Non-accidental injuries to children: building confidence in making preliminary assessments - On-line learning day - access flexibly over three days (8/9/10 February 2022). Real time Q&A with the presenter, 10 February at 3.30pm

8/9/10 February 2022

on-line
PRICE

Start

February 8, 2022

End

February 10, 2022




Background

Many professionals who work with children will, at some point, be required to make a preliminary judgement as to whether a mark or injury observed on, or reported by, a child could be non-accidental.   Law, and guidance from NICE, require that any injury which cannot reasonably be explained as accidental must be referred for medical examination.   This usually happens via a referral from the first agency to children’s social services and, if concerns are substantiated, from there for paediatric medical examination.

However, neither law nor guidance can completely inform professionals how to make their judgement.   The idea that “you can’t be too careful” coupled with fear of the professional consequences of missing an injury are clear motives to keep referring up the chain.   The case of Baby P, for example, led to a significantly more risk-averse approach to child protection.

Yet decisions which are ultra-risk averse may not be good decisions either.   The child protection system cannot be so over-loaded with low risk cases that there is insufficient resource to investigate high risk cases.  Also, families find the process of even being suspected of harming their child traumatic and should not endure this without reasonable cause.

Training is widely provided on safeguarding, for example, identifying indicators of risk.   However, non-medical staff are often not offered training on the medical processes of causation and healing of injuries, the significance of position and patterns of injuries, and what other evidence they should be seeking to determine whether an injury could reasonably be accidental or not.   Guidance does not cover all these aspects.

Apparent injuries can also be mistaken for other medical disorders and it is vital that practitioners have an understanding of the common mistaken disorders that practitioners may come across in their practice.

How then do professionals ensure that children and young people are protected, while having the confidence to decide that there is insufficient evidence to refer some cases on?

This on-line learning day aims to enable front-line professionals to gain a better understanding of the details of different types of injuries, what types of accidental injuries are common for different age groups, what factors would tend to suggest a non-accidental injury, and unusual factors to look out for.

 It will also consider the level of evidence which a court of law would seek in order to rule that an injury was likely to be non-accidental, what type of questions should be asked and information sought, and how that information should be recorded and shared


Agenda

Accessing the training and delegate information

The online training sessions will be available for a period of three days (8/9/10 February 2022).

Delegates will be sent an individual link to access the sessions for a three day period.  This will be sent two working days prior to the beginning of this three day period.

Materials which support the sessions will be e-mailed to delegates two weeks before their access period begins

 

Session timings below are approximate

  • Time taken to do the exercises will vary with each delegate, depending on their existing level of knowledge and how they wish to complete it
Session 1

30 Minutes

Overview of physical abuse and non-accidental injuries

(Groups of injuries, Recognising and responding to all injuries, Legal processes triggered by non-accidental injuries) Body mapping

Session 2

30 minutes

*+10 minutes for exercise

Learning –

  • Recognising and responding to injuries/info sharing
  • Legal processes triggered by non-accidental injuries
  • Referral, information sharing and consent
Session 3

15 minutes

*+5 minutes for exercise

Learning from serious case reviews:  NAI in children

Session 4

10 minutes

*+20 minutes for exercise

Ages and stages

Session 5

10 minutes

*+30 minutes for exercise

 

Session 6

15 minutes

*+30 minutes for exercise

A high profile case exercise

 

 

 

Recognising and responding to case scenarios

Q&A SESSION
(one hour)

10 February, 3.30pm

A link will be sent for the date of the Q&A.   You can submit a question via e-mail prior to this date, which will be sent through to the presenter.  There will also be direct questions to the presenter on the day, the number subject to availability of time.

This on-line learning day aims to enable front-line professionals to gain a better understanding of the details of different types of injuries, what we would expect to see for different age groups, and what factors would tend to suggest a non-accidental injury.

It will also consider the level of evidence which a court of law would seek, what type of questions should be asked and information sought, and how that information should be recorded and shared.

These different aspects of forming a professional judgement will be pulled together using material from Serious Case Reviews and case studies.

Delegates will be offered the opportunity to participate in a live on-hour Q&A session with the presenter.

The on-line training sessions will be available for a period of three days.

Delegates will be sent an individual link to access the sessions for a three day period.

Materials which support the sessions will be emailed to delegates two weeks before their access period begins.

  • Children’s and families’ social workers
  • Adoption and fostering social workers
  • Local Safeguarding Children Boards
  • Family support professionals
  • Children’s charities
  • Youth and play workers
  • Schools – teaching staff, safeguarding leads, school nurses, parent support workers, exclusions and truancy officers, and mentoring staff
  • Sure Start nursery and other staff
  • Other nurseries
  • Youth justice professionals
  • Police and Community Protection Officers
  • Community safety
  • Tenancy support officers
  • Domestic abuse professionals
  • Women’s centres and wellbeing services
  • Community health services
  • Maternity health services and health visitors
  • Public health
  • Designated Safeguarding leads for organisations, churches and charities

 

Please Note: this learning day is aimed at professionals who do not have a high level of medical knowledge of injuries

 

 

 

Anyone attending from Scotland or Northern Ireland should be aware that any legal & guidance references are generally English and Welsh policy.

Delegate fee:

 £99 + VAT = £118.80

*Team of 3 £275 + VAT = £330

*Team of 5 £425 + VAT = £510

For any queries, including requesting a fee for a larger group, please telephone  0115 9163104

Booking Terms and Conditions

  • Delegates will not be able to cancel their places after materials have been e-mailed out (two weeks before they are able to access the sessions)
  • Places must be paid for prior to materials being e-mailed to the delegate
  • Delegates may cancel their booking prior to materials being e-mailed out, less an administration fee of 25%
  • Substitutions will be accepted but these must be notified in writing
  • Due to the significant discounts offered, team bookings are non-cancellable
  •  Cancellations should be made in writing to CCClimited@aol.com and will be acknowledged by return

Confirmation of booking:

Your booking will be confirmed (and invoiced) by e-mail.     

The on-line training sessions will be available for a period of three days in  February (8/9/10).

If you do not receive such acknowledgement, please contact Central Conference Consultants Ltd on 0115 916 3104.

The learning day will be facilitated by Pippa Waterman.

Pippa is a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor, and a qualified teacher and trainer in safeguarding.  She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and was a Senior Lecturer for MSc in Safeguarding at the University of Birmingham. Pippa has been a Named Nurse and lead trainer for safeguarding children in a large NHS Trust, and has sat as a magistrate and worked in domestic violence courts.

Learning day sessions and Q&A can be arranged for individual workplace groups.

It is also possible to access sessions on advertised dates and arrange for a separate Q&A with the presenter.

Please pick up the phone and talk to us about what you need – 0115 916 3104.