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Our staff turn to leaders and managers for decisions to protect children and young people in the residential sector.

Whilst safeguarding training is a key requirement for all, this learning often does not provide the further skills around analysis and communication to feel confident in such important judgement calls when staff and young people depend on us.

This course provides advanced skills and tools for decision-making to ensure a structured and safe response every time. Read more …

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level 5 – safeguarding for leaders

The pressures on senior residential workers and registered managers to make the right decision for children and young people is significant. Safeguarding training is crucial and a requirement for all staff, but stops at identifying concerns and notification. Residential child care workers who have identified concerns bring them to their leaders, managers and deputies who require a higher level of training.

This course supports those staff to

  • enhance safeguarding analysis skills,
  • write effective referrals,
  • communicate with local authorities,
  • use escalation processes,
  • contain staff and organisational anxiety,
  • focus on regulatory requirements, while
  • keeping the focus very firmly on the young person.

Our course empowers leaders and managers to review their safeguarding culture and strategy, consider the underpinning models of risk assessment, reflect on professional bias and develop curiosity, develop skills in root cause analysis and incident review and develop a plan to improve their home. The course briefly attends to aspects of mental capacity (for 16+) and adult safeguarding (for 18+) that are relevant for children’s practitioners.

Session 1

Introduction, scene setting, review of safeguarding culture and strategy and the challenges in holding all aspects of the role.

Session 2

Managing risk and assumptive risk models, recognising and managing bias and using professional curiosity.

Session 3

Strategic management and reflection- Root cause analysis, incident analysis, review

Session 4

Developing a safeguarding strategy going forward, adult safeguarding

Learning in practice

Participants will be asked to complete a task between sessions – please allow up to an hour to complete this work. Over the course this will build into a strategic review of safeguarding in your service(s) with a resultant action plan. Hold this and the resources from this programme in your DSL folder as evidence of training and review/ reflection.

The programme will support you with a wide range of resources and the opportunity to meet others, share practice. We will also define and review the tensions and challenges in the strategic role.

Chris Freestone leads on regulatory work for dialogue. She has been a nurse and nurse lecturer, lecturer at Exeter College and head teacher at the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust, the director of an independent fostering agency and a lead inspector for CSCI and Ofsted. A highly regarded leader with real belief in the work, Chris brings a compassionate but calmly analytic presence and has the ability to get alongside both vulnerable people and senior managers to explore their experience, compare these to the requirements of the regulatory and inspection framework and set a plan to help managers reach decisions that further improve their service.


This online 16 hour course (12 hour taught content) is £264+VAT.

If you have booked five places the sixth place is free.

ICHA, SW Forum and RI Network members receive a 25% discount – members price is £199+VAT

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