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This course is designed primarily for local authority employees and consists of 5 modules plus an assessment. Each module is fully interactive posing a number of questions and conundrums for participants to think about. Click on the for more information.

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Course Objectives

This course is suitable for all public authority staff (particularly council staff) who need to know about Part 2 of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA) explained in 5 short modules. On completion of the course, users will be able to:

  • Understand the background to RIPA and Human Rights and the link between the two.
  • Identify covert surveillance which falls within the definition of Directed Surveillance, Intrusive Surveillance and CHIS.
  • Understand how RIPA does/does not apply to their covert surveillance activities.
  • Explain the key RIPA concepts of "necessity", "proportionality" and "collateral intrusion".
  • Understand the authorisation process including, for local authorities, obtaining Magistrates' Approval.
  • Understand the need for reviews, renewals and cancellations.
  • Identify the risks of non-compliance including the role of the Office of Surveillance Commissioners (OSC) and the Investigatory Powers Tribunal.

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What is RIPA?

This module is approximately 11 mins long and includes 3 user interactions and an unscored knowledge check at the end.

The objectives of this module are to understand:

  • Why RIPA applies to all members of the public authority;
  • The purpose and scope of RIPA;
  • What makes surveillance covert;
  • The two types of surveillance;
  • What makes a person a Covert Human Intelligence Source; and
  • When covert surveillance can be used.

11 mins
What is Directed Surveillance?

This module is approximately 8 mins long and includes 2 user interactions and an unscored knowledge check at the end.

The objectives of this module are to understand:

  • The meaning of covert surveillance;
  • Definitions relating to directed surveillance; and
  • The effect of amendments made in 2012.
8 mins
What is Intrusive Surveillance?

This module is approximately 8 mins long and includes 2 user interactions and an unscored knowledge check at the end.

The objectives of this module are to understand:

  • The legal definition of intrusive surveillance; and
  • Why a local authority cannot seek the protection of RIPA.
7 mins
What is a Covert Human Intelligence Source (CHIS)?

This module is approximately 10 mins long and includes 9 user interactions and an unscored knowledge check at the end.

The objectives of this module are to understand:

  • The definition of a CHIS;
  • Why the use of a CHIS should not be ignored by local authorities;
  • CHIS management requirements; and
  • Special types of CHIS.
10 mins
The Authorisation Process?

This module is approximately 15 mins long and includes 9 user interactions and an unscored knowledge check at the end.

The objectives of this module are to understand:

  • Why the absence of an authorisation does not mean surveillance is unlawful;
  • Who can grant authorisations;
  • The general rules for authorisation;
  • Cancellation procedures;
  • The effect of amendments made in 2012; and
  • The procedures for authorising directed surveillance and the use and conduct of a CHIS.
15 mins
Course Assessment

The assessment consists of 20 questions selected at random from over 100. This means that you can take the assessment multiple times.

There is no pass mark and the assessment is not timed.

You will be invited to print a certificate to evidence your completion of the course.

20 Questions

Each module has a simple knowledge check which is neither timed nor scored. It is there to provide assurance that participants have retained the key points of the module.

Modules can be taken in any order and can also be repeated. The final course assessment is scored and will produce a certificate.

This course should be used as part of a blended learning solution - it does not replace face-to-face training which is also provided by Act Now.

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