Workshop: Investigating child safeguarding allegations

Workshop: Investigating child safeguarding allegations

This workshop will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to strengthen your ability to provide an appropriate response to child safeguarding concerns and allegations within your organisation. The course is highly participative. It provides opportunities to practice planning all aspects of investigating a serious child safeguarding concern. Participants will go through a mock investigation, which will allow them to apply their newly-learned skills.

Who can benefit from the workshop?

This workshop is restricted to organisations’ designated child safeguarding investigators.

By the end of the workshop you will have:

  • Looked at both current strengths and gaps in the child safeguarding response across your organisation

  • Explored how staff work together and understand their roles and responsibilities to protect children using your organisation’s child safeguarding policy, procedures and investigation guidelines

  • Gained knowledge and awareness of how adults who are a risk to children operate within organisations, including the grooming process

  • Developed competence in managing serious child safeguarding allegations, planning an internal investigation and overseeing the process

  • Developed skills in undertaking interviews and building rapport with children and other witnesses as part of any investigation


Day 1

  • Recognising and Responding to Safeguarding Concerns

  • Understanding what is the purpose of a child safeguarding allegation

  • Thresholds of concerns

  • Perpetrators of child abuse

Day 2

  • Overview of your organisation’s revised guidance and procedures for managing child safe investigations and tools for child safe investigations

  • Scoping a child safe investigation

  • Witness support and protection

  • Witness protection plans and risk assessments

  • Conducting child safe interviews with key witnesses

  • Mock Investigation using case study      

Day 3

  • Case study investigation simulation exercise

  • Planning

  • Planning time to write up interviews

  • Debrief

Day 4

  • Making sense of your data- what you have found out, missed?

  • Development of the final report, key findings and structure

  • Drafting your final report presentation and recommendation

Day 5

  • Presentation of the final report

  • Whole group feedback

  • Summary of key learning, final questions, next steps, and evaluation of training

If you have any questions or would like a free consultation, please contact Paz Redondo, Global Capacity Building Coordinator. Telephone: 44 (0) 207 250 8325; Email: