Child Neglect in Scotland – helping schools in early identification and intervention

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WEDNESDAY 01 NOVEMBER 2017

THE ACADEMY - WHEATLEY HOUSE, CENTRAL GLASGOW

ONE-DAY CONFERENCE

Event Outline

As noted by the Child Protection Improvement Programme (CPIP) report published by the Scottish Government earlier this year, ‘neglect is the primary maltreatment issue that children in Scotland currently face’. For every thousand children living in Scotland’s communities, one child has been formally identified as being at risk of neglect. For every primary school in Scotland, two children have been formally identified as being at risk of abuse or neglect.

As public services seek to strengthen performance and realise sustainable improvements in keeping children safe, it is recognised that a renewed focus on neglect is a critical step toward establishing a preventative approach. Schools will play a key role in this.

Developed in partnership with a number of leading social work professionals and featuring keynote inputs from The Scottish Government, the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS) and NSPCC Scotland, this one-day training conference will focus on detecting and dealing with cases of neglect and the increasing importance of schools in their early identification and intervention. It will explore the following key themes –

  • What is neglect? And how can it present itself?
  • The increasing role of schools in identifying neglect and evaluating risk – and the knowledge, skillsets and approaches this requires
  • An update on the Neglect Improvement Programme, commissioned by The Scottish Government and led by CELCIS, and examine how we can share information and support shared learning and improvement in safeguarding children
  • Educating young people to stay safe from neglect and promoting and building resilience in vulnerable children – including the work of the NSPCC’s “Speak Out, Stay Safe Programme”
  • Assessing parental capacity to change in the context of GIRFEC and the need to develop integrated responses across children’s services tailored to meet the needs of individual family circumstances

Supported by

Speakers

Donald Henderson

Deputy Director Care and Protection, Scottish Government

Dr Melissa Van Dyke

National Expert Advisor on Implementation, Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland (CELCIS)

Moira McKinnon

Principal Officer, Child Protection Team, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

Kerstin Jorna

Implementation Lead for the Addressing Neglect and Enhancing Wellbeing Programme, Dundee City Council

Sheila Murie

Senior Officer, Child Protection Team, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

Sally Wassell

Independent Child Care Consultant

Joanna Barrett

Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland

Wendy Harrington

Independent Consultant Social Worker

Alan Stewart

Service Manager - Scotland, NSPCC Schools Service

Agenda

08:45-09:30     Registration and morning refreshments

09:30-09:40     Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
Joanna Barrett, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, NSPCC Scotland

Neglect and the Child Protection Improvement Programme

09:40-10:05     Keynote Address
Donald Henderson, Deputy Director Care and Protection, Scottish Government

10:05-10:25     Under the radar of child protection services: is neglect a ‘universal’ problem? The role of universal services in detecting and addressing children suffering from neglect
Wendy Harrington, Independent Consultant Social Worker

10:25-10:40     Opportunities for questions and discussion

10:40-11:00     Tea and coffee break, opportunities for networking

Improving how we identify and respond to neglect

11:00-11:25     What it REALLY takes to Achieve and Sustain Socially Significant Improvements: The Science and Practice of Active Implementation

  • What limits our success
  • What it takes to achieve socially significant improvements
  • Using the science and practice of implementation to ‘get it right for every child’

Dr Melissa Van Dyke, National Expert Advisor on Implementation, CELCIS

11:25-11:45     What this means in practice: Experience from Dundee

  • The Addressing Neglect and Enhancing Wellbeing Programme – Our journey so far, how we got involved and what we found
  • Three key themes and how they led to Getting it Right in Dundee
  • Next Steps for Dundee – starting in three primary schools

Kerstin Jorna, Implementation Lead for the Addressing Neglect and Enhancing Wellbeing Programme, Dundee City Council

11:45-12:00     Opportunities for questions and discussion

12:00-13:00     Glasgow’s Neglect Assessment Toolkit
Moira McKinnon, Principal Officer & Sheila Murie, Senior Officer, Child Protection Team, Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership

Followed by an Interactive session led by Moira McKinnon and Sheila Murie

13:00-13:45     Lunch and opportunities for networking

13:45-13:50     Chair’s Welcome Back

Support and early intervention in schools

13:50-14:50     The increasing role of schools in identifying and responding to neglect – required skills and approaches

  • Identifying and evaluating risk surrounding children and understanding family circumstances
  • Assessing parental capacity to change
  • Promoting and building resilience in vulnerable children
  • Working with practitioners to ensure no child is missed

Sally Wassell, Independent Child Care Consultant

Followed by an Interactive session led by Sally Wassell

14:50-15:30    The “Speak Out Stay Safe Programme” – Educating young people to stay safe from neglect
Alan Stewart, Service Manager – Scotland, NSPCC Schools Service

Followed by an Interactive session led by Alan Stewart and colleagues from NSPCC

15:30               Chair’s round-up and closing remarks

Venue

Hosted by

The Academy
Wheatley House
150 Ingram Street
Glasgow
G1 1DW

www.wheatley-group.com/the-academy/