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Brighton & Hove LSCB
Updates & Safeguarding Training

May 2018

Working Together: Professional Differences

Professionals working within all agencies including Children's Safeguarding, Education, Health, Police, Probation, Housing Providers and Voluntary Organisations may, from time to time, experience disagreements over the handling of concerns relating to children and families and the views of one person may not always accord with those of a professional colleague.

Having different professional perspectives within safeguarding practice is a sign of a healthy and wellfunctioning partnership and effective working together depends on an open approach and honest relationships between professionals. These differences of opinion are usually resolved by discussion and negotiation between the professionals concerned.

Differences could arise in a number of areas of multi-agency working as well as within single agency
working. Differences are most likely to arise in relation to
  • Criteria for referrals and levels of need
  • Outcomes of assessments
  • The need for action
  • Roles and responsibilities of workers
  • Service provision
  • Timeliness of interventions
  • Information sharing and communication
It is essential that where differences of opinion arise they do not adversely affect the outcomes for children and young people, and are resolved in a constructive and timely manner. read more about resolving Professional Differences, and using the escalation policy in our staff briefing.

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Upcoming Training

Our training dates for 2018-19 are available to book on the Brighton & Hove Learning Gateway. Our three core safeguarding courses: Developing a Core Understanding, Assessment Referral & Investigation, and Child Protection Conferences and Core Groups, will be running throughout the year and please see below for upcoming training and events:

Thursday 7 June 2018: full day 

Child Neglect Training

This course provides those attending with an overarching understanding of the issues surrounding neglect, how it can impact on the children and young people to whom it relates and how early interventions and agency procedures can be used to reduce the risk and thus safeguard from neglectful situations.

Book your place here   

Tuesday 12 June 2017: 9.30am-12.30pm

Children & Young People who Display Harmful Sexual Behaviours

Many expressions of sexual behaviour are part of healthy development and no cause for concern. However, when children or young people display sexual behaviour that increases their vulnerability or causes harm to someone else, adults have a responsibility to provide support and protection. This workshop will help you better understand the continuum of harmful sexual behaviour, gain knowledge of why some children display this behaviour, and increase your knowledge of appropriate assessments and intervention   Book your place here

Thursday 25 June 2018: full day 

Working with Parents who have a Learning Disability

This workshop will raise awareness of how multi-agency work can help address issues that may cause potential risk or harm to the children cared for by parents with a learning disability. It will look at best practice when working with these families and the local support available

At the end of this course participants will:
  • have a better understanding of cognitive assessments and understanding differences between a learning disability and difficulty.
  • be aware of the challenges faced by parents with learning disabilities and their children, as well as protective factors.
  • be able to demonstrate good practice when engaging and communicating with parents who have a learning disability, including advocacy services.
  • know referral pathways to specialist services and interventions (including PAMS) that can support parents and their children.
  • Understand what is required when working with families in a child in need and child protection context.
Book your place on this session here

Wednesday 4 July 2018: full day 

The Impact of Parental Substance Misuse

Some of the serious effects of parental substance misuse for children include abuse, neglect, emotional problems, educational difficulties, being young carers of parents or siblings, and a potential to later use drugs or alcohol themselves. This course highlights the issues facing children and young people who live within the households where substance misuse is an issue. You will learn about what agency services are available to support the whole family, thus reducing or removing the potential risk/s of abuse.

This training is presented in partnership with Pavilions.

Book your place on this session here

Thursday 5 July 2018: full day

Domestic Violence and Abuse: the Impact on Children and Young People

This training deals with the aspects of emotional harm, physical risk and neglect often associated with domestic abuse. It will help you to develop an understanding of the issues faced by families in this situation, the impact of this kind of abuse, and will also signpost you to local multi-agency support available to intervene and thus reduce the risk to those impacted. The session is presented by Rise who have provided support for victims of domestic abuse in Brighton & Hove for over 20 years.

At the end of this course participants will be able to:
  • increase the knowledge base regarding the impact of domestic violence/abuse on children and young people
  • gain a greater understanding of the specific issues families face where domestic abuse is occurring
  • widen knowledge and understanding of the role that interagency developments and interventions can have in reducing the risks
  • increase opportunities to access and work effectively with other agency partners.
Book your place here

Friday 6 July 2018: 1.30-4.30pm

Introduction to Harmful Practices: Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), Forced Marriage and so-called 'Honour' Based Violence

This workshop is presented by Safe in the City  and explores the definitions and practices associated with female genital mutilation (FGM), forced marriage and so-called 'honour' based violence, and places them within the wider context of Violence against Women and Girls (VAWG).This session will focus on the communities in which these practices commonly take place, and the procedures if a disclosure or the risk of a harmful practice is presented.
At the end of the workshop participants will:
  • demonstrate a clear understanding of different harmful practices.
  • identify risk factors that can render women and girls vulnerable to harmful practices
  • identify the signs that a women or girl is at risk of, or experiencing, harmful practice(s)
  • describe the legislative and policy frameworks that exist for the prevention of harmful practices, the safeguarding of women and girls and the prosecution of perpetrators
  • understand that while harmful practices can have a disproportionate impact on some groups, they are a form of VAWG, and are interconnected with other forms of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, and are likely to co-exist within the same family environment
Book your place on this session here

UPDATED: Thursday 12 July 2018: full day

Working with Young People at Risk of Exploitation 

This course explores ways of working directly with young people around exploitation in more detail and encourages familiarisation with the resources available. There is also an enhanced focus on online safety and police disruption techniques as well as an outline of the local picture of exploitation with reference to recommendations from national serious case reviews around CSE.

Book your place here

Monday 18 July 2018: full day

The Child's World: Reflections in Practice

This training will help those professionals who talk to children and young people during the course of an assessment or child protection investigation develop and enhance their communication skills, centred on the views of the child or young person.

The session will involve a young care leaver discussing how different kinds of communication impacted on their interaction with safeguarding professionals

Book your place here


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