This course has been developed for practitioners and managers who have responsibility for cases that involve the investigation or management of victims or perpetrators of sexual offences against children and any associated offences.
There is no expectation of previous student academic knowledge of the psychology of the offender, although some basic knowledge of the investigative and interview processes is presumed. It will provide insight and background into theories used to explain the sexual abuse of children.
Multi-agency strategies are also included in the elements of the course as well as knowledge identifying critical aspects of sexual offending and child psychological development relevant to investigations.
Dr Amy McKee is a consultant clinical forensic psychologist who specialises in working with the Police and other agencies providing risk assessments, management advice, consultancy and treatment interventions. She has extensive experience in working with offenders who present with complex forensic and mental health needs.
Lynsey Eglington has nearly two decades of experience of collaborative working within a statutory and non-statutory setting as a specialist investigator. She specialises in achieving "best evidence" in complex investigations from initial disclosure through the entire evidential process ensuring investigations withstand scrutiny from start to finish.
• Describe the process of planning a response to identified risk on receipt of a referral of a child abuse allegation.
• Explain how to conduct an effective multi-agency strategy meeting
• Describe the procedures and responsibilities of partner agencies within a child protection conference.
• Discuss the appropriate investigative approach for types of child abuse investigations and challenges that can be presented in such investigations.
• Identify risk factors commonly linked to child abuse and discuss the content of interview plans, strategies and pre-interview briefings.
• Explain different types of online research and investigation, including use of the UK Child Abuse Images Database (CAID).
• Discuss the role of the Crown Prosecution Service, Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team and their expectations of the investigative file.
• Identify the characteristics of female sexual offenders in order to review similarities between male and female offenders. This will also include identification of characteristics of juvenile sexual offenders.
• Review risk for; Male, Female and Juvenile offenders and outline the typologies of the "Internet Sexual Offender".
• Review of the theories of child development and their relevance to child abuse investigation, in order to assist in understanding types of vulnerability which may develop following child abuse. This includes insight into the effect of trauma on child memory and how social media influences child behaviours.
• Planning and Assessment
• Multi-agency strategy meetings
• Procedures and responsibilities of partner agencies within a child protection conference
• Types of child abuse and Investigation
• Interview plans, strategies and pre-interview briefings
• Online research and investigation, including use of the UK Child Abuse Images Database (CAID)
• The Crown Prosecution Service, Rape and Serious Sexual Offences team
• Characteristics of female sexual offenders and juvenile sexual offenders
• The “Internet Sexual Offender”
• Theories of child development relevant to child abuse investigation
3 days of classroom study phase with some additional learning elements
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