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ok can you please provide more details of what has happened and what assistance you require with the investigation?
How long have you worked there for?
Have you actually been asked to take in a letter with you explaining yourself?
It is not common to have to bring in a letter to an investigatory meeting so there is no point in having one drafted. An investigatory meeting is really something which is done verbally where you are asked questions about what has happened and there is a discussion between you and the investigating officer. If the employer has someone to take minutes and in the past these have not matched what has been said, you are free to take your own notes and if you disagree with what the employers version of events is then you can correct them and provide your own.
As far as the forthcoming meeting is concerned it could be difficult to prepare if you do not know exactly what the investigated issues would be. Often it is not possible to prepare for an investigatory because you have little details of what you have been accused of and things only become apparent once you start discussing them with the employer. Also remember that this is only an investigatory – you are not presumed guilty, it is just an opportunity to find out what has happened and decide if there is evidence to take it further. If there is then there will be a formal disciplinary and then you will get full details beforehand and have the opportunity to prepare and defend yourself. But this is just a fact-finding exercise so it is not really possible to tell you how to prepare – all you have to do is explain what has happened and answer any questions put to you about it – it is about telling the truth about how you perceived the events and just outing your side of the story forward. There is no secret to it or anything special that you have to do, that is all that is expected of you and the best you can do in the circumstances. You get more rights if it goes to disciplinary and can look at it in more detail there, for this meeting as mentioned you just have to turn up and answer questions and put your version of events forward.
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