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Rape Prosecution Process

By |2021-11-03T18:01:05+00:00November 3rd, 2021|Categories: CEO's Blog, Investigative Interviewing, Law Enforcement, Legal Services, Professional Development|Tags: , , , , , |

Rape Prosecution Process Whilst we are not directly involved in the investigation of rape to the criminal standard of proof, we are very much involved in its investigation to the civil standard (known as balance of probabilities) in discipline investigations. It is therefore crucial to understand ALL the moving parts of rape investigation case management, and maintain a 'weather-eye' on the potential for an investigation to 'go criminal'. IF you opt to go to the police and report, this is an excellent summary of the process that follows if and when your case reaches the CPS. Note the repeated reference to [...]

When Safeguarding Case Management (SCM) Goes Wrong

By |2020-06-15T18:25:11+00:00June 15th, 2020|Categories: Audit and Compliance, Audit and GRC, CEO's Blog, Conferences, Education, Financial Services, Health, Health and Safety, Investigative Interviewing, Law Enforcement, Legal Services, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Regulators, Safeguarding, Seminars and Workshops, Sport, Training, University News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

When Safeguarding Case Management (SCM) Goes Wrong When safeguarding goes wrong the consequences are frequently catastrophic and life-changing. Whether it's sports, education, charities, health, or the workplace, there is no shortage of examples of the devastating impact of sub-standard Safeguarding Case Management (SCM). Increasing commissions to review SCM highlight the inter-dependancies of proactive and reactive phases of SCM. Only when the proactive goes wrong or is found wanting is the relationship between them scrutinised and the reactive phase triggered. That phase is NOT just about apportioning blame, 'putting a head on a stick', it is as much about WHY something has [...]

Trauma informed remote interviewing of vulnerable witnesses

By |2020-06-05T11:32:10+00:00June 5th, 2020|Categories: Audit and Compliance, Audit and GRC, CEO's Blog, Conferences, Education, Financial Services, Health, Health and Safety, Investigative Interviewing, Law Enforcement, Legal Services, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Regulators, Seminars and Workshops, Sport, Training, University News|Tags: , , , , , , |

Trauma informed remote interviewing of vulnerable witnesses At a time when interviewing key witnesses face to face is particularly challenging this short paper highlights some specific challenges when that witness is vulnerable, particularly in the context of trauma informed investigation. Much has been discussed on webinars about the benefits and pitfalls of remote interviewing and it is not unreasonable to think that there will be pressure post-Covid to conduct many more interviews 'virtually' to secure savings and efficiencies, and rightly so. However, there must always remain those instances when there is no substitute for the benefits and well-being secured by face [...]

Skillsfirst revalidate our self-awarding status

By |2020-06-01T12:37:24+00:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: Audit and Compliance, Audit and GRC, CEO's Blog, Education, Financial Services, Health, Health and Safety, Investigative Interviewing, Law Enforcement, Legal Services, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Regulators, Sport, Training|Tags: , , |

Skillsfirst revalidate our self-awarding status. Following recent annual inspection, we are delighted that we have again successfully met the regulatory criteria to be a Skillsfirst Awards, Recognised Centre (number 205.001). This means that Intersol can continue to award the Level 3 Certificate in Investigative Interviewing, IIC3. Inadequate and ill-informed investigative interviewing can destroy careers and lives, even cost them. This is why this qualification should be the minimum expectation of anybody entrusted with this heavy responsibility. We have proportionately and relevantly adapted this training making it meaningful for any business sector that conducts meetings to identify reliable facts and detail. If [...]

What is Investigation Case Management? What Makes It Extraordinary?

By |2020-05-05T08:03:40+00:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: Audit and Compliance, Audit and GRC, CEO's Blog, Education, Financial Services, Health, Health and Safety, Investigative Interviewing, Law Enforcement, Legal Services, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Regulators, Sport, Training, Uncategorized, University News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Do you or your organisation conduct investigations? Do you need to store and exchange information securely? Are your processes subject to scrutiny? Do you value your stake-holders welfare and well-being? Is risk and reputation management important to the business?  Yes, to any of the above? Read on!  What is an investigation?  An investigation is a thorough search for facts, especially those that are hidden or need to be sorted out in a complex situation. The goal of an investigation is usually to determine how or why something happened, not to apportion blame (Dictionary.com). Investigative skills are key cognitive areas of decision making that guide or [...]

Intersol and Polonious partner to deliver unique Investigation Case Management Solution (ICMS)

By |2020-04-28T11:45:51+00:00April 28th, 2020|Categories: Audit and Compliance, Audit and GRC, CEO's Blog, Financial Services, Health, Health and Safety, Investigative Interviewing, Law Enforcement, Legal Services, Products and Solutions, Regulators, Sport, Training, Uncategorized, University News|Tags: , , , , , |

Intersol Global and Polonious are delighted to announce their strategic partnership to deliver an Investigation Case Management Solution to a range of global markets. The collaboration fuses the world class practical investigation expertise of Intersol with the technical knowledge and support of Polonious. Initial focus will be on safeguarding, sport and education, business areas in which both companies have an existing established footprint. Daniel Skeggs (pictured), UK representative of Polonious said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership, it will add significant value to investigations across many sectors. Following on from our successful deployments in religious and academic institutions in Australia we [...]

Business as (un)usual – Our online solution for workplace discipline investigations and virtual investigation meetings

By |2020-03-26T18:16:12+00:00March 26th, 2020|Categories: Audit and Compliance, Audit and GRC, CEO's Blog, Education, Financial Services, Health, Health and Safety, Investigative Interviewing, Law Enforcement, Legal Services, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Regulators, Seminars and Workshops, Sport, Training, Uncategorized, University News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Business as (un)usual - Our online solution for workplace discipline investigations and virtual investigation meetings. It is a sad reality that even in times of catastrophic crisis there remains a demand to conduct workplace investigations. If anything it is even more vital that they are conducted with skill, sensitivity, and empathy, the crisis faced by all is challenging enough without added strains of inconsiderate and insensitive  investigation. It is equally critical that investigations already underway or awaiting outcomes are not neglected or overlooked, adding additional strain on those involved; long-term well-being and mental health must remain central to decision-making. Business continuity, [...]

Congratulations to Queensland Dept of Agriculture and Fisheries

By |2020-02-28T09:19:53+00:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: Investigative Interviewing, Law Enforcement, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Seminars and Workshops, Training|Tags: , , , |

Congratulations to Queensland Dept of Agriculture and Fisheries The latest cohort from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries have today completed an advanced investigative interview course in Brisbane, Australia. Facilitated by our COO and Case manager, Mick Confrey, the course reflects the only investigative interviewing course in the world that has been externally accredited as a qualification as opposed to self-certification and received excellent feedback from all delegates. Are you a regulatory that values investing in staff? Do you want to set the standard from the top? Do you believe that investigators with the power to change lives should be [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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