SoFI Accredited Training Providers

The Theory unit will be available as a distance learning module through the SoFI website. The Practical unit will be available through SoFI Accredited Training Providers (ATP).

Individuals and organisations who wish to access the SoFI Accreditation Scheme will be directed to a page on the website listing our Accredited Training Providers (ATP). They will be free to select any ATP from that list. SoFI does not intend to charge either the user or the provider for this service.

Accredited Trainer Approval Policy

Benefits of becoming an ATP

 

  • Inclusion in the list of ATP’s on the SoFI website (ordered by date of joining)
  • Freedom to control your course fees
  • Unlimited number of courses per annum
  • Use of the SoFI logo (subject to conditions)
  • The promotion of the SoFI Accreditation Scheme to organisations across all sectors
  • Inclusion in Partnership page of the SoFI website stating that you are supporting ethical investigative interviewing (organisations with in-house training only)

 

Any training provider may apply for membership of SoFI and subsequent ATP status.

Organisations who have in-house training are also welcome to apply.

 

How do I become a Member?

Membership applications can only be made through the website. Go to the ‘Membership’ page and follow the instructions. You need to pay in full at the time of applying, and the approval process will normally be completed within one working day. If your application is unsuccessful you will be refunded the subscription fee.

Please provide as much information as possible in the application and read the Articles of Association carefully as you will be required to comply with them.

 

 

Who can become a Member?

Associate

Eligibility:

– Anyone

– Agree to SoFI Articles of Association

 

Benefits:

– Access to Members area of website

– Voting rights

– Some discounts for events

– Eligible to be selected for sub-committees

– Eligible to enter the SoFI Theory of Ethical Investigative Interviewing (Foundation Level) course leading to a qualification accredited by Skills for Justice Awards

Not eligible to sit on MC or Committees

Not eligible to use the SoFI logo

 

Costs:

Membership fee@ £20 p.a.

 

 

Professional Member

Eligibility:

– Relevant Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

– Agree to SoFI Members Code of Conduct

 

Benefits:

– Access to members area of website

– Voting rights

– Discounts for events

– Eligible for MC and Committees

– Eligible to apply for any Accreditation level

– Not eligible to use the SoFI logo

 

Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

– UK police interview training or equivalent

– External interview training equivalent to the above

– External specialist interview training (on merit)

– Relevant professional training e.g.

Solicitor / Barrister

Psychologist registered with British Psychological Society (BPS)

– Special cases not covered above (on merit)

 

Costs:

Membership fee@ £40 p.a.

 

 

Academic Member

Eligibility:

– Masters Degree or above in a relevant subject

– Currently employed as Lecturer or above in relevant subject

– Agree to SoFI Articles of Association

 

Benefits:

As Professional Member

 

Costs:

Membership fee @ £40 p.a.

 

SoFI Accredited Member

 

Eligibility:

– Associate, Professional Member or Academic Member

– Pass The Society of Forensic Interviewers – Theory of Ethical Investigative Interviewing  – ALP0053

– Agree to SoFI Accredited Members Code of Conduct

 

 

Benefits:

– As Professional Member

– Inclusion on Accreditation list

– Use of SoFI logo

 

Costs:

Membership @ £60 p.a.

(Upgrade from previous level @ £40 / £20)

 

SoFI Accredited Interviewer

 

Eligibility:

– Associate, Professional Member or Academic Member

– Pass The Society of Forensic Interviewers – Theory of Ethical Investigative Interviewing  – ALP0053 and Practical Units

– Agree to SoFI Accredited Interviewers Code of Conduct

 

 

Benefits:

– As Professional Member

– Inclusion on Accreditation list

– Use of post-nominal letters SoFI AI

– Use of SoFI logo

 

Costs:

Membership @ £60 p.a.

(Upgrade from previous level @ £40 / £20)

 

 

SoFI Accredited Training Practitioner

Eligibility:

Accredited Trainer Approval Policy

 

Costs:

Membership @ £60 p.a.

(Upgrade from previous level @ £40 / £20)

 

 

It is open to all sectors including the private sector, public sector and charitable sector, and all areas within those sectors e.g. HR, fraud, compliance, discipline, internal/external investigations, complaints, corruption. It is also open to police officers and employees of other regulatory bodies.

 

We do not support or endorse:

  • Some interview techniques used widely in the USA;
  • Techniques based on body language;
  • Most detecting deception techniques.

 

If you have any queries about our standards please see below or contact info@so-fi.org.

 

Do I need any qualifications to become a member?

You do not need any specific qualifications, academic or otherwise, to become an “Associate”. You do not need to be a ‘trained’ interviewer.

 

We ask that you commit to our ethical standards which result in interviewees being treated fairly, and with respect.

Our aim is to enable others to raise interviewing standards across all sectors.

‘Inclusivity’ is one of our core values.

Do I need to become an Associate to enrol on the course?

Yes, the course is only available to members of SoFI in order that we can provide the proper student support.

We also require our trainees to comply with our Articles of Association.

As an Associate you can also access support for your studying through the Members Forums and Knowledge Bank.

What are the benefits of becoming a Member?

Current benefits:

 

Individual Benefits:

  • Membership of a group with professional status
  • Peer support / networking
  • Access to up to date, relevant legal and academic information
  • Recognised qualification in investigative interviewing – accredited by Skills for Justice Awards
  • Increased marketability of interviewing skills for practitioners and trainers
  • Technical guidance/best practice guides – Knowledge Bank
  • Access to accredited training courses
  • Code of Conduct/ethics
  • Online forum – access to members’ area of website
  • Newsletter

 

Accreditation Scheme

  • Regular accreditation of trainers and training courses
  • Regular accreditation of practitioners
  • Use by organisations/individuals of the quality mark

 

Benefits to your organisation:

  • Uniformity of standards
  • Tiered approach to training
  • Increased consumer confidence and public awareness of quality
  • Recognised benchmark for recruitment standards and competencies for organisations
  • Increased reliability in the interview product for organisations
  • Increased efficiency and cost effectiveness in investigations
  • Increased options available at the conclusion of an investigation
  • Reduction in the number of legally challenged interviews
  • Protection of investment in training by organisations and individuals

What is Forensic Interviewing?

Forensic Interviewing is interviewing in any interview situation that is conducted in a legal setting, the purpose of which is to gain information or evidence to be used in a legal setting or as part of the criminal justice system, or is an interview that, although perhaps not its main purpose, has the future potential to be used as evidence in legal, disciplinary or other investigative scenarios.

It is labelled ‘Forensic Interviewing’ but it is also commonly referred to as ‘Investigative Interviewing’.

Who should use Forensic Interviewing techniques?

Anyone who conducts interviews in the course of their work for any purpose. Forensic Interviewing techniques are not the sole preserve of police officers or investigators; they can also be a useful addition to the interactional toolkit of anyone who conducts interviews in the non-police public sector and private sector e.g. Trading standards, NHS Protect, insurance companies’ fraud departments, HR managers etc.

 

Why should you use Forensic Interview techniques?

Forensic Interviewing techniques do not necessarily replace existing techniques; they can be used to enhance existing interview techniques and can provide a framework through which those who conduct interviews as described in ‘what is Forensic Interviewing’ can adhere to in order to enhance the credibility and quality of interactions as evidence, and enhance the investigative yield from their interactions with suspects/employees/witnesses/victims.

Forensic Interviewing provides a framework that sits above (and does not replace)  locally-held guidance and statutory regulations that interviewers across sectors may be bound by, and provides a higher standard that is chiefly concerned with ethical interviewing techniques and enhancing the evidentiary potential of the interview. Forensic Interviewing in the context of the Society means using techniques that enhance the investigative and evidentiary quality of interviews, whilst enhancing elements of interaction not necessarily immediately at the forefront of the interview remit – building and maintaining rapport with the interviewee.

Forensic Interviewing was adopted by the police service in the United Kingdom in the early 1990’s. Since then it’s use has been the subject of numerous and detailed research projects. Invariably it has been shown to produce a greater quantity of more accurate information than other methods. The inherently ethical nature of the techniques have also resulted in a marked decline in the number of challenges to ‘confession’ evidence that had plagued the police service in previous decades.

The proper use of these techniques should result in a more efficient, and therefore more cost effective investigation, with fewer challenges to the outcomes, and therefore less negative PR for the organisation.

What are the techniques used in Forensic Interviewing?

The techniques relate to the different methods used to obtain the information from the interviewee. Most often the interview will follow a framework known as PEACE,

Planning and preparation;
Engage and explain;
Account;
Conclusion;
Evaluation.

Forensic techniques are used during the Account phase and include Cognitive Interviewing, Enhanced Cognitive Interviewing and Conversation Management.

What do you mean by ‘evidence based and ethical practice’?

The interview techniques we support must be backed by verifiable academic research. Additionally, we believe that every person who is interviewed for a purpose that may have a detrimental effect on themselves or another has the right to be interviewed by a properly trained interviewer using ethical techniques. Specifically we  do not support techniques that aim to secure a confession, use rationalisation or minimisation/maximisation to encourage the interviewee to confess, or include any assumption of guilt. We do not support interrogation techniques or techniques that focus on detecting deception in an interviewee.

What are the standards that you support?

The minimum standards are based upon the guidance in the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Investigative Interviewing Strategy 2009, the PEACE model, the National Operating Standards held by Skills for Justice (CJ101 – CJ103, CJ201 – CJ203, CJ301), and the Home Office document, Achieving Best Evidence. The interview techniques are based on Cognitive Interviewing, Enhanced Cognitive Interviewing and Conversation Management.

Links to more information about these standards can be found in the Resources section.

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