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2017-2018 Overview

Image: RiPfA delivery programmeThe current calendar of events and resources for 2017-2018 is listed below. The Delivery Programme content is informed by annual consultation with our network.

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Tailored Support services (including in-house workshops, service evaluation, strategy development and evidence scoping) also form part of the Delivery Programme for Research in Practice Partners. Deadlines for Partners to book their Tailored Support allocation are listed in the calendar.

Partners may commission additional Tailored Support and organisations not currently part of the Research in Practice membership network may also commission these services. Please contact ask@rip.org.uk or call 01803 867692.

 

Activity by month

September

DateLocationTitleType

September

 

Online safety: Research and Policy Update 198 September 2017

Image: RPU iconResearch and Policy Update: Learning Resource

12 Sep

Bristol

Quality assurance of practice – oversight and challenge

Quality assurance (QA) is a vital element in an organisation’s oversight of direct practice. This workshop explores what QA is and how ‘hard’ data and ‘soft’ qualitative information can be triangulated to provide an in-depth analysis. It also offers guidance on how an effective QA and performance framework can support the assessment – and improve the quality of practice.

Aimed at: Those responsible for quality assuring multi-agency early help and safeguarding and social work practice (including team managers, Independent Reviewing Officers, senior leads).

Image: Workshop iconResearch Messages Workshop: Learning Event

16 Sep

Bristol

Deadline for Partners’ Tailored Support requests for delivery between October – December 2017*.

Image: Workshop iconTailored Support

19 Sep

Bristol

Working with parents who have a learning disability

This workshop looks in detail at the practice issues in working with parents who have a learning disability. It aims to explore and challenge some of the attitudinal issues that may arise, and draws on both Adults’ and Children’s Services perspectives to examine ways of working together to ensure best practice.

Aimed at: Practitioners and managers in Children’s and Adults’ Services.

Image: Workshop iconJoint Research Messages Workshop: Learning Event

20 Sep

Manchester

Intra-familial child sexual abuse (IFCSA)

Ofsted have indicated that intra-familial child sexual abuse (IFCSA) will be the focus of the ‘deep dive’ element of future Joint Targeted Area Inspections (Rogers 2016). The Children’s Commissioner for England’s two-year inquiry into child sexual abuse in the family environment (Horvath et al, 2014; CCE 2015) estimated that one in eight children abused in the family environment come to be identified by professionals; the remainder are unknown to protective services. The inquiry also found that those victims of child sexual abuse who do come into contact with statutory services are typically first identified from the age of 12, but the abuse for many will have started at a much younger age (Smith et al, 2015).

This workshop reviews the research evidence on IFCSA and explores how an evidence-informed tool might support practitioners in identifying, assessing and responding to child sexual abuse.

The session uses case study and interactive elements to support application of research messages in practice.

Aimed at: Practitioners working with children, young people and families – including social workers; family support; and youth workers.

Image: Workshop iconResearch Messages Workshop: Learning Event

28-29 Sep

Birmingham

Values-based system and service redesign: Leaders’ Forum

As organisations across the health and social care sector strive to tackle complex challenges, leaders are seeking to redesign systems and services.

Increasingly, evidence suggests that effective systems and services are contingent on culture and values; factors which are subjective, intangible and difficult to measure or inspect.

Leaders’ Forum 2017 explores the role of values in leadership decision-making regarding service and system redesign.

Aimed at: Directors, Assistant Directors and strategic managers from across the Research in Practice/Research in Practice for Adults networks.

Image: Networking eventLeaders' Forum: Network Event

October

DateLocationTitleType

October

 

Restorative practices: Research and Policy Update 199 October 2017

Image: RPU iconResearch and Policy Update: Learning Resource

4 Oct

York

Reflective supervision

The aims of reflective supervision are to support practitioners' awareness of how their values and experiences mediate their practice, to facilitate critical thinking and analysis of case information, and to build emotional resilience. Achieving these aims requires building a supportive but constructively challenging supervisor-supervisee relationship and maximising the use of supervision time.

This two-part Learning Module will explore messages from research about the benefits of reflective supervision for practitioners and organisations. It will focus on supporting managers to develop skills and strategies to enhance opportunities for reflection across the children and families workforce including methods for group supervision. The session will share tools for recording reflective supervision.

Day two of this Learning Module will be held on Thursday 2 November 2017. Participants must be able to attend both days (participants will automatically be enrolled on day two).

Aimed at: Staff with supervisory responsibilities across early help, targeted support and statutory services with children and families.

Image: Workshop iconTwo-Part Learning Module: Learning Event

12 Oct

Birmingham

Quality assurance of practice – oversight and challenge

Quality assurance (QA) is a vital element in an organisation’s oversight of direct practice. This workshop explores what QA is and how ‘hard’ data and ‘soft’ qualitative information can be triangulated to provide an in-depth analysis. It also offers guidance on how an effective QA and performance framework can support the assessment – and improve the quality of practice.

Aimed at: Those responsible for quality assuring multi-agency early help and safeguarding and social work practice (including team managers, Independent Reviewing Officers, senior leads).

Image: Workshop iconResearch Messages Workshop: Learning Event

17 Oct

Online

Social work practice in family court

The core role of social workers as experts in family court practice drives the need for robust pre-proceedings work and high-quality, analytical and evidence-informed written and oral evidence.

This webinar introduces the practice tool, aiming to support professionals to build analytical skills, use research effectively to support decision-making and prepare for cross-examination.

Aimed at: Social workers preparing and presenting evidence in court and their managers, case progression managers and heads of service in family court work, children's guardians, lawyers acting for the local authority, independent reviewing officers.

Image: Webinar iconWebinar: Learning Event

19 Oct

London

Innovations in safeguarding – the transition from adolescence to adulthood

At this event, chaired by Dez Holmes, both the Chief Social Workers will share their perspectives on this critical intersection between their respective areas of leadership.

An opportunity to:

  • Explore effective local safeguarding practice at the transition between adolescence and adult life.
  • Hear examples of innovative approaches in supporting young adults to be safe.
  • Consider the implications for system design and leadership in a changing policy landscape.

Aimed at: Locality safeguarding leads; heads of service; Principal Social Workers.

Image: Workshop iconKnowledge Exchange  Workshop: Learning Event

November

DateLocationTitleType

November

 

Intra-familial abuse: Research and Policy Update 200 November 2017

Image: RPU iconResearch and Policy Update: Learning Resource

2-3 Nov

Birmingham

Link Officers' Annual Meeting (LOAM)

LOAM is our core network event. A 24-hour residential, LOAM provides valuable learning opportunities, collaborative sessions to inform the development of the Delivery Programme for 2018-19 and the chance to network with other Link Officers from across the country.

Aimed at: All Link Officers from across the Research in Practice network.

Image: Networking event Link Officers' Annual Meeting: Network Event

14 Nov

Birmingham

Working with parents who have a learning disability

This joint RiP/RiPfA workshop looks in detail at the practice issues in working with parents who have a learning disability. It aims to explore and challenge some of the attitudinal issues that may arise, and draws on both Adults' and Children's Services perspectives to examine ways of working together to ensure best practice.

Aimed at: Practitioners and managers in Children’s and Adults’ Services.

Image: Workshop iconJoint Research Messages Workshop: Learning Event

16 Nov

York

E-professionalism and safeguarding children and young people online

‘Claudia’s digital professionalism presentation was fantastic.’

(Participant, RiPfA Link Officers’ Annual Meeting, October 2017)

This workshop will support practitioners to develop a child-centred perspective on understanding, assessing and working with online risks such as sexting; online grooming; inappropriate or excessive use of digital media; digital harm and online radicalisation.

Digital and social media technologies play an integral part in children and young people’s lives and identities. This session builds knowledge, skills and capabilities to support direct practice in a digital world. The day will also explore how you can effectively manage your professional presence online.

Aimed at: Social workers, team managers, safeguarding practitioners, frontline practitioners working with children and families, family support workers and youth workers.

Research in Practice Partners with full membership have priority access in booking event places. Four weeks before an event takes place, Partners on Reduced Service membership and Individual Subscribers will be able to purchase event places, subject to availability. Non-members of Research in Practice interested in event places should email events@rip.org.uk to register their interest.

This workshop is also taking place in:
Bristol
Birmingham
Manchester
London

Image: Workshop icon Research Messages Workshop: Learning Event

30 Nov

Bristol

E-professionalism and safeguarding children and young people online

‘Claudia’s digital professionalism presentation was fantastic.’

(Participant, RiPfA Link Officers’ Annual Meeting, October 2017)

This workshop will support practitioners to develop a child-centred perspective on understanding, assessing and working with online risks such as sexting; online grooming; inappropriate or excessive use of digital media; digital harm and online radicalisation.

Digital and social media technologies play an integral part in children and young people’s lives and identities. This session builds knowledge, skills and capabilities to support direct practice in a digital world. The day will also explore how you can effectively manage your professional presence online.

Aimed at: Social workers, team managers, safeguarding practitioners, frontline practitioners working with children and families, family support workers and youth workers.

Research in Practice Partners with full membership have priority access in booking event places. Four weeks before an event takes place, Partners on Reduced Service membership and Individual Subscribers will be able to purchase event places, subject to availability. Non-members of Research in Practice interested in event places should email events@rip.org.uk to register their interest.

This workshop is also taking place in:
York
Birmingham
Manchester
London

Image: Workshop icon Research Messages Workshop: Learning Event

November

 

Deprivation of liberty in relation to children and young people

The deprivation of liberty for children and young people is a complex and sensitive area of practice with an evolving legal framework. This Strategic Briefing considers the legal basis to support local authorities in decision-making in this field of work.

Aimed at: Senior managers, Assistant Directors, heads of service, children’s guardians, family support workers, children’s homes managers.

Image: Strategic Briefing iconStrategic Briefing: Publication

November

 

Social work practice in the family court

The core role of social workers as experts in family court practice drives the need for robust pre-proceedings work and high quality written evidence, including analysis and care planning.

This Practice Tool brings together new and updated resources designed to build analytical skills, support the effective use of research to support decision-making, and prepare for cross-examination.

Audience: Social workers preparing and presenting evidence in court and their managers, case progression managers and heads of service in family courts work; children’s guardians, lawyers acting for the local authority, Independent Reviewing Officers.

Image: Practice ToolPractice Tool: Publication

November

 

Online abuse – recognition and response

Online abuse is any type of abuse that happens on the web, whether through social networks, playing online games or using mobile phones. Children and young people may be subjected to cyberbullying, grooming, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation or emotional abuse.

Practitioners working with children and young people need to understand the risks that young people face online and be equipped with the knowledge and skills to safeguard them effectively.

This Frontline Briefing outlines key messages on the risks that children and young people face from online abuse and highlights approaches for working with children and young people who are experiencing or engaging in online abuse.

Aimed at: Professionals working directly with children and young people who are at risk of experiencing or engaging in online abuse.

Image: Frontline BriefingFrontline Briefing: Publication

November

 

21st Century social work with children and young people with disabilities

This publication brings together the latest research and practice evidence on social work with disabled children, young people and their families and carers. Each chapter provides accessible and practice facing content on themes including: safeguarding; assessments; joint working; transition to adulthood and voice of disabled children and young people.

Aimed at: Strategic leaders in this field; social work managers and practitioners working to support children, and young people with SEN and disabilities.

Image: Evidence review IconEvidence Review: Publication

November

 

21st Century social work with children and young people with disabilities

This publication summarises key messages from the Evidence Review on this topic, which brings together the latest research and practice evidence on social work with disabled children, young people and their families and carers.

Aimed at: Strategic leaders in this field; social work managers and practitioners working to support children, young people with SEN and disabilities.

Image: Executive Summary IconEvidence Review Executive Summary: Publication

November

  Supporting Parents with learning disabilities

This publication will provide the reader with an overview of the available evidence in relation to ‘what works’ in working with parents who have a learning disability.

It will include case study examples of practice, and will offer recommendations for strategic leaders to consider in developing and leading systems to support effective working across Children’s and Adults’ Services to support parents who have a learning disability.

Aimed at: Senior leaders, service leads and commissioners.

Image: Strategic Briefing iconStrategic Briefing: Publication

November

 

Adolescents and risk

Since 2015, Research in Practice has worked extensively with practitioners, service leads and Directors of Children’s Services to build more nuanced responses to risk in adolescence. Effective service redesign will involve multi-agency partnerships across health, education and youth services. This briefing develops key messages for strategic safeguarding partners leading work in this field.

Aimed at: Leaders of local safeguarding boards.

Image: Leaders' Briefing iconLeaders’ Briefing: Publication

November

 

Cost Calculator for Children’s Services – Edge of Care Module Guide

A resource to support finance, data and service teams to analyse and understand the need for and costs of ‘edge of care’ services in their local area. Drawing on learning from the 2017 Change Project, in partnership with Loughborough University and North Yorkshire County Council.

Aimed at: Finance, data and performance leads; heads of service for ‘edge of care’.

Image: Change Project final resourcesChange Project Final Resources: Publication

30 Nov

 

Deadline for Partners’ Tailored Support requests for delivery between January – March 2018*.

Image: Workshop iconTailored Support

December

DateLocationTitleType

December

 

Best of 2017: Research and Policy Update 201 December 2017

Image: RPU iconResearch and Policy Update: Learning Resource

5 Dec

London

Intra-familial child sexual abuse (IFCSA)

Ofsted have indicated that intra-familial child sexual abuse (IFCSA) will be the focus of the ‘deep dive’ element of future Joint Targeted Area Inspections (Rogers 2016). The Children’s Commissioner for England’s two-year inquiry into child sexual abuse in the family environment (Horvath et al, 2014; CCE 2015) estimated that one in eight children abused in the family environment come to be identified by professionals; the remainder are unknown to protective services. The inquiry also found that those victims of child sexual abuse who do come into contact with statutory services are typically first identified from the age of 12, but the abuse for many will have started at a much younger age (Smith et al, 2015).

This workshop reviews the research evidence on IFCSA and explores how an evidence-informed tool might support practitioners in identifying, assessing and responding to child sexual abuse.

The session uses case study and interactive elements to support application of research messages in practice.

Aimed at: Practitioners working with children, young people and families – including social workers; family support; and youth workers.

Image: Workshop iconResearch Messages Workshop: Learning Event

7 Dec

London

Building emotionally literate leadership for child and family social work – testing a management competencies framework

This is a two-part learning module for paired teams of senior managers leading social work in their organisation. Both participants must be able to attend both days.

Day One: Thursday 8 December 2017 
Day Two: Thursday 18 January 2018 

Both days will be held at The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Regent's Wharf, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL. 

Event details: Understanding the core competencies underpinning emotional resilience and the role of a practice leader in supporting these are vital elements in strategic leadership. This two-part learning module will work with senior managers leading social work in their organisation in paired teams (eg, an Assistant Director and a Principal Social Worker). Day One will introduce a draft framework setting out key knowledge, skills and abilities, which participants will consider and engage in testing. They will feed back in the second session on their use of the framework as well as on challenges and opportunities for implementation. They will consider any skills gaps they identify among their staff (and themselves) and how these may be addressed. Participants will also share good practice they have developed to support emotional resilience in the social workforce and in their own professional practice.

Aimed at: Pairs of participants, two senior leads for social work (eg, Principal Social Workers and Assistant Directors in Child and Family Services).

Image: Workshop iconTwo-Part Learning Module: Learning Event

TBC

Online

Deprivation of liberty in relation to children and young people

The deprivation of liberty for children and young people is a complex and sensitive area of practice with an evolving legal framework.

This webinar introduces the Strategic Briefing on this topic and supports strategic leads to use the resource to support evidence-informed decision-making in this field of work.

Aimed at: Senior managers, Assistant Directors, heads of service, children’s guardians, family support workers, children’s homes managers.

WeImage: Webinar iconbinar: Learning Event

January-March

DateLocationTitleType

9 Jan

London

Working with parents who have a learning disability

This joint RiP/RiPfA workshop looks in detail at the practice issues in working with parents who have a learning disability. It aims to explore and challenge some of the attitudinal issues that may arise, and draws on both Adults' and Children's Services perspectives to examine ways of working together to ensure best practice.

Aimed at: Practitioners and managers in Children’s and Adults’ Services.

Image: Workshop iconJoint Research Messages Workshop: Learning Event

18 Jan

(Second day)

London

Building emotionally literate leadership for child and family social work – testing a management competencies framework

This is a two-part learning module for paired teams of senior managers leading social work in their organisation. Both participants must be able to attend both days.

Day One: Thursday 8 December 2017 
Day Two: Thursday 18 January 2018 

Both days will be held at The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Regent's Wharf, 8 All Saints Street, London, N1 9RL. 

Event details: Understanding the core competencies underpinning emotional resilience and the role of a practice leader in supporting these are vital elements in strategic leadership. This two-part learning module will work with senior managers leading social work in their organisation in paired teams (eg, an Assistant Director and a Principal Social Worker). Day One will introduce a draft framework setting out key knowledge, skills and abilities, which participants will consider and engage in testing. They will feed back in the second session on their use of the framework as well as on challenges and opportunities for implementation. They will consider any skills gaps they identify among their staff (and themselves) and how these may be addressed. Participants will also share good practice they have developed to support emotional resilience in the social workforce and in their own professional practice.

Aimed at: Pairs of participants, two senior leads for social work (eg, Principal Social Workers and Assistant Directors in Child and Family Services).

Image: Workshop iconTwo-Part Learning Module: Learning Event

25 Jan

Birmingham

E-professionalism and safeguarding children and young people online

‘Claudia’s digital professionalism presentation was fantastic.’

(Participant, RiPfA Link Officers’ Annual Meeting, October 2017)

This workshop will support practitioners to develop a child-centred perspective on understanding, assessing and working with online risks such as sexting; online grooming; inappropriate or excessive use of digital media; digital harm and online radicalisation.

Digital and social media technologies play an integral part in children and young people’s lives and identities. This session builds knowledge, skills and capabilities to support direct practice in a digital world. The day will also explore how you can effectively manage your professional presence online.

Aimed at: Social workers, team managers, safeguarding practitioners, frontline practitioners working with children and families, family support workers and youth workers.

Research in Practice Partners with full membership have priority access in booking event places. Four weeks before an event takes place, Partners on Reduced Service membership and Individual Subscribers will be able to purchase event places, subject to availability. Non-members of Research in Practice interested in event places should email events@rip.org.uk to register their interest.

This workshop is also taking place in:
York
Bristol
Manchester
London

Image: Workshop icon Research Messages Workshop: Learning Event

TBC

TBC

Partnership Conference

Image: Partnership conference iconPartnership Conference: Learning Event

15 Feb

Manchester

E-professionalism and safeguarding children and young people online

‘Claudia’s digital professionalism presentation was fantastic.’

(Participant, RiPfA Link Officers’ Annual Meeting, October 2017)

This workshop will support practitioners to develop a child-centred perspective on understanding, assessing and working with online risks such as sexting; online grooming; inappropriate or excessive use of digital media; digital harm and online radicalisation.

Digital and social media technologies play an integral part in children and young people’s lives and identities. This session builds knowledge, skills and capabilities to support direct practice in a digital world. The day will also explore how you can effectively manage your professional presence online.

Aimed at: Social workers, team managers, safeguarding practitioners, frontline practitioners working with children and families, family support workers and youth workers.

Research in Practice Partners with full membership have priority access in booking event places. Four weeks before an event takes place, Partners on Reduced Service membership and Individual Subscribers will be able to purchase event places, subject to availability. Non-members of Research in Practice interested in event places should email events@rip.org.uk to register their interest.

This workshop is also taking place in:
York
Bristol
Birmingham
London

Image: Workshop icon Research Messages Workshop: Learning Event

1 Mar

London

E-professionalism and safeguarding children and young people online

‘Claudia’s digital professionalism presentation was fantastic.’

(Participant, RiPfA Link Officers’ Annual Meeting, October 2017)

This workshop will support practitioners to develop a child-centred perspective on understanding, assessing and working with online risks such as sexting; online grooming; inappropriate or excessive use of digital media; digital harm and online radicalisation.

Digital and social media technologies play an integral part in children and young people’s lives and identities. This session builds knowledge, skills and capabilities to support direct practice in a digital world. The day will also explore how you can effectively manage your professional presence online.

Aimed at: Social workers, team managers, safeguarding practitioners, frontline practitioners working with children and families, family support workers and youth workers.

Research in Practice Partners with full membership have priority access in booking event places. Four weeks before an event takes place, Partners on Reduced Service membership and Individual Subscribers will be able to purchase event places, subject to availability. Non-members of Research in Practice interested in event places should email events@rip.org.uk to register their interest.

This workshop is also taking place in:
York
Bristol
Birmingham
Manchester

Image: Workshop icon Research Messages Workshop: Learning Event

21 Mar

 Manchester

Working with parents who have a learning disability

This joint RiP/RiPfA workshop looks in detail at the practice issues in working with parents who have a learning disability. It aims to explore and challenge some of the attitudinal issues that may arise, and draws on both Adults' and Children's Services perspectives to examine ways of working together to ensure best practice.

Aimed at: Practitioners and managers in Children’s and Adults’ Services.

Image: Workshop iconJoint Research Messages Workshop: Learning Event

March

 

Quality assurance of practice – oversight and challenge

Quality assurance (QA) is a vital element in the oversight of direct practice. Drawing on the sector knowledge gathered through the related workshops, this briefing offers practical guidance on how an effective QA and performance framework can support the assessment – and improve the quality of practice.

The briefing explores how ‘hard’ data and ‘soft’ qualitative information can be triangulated to provide an in-depth analysis. It also contains practical advice and proposes tools, measures and methods to improve understanding.

Aimed at: Those responsible for quality assuring multi-agency early help and safeguarding and social work practice.

Image: Strategic Briefing iconStrategic Briefing: Publication

March

 

Parental mental health

Parental mental health issues are part of the experience of many families involved with Child and Family Services and have been identified as a key vulnerability in analyses of Serious Case Reviews (www.seriouscasereviews.rip.org.uk).

This briefing will increase practitioners’ understanding of some common mental health issues, and consider how these may impact on parenting capacity and the issues this may raise for children’s development, wellbeing and safeguarding. It also suggests approaches to working with parents who may not have access to adult mental health services.

Aimed at: Frontline practitioners in Child and Family Services, both social workers and others (for example, family support workers).

Image: Frontline BriefingFrontline Briefing: Publication

March

 

Intra-familial child sexual abuse (IFCSA)

An evidence-informed tool for supporting practitioners in identifying, assessing and responding to possible intra-familial child sexual abuse (IFCSA). Designed for practitioners working with children who are already receiving statutory intervention for other issues (such as neglect or physical abuse) where there are concerns about IFCSA.

Used in combination with professional judgement, the tool is designed to help build a picture of a child’s vulnerability to IFCSA and to assist in planning direct work.

Aimed at: Practitioners working with children, young people and families – including social workers; family support and youth workers.

Image: Practice Tool iconPractice Tool: Publication

March

 

Relationship-based commissioning

Image: Change Project final resourcesChange Project Pilot Resources: Publication

Further series of workshops and network events to be determined, pending emerging sector priorities.

* All Tailored Support for 2017-18 MUST be booked and confirmed by 30 November 2017.

 

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