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Effective Multi-Agency Working - Making Multi-Agency Assessments Work

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Target Staff: Those who work regularly with children and young people and adults who are parents or carers and may be asked to contribute to assessment of children in need (Group 3) and those with a particular responsibility for safeguarding children (Group 4). 

Attendees: Maximum number of attendees- 25

Course Duration: One day

Course Aims: To explore the challenges in multi-agency working when professionals are engaged in assessing need and risk. To provide an introduction to solution-focussed practice and the Signs of Safety approach re its use in safeguarding practice.

Learning Outcomes - By the end of this course participants should:

  • Be able to distinguish between families’ active engagement and false compliance.
  • Be able to undertake assessments of sufficient depth to aid decision-making.
  • Understand in greater depth what is meant by critical judgments in assessments.
  • Understand the significance of the use of shared language and understanding in risk assessments.
  • Gained an appreciation of the value of using systemic/solution focused principles and scaling within a multi-agency framework.
  • Be able to use systemic/solution focused thinking and scaling to explore risk assessments and formulate hypothesis.
  • Have knowledge of tools such as the Signs of Safety and its use in safeguarding practice both in terms of multi agency work and work with parents. 
  • Understand the barriers and explore solutions to effective communication and multi-agency working.
  • Understand the value of assessment tools, e.g. Graded Care Profile

Location: Dereham Town Football Club

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