Prevention and Early Intervention – learning from the Safeguarding Conference

Sarah Morland, Partnership Manager
Article date
5 February 2019
Primary interest
Voluntary sector

Prevention and Early Intervention was the theme for the Annual Joint Safeguarding Conference,  jointly hosted by Berkshire West Local Safeguarding Children Boards and West of Berkshire Safeguarding Adults Board, which took place on 30 January 2019. Three members of the RVA team attended: Sarah Morland, Sarah Timmins DeGregory and Charlotte Netherton-Sinclair. Here are some of our highlights and learning from the conference.

Sarah Timmins DeGregory, Development Officer: School Involvement

As this was my first conference for safeguarding, I found it refreshing to be around a large group of dedicated professionals. I thought the marketplace was helpful to showcase tools and resources available. Andrea King (key note speaker on the principles of effective early intervention) did a fantastic job of summarising the importance of cross-sector roles in early intervention, the challenges and implications of the work – and what a moving video clip!

Charlotte Netherton-Sinclair, Youth Project Coordinator

I thoroughly enjoyed the LSCB Joint Safeguarding Conference focused on Prevention and Early Intervention. Key highlights were Andrea King’s presentation which aligned very much with my own aspirations of safeguarding children. As a result, I was highly inspired and intend to demonstrate and champion her approach in all aspects of my work going forward.

Sarah Morland, Partnership Manager

Lisa Smith, the second speaker, talked about the challenge of transition between children’s safeguarding and adult safeguarding. An adolescent, on their 18th birthday, moves into different safeguarding processes and ways of working, even though the issues stay the same. How can we do this in a more streamlined way for young adults when there are two different legislative frameworks?

The Whole Family Working workshop gave us a tool called ‘window on the world’ which highlights how unique experiences shape everyone’s life and values, and how much information we expect to be shared, without dedicating ample time to understanding that person’s lived experience. Charlotte noted that this is “a practical, simple to use tool for working with families, which I certainly intend to utilise in my work with young people”.

The Hard to Reach workshop gave a challenge to all of us – what are the barriers which get in the way of us being able to engage with people? For example, our previous experience and perceptions can mean that we are uncomfortable or anxious in a given situation or find it harder to really listen to the person we are trying to support.