Sexual Harassment Investigation Training

Sexual Harassment Investigation Training – In light of the recent case involving AMP and the Respect@Work: Sexual Harassment National Inquiry Report (2020) that stated since 2003, the Australian Human Rights Commission has conducted four periodic surveys on the national experience of sexual harassment. The most recent survey conducted in 2018 showed that sexual harassment in Australian workplaces is widespread and pervasive.

One in three people experienced sexual harassment at work in the past five years this means that effective sexual harassment investigation training is vitally important.

Does your HR or management team have the necessary skills to investigate these types of complaints?  Failing to deal with complaints in a timely and professional manner is not only detrimental the parties involved and the workplace in general it can result in further complaints and legal action for a breach of your duty of care, this can be very expensive.

Some examples of some costly sexual harassment court cases details here

AWPTI offers Sexual Harassment Investigation Training options for your HR, WHS staff and managers.  All of our courses can be provided in person at your location/office (full day sessions only) or remotely via Zoom.

The full day and multiple day courses can also be broken down into separate 3.5 hour sessions.  We charge a fixed daily rate with unlimited participants.

For individuals we are offering this course as a On Demand course click here for details and costs

All course participants receive a comprehensive resource workbook that includes everything in the course and much more.

Organisations that book internal courses also receive our Workplace Investigation Document Toolbox – details here

All programs can be tailored to suit any specific requirements that you may have.  Our courses are available remotely nationwide.

Sexual Harassment Investigation 2 day course HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

Recommended for HR professionals and managers involved in the investigation of misconduct or complaints. This is a highly interactive course where participants work through an actual sexual harassment investigation from the receipt of the complaint, interviewing parties, drafting allegations and making finding and recommendations. This is similar to our general workplace investigation course however it focuses on the investigation of sexual harassment complaints.

  • Two day course:
  • Day one 
    • Sexual harassment, definition and examples
    • Busting the myths of sexual harassment.
    • Why investigate
    • Investigation fundamentals
    • Analysing complaints
    • The investigation process
    • Planning investigations
    • Interviewing complainants and witnesses
    • Evidence
    • Drafting legally complaint allegations
    • Interviewing respondents
    • Making findings
    • Report writing
    • The Investigation toolbox
  • Day two covers interviewing in depth
    • Interview room set up
    • Interview planning
    • Types of questions to ask
    • Investigative interview technique
    • Analysing and evaluating evidence
    • Role plays with facilitators and actors playing the parts of complainants, witnesses and alleged perpetrators
  • In addition to the skills obtained during the Sexual Harassment Investigation Training component this Course provides participants with the opportunity to
    • Work through an investigation based on a real world scenario from receipt of the complaint to final report including interviewing all the parties
    • Analyse scenarios to develop skills to identify issue and formulate investigation and interview plans
    • Develop and practice their interviewing skills by interviewing actors in the roles of complainants, witnesses and respondents
    • Receive feedback on their interviews and tips and tactics from professional investigators.

Our courses all utilise the principles of victim-centred approach including:

  • listening to victims without interruption; following their lead; ensuring that the language used when speaking with victims is neutral, free from judgement or bias
  • ensuring that investigation protocols (including interviewing techniques and communications during the investigation process) are designed to minimise harm to victims and respect their preferences; prioritising safety, privacy and well being of victims; never blaming victims for the harassment they have experienced
  • anticipating the distress that sexual harassment causes and recognising and accommodating the fact that this may cause victims to temporarily or permanently withdraw from work life or employment.

Sexual Harassment Investigation 1 day course

This course contains the same material as day 1 from the plus 1 course with less time being devoted to interview practice and evidence analysis. Recommended to allow you to gain a knowledge of the basics if you have limited time to devote to training

Sexual Harassment Investigation –  PLUS (3 day course)

This course has 2 options.
This course is conducted via Zoom in  3 full day sessions or 6 half day sessions. We will also run face to face sessions if you prefer (full days only).

Option 1

This option contains the same material as the 2 day course with a lot more time being devoted to interview practice and evidence analysis.  It is recommended for larger teams (10 plus) so everyone get more time to practice and improve their skills.

Option 2

This course option contains the same material as the 2 day course with a lot more time being devoted to interview practice and evidence analysis and the opportunity to practice interview argumentative, intimidating and aggressive respondents.  It is recommended as an advanced level course to allow participants to discuss and experience the process of interviewing and dealing with difficult respondents.

Included in option 2 – What to do if during a workplace investigation you have to deal with difficult respondents, this can occur in a number of ways;
* The respondent refuses/declines to attend an interview to discuss complaint/allegations made against them.
* The respondent refuses/declines to answer questions or discuss complaint/allegations made against them.
* The respondent provides ‘no comment’ answers during the interview to questions about the complaint/allegations.
* The respondent is argumentative or aggressive toward you during the interview.
* If you as the interviewer feel unsafe due to the actions or attitude of the respondent
* The respondent argues that the process if flawed or unfair.
* The respondent attempts to take control of the interview.

This session can be booked as a standalone 1 day course – details here.

All of the interviews are conducted with facilitators and actors playing the parts of complainants, witnesses and alleged perpetrators and are all based on real investigations.

All of our training is conducted by Phil O’Brien a highly qualified and experienced workplace investigator. The programs have been developed as a result of  Phil having to investigate 100s of complaints of misconduct including bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, fraud, theft, misuse of resources including IT and email and many more.  The training is not just theoretical, it is based on actually incidents, complaints and issues experienced.

Please contact us or on 02 9674 4279 if you would like more information or would like to book a course.

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