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Thematic Learning from Case Reviews – Our Roles in Safeguarding

Date: Monday, 27th Nov 2023 | Category: Adults, Children

Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership are undertaking a monthly thematic learning dissemination, which provides an opportunity for staff and partner organisations in Dudley to be made aware of the key learning from our quality assurance activity and case reviews along with offering information in relation to this learning.

During October the focus has been on Our Roles in Safeguarding as this has been a recurring theme in our children’s reviews.

How do we review multi agency practice and share learning?

DSPP seeks to promote a culture of continuous learning and improvement across the organisations that work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and adults, identifying opportunities to draw on what works and promote good practice

Our thematic learning plan is one of the ways we share learning to improve practice.

Strategies, Pathways and Procedures

We would like to share with you relevant strategies, procedures and pathways relating to this theme:



Life Course

Safer7 Briefings

Seven minute briefings are based on a technique borrowed from the FBI. It is based on research, which suggests that seven minutes is an ideal time span to concentrate and learn. Learning for seven minutes is manageable in most services, and learning is more memorable as it is simple and not clouded by other issues and pressures. 

As part of the Thematic Learning from reviews we have promoted our Safer7 briefings which are directly linked to the findings of our reviews:

Professional curiosity is having the capacity and communication skill to explore and understand what is happening with a child, adult with care and support needs or their family. It is about enquiring deeper and using proactive questioning and challenge. It is about understanding one’s own responsibility and knowing when to act, rather than making assumptions, or taking things at face value.

View the briefing here

Disguised compliance involves parents and carers appearing to co-operate with professionals to allay concerns and stop professional engagement.

This can mean that social workers and other practitioners may be unaware of what is happening in a child’s or adult’s life and the risks they face may be unknown to authorities.

View the Safer7 here

Sharing information is crucial to safeguarding children and adults – poor information sharing is repeatedly highlighted as an issue in CSPRs and SARs.

The most important consideration is whether sharing information is likely to safeguard and protect the child or adult with care and support needs.

View more information here

Learning from CSPRs/SARs have identified some reluctance to challenge inter-agency decision making in Dudley. Some reviews have identified one or more professionals who were concerned with a decision made by a different agency. However, the learning demonstrates some concerns have not been followed up with robust professional challenge which may have altered the professional response and the outcome for the child or adult.

Access the Safer7 briefing here

There may be occasions where someone who works with adults with care and support needs poses a risk or potential risk due to allegations / concerns of abuse/crime against any child or adult in their employment or personal lives.

Where such concerns are raised, it will be necessary for the organisation to assess any potential risk to adults with care and support needs who use their services, and, if necessary, take action to safeguard those adults.

View more here

The MCA 2005 applies to everyone over 16 years who may lack capacity to make specific decisions about their life. These decisions can range from simple, everyday things to more complex life changing matters such as where they live or receiving treatment.

The MCA protects the rights of individuals by creating a framework for decision making where someone may lack the mental capacity to make the decision for themselves

View more on MCA here

Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) means adult safeguarding must be person led and outcome focused. It requires engaging the person in dialogue about how best to respond to their situation to increase wellbeing, empowerment, and safety. MSP must not be simply seen in the context of a formal safeguarding enquiry but also in the whole spectrum of safeguarding activity and across all agencies. This briefing offers some helpful tips for your practice.

Access more information on MSP at this link

Responsibility for learning from serious child safeguarding incidents now sits at a national level with the Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel (National Panel). Local areas will no longer conduct Serious Case Reviews. Instead, the DSPP will consider whether to conduct a local Child Safeguarding Practice Review in cases where abuse or neglect of a child is known or suspected and the child has died or been seriously harmed.

View the briefing here

Training and Resources

The below DSPP courses are directly linked to the findings of our reviews:

Understanding the Management of Allegations in Dudley

This training will cover:

  • To provide an overview of the Management of Allegations process from referral to conclusion
  • To provide an overview of the role of the Designated Officer (LADO)
  • To be better informed about the processes and the responsibilities of your organisation/agency in regards to the Management of Allegations
  • To understand the role of police and social care in investigating allegations
  • To provide an overview of the role of the Safeguarding Lead in Education, their remit and function
  • Roles and responsibility of the Designated Safeguarding Lead within your agency

Access Management of Allegations training here

Child Protection Conferences

This training is for all multi agency partners involved in Child Protection Conferences and will provide information for those taking part in Conferences. The training will cover:

  • Procedures and Processes for Child Protection Conferences
  • Planning for Conferences
  • Child and Parent Participation
  • Local Model for Conferences and Restorative Practice
  • Child Protection Plans and Core Groups

Book your place at this link

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults and when to refer to Adult Social Care

To raise awareness of the different types of abuse regarding adults with care and support needs can experience, who abuses, where abuse can take place and to offer support and guidance for making Safeguarding Adult Referrals, including providing a greater understanding of what is required in a Safeguarding Referral

Book a place on this course here

Professional Curiosity and Effective Challenge

This Multi-Agency training course will increase practitioner’s knowledge and confidence in practising ‘respectful uncertainty’ by thinking outside the box’, beyond their usual professional role, and considering individual’s and families’ circumstances holistically. It will also be an opportunity to explore how as professionals differences of opinion, concerns and issues that arise for practitioners at work and are resolved as effectively and swiftly as possible

Find out more here

Child Neglect

By the end of the session, delegates will have

  • A basic understanding of Neglect and the four models of Neglect
  • Understanding the concepts of purposeful Neglect or accidental Neglect
  • Knowledge of the impact of Neglect on a short and long-term basis
  • Awareness of Neglecting neglect and the barriers to practice
  • Key practice to ensure we are working to the best possible outcomes for children and families
  • Understanding of Disguised compliance and intergenerational Neglect and how to consider this in how we work with children and families
  • Considering Dudley’s practice around Neglect and what that means for their role

Book your place

Graded Care Profile2

As part of this focus, Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership has adopted the GCP2 assessment and is offering a one-day training programme to enable practitioners to use effectively use the tool. The GCP2 is a practical tool which supports practitioners in measuring the quality of care delivered to an individual child from an individual carer or carers over a short window of time, and is designed to give a representative overview of the current level of care. The grades are based on observations and good quality evidence gathered during this window.

View more information here

Victim-blaming language may reinforce messages from perpetrators around shame and guilt. This in turn may prevent the person from disclosing their abuse, through fear of being blamed by professionals. When victim-blaming language is used amongst professionals, there is a risk of normalising and minimising the person’s experience, resulting in a lack of appropriate response.

This short session covers the appropriate language to use when working with children and young people who are at risk of risk of exploitation.

Keep an eye on our Booking System for more dates for this course

Exploitation – Harm Outside the Home

This is a one-day course that aims to develop practitioner skills, offers ideas to enhance practice and introduce practical ways of working with children and young people who are at risk of exploitation.

Book your place here

Exploitation - Serious Youth Violence

This course offers a more comprehensive overview to the subject of gangs and youth violence; helping the participants recognise the extent of the problem; what gangs are and what they do and understand what can be done to prevent and work with those involved. It will also more in-depth information around county lines, the use of the National Referral Mechanism and complex safeguarding. All of this through a trauma informed lens.

Access a place on the course here

Trauma Informed Practice

The training will equip practitioners:

  • To develop understanding of the theory and concepts behind the potential impact of ACEs and trauma across the life course
  • To understand what trauma-informed and trauma-responsive practice looks, sounds and feels like.
  • To gain a basic understanding into how an organisation can begin a journey towards a trauma-informed organisational culture. The session is structured to return to key ideas and reinforce core messages as take home learning.

Access the training here


Child Abuse and Neglect eLearning

This level 1 package has been designed for multi-agency staff and volunteers who have contact with children and young people who July have safeguarding needs. It is important that everyone is able to recognise concerns around safeguarding and how to raise a concern so that appropriate actions can be taken.

View the course here

Safeguarding Adults Awareness

To raise awareness of the different types of abuse adults with care and support needs can experience, who abuses, where abuse can take place and how to report concerns.

Sign up for the course here

Introduction to DSPP Support Level Guidance and Framework (Children's)

This course is linked to the ‘DSPP Support Level Guidance and Framework’ which provides the model of integrated working and gives practical guidance on making decisions across service thresholds for practitioners working in Dudley.

Book a place here

Understanding Early Help Assessments

This course is designed for anyone who works with children and families in Dudley. The purpose of this training is to provide a clear understanding of:

  • How to approach the completion of the Early Help Assessment.
  • Give clarity on what makes a ‘Good’ Assessment.
  • To raise overall quality of Early Help Assessments.
  • Understand the role of the Lead Practitioner in the Early Help process.

Register for the course here

Working Together for Children in Dudley

This is Dudley Safeguarding People Partnership’s version of ‘Core Working Together – Safeguarding Children and Young People’

Access the eLearning here

Mental Capacity Act Awareness

This training has been designed to support your understanding of Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding.

The knowledge that you will get from this course will help you understand the how to help people who may lack mental capacity and the implications of Deprivation of Liberty. It will help you to ensure that you are safeguarding their rights.

View the eLearning here

Awareness of Child Exploitation in Dudley

Child exploitation (CE) issues including Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and criminal exploitation such as County Lines (often known as CCE).

This eLearning gives participants an insight into the exploitation that children and young people may face, helping you as a practitioner to spot signs of grooming and understand how you can then help to protect and support children and young people in Dudley.

View the eLearning course here