responsible individuals’
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  • ideas and problem solving

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  • networking

Responsible Individual training

dialogue has designed the following courses in conjunction with the Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA). Both courses are designed to meet the needs of aspiring, new and experienced Responsible Individuals. Responsible Individual training is a series of very practical, live online sessions addressing the day to day life of the RI. Developing the role of the RI is a face-to-face course run regionally allowing more in-depth discussions.

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.

9th September, 10-12, Introduction, approach & key questions
1st October, 10-12, Assessing the quality of care
21st October, 10-12, Safeguarding
4th November, 10-12, Quality assurance & children’s involvement
25th November, 10-12, Workforce & partners
11th December, 10-12, 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.

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.

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.

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

Autumn 2020

This course runs 10am to 12pm on 9th September, 1st October, 21st October, 4th November, 25th November and 11th December.

Book Autumn 2020

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developing the role of the RI

This one day course is designed for both experienced individuals and those less experienced in this role. The role of the Responsible Individual has become more defined in terms of the expectations of regulators and commissioners, despite the lack of explicit regulation. This course breaks down the responsibilities and builds on work by the South West Responsible Individual Network to better define the role, linked clearly to the Leadership & Management Standard.

There will be an opportunity (with peers) to explore the role and to:

  • discuss and define the role within the current context of the sector
  • analyse the requirements of the role within the context of increased accountability
  • align the requirements of the role to the current regulatory and inspection frameworks.

There will be the opportunities for:

– case study review
– discussions
– peer review
– professional reflection

  • We will review the monitoring and quality assurance in the role in terms of the potential evidence base which can be tested
  • We will discuss the roles of the RI and RM-the tensions which can be inherent in the roles , how to work together effectively within clear definitions and boundaries.
  • You will have the opportunity to bring current issues for discussion
  • We will consider current updates and any changes in the sector

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.

After the training you’ll be given a password to access the slides from the course. Click here to download.

This one day course, run by ICHA, and dialogue is £132+VAT and includes refreshments and lunch. Accommodation can be arranged where required.

ICHA, SW Forum and RI Network members receive a 25% discount – members price is £99+VAT

Book your place now

20th January 2021, Berkshire

can’t make those dates

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Other available training for staff

 for more information click the course you want below:

Date Time Course Venue
September 2020 (date tbc) 10am-4pm Well Led  tbc
10th September 2020 10am-4pm Responsible Individuals Forum Deer Park
2nd October 2020 9.30am-4.30pm Regulation 44 Escot
7th-8th October 2020 10am-4pm Safeguarding Supervision Monk’s Yard
20th January 2021 9.30am-4.30pm Responsible Individuals training Berkshire

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.

SW responsible individual forum

The next RI Network meeting is running on 10th September 2020 at Deer Park, Honiton from 10am to 4pm.

The event is 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 £199+VAT per annum. This includes four days of support and a nice lunch at the beautiful Escot House

To book a place please register below

register here

responsible individual 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 September 2020.

You are welcome to a copy of the RI Standards to pilot. Please register below so we can contact you for your evaluation at the end of July 2020. 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