Child neglect: e-learning and workshop outlines
Multi-agency training and support for practitioners who come into contact with cases of child neglect
Neglect can seriously harm children and young people's wellbeing and development. SCIE provides multi-agency training and support for the many organisations and practitioners who come into contact with cases of child neglect.
Learning resource outline
- a stand-alone e-learning course which provides a basic level of understanding of child neglect, aimed at individuals and small organisations.
- combined e-learning and workshop. Delegates who complete the e-learning course can attend a face-to-face workshop with practitioners from different agencies who come into contact with cases of child neglect.
Organisations can choose to purchase the e-learning course on its own, but you will benefit more from the combined offer as the workshop brings together practitioners from across all of the agencies involved in child neglect cases.
The systems approach to child neglect
Building on our Learning Together approach to children’s safeguarding, the new e-learning and workshop are underpinned by the idea that working effectively to address neglect depends not just on individual practitioner’s skills and knowledge, but also the context they are working in; for example the processes and relationships within and between multiple organisations. This is called a systems approach.
Delegates can complete this e-learning course online. If you wish to purchase the combined e-learning and workshop, delegates must complete the e-learning course prior to the workshop.
The e-learning course has four modules:
- Module 1: Introduction
- Module 2: child neglect as a concept, and explore how your particular understanding of this concept influences your professional responses
- Module 3: the systems approach
- Module 4: neglect from a systems perspective
The e-learning course aims to:
- encourage you to consider how your personal ‘framing’ of ‘neglect’ affects your response to it
- develop an understanding of a ‘systems approaches’ to professional child safeguarding practice
- support you to consider understand common systems issues that are relevant in working with child neglect.
The one-day, multi-agency workshop includes:
- reflections on issues raised in the e-learning course (all delegates will have completed this prior to the workshop)
- scenarios to support discussion and decision making
- debrief and feedback.
The workshop helps delegates to:
- consider and discuss some of the common dilemmas and challenges in working with neglect.
- foster professional judgement and confidence
- identify barriers to effective multi-agency working.
Who is it for?
The e-learning and workshop is relevant to:
- children’s social care staff, including social workers
- health workers including: health visitors, school nurses, paediatricians
- early years professionals (nursery nurses, children’s centre staff, playgroup and crèche staff)
- voluntary sector (family support workers, outreach workers)
- criminal justice staff (police working at the early intervention stage
- specialist workers (domestic abuse, drug and alcohol workers)
- adult services staff.
The workshop is particularly relevant to a range of professionals in roles that are key to the early identification of neglect. The training will help them to think about this in their own organisational context and also to understand how to most effectively raise their concerns.
How the course was developed
The Department for Education supported the development of this course which has been piloted in Essex, Brighton & Hove and Doncaster.