We are working in partnership with Social Work Scotland, Police Scotland and Police College Scotland on developing training to support the new model of Joint Investigative Interviews.
The Evidence and Procedure Review (2015) recommended the development of a new model of gathering evidence from children to ensure evidence presented, pre-trial and at court, was of a high quality. This will remove the need for vulnerable children to give evidence in court.
We are working with the project team to make sure the training programme for Joint Investigative Interviews is informed by research and the views of practitioners and national organisations. This will allow more in-depth training of interviewers, which recognises the degree of skill required when gathering evidence from child witnesses. It will be based on nationally agreed standards and will support consistent practice across Scotland.
Along with the Scottish Police College we will have joint ownership of the standard the training is based on. Joint ownership will include quality assuring learning programmes. This work is consistent with our Strategic Plan 2017-20, which includes supporting the recommendations of Part two the National Health and Social Care Workforce Plan. Both documents highlight the importance in increasing the capacity of the workforce in quality improvement.
Joint ownership of the standard for Joint Investigative Interviews by the SSSC and the Scottish Police College will support partnership working between social work and the police. It will extend opportunities to share learning and expertise in this important area of practice. It will support social work post-qualifying career progression and contributes to evidencing enhanced social work practice.
We welcome this opportunity for development of joint working with partners which will contribute to improving outcomes of the lives of children, young people and their families.