Co-Delivered by Maria Cassidy – Parental Engagement Lead, Sarah Brown – NWG Trainer

Lead for Parents Seminar Maria Cassidy


About Maria:

With a background in youth and community work for over 25 years , Maria is passionate about working with organisations to ensure that the experiences of families affected by exploitation are listened to and that their voices are heard. Working at NWG, Maria works alongside safeguarding partnerships and national organisations to assist them in creating a culture which values and recognises families as safeguarding partners. She is also instrumental in bringing areas together to share emerging practice about their work with families that others can learn from. Maria’s national work has included developing resources, briefing papers, workshops, benchmarking tools, videos, and training “Experts by Experience” which all include the voice of families with lived experience of exploitation.

About Sarah:

Since gaining a degree in Youth Studies from Nottingham Trent University Sarah has worked within a variety of backgrounds supporting vulnerable young people and their families, including the role of Pastoral Manager in a secondary school and as a Family Resource Worker. After volunteering as a counsellor for several years at Childline, Sarah was employed as a supervisor. It was at Childline she developed as a trainer, working to increase the skills, knowledge and empathy of volunteers in areas such as bullying, abuse, neglect, domestic violence, self-harm and suicide to ensure young people received the best possible support available. Sarah’s time at Childline also involved managing and assessing both safeguarding issues and immediate life-threatening situations presented by young people within the counselling room.

Working Alongside Families: Experts by Experience – CPD Accredited one day training

This training course has been developed using the voices and experiences of affected families, to aid the evolution of the workforce in supporting families who are experts by experience of Child Exploitation (CE).
The course has been produced with the support of members of affected families who want to assist practitioners in considering and reflecting on their own, and organisational practices. They share their experiences of services, the court process, the impact of exploitation on them as parents as well as on their child and wider family.

Delegates will be encouraged to consider different models of practice and how we work
alongside families. Training will complement the NWG Parental Support Benchmarking Tool
and resources that have been designed to support agencies to examine their current offer
to parents affected by Child Exploitation and to think about the next steps to enhance their
engagement with parents as safeguarding partners.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course delegates will be able to;

• Reflect on our experiences of working alongside families and contemplate how we can be more effective in our partnerships.
• Understand the significance of parents as safeguarding partners.
• Relate to the importance of language in our work and in our partnerships with families.
• Recognise how families are essential in the process of gathering evidence and intelligence.
• Understand how we can support parents to feel more confident and informed when reporting their child missing from home.
• Recognise how exploitation and trauma can impact on families.
• Reflect on differing models of practice and how they may influence our approach to working alongside families.
• Consider how we may develop our practice in supporting siblings.
• Reflect on our practice and support structures for supporting families through the legal process.

This course is CPD Accredited.

Working Alongside Families as Safeguarding Partners: Embedding a Culture Change – 2 hour webinar

This webinar will provide you with a foundation to build upon working with families, and how embedding this approach through strategy and through practice, it becomes the culture in your service. Taking the learning from the latest research as well as examples from across the country, we will take you through some of the principles of working with families as safeguarding partners and applying this to your practice.

Working Alongside Families as Safeguarding Partners: Making Meetings Matter – 3 hour workshop

By working alongside families as safeguarding partners we know how much more effective a safeguarding response and collaborative working can be where those families are routinely included, valued and listened to in meetings about their child. This module builds on learning from across the country and the voices of parents and young people to highlight emerging practice, including taking the learning from different areas on blended approach
to running effective and inclusive meetings

Working Alongside Families as Safeguarding Partners: Planning the Ending of Service Involvement – 3 hour session

The end of a court case or a change in service provision is often described by families as standing on the edge of cliff, leaving many feeling at a loss as to what happens next. Based on a video we have created from the lived experience of one family going through the court process we will consider how they felt and reflect on how we might better support families to feel prepared, strengthened and empowered for the ending of service support.

Working Alongside Families as Safeguarding Partners: A family with lived experience – 4 hour workshop

This session focuses around 3 videos that share the voice of a parent, sibling and a practitioner, all of whom were working together to care for, safeguard and support a child.
Building on this lived experience we provide a unique opportunity to appraise, discuss and consider how we can work in a more strength-based, relational way to safeguard children.
There will be the opportunity to reflect on language, assessments, the impact of exploitation and how we work together in a more family-focused, effective way