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achieving outstanding outcomes

Responsible Individuals in the South West have noted none of our residential provision for children with disabilities has achieved an ‘outstanding’ grade to date. The group are keen to explore ideas and approaches to ensure children with disabilities are afforded the same chances as all other young people, and to work together with the regulator to ensure the criteria are fully understood by all involved.

The course is run by Christine Freestone, a highly experienced safeguarding trainer with a background in paediatrics, head teaching and inspection.

dates, venues and booking
For information about when and where the next courses are running, please see below see below…


To share ideas around excellent practice in working with children with disabilites, encourage one another to raise standards and ensure participants fully understand how the outstanding criteria in the Social Care Common Inspection Framework (SCIFF) apply to provision for children with disabilities or similar specialist settings.

Inspectors, leaders and managers in residential care providing for children with disabilities, or leading settings with specialisms such as child and adolescent mental health.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Understand the Children’s Homes (England) Regulations as they apply to settings for children with disabilities
  • Examined best practice models for children in specialist care
  • Reflected on ‘outstanding’ criteria within the SCIFF and explored how these may be applied
  • Kept children’s experience at the centre of the process.

the trainer

Chris Freestone has worked with young people across health, education and social care. She began as a paediatric nurse becoming a nurse lecturer at Exeter College, then retrained in education culminating in a post as the head teacher at the Dame Hannah Rogers Trust – a school for young people with the most complex health needs. In between she has fitted in work as the director of an independent fostering agency and as a lead inspector for CSCI and with Ofsted. Chris has a strong footing in reflective, challenging practice and encourages participants to explore their experience, compare these to the requirements of the regulatory and inspection framework and take action that is right for young people.

booking and dates

This one day course is £132+VAT, inclusive of lunch and refreshments, and the venue is Escot House, Devon.

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 £99+VAT

At this time there are no courses scheduled. If you are looking for an individual place please fill in the form on the right. If you want to book the course for your organisation or setting please contact us.

can’t make those dates?

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