Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership

Sunderland Safeguarding Learning Week 2023

How you can prioritise the welfare and wellbeing of yourself and others?

Sunderland Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) and Sunderland Safeguarding Children Partnership (SSCP) are putting on a week-long event which we aim to be a celebration of all we do in Sunderland to support our own and our colleagues’ wellbeing when working in safeguarding.

The week will address the following themes:

  • Our Role in Safeguarding
  • Leading on Safeguarding in our Organisations
  • Secondary and Vicarious Trauma
  • Adopting a Trauma Informed approach to Safeguarding
  • Co-Production with Experts by Experience

Our timetable and links to book your place can be found below for individual sessions but to peruse the full list visit: SSCP Training Courses ( .

During the week we will be making available learning resources and promoting regional training sessions linked to the weekly theme. Please follow our social media channels for updates @sunderlandSCP  @SunderlandSAB


Why is it important to get involved in Sunderland Safeguarding Learning Week?  Independent Chair SSAB, Vanessa Bainbridge and Independent Scrutineer SSCP, Marianne Huison explain why by giving an introduction to safeguarding arrangements in Sunderland and explaining their leadership roles in this short video:

Click here to view video

Based on the response to Safeguarding Learning Week 2022, we expect some sessions will become fully booked quickly. We will be implementing a waiting list on all sessions but please be aware that space on some sessions will be limited.

We have carefully chosen venues for the week but some may have limited parking due to the events on offer. Please ensure you plan your journey accordingly.

Monday 20th November

Tuesday 21st November

Wednesday 22nd November

Thursday 23rd November

Friday 24th November


Vicarious Trauma - How to look after yourself

Delivered Face-to-Face by Stephen Mordue; Speaker, Writer, Creator


Trauma in Sunderland

Delivered Face-to-Face by Daren Burdon, Nurse Consultant and Michelle Glascott, Consultant Nurse, both from CNTW and Stephen Laverton, Strategic Manager Community Safety & Safeguarding


Employee Wellbeing

Delivered Face-to-Face by

Kathy McKenna, Training Manager for Washington Mind


Taking the Lead on Safeguarding in Your Organisation

Delivered Face-to-Face by Ronnie Lynn; School Improvement Officer for Safeguarding 


Listen, Learn, Lead – Why is co-production with children so important?

Delivered Face-to-Face by Alex Quinn and Caitlin Scott, Together for Children’s RSHE service


Managing the Impact of Disclosures on your Wellbeing

Delivered on Teams by Clare Sullivan, Therapist, Trainer, and Supervisor from TRUST (Therapeutic Relationships Used to Support Trauma)


Closed Cultures

Delivered Face-to-Face by Faye Gregory-Smith and Verity Burnett, Business Managers at Sunderland Care and Support


Complimentary Taster Sessions are being provided by students from New College Durham. These include manicures, neck, back, hand and arm massages, along with eyebrow shaping.

Please book at reception in Washington Mind on the day.


Using trauma-informed practice to increase engagement with families

Delivered Face-to-Face by Angela Ward, Family Nurse Supervisor - Family Nurse Partnership


Vicarious Trauma - How to look after yourself

Delivered on Teams by Stephen Mordue; Speaker, Writer, Creator


Missing Adults – Northumbria Police Response

Delivered on Teams by Northumbria Police


Being Professionally Curious when Safeguarding Children

Delivered Face-to-Face by Roni Johnson, Practice Development Social Worker at Together for Children


Complex Adult Risk Management (CARM)

Delivered on Teams by Alyson Boucher, Senior Practitioner, Sunderland Adult Safeguarding, and Wendy Proctor; Designated Nurse Safeguarding Adults, Northeast & North Cumbria Integrated Care Board (NENC ICB)


Mental Capacity, Executive Functioning and Learning from SARs

Delivered on Teams by Mike Ward, Consultant, Alcohol Change UK

1.00pm - 3.00pm

Listen, Learn, Lead – Co-Production with Experts by Experience

Delivery TBC by staff and self-advocates from Sunderland People First.



Vicarious Trauma - How to look after yourself

Delivered Face-to-Face by Stephen Mordue, Speaker, Writer, Creator



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