After recent Local Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews and a relaunch of the Hartlepool & Stockton-on-Tees Neglect Statement of Intent Tool, HSSCP has organised a number of Neglect Active Learning Events for 2021 (details below) which will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.

These events are free to attend and are available to all practitioners who undertake assessment of children and families, therefore, please can you ensure you/your team members who work with children and their families book on to one of the sessions below:

To apply for a place one of these sessions: please complete and return this training application form to asap. (Please note: At the moment they are accepting all training applications via email, when electronic signatures are not available they may need to email you for further clarification prior to processing your application – please respond to this email as promptly as possible). Cancellations or non-attendance made within 1 week of the course may incur a £50 per person charge in line with the HSSCP Charging Policy (see attached).

Neglect Active Learning Events: Dates/Times

  • 6th October 2021 1pm to 4pm
  • 19th October 2021 1pm to 4pm
  • 16th November 2021 1pm to 4pm

Designed For: All those who work directly with children/or undertake assessment of children/young people and their families e.g. Professionals from Health (level 3 and above), GP’s, Education/Childcare (Designated Leads); Social Care workers, Police; Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, CAFCASS, etc.

Learning Objectives: These active learning sessions are based on learning from HSSCP safeguarding practice reviews and will address the following themes:

  • Consent – challenging refused consent (particularly where it is give and repeatedly withdrawn)
  • Clear recording – (origins of information)
  • Cumulative vulnerability and risk – (holistic assessments -building the bigger picture vs seeing circumstances in isolation)
  • Challenging disengagement / inconsistent engagement / disguised non-compliance
  • Over optimism and the role of professionals in parenting neglected children
  • Delay in receiving intervention (linked to being discharged from services due to not being brought to appointments / disengagement)
  • Disguised compliance
  • Information sharing – missed opportunities, non-compatible systems issues in accessing relevant information – how to ensure this isn’t a barrier, analysing and responding to new information
  • Professional assumptions in relation to the level of support being provided by an agency
  • Professional challenge
  • Robustness of transfer across services and sharing of information (including across boundary areas)
  • Safe sleeping
  • Hidden Father/males
  • Language barrier – translation being a barrier to understanding or better unpicking circumstances.
  • Professionals understanding of Early Help processes
  • Community norms (community supervision of children)
  • Relocation vs isolation

For further information on all of our safeguarding children training sessions please find the latest HSSCP Multi-agency Safeguarding Children Training Programme and our charging policy in the professionals section on the HSSCP website at: ).

For further information about all HSSCP learning activities; publications and safeguarding resources, please visit the professionals section of the HSSCP website:

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