Questioning and Communication Techniques

Duration: 1 day

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Staff tasked with conducting a complaints investigation will often need to question a variety of people, including the complainant, a range of witnesses and those who are the subject of the complaint. These interviews will either be conducted face to face or over the telephone. Asking the right questions is crucial in ensuring such interviews are useful to the investigative process and are conducted fairly.

It is essential that these staff have the requisite competencies to be able to undertake this role to best practice standards, enabling them to obtain key information to effectively deal with a complaint.

During this one-day course delegates will learn how to identify the issues around the complaint and effectively plan and structure appropriate interviews. They will consider a range of questioning techniques available to them. Delegates will also learn how to appropriately and sensitively handle witnesses who may be angry, upset and confused.

They will also take into consideration the impact of human factors when preparing an interview strategy or communicating with parties involved in the investigation process.

Through role-play and trainer-led constructive feedback this course will instil the
fundamental principles and develop the delegates’ ability to carry out effective questioning and fact finding interviews.

Key learning points:

  • Planning and preparing a fact finding interview both face to face and over the telephone
  • Being able to use different questioning techniques to establish the facts and to obtain all the available evidence
  • Structuring interviews by applying the PEACE (planning, preparation, engage and explain, account, closure and evaluation) model and consider other interviewing models
  • Evaluating the impact of human factors on the interview process
  • Managing challenging behaviours

Who should attend:

This course is suitable for anyone who may be tasked to undertake a complaints investigation including:

  • Complaints Investigators, Officers & Caseworkers
  • Managers and other staff tasked with undertaking complaints investigations as part of their wider role
  • Staff working in a complaints handling capacity for ombudsmen schemes and other dedicated complaints handling bodies
  • Adjudicators

A unique approach in both the design and delivery of your training needs

La Touche Training will work closely with key personnel to ensure the training is tailored to your organisation’s specific needs, incorporating your complaints policies and procedures.

As a dedicated training company, La Touche Training is fully aware that delegates require a range of learning styles on each course to ensure everyone acquires the necessary knowledge and
skills.

The training we deliver is interactive and the delegates will learn by doing and receive feedback and support from their peers and trainers. Case studies are based on real practical examples with the learning focusing on delegate participation.