Difficult Conversations in Safeguarding

//Difficult Conversations in Safeguarding

Health Professionals are expected to recognise the needs of parents who may need extra help in bringing up their children and know where to refer to for help. Sharing such concerns with parents is a major challenge for practitioners. It requires a high level of interpersonal skills; being able to be authoritative and to ask questions about family life as well as engaging with parents in order to work with them and others in order to resolve their problems and improve their parenting capacity and thus the wellbeing of their children.

This interactive course from Clarimed offers the opportunity for those working with children to explore the challenging safeguarding conversations that happen with children, families and professionals. Within this you will gain the opportunity to explore your own communication skills and the values that impact on difficult and challenging conversations.

This course is for clinical staff that comes into contact with children and their families.



  • Exploring values and prejudices and their effect on communication in challenging situations.
  • Explore important factors in developing appropriate and facilitative communication with children, families and professionals.
  • Explore a variety of challenging communication scenarios using forum theatre
  • Describe what phrases you might use when raising a safeguarding concern with a parent /carer.


  • Introduction
  • What impact do values and prejudices have on our communication?
  • Exploring models of communication
  • What about environment?
  • Practical communication exercises exploring assertiveness
  • Vs. aggressiveness, confidence and status.
  • Coffee
  • Forum theatre workshop
  • Evaluation
  • Close