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Learning Lessons Workshop

Three learning lessons workshops are scheduled annually and they provide the opportunity to learn from the experience of local or national reviews or on specific topics or themes.

Our next Learning Lessons Workshop on Domestic Abuse in Relationships Between Young People will take place on 21st June 2022 and is a peninsular wide event developed in partnership with colleagues from Safer Cornwall. It offers an opportunity to explore this issue in greater depth and to learn about some of the local services available to support young people with their relationships. To book your place you can either click here or use the book training button.

The most recent  Learning Lessons Workshop-

Exploring the neglect of very young children from conception through to early years took place on 8th March 2022. The workshop including presentations from colleagues representing a range of organisations across Cornwall. The powerpoint slide deck and recordings of the presentations can be found below.

LLW Exploring the Neglect of Very Young Children 

LLW Exploring the Neglect of Very Young Children recording Part 1

LLW Exploring the Neglect of Very Young Children recording Part 2

Previous Workshops

Mental Health & Suicidal Ideation: when safeguarding must be more than just 'working together' took place on 19th October 2021, 9.30am-12.30pm.

This workshop included sessions on the recommendations on the recent independent thematic review of  teenage suicide by Dr Mark Peel followed by a session on Suicide Postvention as Prevention: A Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Perspective with Lucy Walsh, Public Health, Cornwall Council and Anna Pemberton from Penhaligon's Friend looking particularly at the working being done in Cornwall to supported families experiencing bereavement after suicide. The workshop concluded with a presentation from Alison Waters, Head of Service (West), Children and Families Service, Cornwall Council on the work of the Children and Families service to support children with their mental health and emotional well-being.

The powerpoint slides from the presentation can be found below. You may also want to read the Independent Thematic Review and the 7 minute briefing which was referred to in the workshop.

Mental Health and Suicidal Ideation- when safeguarding is more than just 'working together' powerpoint presentation


Domestic Violence and Developmental Trauma took place on June 15th 2021. 

This workshop included a presentation on Domestic Violence and Developmental Trauma with Dr Emanuelle Davison followed by a session with Sarah Milnes and Mel Francis from Safer Futures looking at local services offered by Safer Futures, referral pathways and interventions including the Behaviour Change programme.

Domestic violence is a recurring theme in Serious Case Reviews, Rapid Reviews, and other processes when children have died or been seriously injured. It continuously features in audits of practice across all agencies, and is a current focus of the National Panel. This workshop offered the opportunity for practitioners  to explore the impact of this experience on children and their development.

In addition to the powerpoint slides and recordings of the presentations which are available below, you might also want to have a look at the 7 minute briefing on Domestic Abuse.

Domestic Abuse and Development Trauma Powerpoint Presentations

Involving Fathers Across the Partnership took place online on 23rd February 2021 

The workshop was facilitated by Professor Brigid Featherstone, Professor of Social Work and Associate Director, Centre for Applied Childhood, Youth and Family Research, University of Huddersfield and Dr Marion Russell, Head of Service, Practice Development and Safeguarding Standards Service, Cornwall Council.

In recent years a growing body of research has evidenced the importance of fathers in the development of their children. The value of engaging positively with fathers is increasingly clear from research as are the risks of not effectively understanding the roles they can have with their children.

Learning from Rapid Reviews in Cornwall, and the research we have been involved in with the National Panel continues to identify this as an important aspect of our involvement with families across the partnership

This workshop was an opportunity for practitioners working with children and their families in Cornwall to explore the learning from research in the context of local experience and to identify effective ways of working with fathers in all organisation across the partnership.

You are welcome to download the presentation from the workshop using this link Involving Fathers Across the Partnership Presentation

A video of the presentations can be viewed here:

Involving Fathers Across the Partnership 

'Play Virtual, Live Real' from Sarah Smith of The Breck Foundationon 20th October 2020 

A recording of the session can be seen below. Please note that towards the end of the recording a video is shared which has a 15 certification.

'Play Virtual, Live Real: spotting the signs of online grooming and exploitation'

Please use the book training button for more information and to book your place at this online event

Learning from workshops held over the last 2 years can be found here:

February 2020 

Learning from Local Child Safeguarding Practice Review and Rapid Reviews 
Child Safeguarding Practice Review
Child and adolescent suicide in CIoS

October 2019 

Multi-agency Practice Workshop 
Safeguarding Adult Reviews 
High Risk Behaviour Policy

February 2019 

CSA in the family environment - rethinking our practice

July 2018

Child Sexual Abuse: Working Together in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to Improve Practice

February 2018 

Adult Mental Health 
Findings Learning from Experience Review
Language and Jargon
Working with Young Fathers


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