Safeguarding Network: Writing Effective Referrals

20 June 2023 9.15am – 2.45pm Leadership Online

This course will cover all of the below points to build staff confidence in writing an effective referral to children’s services.

Aims and objectives
  • Legal framework and responsibilities
  • ​Shared understanding of pressures​
  • Empathy, curiosity, confidence & a learning culture
  • ​Structured approach​
  • Use of tools in risk assessment​
  • Open communication & feedback loops/escalation

Rachael Courage 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.