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National forensics competence framework

FCN is producing new national forensic science competence frameworks. Members can get involved now in creating a standardised way of assessing practitioners’ skills and behaviours, giving us a more confident and capable workforce.

We will be producing national forensic science competence frameworks that can be adopted by all. This will provide a standardised way to assess and maintain the skills and behaviours of forensic practitioners. Our goal is to have a consistent method of evidencing a capable, confident and skilled forensic workforce.

Taking a national approach to competence will provide a more consistent application of assessments and outcomes across the forensic community, enable forensic units to more readily identify staff competencies and support mutual aid.

How it works

Initially a standardised approach to competence frameworks will be established in line with community needs and embedded in the online quality management system (eQMS) for FCN members to access centrally.  This approach will reduce the need for forces to establish similar processes in 43 different ways. 

Using the eQMS will provide the community with a map of forensic capabilities and skills nationally and help identify gaps and skills shortage.  As the Workforce Development Strategy evolves, practitioners will be provided with relevant tools for education, reflection, testing and recording. A key part of these learning opportunities will be maximising auto-population and minimising the inputting of evidence.

Have your say

We are working closely with the whole forensics community to create the national competence framework and embed it in the eQMS.

To have your say on the project, please contact us.