience of the matter, and her remarks. I remind her that the new clause refers to video or audio. While video may be an encumbrance or an intrusion and as such make such an interview more difficult, I should have thought that taking an audio recording would not pose that sort of problem. The reasons that the hon. Lady has just stated—that children will say different things to different people in different circumstances—surely make it essential that there should be a proper record, which can be referred back to, of multiple interviews. If what children say varies, would such a record not be better than relying on the impression of the person who conducts the interviews, which may differ from one interview to the next and cannot necessarily be substantiated?