In this section
This guideline has been developed to provide advice for the
Assessment of Images and Video footage supplied by Victoria Police (VP) or the
Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP).
From time to time requests are made by VP and the OPP for
VFPMS medical staff to view images or videos for the purpose of providing an
opinion regarding the content of sensitive material. For example, the content
of the images or videos may be the subject of possible charges related to child
pornography, child sexual offences, physical assault or to more serious charges
resulting from the death of a child. These guidelines are provided to encourage
a uniform procedure for VFPMS medical staff to use when viewing such material,
to promote good practice that will increase the likelihood of a high quality
forensic opinion and reduce the risk of interpretative error.
Sensitive material in the possession of VFPMS
All material provided to VFPMS by Victoria Police or the OPP
that includes sensitive images and/or video footage that is in the possession
of VFPMS at any time will be stored securely in a locked cupboard.
This material will not be copied to the ESMR.
This material remains the property of Victoria Police or the
This material will not be used for any purpose other than in
accord with the original request for a forensic opinion.
Materials related to possible charges of child pornography
Any images or video material that might be the subject of
charges related to child pornography or an investigation related to
professionals’ behaviour or ethical standards will remain in the possession of
Victoria Police or the OPP and will not be left at the VFPMS offices at any
These images or videos will not be copied by VFPMS.
VFPMS doctors will, at an agreed time and location, view the
images in the presence of a Victoria Police or OPP staff-member who will remain
in the room while the material is viewed.
Two VFPMS doctors will view the material at the same time to
ensure that there is an opportunity for discussion around the doctors’
interpretation of the content. The fact that both doctors viewed the material
will be documented in the report. Both doctors will discuss the forensic
opinion but there will be only one author of the forensic report.