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Disguised (non) compliance:
How can professionals work with risk and build relationships in child protection practice?

Cost of Course £750 inc VAT for 20 people from 9:30- 16:00. 

In recent years, high-profile cases of child abuse have provoked strong reactions from the public with regard to the role social workers have played. In England, the social construction process used to help others understand what has happened after a child has been seriously harmed or died is the Serious Case Review (SCR). However, although serious case reviews are beneficial, they can also be problematic as they work on the premise of hindsight. That is, they have the information after the event has occurred and therefore it is relatively straight forward to see what went wrong. 


In addition, although reviewers will be tasked with seeing what went wrong and identifying how it could have been avoided, the kind of report they are expected to write will inevitably appear to blame those who did not do what was expected of them. This can leave practitioners feeling a whole range of emotions that can act as barriers to taking on board the information they are presented with and digesting it in a helpful way.

Why high profile cases provoke strong public reactions:

The impact of such reactions on practitioners 

The key themes that emerge from Serious Case Reviews

Lessons that have been learned and applied in practice

The challenges of working with families who appear resistant to receiving support or intervention:

What are the signs? 

What are the risks and how can we see them? 

How should we respond when we do see them? 

The concept of ‘disguised compliance’:

Where did it generate from? 

What does it mean? 

How does it help practitioners when working with risk? 

Applying a trauma informed lens to relationship based practice:

Why is trauma informed practice important? 

How does it help us understand the families we work with?

How can we use different techniques to build better relationships with our families? 

Analysis of serious case reviews:

Developing your own timeline

Applying the learning to current practice

Deconstructing the different styles of communication

Learning from research and policy briefings:

What does the research say in relation to disguised compliance? 

How helpful are the policy briefings? 

How can we apply our learning to our practice?


Social Worker, Wrexham Local Authority

Please can I take this opportunity to say that I really enjoyed the Disguised Compliance training session today. I felt that it was very informative and made me think about situations in a different light. Jadwiga delivered the training very well and it was great to be able to experience the different roles, without realising that I was in that position

Support Worker, Wrexham Local Authority

This was a very interesting and thought provoking training. I feel this training  fits very well with Trauma informed practice, the cycle of change and working cooperatively with families which is the aim of interventions like my own.  The trainer was very good at taking the time to make everybody feel at ease throughout each step of the training too.  She definitely knows her stuff!

Social Worker, Wrexham Local Authority

It made me re think how I use the wording Disguised Compliance in my daily assessments and planning when working with families.  The use of case studies was very helpful as it provided real life examples.  The group work was helpful as there were people there from different agencies and different parts of the local authority which was helpful to look at things from different perspectives without hostility. I learned a lot! 

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