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Interviewing children and young people in the context of allegations of reportable conduct and professional misconduct against employees

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This is an ACWA endorsed CPD program offered by Eleonora De Michele Consultancy.

This highly interactive and practice focused 2-day workshop aims to increase confidence and competence in conducting interviews with children in the context of allegations of reportable conduct.

Many staff have little or no experience undertaking investigative interviews with children, especially when those interviews may form the basis for disciplinary action. Consequently, many professionals become concerned about their capacity to interview children when an allegation of reportable conduct or misconduct against an employee is made. However, many of the skills, knowledge and practices used in daily communication with children also apply to more formal investigative interviews with children.

With some prior planning, some basic understanding of children’s memory and developmental capacities and the legal requirements underpinning good questioning, most professionals can complete a competent interview with a child that will be acceptable in the civil arena.

Topics the course will cover include:
  • The purpose and function of investigative interviews
  • The investigative interview framework
  • Child development and how it relates to interviewing practice
  • Planning for the investigative interview
  • Recording the interview: good practice standards
  • How to question children in a developmentally appropriate way
  • Cognitive interviewing techniques and conversation management tools
  • Managing the outcomes of the interview
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to answer the following questions:
  1. What is the purpose of the interview with the child?
  2. What are some of the planning issues I need to think about before I interview a child?
  3. What are some of the child development issues I need to think about before I start the interview with a child?
  4. Is there an interview structure I can follow when interviewing children?
  5. How much detail do I need to gather during the interview?
  6. What types of questions should I use when I’m gathering the detail?
  7. What are some helpful things to say when closing the interview?
Registration and enquiries
Email eleonorad@bigpond.com

This is an ACWA endorsed CPD program. Members can claim CPD hours for their participation.

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