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Safeguarding Sandwell Development Programme 2015 Launches

On the 21st May 2015, the Safeguarding Sandwell Development programme was officially launched for over 140 integrated services team members at Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council.

The bespoke safeguarding programme comprises of 6 separate modules aimed at local authorities’ workers who work with vulnerable families at Sandwell Council and aims to strengthen and ensure an effective multi agency response to vulnerable children and young people. Designed in partnership by Salford Professional Development and the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences; the programme will be delivered by academics and industry experts over the course of a seven-month period.

Following the launch on location in Sandwell on the 21st May, 6 cohorts of enthusiastic workers have now completed the first of the modules; Solution Focussed Approaches which was delivered by Steve Myers, Director of Social Sciences and academic lead on the project. The module was carefully designed to introduce participants of the programme to the principles and practices of Solution Focused approaches and give them the opportunity to consider practicing them in the context of working with children and their families. The first module was a resounding success with the interactive sessions involving group work and opportunities for reflection that in turn created a fun and dynamic learning environment.  This looks set to continue for the remaining 5 modules with attendees already ‘looking forward to the next module.’

Up next in the Safeguarding Sandwell Development Programme, all 6 cohorts will be taking the module on Communicating with children and families before further modules on Working with Difficult to engage children and parents, Working with disguised compliance, Analysing risk, and Best practice case studies are undertaken later in the year.

Described by Steve Myers as an “innovative and timely workforce development programme” and following such a successful launch, Safeguarding Sandwell looks set to be an exciting and successful project. If you want to follow the programme, join the conversation at #SaferSandwell or look out for further reviews on the modules!

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