This course is designed to enable social workers working in front line child protection to develop a robust understanding of Section 47 enquiries, both as a single agency and jointly with the police , and to develop skills and competency in undertaking Section 14 enquiries.


    • Gain an overview of the competing agendas in the fields of safeguarding and domestic abuse
    • Explore the differing types of family violence, the dynamics and safe/unsafe responses
    • Develop an understanding of the complexities around the dynamics of domestic abuse through knowledge of current debates
    • Examine the impact domestic abuse may have on parenting in terms of victims and perpetrators and consider how this learning might apply to completing parenting assessments with both
    • Consider approaches and personal skills necessary to directly engage with families experiencing domestic abuse 


    Directly applicable to professional assessments, chronologies and court reports. The day is aimed at practitioners at all levels.

    The aim of this course is to ensure delegates consolidate their knowledge and are able to recognise some of the most common functional mental health conditions they are likely to see within their practice.

    For ASYE's to understand and commit to a Life story approach that will seek to integrate children's past, present and future

    Substance misuse is one of the most common parental characteristics present in the literature predicting recurring maltreatment as well as in the recent analyses of serious case reviews. It is one of the key factors identified as impacting the healthy lives of children from conception to adolescence (and beyond).

    To increase participants knowledge and understanding of child development, to inform assessment and planning interventions  when working with vulnerable children and families.