FCN manages and oversees the SFR process on behalf of policing and the criminal justice system. The national guidance document and suite of forms were created through a period of extensive consultation with stakeholders including police forces, CPS, forensic service providers (FSPs), the defence and have received the support of the Senior Presiding Judge.
The templates give practitioners tools for a consistent approach to reporting forensic outcomes, allowing investigations and prosecutions to be progressed fairly and effectively using high-quality, relevant forensic science.
Ultimately, the aim is to deliver proportionate forensic evidence that meets the needs of all parties, at every stage in the criminal justice process.
To aid compliance with the Accreditation Declaration requirements of the Forensic Science Regulators Codes of Practice and Conduct (the Codes) (v7), the FCN has published a ‘Streamlined Forensic Reporting (SFR) References to Accreditation Briefing Note Version 3.0’ This document has been published following consultation with the Forensic Science Regulation Unit and UKAS and is intended to clarify the requirements for practitioners.
On behalf of the community, the FCN continue to seek clarification with regards to the CPS approved scope of digital reporting, and we will continue to upload the updated discipline specific SFR examples onto the FCN SFR Web Page.
FCN invites members of the policing, CJS, FSP, defence and judiciary community to get involved in shaping the future of SFR. We initially ask you to check the list of approved forensic disciplines and ensure they are compliant; any extensions to this scope need to be approved by the National SFR Board.