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One-day courses in 2020

This series of one-day courses in 2020 will be delivered in partnership with the Association of Child Protection Professionals (AoCPP) formally BASPCAN (British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect).

The courses are:

  • The Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework (SAAF)
  • Interventions to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
  • The Family Assessment

The courses will be run in Birmingham and London in 2020, summary details of each course are set out below.

 The Safeguarding Children Assessment and Analysis Framework (SAAF)

For experienced professionals with responsibility for making or contributing to assessments of children and families where there are ongoing safeguarding concerns, including staff in children’s social care, health and education, expert witnesses, children’s guardians and independent social workers.  The course will cover using the Safeguarding Assessment and Analysis Framework (SAAF), and is designed to assist professionals to make evidence-based assessments, decisions and plans in complex cases, including at child protection, pre-proceedings and court work stages.  Participants will receive a SAAF user guide and a licence to use it in their practice.

Dates: Friday 18th September in London

Interventions to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)

For practitioners who work with children, young people and their families to support and enhance the quality of their direct work.  Participants will be trained on using two interventions guides from the Hope for Children and Families (HfCF) series which are Modifying abusive and neglectful parenting and Working with children and young people: Addressing emotional and traumatic responses.

The HfCF series of intervention guides have been designed to address the common patterns of parenting stresses or difficulties, including abusive and neglectful parenting, and the associated impairment of children and young people’s health and development. They are particularly suitable for participants working in services addressing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).  Participants will receive the two intervention guides and licences to use them in their practice.

Date: Thursday 8th October in London

The Family assessment

For professionals responsible for assessing and working with families following referral or later when more specialist assessment of family relationship difficulties is required.  The course is designed to enable professionals to develop their skills in using The Family Assessment, a systemic model for making assessments and use a model of analysis and planning interventions and outcomes using the Assessment Framework.  Participants will receive The Family Assessment guide (Bentovim and Bingley Miller, 2001) and a licence to use it in their practice.

Dates:  Thursday 24th September in Birmingham


Liz Hobson - Advanced practice consultant for the Assisted and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) programme for a local authority

Stephen Pizzey - Expert witness in civil proceedings and chair of the Child and Family Training board of directors

Tracey Stephens -  Independent social worker

Fiona Gren - Former team leader for children and families in a multi-disciplinary team working with schools

Carol Jolliffe - Consultant systemic psychotherapist in an NHS child & adolescent mental health service (CAMHS) and family therapy trainer for the Tavistock Centre

For more details regarding our trainers please visit Child and Family Training

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