CPD Investigation of Allegations of Non-Recent Child Abuse

Level 7 (postgraduate), 20 Credits

Start dates


Course length

18 weeks

Course cost

Total cost: £760


Mt Pleasant campus

Faculty of Arts, Professional and Social Studies:

0151 231 5175


Course aim

This programme will critically examine the issues involved in the investigation of non-recent allegations of child abuse, taking you through a structured and methodical approach in understanding the different forms of abuse that such allegations can take and assessing the protocols in place around initial disclosure and information sharing.

The module will evaluate the safeguarding strategy and the role and responsibilities of the partner agencies involved, including the seizure, review and retention of third party material.

You will critically assess the various strategies that will need to be considered by the Investigator, in developing an overarching investigation plan, including those relating to victims, witnesses and suspects.

The Programme will also compare the outcomes of investigations into non-recent child abuse allegations, with a focus on cases that progress into the criminal justice system.

Course content

After completing the module you should be able to:

  • Critically assess the protocols, roles and responsibilities of agencies in dealing with initial victim(s) disclosure of non-recent child abuse, information sharing and the safeguarding strategy
  • Critically assess the considerations and risks for an investigator in developing an effective overarching investigation plan, including strategies relating to victims, witnesses and suspects
  • Critically evaluate the various outcomes of an investigation, focussing on the progression of a case through the criminal justice system
  • Critically assess responsibilities and challenges faced by an Investigating Officer in complying with the requirements of disclosure, both in the criminal trial and in any Family Court/civil proceedings

Teaching and learning

Learning is on a part-time basis and through delivery on-site (at LJMU), off-site or through a blended delivery process incorporating some distance learning. Delivery will be supported by LJMU’s Virtual Learning Environment, Canvas. While the intake month is flexible, with the module being able to commence in semester 1, semester 2 or the summer period, the duration of study will usually last 18 weeks. Guest lecturers will be used on this programme and Masterclasses are likely to be run in parallel with each module. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend these events if calendars allow.

This course consists of:

  • 7 sessions run over a 18 week period
  • 21 taught hours
  • 200 learning hours

Entry requirements

  • First degree at 2:2 or above, international equivalent or through RPEL
  • This CPD module is open to recruitment for police officers or staff. This CPD module is open to recruitment for Police Officers, Police Staff and members of other law enforcement/partner agencies who will deal with any aspect of the investigation of non-recent allegations of child abuse as a key element of their work processes


Assessment methods:

  • 2500 word essay
  • 10 minute presentation and poster

CPD award

This 20-credit module is studied as a single CPD programme and can contribute towards further studies at Level 7.

Further information

Further information is available in our Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies CPD brochure

Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies
80-98 Mount Pleasant 
L3 5UZ

Admissions enquiries:
T: 0151 231 5175
E: APSadmissions@ljmu.ac.uk


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