Counter Fraud

Authorised Officer Powers (Intelligence Gathering)


To equip those officers who are to be appointed as Authorised Officers with the knowledge required to accurately and lawfully implement the powers under the Social Security Fraud Act 2001 or the Prevention of Social Housing Fraud Act Powers to Require Information Regulations 2014.

Learning outcomes

On completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Understand the legislation providing these powers and the implications that other legislation,
    e.g. the Human Rights Act 1998 and the Data Protection Act 2018 have on the role of the Authorised Officer
  • State what information is required on a quality referral for information to an Authorised Officer
  • Explain the role of the Authorising Officer and their responsibilities under the legislation
  • State who is required by law to provide information and how
  • State who can be approached using electronic access
  • Explain and demonstrate an understanding of what is meant by reasonable grounds using case studies
  • Outline what information it would be reasonable for the Authorising Officer to require

Who should attend

  • All counter fraud staff who wish to apply for intelligence and those who wish to be appointed as an Authorised Officer to gather intelligence

Course delivery

The course is very interactive being practical skills and knowledge based.  Training methodologies include classroom based learning; trainer led discussion; syndicate and pair working; quiz activities; power points and case studies.  The training is fully evaluated with results fed back to the organisation.

Assessment and trainers

Students have the opportunity to assess their learning through the completion of a multiple choice question test and, on successful completion, receive a certificate to evidence their Continuing Professional Development.   The course is delivered by experienced and qualified Counter Fraud trainers who are subject matter experts in their field.

Duration and student numbers

One day with a maximum of twelve.

There are no upcoming events at this time.

Contact us

For further information on any of our products and services please contact either Peter or Malcolm:

Peter Darby | 07714 216126

Malcolm Hollett | 07522 394883