Residential Leadership Group

Dialogue has run a forum for managers and responsible individuals for around five years to excellent feedback with valuable updates, leadership CPD and the opportunity to talk to other managers and RIs about the task, sharing good practice and providing mutual support.

We’re moving online

As we move back to our face-to-face conferences there was a request from managers who’d been attending the forum to find a way for the online sessions to continue. We’ve agreed with RIs and Managers to create a low-cost forum approach as part of our communities of interest approach – creating semi-structured online spaces for residential leaders to come together.

Open to managers and deputies, responsible individuals and commissioners we’re ensuring people have an easy way of getting themselves up to date with relevant research, the on-going diverse impacts of the pandemic and changes in the way homes are inspected and monitored. Every month there will be a focused presentation on an aspect of residential care with an aim of improving the lives of children and young people. We’ll then finish with smaller peer groups to share challenges and solutions, moral support and ensure everyone has the opportunity to talk, with a short plenary to share the most useful ideas from each of the groups.

Effectively Managing Inspections

9th November 2021 10am-1pm

Programme includes

10:00 – Welcome / introductions – John Woodhouse and Christine Freestone

10:15 – Residential Sector Update – Christine Freestone

(Covid-19, inspection, research and other themes)

11:00 – Preparing for Inspection – Christine Freestone

12:15 – Peer Group Discussions

12:40 – Large Group Feedback

13:00 – Close

Care planning & evidencing outcomes

8th December 2021 1-4pm

Programme includes

10:00 – Welcome / introductions – John Woodhouse and Christine Freestone

10:15 – Residential Sector Update – Christine Freestone

(Covid-19, inspection, research and other themes)

11:00 – Care Planning and evidencing outcomes – Christine Freestone

12:15 – Peer Group Discussions

12:40 – Large Group Feedback

13:00 – Close

Being 'Outstanding'

24th January 2022 10am-1pm

Programme includes

10:00 – Welcome / introductions – John Woodhouse and Christine Freestone

10:15 – Residential Sector Update – Christine Freestone

(Covid-19, inspection, research and other themes)

11:00 – Outstanding Homes – Guest Speakers

12:15 – Peer Group Discussions

12:40 – Large Group Feedback

13:00 – Close

Join for free…

We’re running the November and December sessions for FREE to give people a chance to find out a bit more.  Simply select the free trial option on the booking form.

From January the low cost paid model will take effect – just £99 a year to attend all the sessions, with discounts if your home joins one of our other communities of interest (participation leads, safer recruitment, children with disabilities and – coming soon – child exploitation leads). Each community provides an additional £20 discount for these sessions.

If you’d like to join, click the button below and select the Residential Leadership Group from the communities of interest. 

Residential Leadership Group booking:

The event is open to everyone in a residential leadership position and is a great opportunity to share ideas, seek support and improve practice. 

With our new online offering, this membership is open nationally to leaders.  Once registered, you will receive an email with access to our members’ area.

dialogue will be responsible for invoicing. If you register we will securely store the information you give us. We will use this to keep you updated in line with your preferences. You can end your membership at any stage by contacting us and we will remove all your data. We will confirm all this by email.

To join this group, please register below…

Programme and agenda for the next meeting can be viewed in our Members’ Area.

Once registered, you will receive details to view the members’ area.

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Other training opportunities

To view information on our other training courses and support programmes, please click below.

leadership training

pilot RI standards

A group of RIs in the South West have designed a set of standards to create conversations, to support self-reflection and to structure appraisal. We are piloting the standards over the coming months with a view to finalising them in November 2021.

You are welcome to a copy of the RI Standards to pilot. Please register below so we can contact you for your evaluation in October 2021. You will immediately receive a link to the standards by email. The later questions ask about your training needs and are optional.

register for pilot