Covert Investigations

    Sometimes, the only way to get to the story is to go undercover.

    Learn how from our trainers, all experienced experts in the field.

    This one day course will give you an insight into the many aspects for preparation of an undercover investigation. From technical advice on covert filming equipment and tecniques, to the ethical and legal points that must be considered before embarking on this kind of investigative project. 

    Our trainers are experienced professionals, who've worked on dozens of covert filming projects and have seen it all! 


    Goldsmiths University of London
    1 December 2017
    9:45 - 18:00

    Course Outline


    9:45am - registrations

    10:00am - 11:30am - Introduction: process, ethics and kit taught by Allan Harraden and Paul Samrai.
    You will learn: technology (different types of cameras and when to use them, framing, adapting to light conditions), safety (evaluating filming conditions, having an exit strategy), technique (building a rapport with the people you are filming, winning their trust, learning to listen). 

    11:30am- 11:45am - Break

    11:45am - 1:00pm - Practical: hands-on covert filming exercise Allan Harraden and Paul Samrai
    Includes covert filming check-list. Participants will be issued with different cameras and asked to film people in various situations.

    1:00pm -2:00pm - Lunch

    2:00pm - 3:45pm - Analysis and Discussion: examining your footage, tips and suggestions Allan Harraden and Paul Samrai
    Evaluation of the participants' videos and Q&A. 

    3:45pm - 4:00pm - Break

    4:00pm - 6:00pm - The “Dos and Don’ts” and Ethics of Covert Recording, Secret Filming and Institutional Infiltration Joe Plomin
    It's not just cool technology, covert filming has other sides to it too. Joe will share his experience of going undercover and what effect it had on him and his colleagues, as well as how it exposed crime and wrongdoing. 

    Trainers and speakers: 

    Allan Harraden is the company director of Oztex Services. He is a specialist in covert filming techniques and has over 25 years' experience working with specialist cameras.
    Paul Samrai has been filming undercover using Allan Harraden's covert cameras for the last 20 years. Working for the BBC, Channel Four, Channel Five, ITV, Sky, The Sun, Sunday Times, Telegraph and The Mail on Sunday. He will be happy to pass on secrets of the trade and will teach through role playing, as well as discussing how to deal with the psychological aspects of going undercover. 
    Joe Plomin is one of the best-known producers of covert television documentaries. He has led some of Britain's most high-profile undercover investigations. He was the undercover producer of the celebrated BBC documentary exposing the abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View private hospital in 2011. He was the producer and director of the BBC documentaries which revealed both the mistreatment of children some as young as 14 at a youth prison Medway Secure Training Centre and also chaos, incompetence and even abuse at a holding and deportation facility for foreigners, Brook House Immigration Removal Centre. He is the author of Hidden Cameras: Everything You Need to Know About Covert Recording, Undercover Cameras and Secret Filming.

    Big organisations (10+ people) - £142.50
    Freelancers/small orgamisations (9 people and fewer) - £127.50
    Full-time students - £55
    Goldsmiths students: contact marina(at) for Goldsmiths discount. 

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