Course Overview

This five-day course combines two of Mentor’s most popular courses – Understanding Child Sex Offenders and Mentor Interview Technique – to provide a comprehensive insight into understanding the behaviour of perpetrators of sexual crimes against children. Participants then apply this knowledge to create more effective interview strategies.

By understanding how and why sexual abuse takes place, those working at the front line of child protection are better placed to intervene and safeguard the most vulnerable in society. Providing child protection through a greater understanding of how sex offenders operate is the ethos behind the Mentor Interview Technique. This comprehensive specialist interview system has been specifically designed to enhance the skills and knowledge base of those professionals who interview child sex offenders in the course of law enforcement investigations, child protection evaluations and risk assessment and/or management of offenders.

Topics covered include

  • The role of behavioural analysis
  • Myths and facts about child sexual abuse
  • Theoretical perspective – the spiral of sexual abuse
  • Travelling sex offenders
  • Women who sexually abuse children
  • Organised groups of sex offenders
  • Internet child sexual exploitation-implications for those that safeguard children
  • What encourages engagement in interview
  • How theory informs practice in interview planning
  • Advanced techniques and practical skills in interviewing child sexual offenders
  • Offence analysis and sexual offending against children
  • Identified subject profiling
  • The Sullivan Behavioural Analysis Tool (S-BAT)
  • Complex Spiral Grid
  • Manipulation styles
  • Denial Typologies
  • Life History Timelines
  • The Projected Personalities Matrix (PPM)
  • Protocols for interview planning
  • Designing a layered interview approach
  • Demonstrations of interview planning and the delivery of interview strategy
What Participants Gain

This course provides core knowledge and skills for those whose work involves interviewing or meeting with sex offenders. It is particularly relevant to offender managers, social workers, and public protection officers. The content is beneficial to those engaged in risk assessments, intervention programmes, investigation and/or risk management.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the prevalence of child sexual abuse and the degree to which criminal records reflect a perpetrators pattern of sexual offending
  • Recognise the myths and facts about child sexual abuse
  • Comprehend the role which behaviour analysis can play in facilitating a better understanding of offender behaviour
  • Identify common characteristics of offending behaviour
  • Plan for more effective offender interviews & meetings
  • Use behavioural analysis tools to create accurate risk assessments
  • Understand how offender motivations and justifications create a ‘spiral of abuse’
  • Better decide what are the important questions to ask each offender
  • Recognise grooming & manipulation more readily
  • Understand the key features and issues related to women who sexually offend
  • Distinguish the importance of identifying those offenders who travel to facilitate the sexual exploitation of children
  • Identify the prevalence and key features of offenders who engage in group based child sexual exploitation
  • Comprehend the risk factors related to sex offenders who view/download indecent images of children.
  • Use advanced techniques and practical skills to encourage engagement in interview
  • Apply theoretical techniques to plan effective interviews
  • Better analyse sexual offending against children
  • Profile a subject
  • Understand and apply the Sullivan Behaviour Analysis Tool (S-BAT)
  • Utilise the Projected Personalities Matrix (PPM)
  • Design a layered interview approach
Dates and Locations

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Contact us to host your own training!

Mentor trains nationally and internationally. If you wish to discuss running one of our courses in your area we have special rates for block bookings and are happy to design a training event customised for your agency’s specific needs. The training enables police forces, social care services and other multi-agency partners to join together to benefit from a special rate, eliminating the cost of travel, accommodation and subsistence.

Reviews of this Course

  • This technique gives you the knowledge and skills to really explore a suspect’s account and pick out the clues and inconsistencies

    Law Enforcement Officer, USA Specialist Interview Course
  • I can see this technique will greatly assist me to approach interviews with confidence and achieve better than ever before.

    Social worker Specialist Interview Course
  • The case studies are a fantastic way to gain experience of the skills in action. It’s like being in the room as the interview happens.

    Probation officer Specialist Interview Course
  • It’s the first course that I have completed where I didn’t want to leave the room in case I missed something. I didn’t want it to end, so relevant to my day job”  

    KM Nottinghamshire Police
  • "All professionals working in Public Protection should attend this training.”

    HN Nottinghamshire Police

Cost

Dependent on location – please contact for details.

Five-day training course

For more information, call +44 (0) 203 468 1722 or email training@mentorforensics.com

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