Call for Papers

Investigating child abuse and safeguarding children: Contemporary developments in the application of psychology to policing practice

Journal of Investigative Psychology and Offender Profiling invites submissions for a special issue on new developments in the investigation of child abuse, and where the application of psychology has informed policing practice in this regard.

Guest Editors:
Dr Michael Lewis, School of Psychology & Computer Science, University of Central Lancashire, UK
Dr Rob Ewin, Learning and Development, Cumbria Constabulary, UK

The requirement for action in child abuse cases creates obligations at every stage of police response. These obligations apply when taking reports of concern for children and throughout the process of investigation (College of Policing, 2020). Child abuse investigations require a tailored response, and where psychological techniques can be applied to inform investigative decision-making and the profiling of likely suspects, as well as promote disclosure and allow for more meaningful engagement with child victims.
Thus, this special issue aims to holistically attend to the investigation of child abuse, focusing on the role of psychology when identifying and examining suspects; engaging with, supporting and safeguarding victims, and preserving investigator wellbeing. In doing so, the special issue seeks to promote innovative work that adopts new scholarly, methodological and conceptual approaches. Manuscripts accepted for this issue may, for example, attend to new developments in topics, such as:
• Psychological wellbeing and workability in child abuse investigators;
• Decision-making in child abuse investigations;
• Profiling perpetrators of child abuse (contact and non-contact);
• Risk assessment associated with perpetrators of child abuse;
• Victim vulnerability and factors that may increase risk;
• Evidence-based models of policing and/or investigation to safeguard children from abuse;
• Investigative interviewing techniques and new developments in this area.

Manuscripts should be written with an applied focus and where there is an aim to inform policy and practice.

Manuscripts should be based on original empirical or theoretical work. It would be appreciated if all authors who submit also review another special issue submission, where our peer review policy allows.
Authors invited to submit full manuscripts must follow the Author Guidelines for submission guidance.

The timeline for the special issue is as follows:
• Submission of full manuscripts: June 1, 2021. Manuscripts should be submitted through the online submissions and peer review system
• First decisions aim to be sent by early September 2021
• The special issue is scheduled for publication in early 2022

Queries may be directed to Dr Michael Lewis at [email protected]