Safeguarding children and child protection

Recent high profile tragic cases have highlighted the need for increased vigilance on child abuse. These are extreme cases. However, much child abuse goes unnoticed and unreported. It’s rarely a one-off incident and can happen in all areas of society.

Safeguarding children and child protection

Safeguarding children is a key responsibility for housing professionals whose work may bring them into contact (including by telephone) with children and their families. Government welfare reforms and housing policies will present housing professionals with even greater challenges when considering the safeguarding of children and young people and identifying concerns for those who are most vulnerable. You need to know what is meant by safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, and what to do if you or someone you know has concerns that a child is at risk.

This one-day course is designed to give housing staff a comprehensive introduction to child protection and safeguarding children and covers:
  • Headline cases
  • Law and guidance
  • The impact of abuse and neglect
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Defining those children who are most vulnerable
  • What to do if you have concerns, and how to get them heard
  • Record-keeping
  • Confidentiality and information-sharing
  • Working with parents, and with other professionals
  • Child protection processes
  • Personal practice.

Who should attend?

  • Neighbourhood housing management officers
  • Housing allocation, homelessness and floating support officers
  • Tenant liaison services
  • Anti-social behaviour teams
  • Community wardens
  • Repairs officers/team leaders/managers and estate-based staff
  • Those working with the Troubled Families programme.

Tahira Hussain

Equality and diversity Tahira Hussain

Tahira Hussain has extensive experience working in the statutory and voluntary sectors. She had a 16-year career in social work, mental health, community development, charity and the housing sector.

Tahira has a successful track record in consultancy, training and project management. As an experienced project manager Tahira has delivered a range of projects, these include equality and diversity, domestic abuse awareness and inclusion strategies. Tahira has worked across a range of customer groups, including young people foyers, care homes, sheltered schemes and refuges in a contractual and consultancy capacity delivering therapy support, engaging with service users and training staff.  Tahira delivers one to one and group coaching to young people and families to develop confidence, increase self-esteem, develop goals and manage wellbeing.

Qualified as a cognitive behavioural psychotherapist, she is a member of the BABCP and BPS and regularly delivers training sessions to organisations across a range of developing awareness topics in this area, including mental health awareness, managing mental health, autism and ADHD challenges and support, challenging behaviours, child protection and safeguarding. Tahira is also NLP qualified.

As a qualified and experienced specialist psychological therapist in primary mental health care she treats people with depression, worry and anxiety covering a range of issues. She has an excellent record in achieving recovery and integrating good practice in multi-agency support in patient centred therapy treatment plans. Working with a range of ages and groups, Tahira works on a one to one basis and in groups to deliver support. She has experience working with families of children with a disability, ADHD, Autism and Dyspraxia. Exploring wellbeing, tools and interventions with a focus on coping mechanisms and understanding different elements of managing on a day to day basis, Tahira utilises an experiential learning and development approach to ensure client led intervention and client focused decision making. Her approach is to empower and enable individuals to identify and manage wellbeing methods and self-help techniques based on CBT tools.

She also delivers psychological therapies as a school counsellor at Chethams School of Music supporting young people with a range of disorders including depression, worry, anxiety covering issues including bereavement, loss, PTSD, family, relationships, eating disorders, confidence and self-esteem issues using CBT based interventions. She also runs private client therapy sessions. This is combined with regular staff training sessions on areas including counselling, support skills and focused topics such as self-harm and dual diagnosis approaches.

Working as  a training associate for national agencies she has utilised her experience in the housing, health and care sector and delivered a menu of training packages aimed to support staff, stakeholders and residents on a range of topics including mental health awareness, mental health and wellbeing, safeguarding children and adults, equality and diversity, stress management, managing depression, effective psychological interventions, recovering from trauma and developing self-esteem.

Tahira is also an approved therapist and associate for Anxiety UK to support wellbeing and awareness of mental health through training, briefings, regular events and seminars.