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Level 3 Multi Agency Responses to Neglect

Please note that all training dates planned for April and May have now been cancelled. We will be arranging replacement dates later in the Summer. Thank you for your understanding.

Course Description

This one-day course will enable multi-agency professionals to develop their knowledge base and skills in the use of a variety of evidence based, analytical assessment tools and frameworks to evaluate a child’s lived experience of neglectful care and use specific intervention strategies to safeguard and promote the child’s development.

Participants will understand that the process of assessment, analysis and intervention has to be within the child’s developmental timeframe so that, with positive changes to their care, they can recover from neglect and thrive. This training can act as the update or refresher required for Level 3 compliance with the requirements of statutory or professional organisations.

Intended Audience

The training will meet the continuing developmental needs of multi-agency professionals working with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child or young person and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding/child protection concerns. This may include staff who complete section 47 enquiries, GPs, mental health staff (adult and CAMHS), child psychologists, child psychotherapists, adult learning disability staff, designated person (including child minders/ foster carers), police, health professionals working in substance misuse services, youth offending team staff, sexual health staff, school nurses, social workers, health visitors, all children’s nurses, midwives, child psychologists, obstetricians, all paediatricians, Designated/Safeguarding leads within a school, college, early years and childcare settings, organisation or agency and those who work with complex cases co-ordinate assessments of children in need. 

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the training course, participants will be able to:

  • Examine strategies, assessment and interventions tools used in working with families where neglect is a concern;
  • Describe the role of early help and preventative services to assess, engage and intervene with families where there has been early identification of neglect; 
  • Apply evidence-based observation tools to analyse the parent/child relationship at different stages of the child’s development (birth to 4, 5-12, 12 plus);
  • Contribute to the assessment, intervention and review of neglect cases;
  • Recognise the effects of neglect on children with disabilities which otherwise can be mistaken for other conditions;
  • Use the Strengthening Families Framework to assess and identify risk and protective factors, strengths, further areas for assessment and historic factors which may identify transgenerational neglect;
  • Develop child centred, multi-agency intervention plans to work with the family, which clearly identify both short- and long-term goals and clear measurable outcomes;
  • Apply the resilience/vulnerability matrix to analyse the lived experience of a child who is living with adversity, and the protective factors required to promote their resilience;
  • Work in partnership with families;
  • Feel confident in applying models and tools to assess parental capacity to change, and to review/monitor that change over time, particularly for families who have experienced transgenerational neglect;
  • Establish mechanisms, through supervision and peer support, to embed learning into practice.


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