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 “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? 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. 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) (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 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 [...]
Tougher sanctions for Universities that fail to tackle the growing problem of sexual misconduct and harassment.
Tougher sanctions for Universities that fail to tackle the growing problem of sexual misconduct and harassment The Office for Students (OfS) today released their ‘statement of expectations’ covering the processes, policies and systems they expect providers to have in place and proposals for sanctions on Universities who fail to tackle harassment and sexual misconduct. Significantly the proposals expect providers to investigate complaints made in relation to any of its registered students and that “the investigation process should be demonstrably fair, independent, and free from any reasonable perception of bias”, and that “all panel members should be appropriately trained in handling complaints [...]