Child and Adult Safeguarding


Safeguarding children adults

We are pleased to be featured in Professional Social Work Magazine recently in a joint article by Trevor Dale and Chris Mills (Child Protection) on minimising risks within social work and how to create a safety culture within Social Work.

Atrainability are delighted to be helping the SaferSafeGuarding Group bring the understanding of Human Factors to the attention of Social Care.

The acceptance and understanding of Human Factors is a vital aspect of Social Care training that is, we believe, sadly lacking.

Read the full article here : Read article This article first appeared in Professional Social Work (July/Aug 17) - The magazine of the British Association of Social Workers

Teams involved with safeguarding children and vulnerable adults suffer from the identical human fallibilities such as are prevalent throughout healthcare.

Safer Safeguarding Group

Atrainability is a member of the Safer Safeguarding Group which was formed in 2014. It comprises professionals from a variety of backgrounds, social work, social care management, medicine and civil aviation. 

The aim is to aid learning from error to avoid a culture of anxiety and fear within services.

The SaferSafeGuarding Group website is at -

Typical problem areas are: 

  • Cognition errors leading to erroneous situation awareness – failing to recognise symptoms of abuse
  • Intuitive decisions which would benefit from analytic review
  • Hierarchy challenge and assertiveness issues
  • Interagency communication problems 

These same issues are present in other high reliability professions and are most highly developed in aviation.

Atrainability have structured training programmes for: 

  • Training Safeguarding practitioners
  • Training Safeguarding ‘Champions’
  • Training Safeguarding Trainers 

Testimonial from North East Designated Nurse Network

Human Factors training, delivered by Atrainability Ltd ,was recommended to the North East Designated Nurse Network in 2011 by the Safeguarding Manager at the local Strategic Health Authority who had been impressed by the training she had attended as part of their Safer Care North East work; aiming to improve the safety of services and raise standards across the NHS in the region.  

The network was fortunate enough to secure monies from the SHA and worked closely with Trevor and Chris to develop a bespoke training day to highlight how human factors influence decision making in safeguarding and how human factors should be considered when reviewing serious cases of abuse and neglect.

Atrainability have now delivered 9 sessions for safeguarding professionals working with both adults and children; attended by over 150 participants – ranging from Directors of Health Trusts with safeguarding lead responsibilities and Heads of Safeguarding from Local Authorities to front-line staff.  The evaluations from these sessions have been very positive with many delegates highlighting how their learning will influence their daily work.

The training is of a high standard, expertly delivered using a range of resources, with Trevor and Chris keen to adapt content to meet the target audience needs; it is also a fun day which facilitates participation in a safe environment to ensure learning.  

Atrainability was commissioned to deliver a similar programme to representatives on Local Safeguarding Adults and Children Boards across the north East – the first session was delivered in May 2013.

Deanna Lagun - Designated Nurse Safeguarding Adults and Children

Sunderland Teaching Primary Trust On behalf of the North East Designated Nurse Network




Julie Johnson
Manager Health & Social Care Team

Brilliant course, well-presented & held my attention throughout. I really thought about my practice & how the team reacts. Really made me think & gave me simple actions that I can implement on a day to day basis.

Julie Johnson
Manager Weston Health & Social Care Team