Empowering the Workforce to deliver Excellence in Safeguarding Practice

This event is a series of sessions over a one week period open to everyone who works within the Children's and Adults Workforce in the City of Nottingham.  

Objectives:

  • Understanding and value the importance of the Voice of the Child and reflecting it in your working practice.
  • Raise Awareness of Emerging Safeguarding themes for the City in Children’s and Adults Safeguarding.
  • Increasing Safety through Meaningful Engagement with Children and Families
  • Opportunity to explore safeguarding practice issues and look at how to improve your own practice.
  • Develop a broader knowledge of safeguarding and risks and understanding what action to take.

Please find below the list of sessions that are on offer - click on the title to find out more information and how to book.  It will now cost - £10 per person per session - see full terms and conditions on the booking page.   (Nottingham City Council and Nottingham City Based Schools Staff are exempt from this charge).

Session Titles:

Title/Speaker

Session Description

Dates & Time

Audience

Emerging Themes in Safeguarding

Presentation Available

Facilitators:

Shelley Nicholls, Strategic Lead - YOT, Racheal Osbourne, CSE coordinator and Missing Children Team Manager, and John Matravers, Service Manager Safeguarding Partnerships, NCC

 

Session overview: 

The safeguarding environment that we all work in continues to present new and emerging challenges to the workforce. Issues including CSE in boys, Knife Crime, Psychoactive Substances the PREVENT agenda and the changing demographics of Nottingham City require an informed and skilled workforce. This session aims to highlight these issues and more as well as developing confidence in the workforce about how to approach them.

 

Session Objectives:

  •  To raise the profile of emerging themes across the safeguarding partnership.
  • To equip colleagues with the information about where to go for resources on these issues.
  • To build confidence in colleagues in addressing these issues.

12 February

09.30-11.30am

 

Children’s and Families Workforce

Staying Safe Online

Bookings closed

Session Facilitator:

Ally Sultana, Local Campaigns Manager, Midlands Safeguarding in Communities, National Services, NSPCC and John Matravers, Service Manager Safeguarding Partnerships, NCC.

Session Overview

This session will explore the opportunities presented to individuals who use the internet and provide toolkits to support working with Children, Young People (CYP) and Vulnerable Adults to keep them safe online.

Session Objectives

  • Develop a greater understanding of what available and being accessed online by CYP and Vulnerable Adults online including available app’s such as Facebook and snapchat.
  • Describe how to support CYP and Vulnerable Adults to use the internet safely and not put themselves at risk.
  • Raise awareness of how to recognise behaviours that may lead you to be concerned about a CYP or Vulnerable Adult who is using the internet and discuss what actions to take.
 

12 February

 

1.30-3.30pm
Children’s and Adults Workforce

Signs of Safety
Awareness workshops

Bookings closed

NB: Different booking process to the other sessions

Session Flyer with other dates

These free workshops provide a brief introduction to the Signs of Safety approach to assessment and planning for a multi-agency audience who do not have access to more extensive training.

Session Aim
To provide colleagues with an introduction to the Signs of Safety approach and explore how it is being used in Safeguarding practice in Nottingham City.

Learning outcomes
*Understand the Signs of Safety approach
*Consider how this approach can be used to involve parents, children and young people in assessments and planning
*Examine how judgements based on a balance of information regarding concerns and safety can be evidenced and improved
*Identify the benefits of using this model in multi-disciplinary work and with partnership agencies

13 February

09.30-12.30pm

Children's and Families Workforce

Learning from Reviews: What Every Practitioner Should Know!

Bookings closed

Facilitator:

Mandy Smith and Holly Bligh, Nottingham City Safeguarding Children Board, Hayley Frame – Lead reviewer and author and Jane Wiffin, Independent Consultant, Lead Reviewer for Serious Case Reviews. 

Session overview:  This session offers participants the opportunity to hear about learning from recent, local and national serious case reviews. It is a unique opportunity to hear first-hand accounts from two nationally recognised Serious Care Review authors.  This will enable practitioners to explore their practice in the context of learning and consider changers to improve outcomes for children.  It will also provide an opportunity to learn about practitioner involvement in the Serious Case Review (SCR) process.

Session Objectives:

  • To gain an understanding of practice issues raised in recent reviews
  • To further explore some of the key themes in more detail and consider the learning against your own practice.
  • To develop an understanding of the Serious Case Review process

13 February

10.30am -12.30pm

 

Children’s and Families Workforce

Effective engagement with Families- Family Network Meetings, Agreements and Contracts 

Bookings closed

Facilitator:

Tajinder Madahar, Head of Service - Children’s Duty and Targeted Services and Lisa Churchill, Acting Team Manager - Targeted Support Team, NCC

 

Session overview:  This session will give participants the opportunity to learn more about Family Network Meetings; an innovative framework that supports families to identify their own support networks, and reduce risks. The session will also explore some of the key principals of successful engagement when working with families, including;

  • Developing agreements,
  • Using contacts, and
  • Defining expectations to keep children and young people safe.  

Session Objectives:

  • To allow participants time to reflect on how they can improve their practice when engaging with families
  • To better understand the key principals underpinning effective engagement
  • To learn about Family Network Meetings, how these are being used to support safeguarding practice; and how the principals can be applied across settings.   

13 February

2.00 – 4.00pm

Children’s Workforce 

Role of the LADO

Bookings closed

Facilitator:

Eve Hailwood, Principal Manager Quality Assurance, Nottingham City Council

Session Overview:

The session will explain the role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who is responsible for managing allegations levelled against persons employed in a position of trust working with children and young people. This includes volunteers, teachers, social workers and many more people.

Session Objectives

To have an understanding of the allegations/concerns process.

Consider how to keep yourself safe when working with children and young people

Where to go for support and advice/responsibility of the employer.

14 February

12.00- 1.00pm

Children’s and Families Workforce

Having Difficult Conversations

Bookings closed

Facilitators:

Tracey Nurse, Head of Children’s Social Care, John Matravers, Service Manager Safeguarding Partnerships, NCC and Kirsty Bloor, Children’s Service, NUH

 

Session overview: 

To help build confidence in the workforce when having difficult conversations with children and families.

This session  will help you understand that difficult conversations do not need to be as daunting as they appear, and will highlight the benefits that managing difficult conversations can bring to you as an individual and to your service user.

Session Objectives:

How to prepare and plan in advance

Developing communication skills and techniques

To equip colleagues with a toolbox.

To help build confidence in the workforce when having difficult conversations with children and families.

14 February

2.30 – 4.30pm

Children’s and Families Workforce

Low mood and Depression in Children and Young People

Bookings closed

Facilitator:

Mel Taylor, CAMHS CBT Specialist and Kerry Rossi, CAMHS Specialist, NCC

 

Session overview:  A brief session exploring depression and low mood in Children and young people:  how it looks, how you can help, role of medication, managing risk and when to refer on.

Session Objectives:

Understanding the presentation of low mood and depression in children and young people

Understanding a multi-agency approach to support children and young people with low mood and depression

Understanding ways of managing risk around depression and low mood in children and young people

Understanding how and when to refer to CAMHS

15 February

09.30- 11.30am

Children’s and Families Workforce

Neglect: The individual impact on children and young people - What we can do

Bookings closed

Facilitators:

Julia Bayliss, Team Manager, NSPCC Coventry and Gurpreet Dosanjh, Children Services Practitioner, NSPCC Coventry

Session Overview: This workshop will support professionals in identifying neglect and then focus on the impact of neglect and present a range of tools and resources professionals can use to work more effectively in this area.

Session Objectives:

Gain an understanding of the short and longer term impact of neglect on different age ranges

Develop insight into the link between neglect and emotional harm

Share resources and tools when working with neglect

 

15 February

12.00 – 2.00pm

 

Children’s and Families Workforce

 

Domestic Violence and Abuse (DVA)-  Safeguarding Survivors and Children

Bookings closed

Facilitators

Elizabeth Birch, Head of Service: Survivors and Perpetrators, Equation and Manjit Rai - STRIDE Survivor and Child Specialist, Women’s Aid Integrated Services

 

Session overview: 

The aim of the session is to recognise DVA in relation to safeguarding,  specifically protecting children/survivors and identifying what is available for perpetrators.

Session Objectives:

  • To identify how DVA is a Safeguarding issue
  • To explore issues around safeguarding and Perpetrators
  • To introduce Safeguarding and Honour Based Abuse/Forced Marriage  

 

 

16 February

09.30- 11.30am

 

Children’s and Adults Workforce

Ending Female Genital Mutilation - our role and responsibilities’ 

Bookings closed

Facilitators:

Claire Trott PSHE Consultant NCC and Mojatu Representatives Nottingham

 

Session Overview:

In 2016 The City of Nottingham became the first city in the UK to officially declare a zero-tolerance stance on FGM. Learn about FGM, our safeguarding responsibility and how we, in the children and families workforce, can all play a part in helping end FGM in a generation.   

Feedback from previous ECM session:-  ‘Very impactive, informative, interesting’. 'Thank you an excellent training event/session’.

Session Objectives:

  • To inform participants what is meant by the term FGM and how it can impact on individuals and communities;
  • To consider our role and responsibilities in terms of Safeguarding and helping end FGM;
  • To raise confidence in appropriately approaching this subject. 

16 February

12.00 – 1.30pm

Children’s and Families Workforce

Making Safeguarding Personal

Bookings closed

Session Facilitator: Sarah Gibbons, Team Manager and Principal Social Worker, Nottingham City Council and Rhonda Christian, Adults Safeguarding Practitioner, Nottingham City CCG.

 

Session Overview:  To improve understanding and awareness relating to ‘Making Safeguarding Personal’.

Session Objectives:

To understand the aims of ‘making Safeguarding Personal’ and the responsibilities this places on organisations when supporting those at risk of abuse

To understand how this approach can help improve outcomes for individuals

To develop confidence and skills in working with adults at risk of abuse and enabling them to take part in the process to the fullest extent possible

16 February

2.00 – 4.00pm

Adults Workforce

 If you have any queries about any of the sessions please do not hesitate to contact Laura Sanders on 0115 8765078 or email laura.sanders@nottinghamcity.gov.uk .