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Law and Policing for Intermediaries 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

**Due to the ongoing & evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, all CPD courses have been cancelled until further notice. Delegates who have already booked onto a course will be offered full refunds in due course.**

This course provides intermediaries with:

(a) an understanding of the investigative interviewing framework, tools and techniques which the police are trained to use in witness and suspect interviews and
(b) a broad understanding of the legal framework covering rights-based laws, the life of a prosecution and specific legal principles which apply in the criminal and other courts. Legal terminology will be explained and legal concepts which intermediaries come across in criminal trials.

The aim is to give participants an invaluable understanding of how to apply this information to the work intermediaries do when supporting communication.

Who is this course for? This course has been developed for intermediaries

Course requirements: IfJ Full, International or Associate member. Join here.

Course content:

  • An in-depth review of the investigative interviewing framework which police officers use in ABE and suspect interviews
  • Tools and techniques employed by the police in an interview and the implications for intermediary work
  • Topical issues for intermediaries in investigative interviewing (including interview planning, preparing the witness for the interview, leading questions and the use of drawings, photographs and props )
  • An introduction to the law of England and Wales, the role of the CPS and the Police, the rights-based laws which apply in all courts, and the specific legal principles which apply in the criminal and family courts.
  • You will learn about the different courts and who you will find in different courts and key legal terminology will be explained so that you can better understand what is being discussed in court.
  • There will also be an opportunity to ask the questions about the criminal law and process which you have come across and not fully understood.
  • The course will also look at how to apply this information to the work intermediaries do, supporting communication.

Course facilitators: Robin St John Sellers (Senior Lecturer City Law School and Barrister), Dr Kev Smith (National Vulnerable Witness Adviser) and Police Investigative Interviewing specialists.