Interagency Safeguarding Training

dialogue offers multiagency training focused on those working with children at all levels. We deliver outstanding training that is tailored to meet the needs of those agencies working within Devon.

Our courses feature strongly reflective themes and are delivered by highly experienced social workers, child protection chairs and trainers with experience in managing children in care and child protection services. In these challenging times we have adapted our delivery to highly interactive online courses.

See below for course availability and further details.

Book supervision, RU really ready or managing allegations training

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These courses are specifically supported to support agencies in Devon. Agencies contributing to the DCFP training fund may have free places available – we will check this for you and let you know within 5 working days if your place has been approved. We also offer a range of discounted booking options, please contact us on 01803 493030 to discuss bookings of 6 or more people from your agency.

Outline:

Our supervision course now runs as four online half-day sessions. It aims to equip supervisors with the skills and confidence to support and challenge carers to better understand risk and the quality of work being undertaken with children and families.

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The Trainer:

Ruby Parry is a registered social worker who started her career in children’s residential care, and has subsequently spent over 40 years working in the social care profession, 30 of those in the public sector. Ruby has worked in most roles in social work including 8 years as Assistant Director of Children’s Services in 2 local authorities, before moving to the private sector in 2010.

As a social care consultant Ruby has designed and delivered safeguarding training to Ofsted, carried out a range of safeguarding and other Reviews, and in 2016 became Interim Director of Children’s services then Director of Communities for the States of Guernsey. Health and Social Care committee. She currently provides ongoing mentoring to the Head of Service there and is the Agency Decision Maker for their Permanence Panel. Ruby has worked in residential care with children with challenging behaviour, and has designed and transformed residential services at a strategic level.  She has also worked with and supervised staff with challenging behaviour and uses this wealth of experience to inform her training and coaching work…..with humour, humility, and a touch of hard earned wisdom!

Outline:

Delivered over a full day of remote learning, this course will ensure managers have the skills to prioritise the safety of children and young people, work within interagency procedures and guidance and properly support their staff through proportionate decision-making and a caring approach.

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The Course:

Learning outcomes:

  • Determine the difference between a complaint, quality of care issue & an allegation
  • Make analytic and effective referrals to the LADO
  • Undertake internal investigations in line with interagency guidance
  • Participate effectively in strategy discussions
  • Make proportionate and evidenced decisions about suspension
  • Work positively with young people, parents and other agencies
  • Lead work under disciplinary and capability procedures
  • Receive a copy of dialogue’s template managing allegations procedure and tools

The Trainer:

John Woodhouse has worked to a senior level in local authorities managing children in care and child protection services. The leaving care service within the child in care service he managed achieved an outstanding judgement. He has led complex staff and carer investigations and worked with organisations to reinvigorate a stronger safeguarding mindset and culture across their teams.

Outline:

This pioneering intervention, developed by Jo Adams, that supports healthy relationships and healthy choices, giving young people the skills and confidence to know when they are ‘really ready’. We know levels of regret and non-use of contraception are considerably higher among young people who begin having sex before the age of 16 and this course aims to help young people make safer choices that are right for them.

This two day course is relevant for anyone offering support, services, education and advice to young people, including where professionals may have to discuss sex and relationships with young people, and this particular course will also cover children in schools, colleges and homes.

The Course:

  • Provides participants with a toolbox of activities to use with young people in one-on-one and group settings
  • Examines the causes and effects of early sex and current research findings
  • Enables participants to talk to young people about relationships, sex and readiness with greater ease and confidence
  • Helps participants gain skills to hand on to young people in how to say ‘no’ and resist pressure
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Outline:

Delivered over a two sessions of remote learning, this course will ensure managers have the skills to prioritise the safety of children and young people, work within interagency procedures and guidance and properly support their staff through proportionate decision-making and a caring approach.  The Safer Recruitment Consortium accredited course covers the statutory requirements placed on schools and colleges to use safer recruitment techniques as set out in Keeping children safe in education (DfE 2021) part 3

For bookings please visit the Safeguarding Network site at www.safeguarding.network/training-courses 

The Course:

The course covers:

  • Safer recruitment and the wider context of safeguarding
  • Prevalence of abuse and profile of abusers
  • How abusers operate within organisations
  • Features of a safer recruitment process
  • Making the right decisions: interview and selection
  • Maintaining an ongoing culture of vigilance

The Trainer:

Carolyn Eyre is an independent safeguarding consultant, working with schools, children’s and adult services, local authorities and LSCPs across England. She worked in the Local Education Authority safeguarding arena for many years, first in Education Welfare services before becoming Child Protection co-ordinator and then Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing for the authority – combining also the roles of Senior Allegations Manager and Safer Recruitment lead officer – for a large local authority.  As a member of the Safer Recruitment Consortium (NSPCC, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, CAPE and NASS) Carolyn is responsible for updating and reviewing the national Safer Recruitment training. She is the only independent consultant invited to be a part of the Safer Recruitment consortium and developed the updated Guidance for Safe Working Practice for education professionals which was published in May 2019 in consultation with the DfE.

Outline:

A series of 4 sessions on safeguarding governance suitable for chairs of governors and the safeguarding governor.

For bookings please visit the Safeguarding Network site at www.safeguarding.network/training-courses 

The Course:

The role of the Safeguarding Governor has always held  the key responsibilities of support for the DSL , independent review , challenge and timely reporting to governing bodies and Trustees  in ensuring children in education are kept safe from harm.

In recent months, this role has expanded to include not only the immediate impact of the pandemic for children , young people and the whole school community but the ongoing impact in terms of learning , progress , safeguarding and vulnerability.

This 8 hour course will seek to support you in the role as well as its’ new dynamic.

With Keeping Children Safe in Education (2020) at its’ heart we will:

  • review the role and expectations of the Safeguarding Governor within the context of KCSIE 2020.
  • explore the role within the context of the governance guidance / responsibilities, statutory guidance and its’ contribution to the wider governance elements of the inspection framework.
  • explore the practicalities of gathering, reviewing, reporting and reflecting on the evidence you gather within the context of an effective working relationship with the Head Teacher, DSL, safeguarding team and school community.
  • apply the principles and practice with reflection and examples / case studies.

By the end of the programme you should have a mini CPD portfolio of resources which will support your role going forward.

Outline:

A meaningful exploration into the world of consent. Created in response to both the widespread reports from young people that their choices and boundaries are being compromised, and from their requests to be supported and empowered in this field. The work is based on a belief in our innate ability to care for and respect both our own bodies and wellbeing, and of those around us, and how the two are interlinked. The trainers have worked in consultation with a broad range of young people to develop engaging and practical materials. Through playful and sensitive activities, and space for much-needed conversation, participants will learn how to support and navigate healthy, empowering relationships and challenge systemic cultural messages. This is intuitive and body based training; getting to grips with consent from the inside out.

For bookings please visit the Safeguarding Network site at www.safeguarding.network/training-courses 

The Course:

During the training, participants will have the opportunity to:

  • explore attitudes and values around consent
  • think about what consent means
  • understand continual consent
  • think about power dynamics and how they influence our ability to consent
  • practice listening to and trusting our bodies to help make healthy decisions
  • learn some practical tools and activities to share with young people
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Outline:

This series of three 1.5 hour sessions  explores the role and builds the skills of Responsible Individuals.

This core training uses actors to deliver immersive training that build your skills in recognising child abuse and neglect, what to do if you’re worried about a child and the next steps in working together to protect children. The course meets the requirements of Level 3 Intercollegiate roles and competencies for healthcare staff and group 3 DCFP agency requirements.

To book this course please visit the DCFP website directly at www.dcfp.org.uk/events

The Course:

Session 1-  Vulnerability and Risk
Session 2- Scenario Reflection using actors
Session 3- Effective Assessment and strength based interventions

There is also some pre-course resources and post course learning for participants to ensure reflective practice.

The Trainer:

Rachael Courage  is a trainer for Dialogue and is also an experienced Social Worker and part-time child protection chair in another local authority. Rachael is supported by an experienced local practitioner to ensure the course is tailored to the needs of those supporting children and young people in Devon.

Outline:

This course is split over two 3-hour sessions and uses relevant case studies to ensure reflective practice whilst encouraging participants to explore risk factors through a professional dangerousness exercise.  Building on your knowledge from the Interagency Safeguarding Children course this course helps you weigh up risk to children and young people, exploring personal, professional and organisational barriers to risk assessment, assessing risk when working with families or undertaking assessments and creating strong, measurable plans to reduce risk to children.

Please be aware the course may include descriptions of difficult childhood experiences, due to the nature of a child protection course.

To book this course please visit the DCFP website directly at www.dcfp.org.uk/events

The Trainer:

John Woodhouse has worked to a senior level in local authorities managing children in care and child protection services. The leaving care service within the child in care service he managed achieved an outstanding judgement. He has led complex staff and carer investigations and worked with organisations to reinvigorate a stronger safeguarding mindset and culture across their teams.

The Course:

This course is delivered over three 1.5 hour sessions and includes various exercises such as signs and indicators, the definitions and categories of neglect and the impact of these and how we evidence this impact.  The children’s voice is reflected upon throughout the course.  Participants will also cover various scenarios and review the threshold tool in depth and other elements of the neglect toolkit.

Please be aware the course may include descriptions of difficult childhood experiences, due to the nature of a child protection course.

To book this course please visit the DCFP website directly at www.dcfp.org.uk/events

The Trainers:

Julie Cornwell has over 30 years’ social work experience starting in front line practice in Hackney. She has managed in Safeguarding, Disabled Children, Fostering and Cafcass. Additionally, she managed a large residential resource.  Julie has a particular interest in the presentation, impact and agency response to neglect, the Mental Capacity Act, parents with a learning disability and the impact of domestic abuse on children. Julie has written and delivered training extensively in the subject area of child sexual abuse and exploitation.  Currently Julie works as an independent social worker and consultant.

Outline:

This series of six 2-hour sessions enables easy and cost-effective access to training, ideal as part of an induction programme
or to add structure and build confidence in more experienced practitioners.

This course has been designed at the request of the Workforce Development Group to help staff develop skills for working with families. From difficult conversations to effective recording, planning and interagency working, this course provides vital support for safeguarding practitioners.

Dates to be confirmed shortly

The Course:

Session 1-  early conversations
Identifying need then engaging children and their families through Devon’s
strengths-based model. Practitioners will explore barriers to engagement and
skills in working with resistance.

Session 2- challenge and progress
Understanding needs, risks and outcomes, planning a visit and having
challenging conversations with families.

Session 3- Working with children and young people
Understanding the perspective of children of all ages, the barriers to
communication and building trust. What children need to know. The session
will also explore direct work skills in communicating with children of different
ages.

Session 4- effective recording & multi agency working
Partnerships and challenge with other agencies. Understanding your role.
Confidentiality, information sharing and communicating this to children and
their families. Threshold and case resolution protocol. Chronologies and the
case record as a tool for analysis.

Session 5- early assessment and planning skills
Recognising facts, opinion and analysis. Using the Framework for Assessment,
plans & progress checks, the importance of safeguarding supervision and
aspects of professional dangerousness

Session 6- progress review
This final session is held two months after the other sessions to come back
together as a group, recognise aspects of development, review areas identified
by the group and support participants to set themselves targets for the future.

The Trainer:

Rachael Courage  is a trainer for Dialogue and is also an experienced Social Worker and part-time child protection chair in another local authority. Rachael is supported by an experienced local practitioner to ensure the course is tailored to the needs of those supporting children and young people in Devon.

Book through the DCFP site

Training for your Team

You can book dialogue to train your team, service or school.  We work with children’s homes, safeguarding partnerships, schools, health authorities, charities and other organisations working with children.  We have a pool of approximately 25 trainers covering a vast range of specialist topics, ranging from actors in our immersive scenario based safeguarding training through to experienced directors of childcare services.

To get in touch and find out how we can support you and your team with your training requirements, please use the button below.

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testimonials

Dialogue delivers well received Group 3 Safeguarding Training with just some of the feedback we receive below

“I really liked the variety of activities and meeting different people from a variety of professions.”

“A fantastic opportunity for self-reflection and really inspired a couple of pages of notes of things I am excited to do. Having this info is very valuable.”

“Actors were brilliant and really helped to understand the situations”

“Really good, far better and more informative than the last time I did a level three, lots of things I can really take into practice”

“Really informative and easily accessible, being given the opportunity to discuss in small groups was very helpful.”

Feedback from participants attending Group 3 Safeguarding Training in 2021