Working together - training together
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Addressing work done by police officers, social workers and any other professional linked to safeguarding children boards, the Joint Investigation in Child Protection manual can help everyone involved to:
The Joint Investigation in Child Protection manual has as its primary purpose the joint training of specialist police officers and social workers. But the manual can also help all LSCB-linked agencies achieve their performance objectives, including:
Workers from all of these backgrounds, with varied levels of experience, knowledge and prior learning can benefit from this training's approach to child-centred interviewing.
The Joint Investigation in Child Protection manual:
A4 wiro. 334 pages. 978-1-905541-32-4. Published 2008. £44.95
Those training police officers, social workers and other professionals who have responsibilities to work together to safeguard and protect children, including those whose work is linked to Local Safeguarding Children Boards (such as health workers in PCTs and hospital trusts; teachers and education staff in formal and informal education; probation officers, prison service staff, youth offending teams; religious leaders and volunteers providing services to children within communities).
About the authors
About this manual and the training course
Photocopying permission for use of the handouts
Electronic supply of the handouts
Introduction and overview
Day 1: Introduction to the Course: Making Judgements in Child Protection
Introductory quiz: true or false? 40 questions and statements about child abuse
Exploring role perceptions/consequences
Exploring role perceptions through reflection on a case study
Defining acceptable and unacceptable behaviour
Defining significant harm
Making judgements about seriousness of harm to children
Day 2: Recognition of child abuse, assessment, investigation and intervention
Recognising the indicators of child abuse
Definition of safeguarding and categories of child abuse safeguarding definition
Considering the indicators of child abuse
Making accurate records of an interview with a child
The fishbowl: a case study tracking a child protection referral through assessment, investigation and intervention
Day 3: Child protection, assessment, investigation and intervention
The child protection conference
Child protection conference - role play
Alternative child protection conference - role play
Understanding professional dangerousness - Victoria Climbie - the lost opportunitities
Contribution from survivors of child abuse
Day 4: Communicating with children, corroborating a child's statement and child sexual abuse
Listening to children
Communicating with children - carousel
Responding to complex questions - carousel
Corroboration of a child's statement
The paediatric perspective
Un-trivial pursuit: child sexual abuse quiz
The dynamics of child sexual abuse: learning from the case of Mary Bell
Saturdays at half past three: a child retracts
The child abuse accommodation syndrome
Young people who sexually abuse
Young people who sexually abuse - case study
Supporting the non-abusive carer
Practising skills in responding to parents and carers
Day 5: Focus on perpetrators, organised abuse, safe practice and whistleblowingChild sex abusers
Child sex abusers - distorted thinking
The Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA)
The Multi-Agency Public Protection Panel - a role play
Child sexual exploitation - a case study
Cheryl - case study
Protecting a sexually exploited child
Responding to the protection needs of sexually exploited children
Investigation of organised abuse
Investigating organised abuse - case study
Whistleblowing - professionals protecting children
Who to tell?
Arena of safety
Sounding the alarm
Therapeutic healing stories
Stop, start and continue
National Occupational Standards (NOS) for police work
National Occupational Standards (NOS) for social work
Relevant academic standards
BSc module handbook
MSc module handbook
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ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Liz Davies is a senior lecturer at London Metropolitan University. She has many years' experience as a social worker and child protection manager and trainer. She is widely published, and regularly works with the media on child protection issues.
Debbie Townsend is a former Metropolitan Police detective specialising in child abuse investigation and also a child protection trainer. She now works as a consultant designing and delivering child protection courses. Together, they deliver the post qualifying training in joint investigation and investigative interviewing skills to social workers and police at London Metropolitan University.
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British Journal of Social Work
Review for both Investigative Interviewing of Children: Achieving Best Evidence and Joint Investigation in Child Protection.
'The authors of these two training manual - highly experienced social work and police service professionals, respectively - put their cards firmly on the table in the comprehensive historical perspective at the start of each pack. These texts have an entirely different process from the assessment of children in need and a necessary dual focus on both the risks presented by a perpetrator and the needs of child and family. These two closely linked training manuals are intended to... enhance the working together in child protection skills of a wide range of professionals, who come together across the constituent statutory and voluntary agencies of the local safeguarding children boards in section 47 referrals and investigations.
'Joint Investigation in Child Protection offers experienced trainers a comprehensive and well-researched skills and knowledge base... The material is varied and up to date, using tried and tested adult learning methods to inform and challenge in a secure environment. It is ingenious in its scope and its relevance to a wide range of professionals including those in health and education, probation, housing, and the voluntary sector. Issues of ethnicity, culture, religion and language are addressed. It also deals with the important area of... 'professional dangerousness'... trainers will need to spend some time familiarising themselves with the detailed presentations and activities; there are tips on delivery and clear guidance on the protocol for photocopying handouts from the manual.
'Investigative Interviewing of Children: Achieving Best Evidence builds on its partner manual, using many similar methods but taking the social worker and police officer investigators on to detailed consideration of the context, process, skills and dilemmas involved in Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) interviews. Through its twenty presentations and twenty-three activities, it is consistently child-centred, includes children with disabilities and children from a range of ethnic, cultural, religious and linguistic backgrounds. It clearly aims to build confidence in those working directly with children in highly sensitive and anxiety-provoking situations and also confidence and trust in the joint working relationship that brings together professionals from two very different work cultures. All stages of the ABE interview are closely examined in a range of scenarios, together with guidance.
'Both manuals are very reasonably priced, with the first kept deliberately lower than the second, in the hope that even small organisations could afford it. Let us hope that the time is ripe, in the wake of the baby P. case, for serious reflection on the training needs of those working in child protection and more commissioning of this type, quality and length of training.' British Journal of Social Work.
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