Non-accidental injuries to children: building confidence in making preliminary assessments

14Oct

Birmingham
PRICE

Start

October 14, 2020 - 9:30 am

End

October 14, 2020 - 3:45 pm

Address

Aston University, The Aston Triangle, Birmingham, B4 7ET   View map



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?

What will this learning day offer?

This 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.

These different aspects of forming a professional judgement will be pulled together using material from Serious Case Reviews and case studies (so you will be working on examples and making decisions!)

All the sessions will take place in a friendly and open environment in which delegates can ask questions and field comments. The facilitator will be happy to talk with delegates in break times.

 

 

This 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 (so you will be working on examples and making decisions!)

All the sessions will take place in a friendly and open environment in which delegates can ask questions and field comments. The facilitator will be happy to talk with delegates in break times.


Agenda (subject to change)

9.30 – 10.00

Registration and coffee

10.00 – 11.30

Overview of physical abuse and non-accidental injuries

  • Groups of injuries
  • Recognising and responding to injuries
  • Legal processes triggered by non-accidental injuries
  • Body mapping

11.30-11.50

Coffee

11.50 – 12.20

Ages and stages of non-accidental injuries

12.20 – 12.55

Learning from Serious Case Reviews

12.55 – 1.45

Lunch

1.45 – 2.45

Group analysis of a high-profile Serious Case Review

2.45 – 3.45

Recognising and responding to case scenarios (group work)

3.45

Final questions and close

  • 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

 

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

 

 

 

Delegate fee:

 £130 + VAT = £156

*Team of 3 (3rd person attends for half price) £325 + VAT = £390

*Team of 5 (5th person attends for free) £520 + VAT = £624

ring 0115 916 3104 for details.

 

Included in the delegate package:

  • Delegate pack
  • Lunch
  • Refreshments available throughout the day

 

Booking Terms and Conditions

Cancellations received up to and including 23 September 2020 will be refunded in full less an administration fee of 25%. Cancellations received after this date will be liable for payment in full.

*Team bookings are non-cancellable but substitute delegates will always be accepted.

The full invoice amount will remain payable if you fail to attend the event, however, substitute delegates will be accepted up until, and including, the day of the event.

CANCELLATIONS SHOULD BE MADE IN WRITING TO conferences@ccclimited.org.uk AND WILL BE ACKNOWLEDGED BY RETURN.

 

Confirmation of booking:

Your booking will be confirmed by email where possible (and by fax or post otherwise), and you will be provided with directions to the venue and details on nearby hotel accommodation. 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, Senior Lecturer for MSc in Safeguarding at the University of Birmingham.

Previously, Pippa was a Named Nurse and lead trainer for safeguarding children in a large NHS Trust. She is a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor, and is a qualified teacher and trainer in safeguarding and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Pippa has also sat as a magistrate and worked in domestic violence courts.

The training will take place in Birmingham City Centre:

Conference Aston Meeting Suites

Aston University,

The Aston Triangle,

Birmingham,

B4 7ET

Venue telephone – 0121 204 4300

New Street, Snow Hill and Moor Street train stations are all within 20 minutes walk of the venue or a 5 minute taxi journey.

Car parking and direction information

Follow this link for a downloadable map, directions and car park information:  http://www.conferenceaston.co.uk/attending-an-event/how-do-i-get-to-you/

There are pay and display car parks on-site but spaces must be booked in advance – follow the link above to do this.

 Accommodation:

 There is a hotel on-site in the Aston Business School

Follow this link for costs, details of rooms and booking information:

http://www.conferenceaston.co.uk/book-hotel-room/