Safeguarding Taster Sessions

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Taster Sessions are available to all practitioners from all Medway agencies and organisations. 

Upcoming Sessions:

Learning for organisation arising from incidents at Medway Secure Training Centre

Date and time: Wednesday 10th April 2019, 9.30am till 12.30pm

Location: St George’s Centre, Chatham Maritime.

Following the publication of the serious case review "Learning for organisations arising from incidents at the Medway Secure Training Centre" the MSCB are hosting an event to share the learning and explore the impact of this on the practice. The serious case review was undertaken in response to the identification of abuse of children by staff at the Medway Secure Training Centre (STC) which was broadcast in a television documentary in January 2016.

The learning reaches across various services within Medway and beyond, and so applicants from outside of Medway are welcome.

Services where learning has been identified includes health, social care, voluntary sector and justice services.

The review identified three primary areas of focus for learning:

1. How to create safe working cultures within organisations. This covers areas such as safe recruitment, policies, training and supervision of staff; the creation of transparent and effective arrangements for staff and children to raise their concerns with clear management oversight and whistleblowing procedures.

2. How to ensure that statutory agencies and their arrangements for responding to allegations/concerns about adults who are in positions of trust or peer abuse are effective in protecting children from abuse and that local monitoring is effective.

3. How to ensure appropriate and child focussed commissioning practice by national organisations responsible for the contracts for service provision including from the voluntary sector within the secure estate which are informed by local safeguarding arrangements.

All those wishing to attend must complete an MSCB application form


Disclosure & Barring Service - Safeguarding Together

The event will provide you with information on how Information Gathering (IG) is undertaken within DBS Barring, the purpose of the requests and how they use the information you provide.

The event is aimed at safeguarding leads/officers throughout the partnership and those involved in the management of allegations against staff and in recruitment.

The events will cover:

  • The barring decision making process and considerations
  • Referral responsibilities and good referral practices
  • Current statutory obligations of the DBS and Local Authorities
  • DBS and the difficulties caused by lack of information

Session available:

  • Wednesday 19th June 2019 – 1.00pm – 4.30pm


Learning lessons from multi agency reviews and Serious Case Reviews - part 2

The MSCB is responsible for conducting multi agency reviews on identified themes as well as undertaking learning lesson reviews and serious case reviews on cases referred to them or meeting national statutory thresholds.

These sessions are designed to share the learning from current, as well as historical reviews, so that professionals are able to reflect on their own practice in light of the review findings.

Learning has been demonstrated across all services in Medway around topics such as neglect, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, working with families with complex needs and children with complex health needs.

This is from the latest cases so will cover learning not previously identified in past learning sessions

Sessions are available:

  • Wednesday 22nd May 2019, 9.30am - 12.00pm
  • Thursday 18th July 2019, 9.30am - 12.00pm

Please ensure you identify which session you would like to attend on your application.


Local Area Designated Officer (LADO) Awareness Raising Session

This awareness raising session is facilitated by Stephanie Ponter (Local Area Designated Officer) and will cover the following topics;

  • To provide you with information about the role of the Designated Officer
  • To ensure you know what to do if there is an allegation against a professional
  • To keep children safe from adults they come into contact with in organised environments

Sessions available:

  • Thursday 14th March 2019 - 10.30am - 12.00pm
  • Wednesday 8th May 2019 - 10.30am - 12.00pm
  • Monday 3rd June 2019 - 10.30am - 12.00pm

Please ensure you identify which session you would like to attend on your application.


Making referrals, understanding and applying thresholds in Medway

To support the introduction of the Medway referral and contact form and the new Medway inter agency threshold criteria for children in need the MSCB would like to invite you to attend a free workshop to look at making good referrals and understanding thresholds in Medway.

The workshop will be facilitated by members of management from the First Response service and look at the referral pathway in Medway and use case studies to apply the newly revised threshold document.   

Sessions available: 

  • Wednesday 18th September 2019, 9.30am - 12.00pm
  • Monday 18th November 2019, 9.30am - 12.00pm

Please ensure you identify which session you would like to attend on your application.


To apply for any of the above sessions, please complete application form below



All the above sessions will be taking place at Gun Wharf (Dock Road, Chatham, ME4 4TR).  Rooms will be confirmed within your confirmation email. 



Unfortunately, parking is not available to delegates at Gun Wharf. However parking is available within a short walk. Lunch is not provided but delegates are welcome to use the on-site café facilities.


Cancellation Policy

Places on MSCB courses are always limited.  If applicants are unable to attend a course for any reason, written/email notification must be sent to the MSCB administrator at least 5 working days prior to the date. If any applicant fails to notify the MSCB a cancellation charge of £100 may be applicable.

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