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SEA investigations

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Event Date: 03/07/2018
Duration: 4 days
Location: Geneva, Switzerland
Booking Deadline: 02/07/2018
Price: TBC

 This four-day workshop demonstrates how to conduct fair, thorough and confidential investigations into complaints of staff misconduct, with a particular focus on allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse of affected populations.

Who should attend? 

Mid- to senior-level staff who are, or may be, designated to investigate allegations of staff misconduct within their organisation.

Course content: 

The course covers the following topics:

·         What is abuse?

·         The principles underpinning investigations

·         Investigation planning

·         Conducting investigations, including interviewing

·         Documentary and other evidence, and site visits

·         Investigation report and management implication report writing

·         The standard and burden of proof

·         Investigation closure

·         Management of investigations

The third day of the course is a full-day simulation exercise of the interviewing stage of an investigation, using a detailed case study. Actors represent the complainant, subject of complaint and witnesses.

Pre-workshop assignments and background reading: 

The investigations workshop has three mandatory pre-workshop assignments, introducing the legal framework, definitions of exploitation and abuse, complaints handling and the Guidelines for Investigations. The second pre-workshop assignment requires the participants to research and reflect on exploitation and abuse in the context of the country in which they work. A significant amount of background reading is required in order to prepare for the course and complete the pre-workshop assignments.

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of the course, participants will have an increased understanding of the following:

• The principles underpinning investigations.
• The guidelines for investigations.

Furthermore, participants will have developed basic skills in:

• Planning and conducting investigations.
• Reviewing documentary and other evidence, and conducting site visits.
• Interviewing complainants, subjects of complaint and witnesses.
• Reporting findings and making recommendations
• The standard and burden of proof
• Closing an investigation
• Managing an investigation

Course fees: 

The course fee includes facilitation, course materials, lunch and refreshments during the days of the course, and a course completion certificate. The course fee does NOT include the cost of overnight accommodation or travel to and from the training venue.


 Swiss francs (CHF)

Full members

Associate & non-members

Standard rate



Early bird standard rate*



Small agency rate**



Early bird small agency*



 * For bookings made before 8 May 2018, & fee payment made within 15 days of the date of the invoice
**A small agency is one with an annual expenditure of less than 5 million Swiss francs.

Programme guide

Day 1: 
What is abuse? 
Principles of investigations
Investigation skills
Stages of an investigation
Gathering and analysing information
The standard and burden of proof
Using specific language

Day 2: 
Models of interviewing
Interviewing witnesses
Interviewing subjects of complaint
Investigation planning and preparation
Planning and preparation for interview simulation exercise

Day 3: 
Full day’s simulation exercise of the interview stage of an investigation (actors represent the complainant, subject of complaint and witnesses).

Day 4: 
Review of investigation and interview plans
Writing investigation reports and management implication reports
Closure of the investigation
Management of investigations

Terms and conditions: 

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