The Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) has today announced that it is working with the College of Policing to develop a new Subject Benchmark Statement for Policing.
Subject Benchmark Statements describe the nature of study and the academic standards expected of graduates in specific subject areas. They show what graduates might reasonably be expected to know, do and understand at the end of their studies. They are used as reference points in the design, delivery and review of academic programmes.
QAA leads the development of the Subject Benchmark Statements and reviews them on a recurring basis to ensure they are useful as possible for discipline communities. To ensure that the reviews take into account a diverse and broad spectrum of intelligence, opinion and experience on the subject areas considered, each subject area under review has its own advisory group, comprising of members of the academic community, employers, professional, statutory and regulatory bodies (PSRBs) and students.
As the PSRB for the police service across England and Wales, the College of Policing has well established and extensive networks across higher education and the police service.
The Chair of the advisory group for the Subject Benchmark Statement for Policing has been confirmed as Dr Ian Pepper, Curriculum, Qualifications and Apprenticeships Senior Advisor at the College of Policing.
Dr Pepper said:
“This is an exciting time to Chair an highly experienced academic and practitioner working group, representing views from across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, all of whom are committed to writing a QAA Subject Benchmark Statement for contemporary policing. The Statement will complement existing professional body products by describing the national standards expected of those studying and graduating in the discipline of policing.”
Dr Ailsa Crum, Director of Membership, Quality Enhancement and Standards at QAA, said:
“We are delighted to work with the College of Policing and wider stakeholders in developing this new Subject Benchmark Statement. It provides a valuable opportunity to make clear the academic expectations for the award, in addition to the existing professional standards which have already been established.”
This summary was prepared for BU by Dods.
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Thanks to Fusion Investment Funding, the developing Forensic Psychology group in SciTech will be working on an international project aimed at improving the UK’s management of child suspects of crime.
Of the 1 million arrests for criminal offences in the UK each year, around 12% are of children aged 10-17 (Youth Justice Annual Statistics: 2013/2014, Ministry of Justice). Most of these 126,809 juvenile arrests are followed by a police interview. Evidence taken from these interviews contributes to charging, prosecution and custody decisions for young people and plays a role in nearly 100,000 juvenile convictions and cautions a year. The police interview therefore plays a substantial role in a child’s criminal record, future inclusion in the criminal justice system and long-term well-being. However, there is little research or guidance informing the interview process for child suspects of crime. The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act (1999) and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (1984) recognise that children have differing needs from adults when involved in criminal proceedings. However, most ‘Special Measures’ and interview guidance for children in the UK legal system pertains only to child witnesses or victims of crime.
A large body of psychological research into the communication abilities of child witnesses has indicated that children have different needs from adults in interviews because of their underdeveloped cognitive skills (such as decreased resistance to suggestion and difficulties with timeline recall). These findings form the basis of the Home Office (2007, 2011) ‘Achieving Best Evidence’ guidelines, which provide police with step-by-step instructions on interviewing child witnesses in accordance with their specific vulnerabilities. The guidance serves to ensure that evidence taken from child witness interviews is reliable enough for fair use in court. Child suspect interviews, however, are not considered by the guidance, despite juvenile arrestees being at higher risk of cognitive delays.
Young offenders have been shown to have increasingly delayed neuro and socio-cognitive development in comparison to their non-offending peers, leading to deficits in inhibition, attention, time-perception, perspective-taking and interpersonal abilities (Al-Attar, 2010). These additional developmental delays mean that the established age-related difficulties experienced by children in interview are likely to be greatly exaggerated in suspects. Without additional precautions to account for these extended (but often well-hidden) difficulties, evidence from child suspect interviews can be inaccurate or misleading, resulting in the potential for serious miscarriages of justice. With a suspect’s testimony often being key to their own prosecution, its reliability as evidence is central to a fair trial – a basic human right.
Working with policy makers in the UK, Norway, Belgium, Singapore and Israel, BU will initiate development of child suspect interview guidelines and work with the International Investigative Interviewing Research Group to improve management of child suspects worldwide.
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The aim of this funding call is to seek innovative proposals to enhance the capability of law enforcement to quickly recover and thoroughly investigate information stored on the seized digital devices of suspects under investigation.
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