Completing a Section 42 Enquiry on Behalf of the Local Authority – Wednesday 18th March 2020


Time: 9am – 4pm
Venue: Centre for Independant Living, Havelock Street, Hartlepool, TS24 7NY
*Please note that lunch will not be provided.


Facilitated by Nikki Sidgwick and Di Reed
Nikki is a trainer and social work consultant who works across the public sector with specialisms in Safeguarding Adults, Mental Capacity and Mental Health. She is experienced in working closely with professionals in Local Authorities, NHS, police and Courts.
Di is a trainer, a registered Social Worker and social care consultant across the public and voluntary sector, mostly in adult social care and domestic abuse. She is experienced in working with partner agencies in Local Authorities, health, police and offender management services which has included the chairing of Safeguarding Adult Reviews.

The course aims to increase the knowledge of practitioners and managers who work with adults at risk in the purpose and function of a safeguarding enquiry, and to improve skills and confidence for conducting a safeguarding enquiry.

Who should apply?
The content is suitable for professionally qualified staff involved with adults at risk who may be required to undertake or assist with a Safeguarding Enquiry on behalf of their organisation when asked to do so by a Local Authority. This course is not intended for Local Authority or Police employees.

Course Content:
• The legal context of Safeguarding, including Making Safeguarding Personal, The Care Act 2014 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005
• The purpose and aim of a Safeguarding Enquiry and how it should link to the outcomes identified by the individual
• The role of the investigator
• Completing an enquiry – information gathering, consideration of capacity, communicating with the individual, families and perpetrators
• How to investigate in conjunction with other procedures including HR processes or police enquiries
• How to escalate a concern if the initial enquiry appears to be more high risk
• Professional challenge when it appears that referrals are not responded to in the way expected
• Report writing – An example of a badly completed enquiry, and an opportunity to develop a template of a good example
• Providing evidence at a Safeguarding meeting

Entry Requirements:
Staff will be expected to have relevant prior training (i.e. in Safeguarding Adults, MCA), at level 1 or above, prior to attending this course. Completion of the TSAB Safeguarding Adults Awareness workbook and The Mental Capacity Act & Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards workbook will meet this requirement.

Requesting a Place:
If you would like to request a place, please complete the form below by Friday 7th February – one form per person is required. Please note that submitting a form does not guarantee a place, however we suggest that you provisionally book this date in your diary. Our training sessions are usually oversubscribed and therefore allocation of places will be determined by a number of factors. Please ensure that you provide as much detail as possible on the ‘why you want to attend’ section of the form.
If you are unsuccessful we may be able to offer you an alternative training date or your name may be added to a reserve list. We will send confirmation either way by Friday 14th February.

Charging Policy for Non-Attendance:
This course is free to attend, however if your place is confirmed and you are unable to attend, you must inform the Business Unit in writing by 11.30pm on Tuesday 10th March. Cancellation after this date or failure to attend will result in a £50 charge.

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