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 [...]

Reporting serious sexual misconduct – crucial advice for students AND staff.

By |2020-03-12T13:39:38+00:00March 12th, 2020|Categories: CEO's Blog, Education, Professional Development, University News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Reviewing the advice published by McAllister Olivarius and The 1752 Group a simple and obvious measure to improve service delivery to victims of sexual misconduct that might amount to a criminal offence came to mind and I can't believe we didn't think of it before. Maybe because sometimes you're so professionally absorbed that you need to take a step back to see the woods for the trees! If YOU decide to report such an incident to your institution and YOU decide that you want it investigated by them under their discipline code insist that the interviewer has a specialist qualification in [...]

AMOSSHE 2020 Winter Bulletin

By |2020-02-28T10:19:25+00:00February 28th, 2020|Categories: Investigative Interviewing, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Training, University News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

AMOSSHE 2020 Winter Bulletin In this, our first contribution to AMOSSHE's seasonal bulletin, we focus on reassurance and rationale to explain how we maintain our independence and ethos in an area of business that is entering a transformational 'change' era. If you would like to understand more about how we support HE with training and investigation services, indeed share the learning from dozens of successful investigations, please contact the team at info@dev.intersolglobal.com The short bulletin can be read here  

Cambridge college head ‘steps back’ over handling of sex complaints

By |2020-02-23T19:40:37+00:00February 23rd, 2020|Categories: Investigative Interviewing, Products and Solutions, Professional Development, Training, University News|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Trinity Hall: Cambridge college head 'steps back' over handling of sex complaints The head of a Cambridge college has stepped back from his duties after allegations he mishandled a series of sexual misconduct complaints. Dr Jeremy Morris, the master of Trinity Hall, has agreed to move aside while an internal review into procedures is under way. It comes after both students and staff were accused of misconduct in recent years. Trinity Hall said the decision was subject to further consultation. Comment: Whilst there remains work to be done many institutions are starting to realise that these are issues that can no [...]

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.               [...]

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 [...]