ACFT Social Housing

CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Technician in Social Housing Fraud

A comprehensive introduction to counter fraud and investigative practice for those working in the social housing sector.

About the programme

Social housing fraud is widely recognised as a growing problem, from right to buy/right to acquire to illegal subletting or the acquisition of social housing tenancy through fraudulent means.

The qualification covers fraud investigations in both civil and criminal contexts. It will help you to understand the routes available with regard to recovering losses and costs.

It also provides a solid grounding for those who wish to go on and study the CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) qualification.

What will I learn?

The course examines the impact of fraud in the UK and includes an overview of the civil and criminal justice systems. It focuses on fraud awareness, how to gather evidence and how to obtain information without prejudicing any later investigation. The course will cover:

  • the civil and criminal justice systems
  • the Fraud Act 2006 and other relevant acquisitive crime legislation
  • the Bribery Act 2010
  • types of evidence, elementary ‘rules of evidence’, maintaining probity and exhibits handling
  • human rights legislation and the impact on investigations
  • compliance with procedural legislation including data protection, whistleblowing and disclosure of investigative material
  • witness and suspect interviews and obtaining statements
  • fundamentals of managing an investigation
  • investigation and enforcement of social housing fraud through the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act 2013.

Who is the course aimed at?

This qualification is for those working in housing investigations, including those in local government, housing associations and registered social landlords.

Duration

The course is run over four days.

Assessment and accreditation

Candidates will be assessed via a combination of exams and written assignments.

On completion, you will be awarded the title of ‘Accredited Counter Fraud Technician’.

The ACFTech is accredited by the University of Portsmouth’s Counter Fraud Professional Accreditation Board.

The ACFTech is worth 20 Level 4 credits at a higher education institution, which would count as advanced learning and attract exemptions from the courses offered by the University of Portsmouth’s Centre for Counter Fraud Studies and others.

CIPFA membership

On successful completion of the programme, you will be awarded one year’s free CIPFA Affiliate membership, giving you access to a wealth of resources and use of the ‘CIPFA Affil’ designation.

To find out more, visit: www.cipfa.org/benefits

When and where?

This accredited programme is offered both in-house and at locations across the UK.

For more information about running it at your location, please contact the training team on T: 020 7543 5600 or E: customerservices@cipfa.org.

For date and location details, please search our counter fraud course calendar.

If no dates are currently scheduled, please contact customerservices@cipfa.org to discuss future dates or having the course delivered in-house.

Price

£900 +VAT per delegate (open course only).

If your organisation subscribes to the Counter Fraud Centre, you receive a 10% discount off the course fees.


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