Professional dangerousness

John Woodhouse
January 2020


We’ve written a short submission to a review child protection conference, based on our own experiences of poor practice, and concealed a significant number of the above errors within the document. You can download this document below. Your role is to identify and label as many as you can find – for example, the rule of optimism marked in the example in the image.

You can label the issues electronically or add them by hand and scan the document back in. This exercise, from our advanced safeguarding course, will help develop your skills in gate-keeping practice.

2020 competition

If you’d like to enter your analysis for our competition simply email your completed document with each issue correctly labelled (electronically or scanned in) and email to Entry is free – we will confirm receipt of your email by return, together with an invitation to join our monthly safeguarding bulletin.

The completed entry closest to the judges’ professional judgement will at 9am on 31st January 2020 will win either a term’s free subscription for a school of the winner’s choice to Safeguarding Network or, for current members, a voucher for £99 towards our online learning for your staff. If two entries or equally accurate a draw will take place. Usual terms apply, judges decision final etc! It’s mainly for fun and for your learning.

Let us know how you get on.

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  • Professional Dangerousness Exercise

    A short exercise based on a report for a child protection case conference.  Review the report and identify as many different aspects of professional dangerousness as you can.

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