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Early Identification of Neglect

Early intervention is paramount when identifying and responding to neglect we understand practitioners want to put the right support in place and prevent situations escalating, but at the same time they are holding risk and feeling uneasy/unsure about the right/best way forward. Our course will support staff to consider some of the key areas and impact on practice including:

  • Working with intuition
  • The importance of Professional curiosity
  • What is their role?
  • What is acceptable?
  • How to ask probing and difficult questions without damaging working relationships.

This course will be useful for those working in early help services and those in universal services such as children centres, nurseries and schools. 

It will provide a safe place to explore neglect and increase confidence around building effective relationships, professional curiosity and asking questions/probing to gain information. We will share tools and techniques to support their work.

We can provide between a 1 day and a 3 day programme, tailored to your needs. Our 3-day programme covers:

  • What is neglect?
  • The early signs of neglect including emotional neglect, adolescent neglect, medical neglect, food poverty, exploitation and risk
  • What is the impact of neglect
  • Myths and misconceptions
  • Lessons learnt from Serious Case reviews
  • The case for Early Intervention
  • What are you seeing in your practice? What are you concerned about?
  • Building Effective Relationships
  • Motivational, restorative and collaborative relationships
  • Barriers to building and maintaining relationships
  • Engaging those who are hard to engage
  • Professional Curiosity
  • Voice of the child
  • Timely and effective responses
  • Assessing risk
  • Evidence gathering
  • Case study application
  • Chronologies and other tools
  • Screening tools
  • Multi agency working
  • Partnership relationships
  • Information sharing
  • Escalation procedures
  • Your role– limitations and responsibility
  • The role of support and supervision and professional challenge
  • What next: Action planning


  • All courses are offered on a Face to Face or Virtual basis.
  • Bespoke & Open Training Courses Available.

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Cancellation Policy

We are very flexible and will do our utmost to rearrange training should the need arise, but our trainers obviously commit themselves to the training days agreed and so if you need to cancel at short notice we will need to charge a cancellation fee to cover their time.