Achieving Best Evidence Interviewing Training

Specialist Communication Techniques offers interview training in accordance with the Home Office guidance document, Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceeding 2011.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who’s role may involve communicating with vulnerable and intimidated witnesses in accordance with S16 and S17 of the Youth Justice & Criminal Evidence Act 1999, In particular:

  • Police (including Special Constabulary and Police Community Support Officers)
  • National Crime Agency staff
  • Border Force Staff
  • Immigration & Customs Enforcement staff
  • HM Revenue and Customs staff
  • Independent Police Complaints Commission staff
  • Insolvency Service
  • Local Authority Adult & Children’s Services
  • Trading Standards staff

What this training covers

  • Who are vulnerable and intimidated witnesses?
  • Planning for a vulnerable or intimidated witness interview
  • Written interview plans
  • The use of rapport within an interview
  • Points to prove within an interview
  • Requesting and obtaining a free recall (narrative)
  • The use of forensically appropriate questions within an enhanced cognitive interview
  • Investigative interviewing and fine grain detail
  • Child competency
  • The closure phase of an investigative interview
  • The use and limitations of summaries

Benefits of Attending

Participants will

  • Understand who vulnerable and intimidated witnesses are, and what special measures are available to these witnesses.
  • Appreciate the importance of planning for a vulnerable or intimidated witness and how the completion of an interview plan can assist with an interview and show the professionalism and integrity of the interview process to others in the legal process.
  • Understand the importance of the rapport phase of an interview and how to balance the need for rapport with the interests and needs of court proceedings.
  • Understand how to structure their interviewing to take account of the need to prove the necessary elements of a criminal offence
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the constituent parts of the cognitive interview and how this interacts with current court trends and expectations

What does the training mean for your business or organisation?

Employees who have attended the training will be able to conduct an interview, with a vulnerable or intimated witness that will encourage the witness to provide the fullest of accounts in a forensically acceptable manner. The training will be underpinned by the practical experience of the trainer and recent and relevant academic research in this field.

What does the training cost and where is it held?

Costs will be provided on request. Training will normally be provided at a venue of your choice with up to a maximum of 10 participants.