Supervising Contact

Course Outline

Many childcare professionals have found that the task of supervising contact often occurs without the necessary planning, structure, monitoring and evaluating that is essential when ensuring good quality outcomes in the best interest of the child.

Much of the day to day focus is placed on the contact session itself, however this course broadens out the ways in which professionals view that contact session and the expectations placed on it. This is a practice based course which focuses on providing useful professional methods of working which will enable positive changes in practice.

Participants will explore the impacts on the child, family, professional workers, and the courts. The role is very complex and this course will enable participants to understand that Supervising Contact between children and their family members can be demanding and difficult, however it is important that observations and records provide an accurate and realistic account of the contact session.

The course will enable participants to understand good practice guidelines in this area of work and to ensure the child or young person is at the heart of all decision making.

Who is the course aimed at?

Social Workers, Foster carers, Family Support Workers, Family Placement Social Workers within the Private, Public and Voluntary Sectors.

How long is the course?

1 day

What will you learn?

– Ensure that practices at all stages of this process give ultimate consideration to the outcomes and impacts on the child/young person.

– Explore the importance of good planning and to consider what should be included at the planning stage.

– Explore the situations which lead to supervised contact and recognise the need for changes in focus and ways of working to meet the particular circumstances involved.

– Raise awareness of the barriers that can get in the way of good practice.

– Help delegates to gain greater clarity about roles and responsibilities of everyone involved and develop safer practices around expectations.

– Use the training as a means to practice and develop skills in: Planning, Observation and Intervention, Recording, Evaluating Risks, Reporting.

– Enable delegates to explore their practices in a safe and secure learning environment and to provide a range of learning experiences.


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