Advanced Interviewing (Tier 3) – Witness & Complainant

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In serious and complex investigations involving trauma, sexual abuse, and vulnerable witnesses, obtaining accounts by means of Video Recorded Interviews (VRI) must be completed in line with relevant legislation (Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999) and policy (Achieving Best Evidence – ABE).

Should the witness’s account be obtained by means of Video Recording Interview and what approach, methodology, and psychology should be applied to the interview?

Incorporating National Occupational Standards (NOS) and College of Policing Guidelines, RSL courses address both Conversation Management and Cognitive Interviewing structures.

This training can be provided with additional bolt on subject matter experts and practitioners such as:

  • Intermediaries
  • Psychologists
  • Barristers
  • Child Social Care practitioners

Our courses include assessed role play interviews which can be pass/fail if required.

Learning Objectives

  • Learners will leave this course trained at the appropriate PIP2 level to conduct visually recorded witness interviews in accordance with Achieving Best Evidence guidelines 
  • Vulnerable witnesses
  • Intimidated witnesses
  • Special measures


Course Length

  • 5-10 days


Featured Modules

  • Mental health and learning disabilities
  • Witness assessment
  • Planning and preparation
  • Rapport and ground rules
  • Truth and lies
  • What effects the memory?
  • Cognitive development of children
  • ROVIs
  • Victims code
  • The use of intermediaries
  • Consent – parental responsibility
  • Features of victims and offenders
  • Equipment and the role of the operator
  • Competence / compellability
  • SME’s
  • Special measures


Course Suitability

  • Police and law enforcement agencies
  • Interviewers from all sectors who are involved in recording witnesses in accordance with Achieving Best Evidence.

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