Addressing work done by police officers, social workers and any other professional linked to safeguarding children boards, the "Joint Investigation in Child Protection" manual can help everyone involved to: understand and recognise what constitutes 'significant harm'; focus on the children involved; and, develop suitable investigative skills, understand the roles of fellow professionals from all other agencies sufficiently well to work effectively with, and if necessary, challenge them. "The Joint Investigation in Child Protection" manual has as its primary purpose the joint training of specialist police officers and social workers.
But the manual can also help all LSCB-linked agencies achieve their performance objectives, including: health workers in PCTS and hospital trusts; teachers and education staff in formal and informal education; social workers in children's and adults' services and other local authority workers such as housing staff; probation officers, and staff in the prison service, secure provision and youth offending teams; police officers who work with children; staff in the voluntary and private sectors delivering services for children and adults; and, religious leaders and volunteers providing services to children within faith communities. Workers from all of these backgrounds, with varied levels of experience, knowledge and prior learning can benefit from this training's approach to child-centred interviewing. "The Joint Investigation in Child Protection" manual challenges and goes beyond existing government guidance in ways that can significantly improve safeguarding and protecting work with children and young people. It follows English and Welsh statutory guidance, and is adaptable for use in Scotland and Northern Ireland.
It contains a wide range of 23 presentations and 31 activities, which specialist police and social work trainers - working and training together, demonstrating their flexibility and expertise across disciplines - can pick and choose from to design their own 5-day course, depending on participants' experience and needs, including those whose needs may be at an introductory level. And trainers will still have further materials 'left over' for use at other times: this is a rich and extensive resource. The manual includes a wide range of materials suited to adult learning such as role plays, carousels, storytelling and quizzes. It is available at a price commensurate with the budgets of even the smaller organisations that are involved in this work; or of agencies of any size for whom this work may be crucial, but which perhaps is not their principal undertaking.
Liz Davies is a senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University. She has many years AZ experience as a social worker and child protection manager and trainer. She is widely published, and regularly works with the media on child protection issues. Debbie Townsend is a former Metropolitan Police detective specialising in child abuse investigation and also a child protection trainer. She now works as a consultant designing and delivering child protection courses. Together, they deliver the post qualifying training in joint investigation and investigative interviewing skills to social workers and police at London Metropolitan University.
Preface. About the authors. Acknowledgements. About this manual and the training course. Photocopying permission for use of the handouts. Electronic supply of the handouts. Introduction and overview. Day 1: Introduction to the Course: Making Judgements in Child Protection. Introductory quiz: true or false? 40 questions and statements about child abuse. Exploring role perceptions/consequences. Exploring role perceptions through reflection on a case study. Childism. Investigative skills. Defining acceptable and unacceptable behaviour. Defining significant harm. Making judgements about seriousness of harm to children. Day 2: Recognition of child abuse, assessment, investigation and intervention. Recognising the indicators of child abuse. Definition of safeguarding and categories of child abuse safeguarding definition. Considering the indicators of child abuse. Record keeping. Making accurate records of an interview with a child. The fishbowl: a case study tracking a child protection referral through assessment, investigation and intervention. Day 3: Child protection, assessment, investigation and intervention. The child protection conference. Child protection conference A C role play. Alternative child protection conference A C role play. Professional dangerousness. Understanding professional dangerousness A C Victoria Climbie A C the lost opportunitities. Contribution from survivors of child abuse. Day 4: Communicating with children, corroborating a child AZs statement and child sexual abuse. Listening to children. Communicating with children A C carousel. Responding to complex questions A C carousel. Adult agendas. Corroboration of a child AZs statement. The paediatric perspective. Un-trivial pursuit: child sexual abuse quiz. The dynamics of child sexual abuse: learning from the case of Mary Bell. Saturdays at half past three: a child retracts. The child abuse accommodation syndrome. Young people who sexually abuse. Young people who sexually abuse A C case study. Supporting the non-abusive carer. Practising skills in responding to parents and carers. Day 5: Focus on perpetrators, organised abuse, safe practice and whistleblowing. Child sex abusers. Child sex abusers A C distorted thinking. The Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). The Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel - a role play. Organised abuse. Child sexual exploitation - a case study. Cheryl - case study. Protecting a sexually exploited child. Responding to the protection needs of sexually exploited children. Investigation of organised abuse. Investigating organised abuse A C case study. Ritual Abuse. Whistleblowing - professionals protecting children. Who to tell? Arena of safety. Sounding the alarm. Therapeutic healing stories. Practising storytelling. Stop, start and continue. The umbrella. The toolkit. Evaluation. References. Appendices: National Occupational Standards (NOS) for police work. National Occupational Standards (NOS) for social work. Relevant academic standards. BSc module handbook. MSc module handbook. Electronic supply of the handouts from Joint Investigation in Child Protection.
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