Preparing for the scrutiny and public inquiry process, following a major incident
This one-day course has been designed to prepare an organisation, and its staff, for handling the scrutiny and inquiry process, following a major incident or large-scale disaster.
About the course
Following a major incident or a large-scale disaster, there is likely to be extreme scrutiny of how both Category 1 and Category 2 responders managed the response phase, consolidation and the aftermath. Scrutiny can take many forms, including inquests, criminal and civil proceedings as well as public inquiries.
Public scrutiny underpins accountability, and a failure in this area brings into question the professionalism of each organisation involved and an examination of its leadership and decision-making.
This workshop has been designed to equip senior personnel and leaders in an organisation with the skills needed for handling the various stages of scrutiny and inquiries, and the consequential impact. During this full-day training, the workshop will examine:
- An awareness of the levels of scrutiny that will follow an incident or disaster
- The role and process of investigations into an organisation’s response
- Understanding the various legal stages, their impact and how to prepare
- Supporting those staff involved in the inquiry process
- Managing the media, communications and engagement elements
- Understanding the impact on bereaved people, survivors and wider society
Ensuring that the different parts of the organisation involved in the inquiry response, work together to enable a fully integrated and cohesive approach
- Support organisations in the development of their scrutiny and inquiry preparation, and response
- Demonstrate the need for organisations to be proactive in inquiry anticipation and preparation, making sure it is integral to ongoing strategic planning
- Appreciate the meaning and significance of inquests and inquiries, inside and outside the courtroom, and the practical implications for all those involved personally, professionally and organisationally
- Prepare and equip personnel with the skills, knowledge and confidence to handle the scrutiny and inquiry process effectively
- Provide an understanding of the different elements that will come into play during the scrutiny and inquiry process
- Provide a greater degree of confidence to an organisation, senior managers, and staff for managing the scrutiny and inquiry process, following their response to an incident or disaster.