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 Children's Services Practice Fortnight offer for RBSCP Partners


Rochdale Borough Council Children’s Services hold an annual ‘Practice Fortnight’ taking place this year between 27.1.21 to 10.2.21.

This is a time for practitioners to reflect, learn about other teams & explore areas of work that will spark creativity & partnerships when working with children, young people, their families & colleagues.

Rochdale Borough Council Children’s Services extend the invitation to partners to attend some Key Note sessions below.
To book places please e mail CSPracticeWeek@Rochdale.Gov.UK with the Session name in the title line enclosing a list of names, e mail and service title of those who wish to book on.

All sessions are free and numbers limited so an e mail does not guarantee you a place. You will be notified as soon as possible regarding a place confirmation.


9am – 10am

Keynote Speech A Welcome to the 2021 Children’s Services Practice Fortnight with Gail Hopper

Lead - Gail Hopper

Theme – Relational Practice



No Wrong Door / Our Place - find out how things are developing with Our Place the wraparound service for young people who are cared for or on the edge of care.

Lead – Anne Tully

Theme – Relational Practice


9.20am – 10.45am

Child Neglect - Working effectively with child and adolescent neglect. Explore ways practitioners can use relational practice to work effectively with children and families in cases of child neglect. Particular attention will be given to establishing the lived experience of the child, understanding the influence of past and current experiences on parenting ability and motivation and assessing and working with the parent’s capability to change.

Lead - Professor Jan Horwath

Theme – Safeguarding


10.45am – 12.45pm

Standing in the Child’s Shoes - explore a child’s lived experience of abuse/neglect.

Lead – Julia Hassall

Theme – Safeguarding


3.30pm - 5pm


Zoom in on the views of our cared for children. Be involved in a live Q&A with the Rochdale Children’s Champions (over 16s & under 16s) – ask questions about their experiences of care, education & the challenges of 2020. Pre session work 16 mins to watch the WE CARE film exploring the ambitions of young people in care & their desire to remove the stigma of growing up in care.

Lead – Christopher Tyler – Virtual Head teacher & the Rochdale Children’s Champions

Theme – Child’s lived experience & child’s voice/ Families voice


9.20am – 10.45am

Making Connections: Communicating Effectively with Vulnerable Children & their Families find out about the book being written about inspiring staff work with children and families in the Rochdale borough – come along and perhaps get involved!

Lead - Professor Jan Horwath

Theme – Relational Practice/ Child’s lived experience & voice

Worried about a child?

Are you concerned that a child has or is suffering harm, neglect or abuse?

Please call 0300 303 0440 to speak to someone in Rochdale’s Children’s Social Care about your concerns.

If you feel a child or young person is in immediate danger please contact the police on 999

Alternatively you can contact the NSPCC 24/7 on 0808 800 5000

The DfE has published the following guidance on what to do if you're worried about a child.

What to do if you are worried a child is being abused

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