Specialist Interviews with Children
The course concentrates on specialist interviews conducted with children as part of serious, complex or major investigations.
Interviews conducted with children must be carefully planned and executed by suitably trained investigative interviewers.
The interviewer must possess the ability to analyse accurately the information gained from all areas of an investigation in order to conduct a legally acceptable interview.
Serious crime investigation demand a higher level of interview technique that is both ethical and effective.
This course aims to improve the skills of the interviewer in order that they are able to conduct effective and professional interviews.
Interviewers must have demonstrated competency at Level 2 before embarking on this particular training course
The course is designed to include the following specific areas:
- Back to Basics
- Decision making
- Role of the Child Interviewer
- Psychology of Interviewing Children Law, Policy and Procedures
- Review of ABE Guidance Child Development
- How Children Accommodate Abuse
- Interview Planning Dealing with Vulnerable witnesses
- Understanding Offender behaviour
- Understanding rapport
- Questioning Structure
- Use of an Interpreter
- Role of the Intermediaries
- Role of the Interviewer Adviser
- Closing the interview
- Recording and retaining all material
- Post Interview Processes
- Evaluate own performance
Features and Benefits
Interviews that are professionally undertaken and quality assured can have several advantages for your business.
- Direct an investigation
- Support the prosecution case, which saves time, money and resources
- Increases public confidence in your business
Delivering high quality training to nationally recognised occupational standards will enhance the reputation of your business.
The course is designed to meet all the required components of the National Occupation standards as set by Skills For Justice.
The NOS units are:
- CJ103.1 – Plan and prepare specialist interviews with victims and witnesses
- CJ103.2 – Conduct specialist interviews with victims and witnesses
- CJ103.3 - Evaluate specialist interviews with victims and witnesses and carry out post interview processes
The training has been constructed in accordance with the following legislation: and guidance material:
PEACE model, PACE Act 84, Achieving Best Evidence 2010, Human Rights Act 1998, Disability Discrimination Act 1995, Sex Discrimination Act 1995, Race Relation Act 1976.
The course complies with all requirements of ACPO guidance and College of Policing guidance material.
The course is presented using a variety of learn styles such as:
Board blasts, power-points, group work, exercises, and interview practical's.
Students are provided with a range of hand-outs to support their learning.
Each student will receive a copy of their interview practical and a documented feedback report
The course is aimed at all those who come into contact with Children through their employment and are tasked to plan, conduct and evaluate investigative interviews within specialist investigations such as, public protection, rape, complex investigations, financial investigations, homicide, terrorism and fatal road traffic collisions.
Must have demonstrated competence at Level 2
Number of Students
The course can be taught to a minimum of 6 and to a maximum of 14 students.
To be negotiated but with a suggested range of 5—10 days
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