CPD programme

This exciting programme of interactive development opportunities is designed to meet the unique needs of PSWs as practice leaders. Launched as face-to-face workshops towards the end of 2019, we’ve adapted the workshops and are now able to offer them via virtual delivery. For each topic, attendance at all sessions is required to fully appreciate the workshop.

Coercive control programme presented by Tracy Hawkings

  • Two recorded webinars available in August and September
  • Live discussion 01 October 2020 11:00 - 12:00


The programme will look at the legislation pertaining to coercive control, recent research studies relating to victims/perpetrators, victim profiles and risk factors and the effects on children and what professionals need to look for.

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Describing, prescribing and proscribing practice in children’s social care services presented by Mary Baginsky and Richard McKenny

  • Live discussion 10 September 2020 09:30 - 11:00


This workshop will consider how PSWs can make use of the emerging evidence base to develop effective social work practices in their local contexts. Mary Baginsky will open the workshop with an overview of her evaluation of Signs of Safety programme, focusing in particular on how local authorities define and then describe their practice models. Richard McKenny will share some of his experiences of developing manualised interventions in a social care context. Participants will be invited to review different forms of practice manualisation and to think about how practice manuals can be used in their organisation to influence the development of particular practices with children and families.

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Criminal exploitation of young people presented by Dr Peter Buzzi

  • Live webinar 08 October 2020 10:00 - 12:00
  • Live webinar 10 October 2020 10:00 - 12:00

This interactive workshop will adopt an evidence-informed, practice-based approach to the topic of the criminal exploitation of young people. It will cover the definition and complex dimensions of criminal exploitation, the use of social media and digital technologies by gangs, experiences of young people and learning from serious case reviews. It will also identify signs of criminal exploitation and strategies to help mitigate risk and practice recommendations regarding preparation for Ofsted inspection and JTAI in relation to criminal exploitation of young people.

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Introduction to action learning virtual workshops

These workshops are for those PSWs who would like to set up peer support networks using the action learning methodology. Action learning is a powerful peer-support approach that involves mutual exchange, support and challenge. It is distinct from a general discussion forum in that it is based on insightful questioning rather than advice giving, and it is ideally suited to the professional and organisational challenges faced by principal social workers. The one off workshops are open to PSWs from both the adults and child and family networks.