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‘The investigation is ultimately the search for the truth’​

By |2021-07-08T11:14:08+00:00July 8th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

What is an Investigation? The hunt for a ‘head on a stick’ or an impartial search for verifiable detail? We asked our CEO, Ian Hynes what Investigation means to him, from the perspective of Intersol Global who focus on training, qualifying, advising on, and conducting investigations across 8 sectors. Media sensationalism and stereotyping would have you believe the former, qualified, and skilled investigators the latter. Damage caused by the former mindset can potentially be irreparable, life, and career-altering, yet the investigation profession in the UK remains totally unregulated and anybody can set themselves up as an investigator with no qualification or experience. The [...]

Accessibility, training & cost: why hiring external investigation firms makes more sense

By |2021-06-17T15:00:41+00:00June 17th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

As Universities recognise and respond to reports of sexual misconduct, the way that universities investigate reports of sexual misconduct has come under increasing scrutiny. Recent Freedom of Information Act requests has revealed that to meet the increasing requirements required to investigate these high stakes sensitive reports, some Universities have chosen to employ individual investigators from a specialist background at the cost of £35-50,000 per annum per investigator. Others have chosen to utilise the services of external investigations companies, such as Intersol Global. What are the differences Intersol Global brings universities over the option to employ individual investigators? Accessibility Intersol Global gives [...]

HR Poll displays how the role of an Investigator is misperceived

By |2021-06-18T13:10:34+00:00May 17th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

HR Poll displays how the role of an Investigator is misperceived Providers of Investigation & Investigative Interviewing Solutions A recent webinar hosted by ACAS and CIPD (see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbXlPlUkq_k&t=72s) reinforced the importance of informal resolutions and examined many of the “what to do’s” to ensure compliance with the ACAS investigation guidelines that endorse the principle of ‘fairness’ in workplace investigations. What it didn’t do was address the “How to do’s” Worryingly It also drove out the headline finding that almost half of the HR professionals in attendance thought that the role of the investigator is to GATHER [...]

Creating an Anti-Racist Culture in Higher Education

By |2021-05-10T11:32:12+00:00May 10th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

“We need to stop fearing the differences and understand, embrace, and celebrate students” Last month, Intersol Global’s Hazel George attended AMOSSHE’s ‘Creating an Anti-Racist Culture’ in Higher Education conference. Hazel is a highly-skilled investigator and trainer, with vast experience conducting high stakes and complex investigations into racial, homophobic, and religious issues. We asked Hazel to share her key takeaways from the conference, hosted by AMOSSHE, who we are proud to sponsor.  Achieving an anti-racist culture in Higher Education Conference - a review by Hazel George, an Intersol Investigator… Attending the AMOSSHE Conference it was great to see a willingness to review [...]

OFS – Urgent action to tackle harassment and sexual misconduct

By |2021-04-28T16:14:59+00:00April 28th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

The Office for Students (OfS) is the independent regulator of Higher Education in England. On 19th April 2021 OfS called for urgent action to tackle harassment and sexual misconduct in Universities and Colleges. OfS Chief Executive Nicola Dandridge urged all Higher Education providers to review their policies, systems, and procedures before the next academic year. This call for urgent action came on the same day as the OfS published their statement of expectations for preventing and addressing harassment and sexual misconduct affecting students in higher education. https://www.officeforstudents.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/student-wellbeing-and-protection/prevent-and-address-harassment-and-sexual-misconduct/statement-of-expectations/ In her blog on the OfS website Ms. Dandridge stated: “The statement provides a [...]

Sexual Abuse and Misconduct in Education – Corporate Position

By |2021-04-01T14:42:25+00:00April 1st, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

At Intersol Global we believe that primacy for the investigation of reports of sexual offending and misconduct must always reside with the police. We also believe that adults have a right to make an informed choice as to whether they report the matter to the police or not and understand that in some instances, on a risk to others basis, those receiving reports of sexual misconduct may be justified in overriding the individual’s choice and report the matter to the police. In all cases, reporting parties must be supported, and their welfare needs to be addressed. Our highly experienced investigators are [...]

Privileged to Support Victims of Serious Sexual Abuse in Football

By |2021-03-19T14:58:12+00:00March 19th, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

This week, Intersol Global's CEO Ian Hynes shared a few words, thoughts, and reflections upon the two reviews published earlier this week regarding Child Sexual Abuse in Football between 1970 - 2005. "Both the FA and Manchester City published reviews and reports this week. The FA review was titled an Independent Review into Child Sexual Abuse in Football 1970-2005 by Clive Sheldon, whilst Manchester City FC published the findings of the Mulcahy report into sexual abuse of young footballers. Both of these reviews make the outcomes and learning very clear. Over several years, specialist Forensic Interviewers from Intersol Global led the [...]

Get 10 – 25% off Intersol Global online training courses this February – April

By |2021-02-09T13:38:54+00:00February 9th, 2021|Categories: Training|

For a limited time, Intersol Global is offering 10 – 25% off online courses via Intersol Academy between February – April 2021. The discount offers 1-7 delegates 10% off an online course or 8 delegates 25% off an online course per organisation. For more than 8 delegates please contact our training team at info@intersolglobal.com. “I just wanted to say personally a huge thank you for what you delivered here today. I know that staff have been talking about how good both sessions were and the relevance to our services, they have been really empowered and inspired”. Social Service Safeguarding, HR Head [...]

A guide to empathy, rapport & trust in the workplace

By |2021-02-02T17:08:03+00:00February 1st, 2021|Categories: Investigative Interviewing, Training|

As we enter Sexual abuse and sexual violence awareness week 2021 it presents an opportunity to better understand how empathy, rapport, and trust during workplace investigation meetings will do so much to support and deliver reliable outcomes for victims. Mick Confrey, Intersol chief operations officer, shares the experience of conducting hundreds of workplace cognitive interviews.  A key skill of an investigator conducting investigation meetings/interviews with persons reporting traumatic events is their ability to support and empower the person to give their account of events at their pace and in the order, they choose to relay the reported events. At the same [...]

Intersol Global align services with Calderbank HR

By |2021-01-29T16:59:49+00:00January 29th, 2021|Categories: Human Resources|

Intersol Global is delighted to align services with Calderbank HR. Ian Hynes, CEO at Intersol Global said: “This alignment with the first-class services delivered by Calderbank HR affords a quite unique opportunity to deliver joined-up end-to-end workplace HR case management that will enable much better-informed decision-making, delivering reliable and fair outcomes for all staff, protecting reputation and saving money by ‘investing to save’”. Intersol Global train, qualify, advise, and conduct investigations and investigative interviewing within HR. They train and qualify you to better conduct low-risk volume investigations and support you by conducting the more serious and complex whilst ensuring you remain [...]

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