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Responsible Individual training

This course is designed to meet the needs of aspiring, new and experienced Responsible Individuals for Children’s Homes.  The course is a series of very practical, live online sessions addressing the day to day life of the RI with lots of reflection and embedding practice between the sessions.

Responsible Individual training

This series of six 2-hour sessions (the equivalent of a 2-day course) explores the role and builds the skills of Responsible Individuals.

The sessions cover the role, approaches to quality assurance, leadership, culture, regulation and building young people’s participation. The course runs ‘stand-alone’, or delegates can opt to complete a portfolio with tutorial support (additional cost).

This programme is designed for both experienced individuals and those less experienced in this role.

Session 1-  Introduction, approach & key questions
Session 2- Assessing the quality of care and/or support
Session 3- Safeguarding
Session 4- Quality assurance & children’s involvement
Session 5- Workforce & partners
Session 6- Using research & development

Participants can opt to complete a portfolio with tutorial support. The assignments provide useful evidence for Ofsted on your continuing personal development, but more importantly offers an opportunity to reflect on the role with personal support and challenge.

Liz Cooper’s lengthy career has been spent in health and social care. She initially started in nursing, registering as a children’s, adult, and psychiatric nurse, spending several years as a manager.  Liz is also a qualified teacher and has a Masters degree in Business Management. Liz was an inspector for 8 years and a Director and RI of a group of good and outstanding children’s homes for 12 years. Prior to coming to Dialogue, Liz has previously worked as DCEO and Chair of the CHA.

Steve Watkins has over 30 years’ experience in the care sector and has worked across most fields including children, young adult and adult provisions. This includes working with people with Learning Disabilities, Emotional and Behavioural issues, Mental Health, Acquired Brain injury, Autism, Asperger’s, Physical Disabilities and Behaviours that Challenge.  Steve has previously held the roles of senior support worker, Deputy Head, Ofsted and CQC Registered Manager, Ofsted Responsible Individual, Area/Operations Manager to Head of College Residential and ensures team members are always reflective in whatever task they are involved in, creating positive experiences and empowerment, with the overall aim of wellbeing and happiness for all young people in our care.

The course is run online using Zoom. You will receive a link and password to a launch page where you will find a set of instructions and course materials.

Participants have the option of completing a reflective portfolio with tutorial support. This is useful evidence for Ofsted and provides a strong platform for individual development with personal support and challenge.

The price for the course is £264+VAT. The portfolio is a further £264+vat.

CHANASAP, NAFPSW Forum, and RI Network members receive a 25% discount on both elements – members price is £199+VAT

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other courses

dialogue provides a wraparound training service for children’s homes, especially at a management level. We will shortly be running these courses nationally – click below to find out more or express interest.

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SW responsible individual network

Our quarterly face-to-face network meetings have resumed and we are also continuing to run weekly support meetings every Wednesday morning at 10am for responsible individuals, with commissioners joining on a bi-weekly basis.  If you would like to join these, please email your request to

The in person network meetings are open to responsible individuals and is a great opportunity to share ideas, seek support and improve practice. We develop the agenda with members and share ahead of each event. Typically there is a strategic focus, with reflection on the role of the Responsible Individual and the joys of managing Registered Managers.

Membership of the RI Network is £249+VAT per annum. This includes four days of support and a nice lunch currently being held at Exeter.

To book a place please register below

UPDATE: If you live outside of the South West, we do have an alternative for you with our national Residential Leadership Group that meets monthly online.  Please visit for full details.

To join the South West Responsible Individual Network, please complete the form below: