Maximising the use of low tech communication aids at police interviews, trials and conferences

City Law School and IfJ joint CPD Courses

Event details


17 Jun 2022


10:00am - 04:00pm


Event Fees

1 day course £ 125.00

Booking info

Max participants: 20

Course facilitator(s): Tina Pereira, PhD and Alison Matthews

Course facilitator(s) bio: Tina Pereira, PhD is an MoJ trained intermediary who has many years’ experience working in criminal courts, and more latterly in family courts. Tina’s area of specialism is Learning Disability, with a focus on how communication aids can be used in police interviews with vulnerable people. Alison Matthews is a Speech & Language Therapist and Director of Total Communication Services CIC. Alison has worked with adults with learning disabilities and mental health needs for many years. Alison is a Talking Mats accredited trainer and Signalong tutor. She also works as a MoJ trained Registered Intermediary

Course requirements: IfJ Full Member

Who is this course for: RIs and independent intermediaries

This all-day course highlights the various ways in which a range of low technology communication aids can be practically and effectively incorporated into police interviews, trials and conferences, to facilitate best evidence. It explains the functions aids serve and the type of information they can elicit. The course also emphasises the importance of how to manage aid-use with a vulnerable person and interviewing officer or advocate, for them to be successful. Examples are provided throughout, illustrating the differing but co-dependent roles of intermediaries and interviewing officers or advocates in facilitating effective communication. 

Course dates and times: 

17th June 2022 10:00am-04:00pm

Course aims/objectives: 

To provide attendees with an understanding of: 

1. The many functions of aids and types of evidence or information aids can be used to elicit

2. How to introduce and manage aids in a police interview, conference and trial

3. Best practice in using aids in a non-leading manner 

Course method: 

The workshop is run in the form of a small group training. The presenters will present information and will invite participation and sharing of knowledge and ideas.

The following materials are provided:

  • Timetable
  • Power point presentations

Guidance for further reading-Bibliography

- Participants to log on 15 minutes prior to start of each session.

- It is required that all participants keep their cameras on throughout the workshop.

- Participants to complete online feedback form post workshop.

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel your booking with 14 or more days notice, you will receive a full refund minus a £15 admin charge. If you cancel your booking with less than 14 days notice, we are unfortunately unable to offer a refund. However, you may substitute another delegate by giving IfJ at least 24 hours’ notice - please email In exceptional circumstances IfJ reserve the right the issue a full refund. Please inform us at the time of cancellation of your particular reason for cancelling. If you wish to cancel your booking please do so by emailing: We will endeavour to respond to all cancellation requests within 2 working days. Refunds will be made using the same method of payment as you used for the purchase and will be paid within 7 days of refund confirmation. Places are limited to a maximum of 20 participants. There is a minimum requirement of 12 participants. If the minimum number is not met, IfJ reserve the right to cancel the course with at least 2 week’s notice and a full refund will be issued.