Qualifications and Academia: Qualifications and academia refers to activities that encourage education and learning within a forensic arena. Currently we coordinate a scheme by which university courses containing forensic information can become accredited. Graduates from these courses may become Associate Members, this is seen as the first step on the ladder to working towards Professional Members and where appropriate to work towards becoming an Accredited or Chartered Forensic Practioner status
MSc students studying forensic based degrees may also be eligible for the MSc student prize. Finally, we provide the mechanism by which practitioners in specified areas of forensic investigation can study for certificates of professional practice in their respective discipline.
Professional Development: The Society offers a wide range of professional development opportunities for individuals working in the field. We run regular conferences around the country and also partner with others that may be of interest to the Society. These events provide an excellent arena for communication collaboration and networking with fellow practitioners, academics and students. It also gives you the chance to development your knowledge and understanding through the high calibre presentations. We publish a peer reviewed journal (Science and Justice) dedicated to forensic science 6 times a year, which contains high quality cutting edge articles, editorials and meeting reports; CSEye, a quarterly e-magazine aimed at practioners and a quarterly newsletter (Interfaces) for the circulation of news from the Society and its members presented in a more informal way.
Promoting professionalism: The Society is an independent organisation, which is not linked to any particular forensic provider. We aim to contribute to initiatives that are aimed to improve quality in forensic science and fully support the Forensic Science Regulator. The Society has taken the lead in ensuring quality in education, particularly university degree courses containing a forensic element and we have developed a robust accreditation scheme for such courses. These measures all contribute to an overall aim of promoting ethical practice.
International forensic voice: The Society has nearly 3000 members, coming from over 60 different countries. We are an international society and welcome members from all areas of the world. We work in collaboration with other international forensic societies, such as the California Association of Criminalists and the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes (ENFSI) and provide joint conferences and conferences abroad. In addition, our publications are circulated around the world, particularly Science and Justice and the new Wiley forensic book series. We are a dynamic, forward-looking society, which provides a forensic voice, not only in the UK, but internationally.
The Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences
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