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News from the Board – Learning from Reviews

Date: Thursday, 02nd Mar 2023 | Category: General


Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board are currently conducting six Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews. Whilst the process of reviews can be lengthy the immediate actions of learning from these reviews is of uttermost importance. Working with our partners across Staffordshire to share the learning and initiate actions to mitigate this happening again has resulted in opportunities for front line staff to feel more confident and informed when working with children and families.

Person Posing a Risk to Children

Several reviews have identified a need for increased understanding and confidence in the role our colleagues in Probation do and specifically the meaning of Person Posing a Risk to Children (PPRC). The Board have commissioned a series of four free training briefings on the role of Probation service work. the level of authority they hold and an explanation of Person posing a risk to children.

To book your place please go to our webpage Learning Zone – Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board 

The Voice of the child and their lived experience

Recurring themes from case reviews identify two areas in particular that attract the greatest challenge. Understanding the developmental effects of long term, low level neglect on a child and the way in which we capture the voice of the child, and understand their lived experience be that through observation or through direct work, and linking the two wrapped within a safeguarding lens.

It is evident that keeping the child at the centre of all practice has a significant effect on the outcome for that child. The Board are offering free ‘With or Without Words’ eLearning to all front line practitioners across Staffordshire. This training has been developed in conjunction with Early Years settings and focuses on listening to the voice of the very young child and children who are non-verbal.

To book your place please go to our webpage Learning Zone – Staffordshire Safeguarding Children Board 

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

A further learning factor from reviews is around the understanding and practice around Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) The Board currently offer two opportunities to upskill practitioners in this field. A free Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early Trauma Online Learning is available here, and an awareness of the impact of ACEs in relation to child development, behaviour, types of ACEs. The ability to identify and protect children who are both at risk of and currently experiencing ACEs, the subsequent effects throughout childhood and toxic stress is available to book on the Learning Zone


The Board have introduced a new guidance section on the website which addresses practice guidance, learning from reviews plus much more including Forced Marriage, Prevent and 7-minute- briefings.

Safeguarding partners across the childrens landscape are responsible for sharing, actioning and measuring actions to mitigate risks associated with the learning from reviews. If you would like more information about the role of the Board, learning from reviews or the reviews themselves get in touch –