Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings - Interviewing vulnerable and intimidated adult victims and witnesses
Ethica Solutions delivers best-of-class training, support and investigation services to individuals and organisations in the critical areas of safeguarding.
Anecdotal evidence indicates that too often some victims of crimes are not regarded as potentially competent witnesses. They are often very credible but they just need the application of “special measures” to enhance the quality of what they are saying. Recent application of these special measures is giving many previously unsupported victims a new access to justice.
Ethica Solutions’ Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings, interviewing intimidated and/or vulnerable adult victims and witnesses, or “ABE”, provides key guidance on interviewing and supporting intimidated and/or vulnerable victims and witnesses through the criminal justice system. Compliance with the guidance is essential if agencies or those working with vulnerable adults are to best meet their service-users’ needs. ABE does not only apply to the police service. It is the responsibility of all professionals and agencies to know what best-practice guidance recommends and how to work within its framework.
This interactive course is an in-depth, practical learning event which provides useful and applicable tips, tactics and strategies for dealing with many of the situations that interviewers from many organisations and agencies might encounter. It is designed for social workers and social care personnel who work with vulnerable adults, Local Authority Adult Services. In addition, all agencies and departments who have an investigative responsibility or capability are catered for on this course such as Trading Standards, banking organisations, fraud investigators, sporting integrity units and similar organisations who may be dealing with vulnerable or intimidated witnesses within a closely connected structure such as where illegal gambling or performance enhancing substance misuse is being investigated.
Our training events cater for both a much wider and a much more targeted audience because, in each of these cases, we deliver interview exercises and contextualised learning set against the backdrop of the attendees’ day job. Our trainers have significant experience of tailoring learning to our clients’ needs.
By the end of this module the attending participants will be able to, amongst other learning outcomes:
Module duration and delivery methodology
The above list is not a definitive catalogue of learning outcomes that will be achieved during this five-day learning event, merely a sample of the depth and nature of the attendees’ development thresholds. Many of the learning outcomes start with “Demonstrate the ability to …”. This is because this is a very practical and interactive course where the learners will be working with experienced practitioners as their trainers in simulated interview exercises. Delegates will also work with professional role players who bring a vast amount of experience in this area of work. Feedback from the role-players is often said to be one of the most valuable elements of the course.
The full course is of five-days duration. Alternative options exist for managers or those delegates who have received ABE guidance in the past and now need refresher /update training. Whilst this course is focused on the guidance that “ABE” gives us in relation to adult victims and witnesses, an interviewing children version of this course also exists. We also deliver courses for delegates who work with both children and adults, thus catering for the publication’s nuanced guidance impacting both age ranges.
Who should attend?
Whilst the Police, Local Authority Adult Services social workers and other social care personnel who work with vulnerable adults are the obvious attendees, our training events cater for both a much wider and a much more targeted audience. All agencies and departments who have an investigative responsibility or capability such as Trading Standards, banking organisations and other fraud investigators are catered for on this course as are sporting integrity units and similar organisations who may be dealing with vulnerable or intimidated witnesses within a closely connected structure where illegal gambling or performance enhancing substance misuse is being investigated. The reason we are proud to say our courses are ‘targeted’ is because, in each of these cases, we would deliver interview exercises and contextualised learning set against the backdrop of the attendees’ day job. Our trainers have significant experience of doing just that across a number of clients’ needs.
The Code of Practice for Victims of Crime list three categories of people who are eligible for “Enhanced Entitlements” to support and assist them through the Criminal Justice system. These are: 1) Victims of the most serious crimes; 2) persistently targeted victims; and 3) Vulnerable and / or Intimidated victims. It follows that the organisations who are required to provide the services (listed within the code) are also obvious organisations to which this course is applicable to.
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