Why turning a blind eye is no longer acceptable

By |2020-02-26T16:09:51+00:00February 26th, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog|Tags: , |

Why turning a blind eye is no longer acceptable We heard yesterday from the long-awaited national enquiry into Cyril Smith that the Westminster establishment ‘turned a blind eye’ to child abuse allegations. Smith and other high-profile MPs were protected from police action by their parties as their whips tried to avoid damaging ‘gossip and scandal’, the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) concluded in a damning assessment of political culture spanning years. Institutions ‘significantly failed in their responses to allegations’ of child abuse, it finds, criticising former Liberal leader Lord Steel for failing to pass on claims against Smith - [...]

Intersol extend their investigation training, qualification, and operational reach into Scotland

By |2020-02-21T16:55:27+00:00February 21st, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Conferences, Education, Training, University News|Tags: , , , , , |

Intersol extend their investigation training, qualification, and operational reach into Scotland. As a result of demand from Scottish Universities we have developed our service provision 'north of the border' with the recruitment of 3 new investigation associates in Scotland. Whilst the investigation principles and forensic psychology of people are broadly consistent the world over (perhaps with the odd cultural difference), this development will enable a more empathetic approach to the nuances of civil serious misconduct investigation in Scotland. As the team embark on their first investigation commission next week we wish them every success.               [...]

AMOSSHE Winter Conference – Mental Health and Wellbeing

By |2020-02-17T16:42:24+00:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Conferences, Education|Tags: , , , , , |

AMOSSHE Winter Conference - Mental Health and Wellbeing  Intersol are delighted to sponsor AMOSSHE and their valuable work throughout 2020 and our CEO, Ian Hynes, and CFO, Philip Adlem, have been busy making the final plans to attend their sold-out Winter Conference in Bath later this week. The dreadful cost to mental health and wellbeing of NOT conducting discipline investigations empathetically, thoroughly, and fairly to determine reliable outcomes is often incalculable. Those adversely affected by inappropriate investigation methods and process not only include reporting and reported students but extends to those members of staff charged with the heavy responsibility of conducting [...]

NDAs – The Ticking Time-Bomb for Universities?

By |2020-02-12T13:00:44+00:00February 12th, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Education, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Training, University News|Tags: , , , , , , |

NDAs - The Ticking Time-Bomb for Universities? Universities ‘gagging sexual assault claims’ according to the BBC The BBC have today reported that Universities are gagging students to prevent them from disclosing details of sexual assaults, bullying and poor teaching. The report details how several students told the BBC that they felt ‘pressured’ into signing NDA’s (non-disclosure agreements), with one student being told she would be expelled if she broke her contract. According to Universities UK, a representative body for UK Universities, NDA’s should not be used to silence students. The BBC submitted FOI requests to expose the statistics in the number [...]

How to Address Rape Trauma at the Investigation Stage

By |2020-01-23T17:19:41+00:00January 23rd, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Investigative Interviewing, Law Enforcement, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Training|Tags: , , , , |

How to Address Rape Trauma at the Investigation Stage Whilst we at Intersol no longer operate in the criminal investigation arena a topic of such importance occasionally arises that merits dipping back into it with the intention to reinforce learning and/or support practitioners. Todays furore about a judge criticised for finding woman was not raped because she took ‘no physical steps’ to stop her assailant is one of those occasions. Why? Because 15 years ago this author was privileged to work with a forensic psychologist, Zoe Loderick, to train a number of CJS stakeholders to understand Rape Trauma and exercise tactics [...]

University Investigations – An Interview With Intersol Globals CEO

By |2020-01-21T14:08:59+00:00January 21st, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Conferences, Investigative Interviewing, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Seminars and Workshops, Training, University News|Tags: , , , , |

University Investigations - An Interview With Intersol Globals CEO “IAN HYNES is the CEO of Intersol Global and we’ve spent 30 minutes capturing some insight into the world of the Intersol Investigation Case Management System. We were curious to understand how Ian and the team remain impartial within the many Sectors that they are partnering with. We’re lucky that we have experts within the ever challenging and demanding HE Sector. Each month, we will spend 30 minutes interviewing colleagues and partners, making a difference in the sector. Ian and the team will be hosting a practical ‘Taster session’ around redacted case [...]

Toxic Workplace Culture and Social Contagion – The ticking ‘time-bomb’ for Higher Education?

By |2020-01-20T15:28:55+00:00January 20th, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Investigative Interviewing, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Training, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |

Toxic Workplace Culture and Social Contagion - The ticking 'time-bomb' for Higher Education? andnbsp; Witnessing workplace harassment and discrimination - Overcoming the ‘social contagion’ of toxic work culture The team at 'Talk to Spot', a Bot driven reporting tool, commissioned research to examine the experience of witnessing workplace harassment and discrimination, the barriers to reporting such behavior to human resources, and how organisations can improve reporting procedures. The research involved a collaboration between Spot, researchers from three UK universities, and various NGOs and nonprofits that provide support for individuals with protected characteristics. The study was conducted because understanding the witness experience [...]

Collaboratively Improving University Student and Staff Safety.

By |2020-02-17T16:42:50+00:00January 17th, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Conferences, Investigative Interviewing, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Seminars and Workshops, Training|Tags: , , , , |

Collaboratively Improving University Student and Staff Safety. Student and staff wellbeing is rightly high on the agenda of all UK Universities in 2020 and why we're excitedly looking forward to delivering a keynote at this conference and hosting a 2 hour practical workshop to explore the first actions to be considered when serious misconduct which might amount to criminality is reported. Learn from real life redacted case studies, the sector has had years of being advised 'what to do', come with us on an investigation journey with insight into the 'how to do it'! Only a few places left. Best of [...]

Student rape reports: The battle to be believed (BBC 15/1/20)

By |2020-01-15T11:06:20+00:00January 15th, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Investigative Interviewing, Law Enforcement, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Training|Tags: , , |

Student rape reports: The battle to be believed (BBC 15/1/20) (Courtesy of The BBC and acknowledgements to reporter Megan Fisher) Viewer discretion, language and images of a sexual nature. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/uk-51073884/student-rape-reports-the-battle-to-be-believed Intersol Comment The work we've done in HE has halved investigation cost, delivering reliable and safe outcomes in half the time.  4 years operating in Higher Education as trainers, advisers and investigators consistently highlights 3 key issues that challenge the sector in terms of investigating serious misconduct, particularly where that misconduct might amount to criminality and irrespective of whether those involved are students or staff. Those issues are captured by the [...]

The Mind and Working Memory Explained – Why skilled Forensic Interviewing Is Critical

By |2020-01-12T12:00:09+00:00January 12th, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Investigative Interviewing, Law Enforcement, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Training|Tags: , , , , |

The Mind and Working Memory Explained -Why Skilled Forensic Interviewing Is Critical andnbsp; Relaxing from work and catching up with a bit of Netflix I happened across "The Mind Explained", a series of short documentaries released late last year and just couldn't resist it! It pretty much tells the investigator all they need to know about the fragility and limitations of memory and therefore why reliable forensic investigative interviewing is critical to securing safe and reliable outcomes for ALL stakeholders in an investigation and why the team here at Intersol were so determined to design an externally validated and regulated qualification [...]