Investigating Abuse in Care 

Specifically designed to meet the needs of investigators of child abuse in line with the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse.  The program includes a full day of interviewing skills for interviewing vulnerable children and people with a disability and respondents. 

Participants will be taken through the complaint  and investigation process relevant for those investigating or managing investigators of reportable conduct regarding abuse of children or people with a disability. 

Each public program is centred on the relevant state legislation for the safeguarding of children and the disabled and will ensure investigations are conducted with procedural fairness, and that decision making protects vulnerable individuals and the IR rights of the accused. 

Who should attend: 

Safeguarding officers, Investigators, managers and decision makers working in children services, and disability service sectors.

learning outcomes


At the end of the short course, participants will be able to:
  • Respond to initial complaints and meet reporting obligations;
  • Conduct risk assessments on employees accused of misconduct;
  • Investigate historical complaints;
  • Obtain information and liaise with other agencies;
  • Investigate institutional abuse and foster care complaints;
  • Develop terms of reference and allegations;
  • Plan an Investigation;
  • Conduct interviews with vulnerable people;
  • Use PEACE model and cognitive interviewing methods;
  • Understand bias and evaluate evidence;
  • Understand grooming behaviour and breaches of professional boundaries;
  • Collect and preserve relevant evidence;
  • Write clear logical reports;
  • Make sound decisions based on evidence
The program is offered as a public course and can also be delivered to clients and tailored to meet their needs.  Contact us on 1300 580 685 to discuss your needs and delivery.