Tools for workshop facilitators

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How do professionals talk about young people during multi-agency safeguarding panels to assess the risk of extra-familial harm ? 

The resources on this page will prepare facilitators to: a) run consultation workshops with young people and b) run training sessions with professionals to improve practice in safeguarding panels.

How do professionals talk about young people in panels?

Multi-agency safeguarding panels are increasingly used to safeguard young people from extra-familial risk and harm, yet young people rarely participate in them. How much do these panels integrate what young people feel and think? And what do young people feel when they hear young people discussed in these spaces?

Jenny Lloyd and Delphine Peace, from the Innovate Project, explored these issues in partnership with young people with lived experiences of these panels, who are members of the Young Researchers' Advisory Panel (YRAP) at the Safer Young Lives Research Centre. We showed YRAP a fictional video of a panel meeting, based on our research, and captured their reactions. We focused on two key areas: how watching the panel made them feel, and what they thought could happen differently. We then created a second video showing YRAP’s reactions to the fictional panel. 

The two sets of  workshop resources

Through our research and this consultation with young people at YRAP, we have created two sets of videos and training resources to enable facilitators to run workshops with young people and professionals, with the aim of making multi-agency panels more respectful towards, and inclusive of, young people. The workshops are designed to start a conversation about young people’s missing voice in these panels and to encourage reflection about how young people are often talked about in these spaces. These resources can also be incorporated into teaching and training curriculums.

  • Workshop 1 is designed for panel chairs and other professionals who participate in safeguarding panels for young people affected by extra-familial risks or harm. The purpose of this workshop is for professionals to hear from young people, critically reflect on their own panel processes, and consider how meetings can become more inclusive of young people’s voices. Ideally this could be an exercise that panels do together. The resources can also be used in other forms of training and group supervisions.
  • Workshop 2 is designed to enable professionals to run their own consultation workshops with young people about what they think of these types of meetings and how these panels can be made more inclusive of young people’s voices.

Workshop 1 - for professionals:

This slide deck provides step-by-step instructions for running a training workshop with professionals, which enables them to hear from young people, critically reflect on their own panel processes, and consider how meetings can become more inclusive of young people’s voices. The first three show a fictional safeguarding panel, reflecting what our research revealed are common ways in which young people might be talked about during these types of meetings. The fourth clip shows the reactions of the young people, with whom we have consulted, to this fictional safeguarding panel. The fifth video, also fictional, presents an imagined 'improved' version of the same panel based on young people's feedback. This is not an example of 'perfect practice'; rather, we wanted to show how, in these same conditions, the chairing and discussions could have been different. Please see the slides for how these videos can be used as reflective tools.

Fictional safeguarding panel: clip 1

Fictional safeguarding panel: clip 2

Fictional safeguarding panel: clip 3

Young people's reactions to a fictional panel.

                      A transcript of this video is available for those who might             struggle to read the text on the video.

             A different way of doing safeguarding panels

Workshop 2 - for young people

This slide deck provides the full outline of a consultation workshop that professionals can run with young people to learn about what they think of safeguarding panels. This facilitator’s guide should be read before starting to plan the workshop. It outlines key things to consider before and after the workshop, and step-by-step instructions for running the workshops (to be used alongside the slide deck). The three video clips below show a fictional safeguarding panel, reflecting what our research revealed are common ways in which young people might be talked about during these types of meetings. These videos are used as exercises during the consultation workshop (see the slide deck for instructions).

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