Civilian Disclosure Advisor

Posted on 22nd Jun 2020
Metropolitan Police Service
Metropolitan Police Service London

Civilian Disclosure Advisor

Job Title: Civilian Disclosure Advisor

Salary: £29,201 to £31,415 and a London Location Allowance of either Zone 1 - £2,148 or Zone 2 - £1,043 depending on the location.

Location: Across London

This is an exciting time to be working as a Civilian Disclosure Advisor for the Metropolitan Police Service. In addition to large-scale transformation, there's the unique and ever-evolving challenge of policing London. This means that as a Civilian Disclosure Advisor, there are more opportunities for you to get involved with making London the safest global city in a time of unprecedented change within the UK's largest Police Service

Civilian Disclosure Advisors will be subject matter experts working under the remit of Met Prosecutions but based on BCUs within their Safeguarding Investigation teams.

They will be available to act as a resource to advise Investigating Officers/OICs/Supervisors working in Child Abuse and Sexual Offences investigations on disclosure matters, as required.

Their duties will include performing the designated ‘Disclosure Champion’ role.

This will aid compliance with the Criminal Proceedings and Investigations Act 1996 and other relevant legislation and guidance.

Key Responsibilities:

• An excellent knowledge and understanding of the Criminal Procedure & Investigation Act 1996 and current Code of Practice, Attorney General guidelines on Disclosure and the Code to the Crown Prosecutors. This is required to ensure officers are advised appropriately by the role holder on disclosure matters in child abuse & sexual offence investigations following. This will aid compliance with the Criminal Proceedings and Investigations Act 1996 and other relevant legislation and guidance.

• This will include excellent knowledge and understanding of the Criminal Procedure & Investigation Act 1996 + Code of Practice general principles (Record, Retain, Review, Reveal - it is the prosecutor whose duty it is to Disclose).

• Proven ability in understanding the creation of MG6 series documents with sufficiency of detail to be examined by professional partners (CPS / Barristers – Prosecution & Defence). This is required to ensure the role holder can appropriately advise officers on MG6 series creation, and to quality assure schedules as required, to assist with ensuring effective progression of the case.

• Knowledge of Investigations - if possible major or complex. The role holder will need to draw upon an appropriate level of experience in order to undertake a measured and effective review of all cases to provide the proper advice sought by the officer.

• IT literacy, with excellent Word / Excel application abilities. It will be necessary for the role holder to use or undergo training in IT systems to review case material, including COPA and CRIS, record advice provided, maintain records and provide reports to relevant parties.

• An inquisitive and thinking mind-set. It will be necessary for the role holder to utilise this when reviewing cases to provide the best advice input in relation to Disclosure Strategy, Early Investigative Advice and other disclosure related matters.

• Effective communication skills, being able to communicate at all levels clearly and accurately. The role holder will be required to demonstrate their communication skills in 1-2-1 situations and group meetings - with different ranks/grades - in relation to discussing specific cases, case workload, performing the ‘Disclosure Champion’ role and intervening in potential discontinuance cases.

• A proven ability to work on own initiative and to exercise sound judgement. The role holder will be providing important advice directly to officers without the requirement for this to be ‘signed off’ by a line manager.

• Excellent organisational skills, which enables them to prioritise their workload to fulfil tasks to a consistently high standard within challenging timescales. The role holder will need to review (often complex) cases in a timely manner and ensure a high quality service to officers, and balance this with servicing other pressing matters - including the requirement for focused intervention with potential discontinuances (related to disclosure) in order to help maintain the prosecution.

• A requirement of the role may involve reviewing extreme/graphic material related to Child Abuse and Sexual Offences investigations. The role holder must be content with this.

Please click on the below listed link to view an online candidate information pack

To apply, please visit our website to download a role-specific information pack.

Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement and online application form. Your personal statement should outline why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience demonstrate your suitability for the role. (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).

Completed applications must be submitted by 20th July 2020.

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

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