This three day CPD training will enable participants to quickly and confidently:

  • establish rapport, set clear expectations and introduce communication rules
  • assess children’s communication needs (in relation to giving evidence)
  • undertake forensic questioning to a high evidential standard
  • reflect on, critique and develop practice.

This is a selective intake programme that is available only to members of teams (within Triangle and beyond) who have experience of working with and interviewing children and young people.

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Be able to quickly assess children’s communicative competence and needs, including children who are very young or traumatised or have communication impairments, and know when expert help is needed.
  • Be clear about the essential elements of good forensic questioning based on evidence from recent research
  • Be able to use the right questioning techniques for each child (this means developmentally appropriate questioning based on assessment of their communication needs)
  • Be confident about question types:
  • Be able to recognise and code the key question types
  • Be able to quickly retrieve a range of open-ended questions and prompts and explain why they matter and know when leading or closed questions are appropriate
  • Have a range of strategies for:
  • rapport building, rule setting and closure
  • exploring understanding of truth and lies
  • getting to the topic
  • separating out incidents
  • using communication aids
  • clarifying children’s accounts
  • working with intermediaries
  • Demonstrate their knowledge through a closed book exam
  • Demonstrate their skills through a range of group activities
  • Explain their reasoning for the approach taken under mock cross-exam conditions.


This course is aimed at individuals who work for police forces or other organisations involved in interviewing children and young people. Please call or email us for more information. This course is currently delivered in person from the Triangle office in Brighton.

Course dates with remaining availability: (please enquire by email if you cannot make the dates available but are interested in attending as we will be releasing spaces and course dates throughout the year)

  • June 14th-16th 2022 (FULLY BOOKED)
  • June 27th-29th 2022 (ONLY 4 SPACES REMAINING)
  • Course dates for September and December tbc, please email to register interest.

Course costs:

The course currently costs £600 + VAT per participant. This cost does not cover accommodation. Each course has limited spaces as the numbers per course are capped to allow participants to fully benefit during the group activities.

If you have any questions about this course please email us or give us a ring on 01273 305888.