Counter Fraud

Authorised Officer Powers (Investigators)


To equip those officers who are to be appointed as Authorised Officers under the Social Security Administration Act 1992 with the knowledge required to accurately and lawfully implement the powers to gather evidence from employers etc.

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 can be obtained using these powers
  • Explain the role of the Authorising Officer and their responsibilities under the legislation
  • Explain what is meant by ‘reasonable grounds’ for exercising these powers
  • State what is meant by the Code of Practice and leaflet, outlining its purpose and when to use it
  • Demonstrate the application of these powers using case studies

Who should attend

  • All counter fraud staff who wish to be appointed as Field Authorised Officers to gather evidence in Social Security Benefit and Tax Credit Fraud cases

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