Monday, March 28, 2022
9:00 AMDeveloping cultural competence with those who are criminally exploited

Cultural competence is increasingly cited as helpful when working with those who are criminally exploited by gangs and organised crime groups. This session provides some direction as to what knowledge, skills, and values those experiencing criminal exploitation find helpful.

10:30 AMSPONSORED SESSION: Secondary Trauma and social work

Secondary trauma is the emotional impact of dealing with trauma on those in helping professions.
Attend this webinar to understand the key differences between secondary trauma and burnout, its effects on you, your organisation and families you work with, and how professionals and managers can reduce its impact.

The webinar will look at: 
•    Understanding secondary trauma and its impact on the personal, professional, organisation, and families we serve
•    Compassion satisfaction - what keeps you coming back
•    Self-care, team care, organisational responsibility

2:00 PM'Adultification' bias: why racial and other stereotypes mean children are not all treated as equally vulnerable or innocent, and what this means for safeguarding practice

Adultification occurs when notions of innocence and vulnerability are not afforded to certain children. If professionals view some children as more ‘adult’ due to factors such as race, gender and class, their wellbeing, safeguarding needs and rights as children can be diminished or overlooked.  

This session will explore how adultification manifests in practice, and ways to guard against it and practical tips to reduce discrimination and bias within safeguarding, and interpret signs of distress and trauma so that welfare responses are more equal.

3:30 PMLiving a careless life: the power of relationships for children in care

This session is focused on the power of relationships, highlighting what individuals can do to have a huge impact on the lives of children in the care system. This includes how to communicate with children effectively, how to see the messages in children's behaviour and spotting triggers that can often cause trauma for children.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022
9:00 AMWhat adult social care reform means for social work

The government plans to spend over £5bn over the next three years reforming adult social care, in order to increase choice, control and independence for older and disabled people, improve quality

In this panel discussion, social work leaders will examine what the reforms mean for social workers and how they will reshape practice.

10:30 AMSPONSORED SESSION: The Mental Capacity Act: key principles and the 'big issue' - accommodation moves

This session provides an opportunity to remind ourselves of the key principles of the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and reflect on how they inform best practice when considering an accommodation move for someone – and why this is the ‘big issue’ in MCA practice. This session will also discuss accommodation moves for young people aged 16/17 (children) in transition.

This presentation will help practitioners explore and answer some of these practice issues and questions:

  • Why are accommodation moves such a big issue in MCA practice?
  • Assessing risk – whose decision is it anyway?
  • What is more important, safety or happiness?
  • What do I need to do differently to ensure that my professional work is characterised by best practice and legal compliance?
2:00 PMIdentifying 'shame' in child protection practice

Child protection professionals will likely come across the behavioural representations of shame and its associated coping strategies, but perhaps not recognise the special relationship it shares with relational trauma. This seminar explores the development of shame and how it may present in children (and adults).

3:30 PMWhat is good supervision (and how do we know)?

Dr David Wilkins will discuss the nature of good supervision in child and family social work, what it looks like, what the benefits can be for social work practice and for families, and how we know.

Wednesday, March 30, 2022
9:00 AMBringing gender and sexuality awareness and understanding into social work

LGBTQ+ issues are often missing from social work education and practitioners can lack confidence in knowing whether someone’s sexuality and gender identity is ‘private’ or should be considered when assessing and working with social care needs, let alone supporting young people and adults who may face specific or exacerbated risks because of how their sexuality or gender identity is viewed. This session cover why social workers should bring awareness of sexuality and gender into work with all children and adults, and how to do this sensitively

10:30 AMSPONSORED SESSION: Courageous conversations: how to equip you for practice

Difficult conversations can be challenging for many reasons. This webinar provides an opportunity to explore how to: have courageous conversations; be professionally curious and increase your awareness of the importance of advanced empathy and language use in social work practice.  This practical webinar will equip you with tools and information for you to directly improve the outcomes for the children and families you work with.

By attending this webinar, you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of social work practice in London Borough of Barking and Dagenham’s children’s services
  • Consider what constitutes a courageous conversation and how to approach these types of discussions and the tools needed to be effective
  • Think about why we need to be professionally curious, what this looks like and ways to practice and sustain this attitude
  • Understand the importance of advanced empathy which affects use of language with the need for more child-centric language and be champions for whole culture change in this area
2:00 PMFrom DOLS to the Liberty Protection Safeguards

The launch of the Liberty Protection Safeguards might have been delayed, but practitioners need to prepare for their implementation. Attend this session to learn how the LPS will differ from the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS).

3:30 PMSafeguarding people who self-neglect: what works?

The seminar will draw on research and findings from safeguarding adult reviews to identify and explore the evidence-base for best practice with people who self-neglect.

Thursday, March 31, 2022
9:00 AMAttachment-based trauma and parenting

Attachment-based trauma is prevalent among many families who find themselves working with social workers in the child protection system. Having a grasp of attachment-based trauma and the curiosity to view parents' difficulties through this lens are likely to provide a greater understanding of those difficulties, of the parent-child relationship and the most helpful ways of interacting with parents and offering support.

10:30 AMImproving the social work response to domestic abuse

The first commissioner, Nicole Jacobs, will discuss how the Domestic Abuse Act will affect social workers, 'co-ordinated community response' to domestic abuse and raise the question of 'what good looks like' in responding to domestic abuse.

2:00 PMMeeting the cultural and religious needs of Black and minoritised children and communities

This session will focus on developing social workers’ understanding of working with cultural and religious difference, to improve competence and confidence in working with children and adults from Black and minoritised communities, with lived experience of being in care and as well as within their families.

3:30 PMDealing with loss and grief

The coronavirus pandemic has created an unprecedented intensity of bereavement and loss for many social workers and the people they support. This session will consider the ongoing impact of this traumatic period and provide advice and guidance for social workers dealing with their own experiences of loss, as well as supporting bereaved people.

Friday, April 1, 2022
9:00 AMThe Care Act: wellbeing and human rights

Six years after the introduction of the Care Act, case law has continued to develop and emerge on the meaning of the wellbeing principle, and how its application shapes legal duties to people with needs for care and support. Courts have also repeatedly been called upon to consider the scope of duties to people who can only receive support where it is necessary to prevent a breach of their human rights. This session will discuss trends in case law and consider their impact on local authority process and practice.

10:30 AMDevelopments in NHS continuing healthcare

This session will look at legal and policy developments during the last year, including consideration of the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on the assessment process. Attend the session for a stocktake of recent developments in continuing healthcare, the implications from the ongoing impact of Covid 19 and a brief refresher on the concept of a primary health need.

2:00 PMSafeguarding children with disabilities: practice tips and direct work ideas

This session will support practitioners from both specialist disability teams and in general safeguarding roles with practical ideas to help you better protect children whose needs, and the potential risks posed to them, may be missed. Using case study examples and referring throughout to Burnham’s Social Graces model as a way of keeping different aspects of identity and relating to children and families in mind.

3:30 PMProblem gambling and social work

Prevalence surveys suggest that 0.6% of the population are problem gamblers but even more are at risk. And for each of these individuals, 10-17 others including children and family members are affected. Problem gambling is linked to depression, suicide, debt, bankruptcy, family conflict, offending, domestic abuse, neglect and maltreatment of children making it central to social work territory. Learn why problem gambling is relevant to adult social care and how to identify this “hidden” problem.