Events & Training
We offer a range of support to equip Members and Officers with the knowledge and skills they need to meet the needs of their communities.
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Forthcoming events are:
- Nov 19, Pension Managers' Conference
- Nov 19, Coaching Master Classes Day
- Dec 12, Mediation for Line Managers
- Jan 7, Coaching Supervision
- Jan 22, Mentoring/Coaching
- Jan 22, Coaching & Mentoring
- Jan 22, Introduction to Coaching
- Jan 22, Executive Coaching & Mentoring
- May 21, Annual Office Managers/PAs, EAs and Administrators Conference 2020
- Jun 25, South West Coaching and Mentoring Conference 2020
- Oct 8, South West Challenge 2020
Problems can arise in any workplace and making sure they are dealt with fairly and consistently may require an investigation. A properly conducted investigation allows an employer to fully consider the matter and then make an informed decision on it.
ACAS identifies 4 Key points about investigations
An investigation is a fact-finding exercise to collect all the relevant information on a matter.
An investigator should be given clear guidance on what exactly they are required to investigate, and how their findings should be reported.
Whenever possible the investigator should not be involved in the issue being investigated.
The investigator should gather and document what the issues of the matter are, consider what evidence may be available and relevant, and how it may be collected.
When may an investigation be necessary?
Most matters that arise in a workplace can be resolved informally and quickly. Mediation can also be a positive intervention.
If an informal resolution is not possible, then an investigation may be necessary if formal action is needed, such as a written warning.
Common situations that will often require an investigation include:
receiving a grievance from an employee
allegations of bullying and harassment
potential disciplinary matters against an employee
concerns over company policies and procedures.
Why is a properly conducted investigation important?
Investigations are an essential part of handling certain matters within an organisation. In potential disciplinary investigations a flawed or incomplete investigation can undermine the disciplinary process and leave employers vulnerable to claims for unfair dismissal.
If an employer dismisses an employee they must be able to show that they:
genuinely believed that misconduct had occurred
had reasonable grounds for this belief
had arrived at this belief after a reasonable investigation.
For a dismissal to be fair an employer must be able to show that they came to their decision as a result of a fair and thorough investigation.
Investigations are just as important when a grievance has been raised. Where the grievance is not upheld, the evidence collected during the investigation can be used to explain the reasons behind this and show an employee that their grievance was taken seriously.
SW Councils have a team of experienced investigators with a successful track record of providing independent support in investigatory processes delivering a fair, robust and high quality service in line with legislation and best practice.
SW Councils also offers training “Understanding Disciplinary and Grievance Investigations” for managers to ensure disciplinary or grievance investigations are undertaken fully, fairly and reasonably.
For further information on support we offer email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01823 270101.