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Lunch and Learn

'The Forensic Interviewing of Autistic People'

7th May 2024 - 12.00pm - 1.30pm

Speaker: Phil Morris

Forensic interviewing is a structured and systematic interview technique used to gather information from individuals involved in legal matters, such as victims, witnesses, or suspects of crimes. When it comes to autistic people these interviews need to be tailored to accommodate the unique communication and sensory processing differences often experienced. 

When conducting police interviews the goal is to obtain accurate and reliable information while ensuring the individual's rights and well-being are respected throughout the legal process.

Interviewers must therefore ensure they are effectively communicating with autistic and other vulnerable  individuals, adapting questioning techniques, and creating a supportive environment that reduces stress and anxiety.

The session

This Lunch and Learn session, led by former police officer and National Autistic Society (NAS) accredited trainer, Phil Morris, will explore the current laws surrounding the police interviewing of vulnerable people. It will discuss the development of police interviewing skills, the principles of cognitive interviewing, and the ways in which interviewing officers may need to adapt their communication styles..