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Assessment of children, young people and adults with developmental communication needs: 2 day course CPD

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Delivery of this module will be online due to government-issued guidelines during the Covid-19 pandemic and may be made available face-to-face subject to Public Health England recommendations. Please submit your application and, once reviewed by the module leader, you will receive more specific information about the online delivery of your module and assessments.

Course overview

Please Note: This is an online-based two-day course taking place on the 8th and the 15th of October.

The course explores the rationale underpinning registered intermediary assessment and describes an intermediary assessment framework; illustrated by practical assessment examples.

We will highlight factors which underpin the thinking behind registered intermediary assessment. What and how we can assess will be explored in detail with practical examples. We will also consider how we adapt assessment to fit the needs of interviews/court and the offence type.

  • Participants to log on 15mins prior to start of sessions
  • Participants to complete pre course registration information for trainers.

The City Law School and the School of Health Sciences will deliver this CPD course in conjunction with Intermediaries for Justice (IfJ). This course is for IfJ members only and will be presented by Susan Stewart, Catherine Chamberlain (intermediaries) and Dr Kevin Smith, National Vulnerable Witness Advisor.

For further information on IfJ and how to become a member, please visit IfJ's website.

Course outcomes

Course outcomes

  • The police perspective of intermediary assessment (Kev Smith)
  • The purpose, manner and thinking behind registered intermediary assessment (Susan Stewart and Catherine Chamberlain)
  • An intermediary assessment framework (Susan Stewart and Catherine Chamberlain)
  • Tailoring our assessment to the allegation (Susan Stewart and Catherine Chamberlain)

NB The course will not cover the assessment of adults with acquired or progressive conditions, those with a primary mental health difficulty or vulnerable suspects/defendants.



Prerequisite knowledge

  • You must be a full IFJ member
  • You will need to have access to Zoom to participate.