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 rape and/or sexual assault and any associated offences, including in a domestic abuse setting.
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 an insight and background into theories associated with sexual offending and offender categorisations as well as dealing with risk assessments and the threat of escalation of sexual offending behaviour.
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.
• Understand theories associated with sexual offending and offending categorisations.
• Identify the components and characteristics of sexual offending.
• Identify and recognise the factors in escalation of sexual offending behaviour.
• Explain the methods and strategies a perpetrator of sexual assaults might use to target a victim and how pornography features in sexual offending behaviour.
• Describe the psychological and neurological impacts of a sexual assault on a victim."
• Recognise why victims of sexual assault do not always report the crime at the time of its occurrence.
• Explain how investigators and other officers and police staff can be affected by an investigation of sexual assault.
• Help identify factors and considerations which impact on interviewing victims and suspects and gather all required evidence in relation to rape and sexual assault investigations in accordance with national investigative interview standards.
• Complete risk assessments and provide appropriate support for victims during an investigation, by formulating a victim safety plan if required and apply risk management to suspects.
• Provide information regarding additional services available for victims, including signposting to support agencies, and explain Criminal Justice procedures, so that they can access all available services and support.
• Carry out analysis, assess evidence, and evaluate material generated by the investigation of serious and complex crimes, so that intelligence generates evidence to identify and charge offenders.
• Theories associated with sexual offending and offending categorisations
• The components and characteristics of sexual offending
• Factors in escalation of sexual offending behaviour
• Methods and strategies a perpetrator of sexual assaults might use to target a victim
• The psychological and neurological impacts of a sexual assault on a victim
• Mental Health of staff dealing with investigations of sexual assault
• Evidence, strategies and investigative interview standards
• Victim safety plans
• Support Services
• Analysis, Assessment and Evaluation
3 days of classroom study
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