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Recognising and Responding to Child Abuse and Neglect

health & social care Training

local government Training

09:00 - 16:30

Wednesday 26 February 2020

Central London

For a limited time we are offering 10% discounts for the first 8 delegates on the course. To take advantage of this discount, enter code SH6GHC9 when completing your booking.

An average of 188 children a day in England are put on child protection plans because they are at risk of abuse or neglect.  Local authorities, service providers and healthcare practitioners are “being pushed to the brink by unprecedented demand.”

In light of this, child abuse and neglect needs to be identified, assessed and reported within recommended timescales. To ensure that quality is not lost in this process, in February 2019 NICE published their new quality standards to describe high quality care in priority areas of improvement.

Join this highly interactive training course to understand how to update your practice in line with NICE recommendations. Learn how to recognise subtle indicators of abuse, communicate sensitively and legally and prioritise the voice of the child in reporting. You will also identify how to work in partnership to ensure consistency of care and develop a strategy for preventing potential further harm.

Learning Objectives:
  • Recognise both behavioural and physical features of abuse, including emotional presentation and suspicious physical injuries and evidence of neglect.
  • Understand how to create a supportive and age-appropriate environment to facilitate disclosure and communication
  • Identify the procedures and protocols for reporting and referring a young person’s adverse experiences
  • Understand how to build a multi-agency approach to ensure consistency and quality of support
  • Develop a safeguarding strategy in your organisation to protect of children from harm using a variety of intervention approaches
Confirmed:

Expert Trainer

Karen Miller, Child Safeguarding Consultant

Karen has been working within the field of safeguarding since 1997. She has trained as a nurse, midwife and health visitor before specialising in safeguarding support work within the NHS. She subsequently completed post-graduate training in child psychology, graduating in 2001. Her clinical work specialises in the application of attachment theory, developmental psychology, and more recently, she specialised in the impact of trauma on childhood and adolescent experiences. She is also currently applying this knowledge base to work therapeutically with young adults who have experienced trauma and abuse.

Since 2003 Karen have been teaching safeguarding practice within education, health and social care. Her teaching is rooted in her vast experience of front-line practice and involvement in numerous high-profile child abuse enquiries. She utilises the learning and experience gained from her practice to provide scenario-based training that relates to the audience’s required needs.

Karen is an active member of three Safeguarding Partnerships (previously LSCB’s) and can, therefore, apply the latest policy and guidance of safeguarding in practice and teaching.

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Karen Miller

Child Safeguarding Consultant

Karen has been working within the field of safeguarding since 1997. She has trained as a nurse, midwife and health visitor before specialising in safeguarding support work within the NHS. She subsequently completed post-graduate training in child psychology, graduating in 2001. Her clinical work specialises in the application of attachment theory, developmental psychology, and more recently, she specialised in the impact of trauma on childhood and adolescent experiences. She is also currently applying this knowledge base to work therapeutically with young adults who have experienced trauma and abuse.

Since 2003 Karen has been teaching safeguarding practice within education, health and social care. Her teaching is rooted in her vast experience of front-line practice and involvement in numerous high-profile child abuse enquiries. She utilises the learning and experience gained from her practice to provide scenario-based training that relates to the audience’s required needs.

Karen is an active member of three Safeguarding Partnerships (previously LSCB’s) and can, therefore, apply the latest policy and guidance of safeguarding in practice and teaching.

09:15

Registration


09:45

Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

Karen Miller, Child Safeguarding Consultant (CONFIRMED)


10:00

Recognising Child Abuse and Neglect

  • Understanding socioeconomic, family and child factors as well as contextual circumstances that impact on child and young people’s safety and wellbeing, including gender and disability
  • Circumstances that make children and young people more vulnerable to abuse and neglect
  • Recognising emotional features of abuse and trauma and how they impact on child and adolescent behaviour.
  • Identifying concerning physical injuries and symptoms of neglect and recognising and responding to emotional abuse


11:00

Morning Break


11:15

Communicating Sensitively to Facilitate Disclosure

  • Creating a supportive environment for conversation by being sensitive and asking open questions that encourage disclosure when ready
  • Ensuring conversations are age appropriate and child/young person led
  • Agreeing communication strategies across the organisations


12:15

Accurately Recording and Reporting a Disclosure or Suspicion

  • Producing accurate notes of the child’s or young person’s experience
  • Communicating confidentiality and asking for consent where necessary to share information, acknowledging that in severe cases this may have to be over-ridden
  • Mapping the multiple-agency referral route, including the responsibilities of key safeguarding players such as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and police forces


13:15

Lunch


14:15

Case Study: Working in Partnership to Ensure Consistency of Support

  • Understanding the importance of building meaningful relationships with individual practitioners and that re-telling stories can have re-traumatising effects on practitioners
  • Identifying key people within organisations who can support staff with escalation of safeguarding concerns, where necessary
  • Legalities around sharing information and building relationships with other practitioners working with the family to provide consistency
  • Appointing a lead practitioner who can take responsibility for coordinating the services and interventions needed to support the child
  • Managing challenge and conflict within opinions regarding safeguarding


15:00

Afternoon Break


15:15

Workshop: Developing a Safeguarding Strategy to Protect Children from Harm

  • Identifying families who would benefit from early intervention including parenting programmes or help with mental health, domestic abuse or drug and alcohol misuse
  • Working with the child or young person to discuss and decide the best intervention strategy
  • Timely reporting and communication for high risk cases
  • Identifying contact details that survivors can use to get help at any time on any day
  • Ensuring involved practitioners have access to colleagues to talk through their concerns and judgments regarding the case
  • Utilising research around ‘Trauma Informed Practice’ to support both victims and practitioners in working within the safeguarding arena


16:15

Close and Evaluation

*Programme subject to change


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In-house Option

We can also run this course for you, at your organisation, at a time and date that suits you. Please email inhouse@insidegovernment.co.uk for more info.