Workshops for named child protection professionals

Course overview

We are offering CPD workshops for named child protection nurses. These workshops are intended to develop the skills and understanding of the named professionals working in the complex and demanding field of child protection.

The work of child protection is stressful and emotionally demanding and the emotionally painful dynamics engendered by child protection work can make decision making very complex and difficult. Numerous inquiries have pointed out the need for staff support for professionals engaged in this work.

The task of the workshops is to offer a thinking space for named professionals. Often taking time to think and share clinical dilemmas with colleagues is seen to be a luxury but the Laming reports demonstrate that thinking is an absolute precondition of effective work in the challenging world of child protection.

Participants will have the opportunity to reflect and work on the issues and feelings engendered by the clinical work entailed in child protection work.

These workshops will provide a space in which participants will be able to present their own work and dilemmas as it connects to child protection. The task of the workshop is to work as a problem-solving group for the presenter's dilemma or issue and from this the participants will be encouraged to test out new ways of working.

The workshops aim:

  • To provide an opportunity to explore the roles and tasks of the named professional in their setting
  • To examine how they will take up these roles and tasks within their workplace
  • To examine how their supervisory and management responsibilities for child protection work will be discharged within their setting
  • To discuss case management and the dilemmas faced by named professionals

Learning is based on the participant's own practice as a designated and named professional and focuses on four inter-related functions of the named professional:

  • Ensuring the implementation of Trust tasks and policies in relation to child protection
  • Focusing on staff practice in child protection work
  • Facilitating staff's professional practice in relation to child protection work
  • Managing inter-agency relationships and demands

Learning is also based on the struggle to mediate effectively and creatively between these four functions.

We are offering CPD workshops for named child protection nurses.

This course will be delivered remotely using Zoom. This is very easy and safe to use regardless of your level of IT skill.

You will need a device with a microphone and camera together with a suitably fast internet connection. Although mobile devices and tablets can be used, we recommend the use of laptop or desktop PC for the best experience. Some devices provided by employers may have restrictions in place. Please use this test link ( to check your set up before booking.

You will be sent joining instructions including all the necessary login links, passwords and guidance on how to use the relevant functionality about a week before the course start date.
Should you have any concerns about the accessibility of remote delivery please contact us at to discuss how we can best help you.

This academic year's workshops are currently full. 

The workshops meet on a monthly basis, one on a Tuesday morning and one on a Wednesday morning, from 9.30am - 12.15pm.

Please note, participants should avoid being in a workshop with staff who are accountable to them.

New dates for the next academic year will be advertised here in due course. If you would like further information or would like to express an interest and be added to the course waiting list please contact us at

Included in your course fee, you will receive online membership of the Tavistock’s internationally-renowned library for the duration of your course.
Our friendly and knowledgeable library team will help to support you through your specialist CPD course, whatever your level of professional or academic experience. You will have access to an extensive range of eBooks, online journals, all the relevant key databases and our specialist audio-visual collection, plus reference access to all our print books. Our Information Skills Trainer has made lots of material available on Moodle to help you navigate our comprehensive electronic collections. PCs and photocopiers are also available for your use (charges apply for printing and copying).

Library staff curate various online resources, such as Audio/Video Playlists, and regularly share helpful news and research on Twitter and Facebook. Find out more on the Library website:

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