Safeguarding network: Courageous Conversations' with Families
Rachael Courage challenges ideas, draws on research and suggests helpful practice models in working with families we find difficult to engage.
Aims and objectives
- Broaching difficult subjects with parents / carers (both early help and needing to make a referral to children’s social care).
- Keeping safe and feeling confident in courageous conversations with families.
- Consider the responses we may receive from parents / carers and how lived experience impacts on the response
Rachael Courage challenges ideas, draws on research and suggests helpful practice models in working with families we find difficult to engage. She is a qualified social worker with 20 years practice experience. She is an experienced trainer in child safeguarding and child protection and has managed sexual exploitation and missing services for Barnardos, including setting up services in new areas and working with Child Safeguarding Assurance Partnership around their strategic response to child sexual exploitation.
Rachael has been the safeguarding lead for the children and young people's service within a hospice and has worked for the NSPCC delivering individual and group therapeutic interventions for children who have experienced abuse.
Rachael is currently practicing as a Chair for Child Protection Conferences for a Local Authority.