The AoCPP Masterclass Series

Introductory, Intermediate and Advanced level small group training for professionals

We're launching this new series in response to many requests for in depth workshops and training on key topics within Child Protection. Classes are limited to 20 to enable personal guidance and deep discussion. 

This session will be led by  SCRs and CSPRs Lead Reviewer Malcolm Ward

Advanced level: Practitioner Participation in Practice Reviews in a Pandemic 

A reflective workshop to consider examples of involving practitioners in online group meetings (Zoom, MS Teams etc) to enhance systems learning from their experience of the case.

This will involve a presentation and discussion with a short paper and materials to be sent to participants in advance. (Participants will be invited to share their own experiences of the challenges and what has worked and submit questions for discussion in advance.)

"I have more than 20 years experience of leading Case Reviews but am still learning the “how” - to think about and understand how and why cases unfolded in their local context with the outcome of a critical and often tragic incident.

Conversations with the Practitioners and Managers involved can often reveal important insights into the work of the specific case and more widely in the local system than are sometimes included in formal Agency Reports to Review Panels and Lead Reviewers. Covid 19 has added a further dynamic to this," Malcolm Ward 

 Tuesday 16th March 10-1pm


 To facilitate a conversation with Lead Reviewers about reasons and techniques for directly involving Practitioners in Systemic Case Reviews – learning from each other.

 To draw on workshop participants’ own experiences of what has worked well (or not so well!) and / or to reflect on questions from Reviewers newer to this process.

 From learning about process in recent online reviews we can share good practice and whether there are materials which can assist the process.

 Participants will be invited to send in advance questions about areas they would like to see covered in the workshop.

To consider:

 Why involve practitioners?  How to help practitioners and managers prepare.  Planning a session that is supportive and emotionally intelligent as well as aiding learning for the overall review.

 What was the Practitioners’ Perspective at the time of the (case) work; and why? Has hindsight helped them learn more; and why wasn’t that possible at the time?

 How did Practitioners see and experience the wider safeguarding system in which the case unfolded within their own service and the wider multi-agency safeguarding system?  

Incorporating Practitioners’ learning into the overall review report. Keeping them informed and follow up.   


 A brief introduction of some examples and some questions about involving Practitioners in Reviews followed by a discussion to share and reflect on each other’s learning (or seeking to learn).

Malcolm Ward 

Malcolm Ward is an experienced Registered Social Worker and Master of Social Work who has worked in local authorities and for the NSPCC at senior management levels. Since 2011 he has worked independently providing consultancy and interim management to Safeguarding Children Boards/Partnerships,  and as a Trainer in Child Safeguarding and as a Lead Reviewer for SCRs and CSPRs.  He has been a school governor/director and provides safeguarding consultancy to a local voluntary youth organisation.


Please use the booking form below * or contact us at [email protected]

Rolling programme and bespoke training and consultancy

We also offer bespoke courses, case discussion, reflection and supervision: tailored to your needs for in-house learning. We can also assist in helping you produce relevant evidence in any criminal or civil proceedings.

Contact us here

Payment for this event is by card but if you prefer to have an invoice sent please complete the form here and return to [email protected]

* Please note: We reserve the right to cancel these with 48 hours notice with full refunds for participants

Booking for this event has now closed.