Key Messages

Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards Practitioner Event

The full day practitioner events were held on Monday 13th February 2017 and Monday 20th March 2017, to raise awareness and develop practitioners understanding of the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty, including the link to Safeguarding.  We were pleased to welcome Helen Kingston (External Link) as the keynote speaker (Presentation can be found here) and Twisting Ducks (External Link) who delivered an interesting and highly impactive drama presentation.

There were also four workshops which everyone got the opportunity to attend:

  • Self-Neglect and learning from local and national case reviews where the adult had full capacity. (Presentation can be found here). (PDF Document)
  • Developing Making Safeguarding Personal (MSP) practice
  • Planning and conducting good mental capacity and best interest assessments, and
  • The role of Advocacy

New Training

MAPPA Briefing – Awareness Raising Session

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 (CJA 2003) provides a framework for agencies to work together to ensure the protection of the public from serious harm caused by sexual and violent offenders. This process is known as Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). The MAPPA process allows agencies to share information and concerns about the risk an individual presents in a confidential and structured manner and then supports the agencies to work together in the preparation of a detailed and robust Risk Management Plan.

The MAPPA awareness raising session is aimed at all agencies in Darlington who work with or support individuals who have the potential to cause serious harm to others. 

The session will:

  • Provide a general introduction to the principles, purpose and procedures of MAPPA.
  • Raise understanding and awareness of lessons learned from MAPPA Serious Case Review.
  • Provide an introduction to MAPPA management of offenders with complex care and criminogenic needs.


The training courses are at the Dolphin Centre, Darlington on:

Monday 23rd October 2017, 10am until 12pm and

Monday 13th November 2017, 10am until 12pm


Further details can be found on the flyer [PDF Document].

To book a place please email

Changing Lives- Sex Work and Sexual Exploitation Training

This full day course is relevant to staff and volunteers from voluntary, statutory and independent agencies within Durham and Darlington whose work may bring them into contact with adult men and women who may be involved in sex work and/or subject to sexual exploitation. By the end of this course participants should be familiar with good practice guidelines working with people involved in sex work and those vulnerable to sexual exploitation.

Further details can be found on the flyer [PDF Document]

The training course is at Head of Steam Museum on:

Tuesday 3rd October 2017, 9.30am until 4.30pm

To book a place please email

Risk, Harm and Decision Making- A free multi-agency half-day conference

The Child Advocacy Project has developed a free multi-agency half-day conference in consultation with Dr Graham Hill for professionals who work with children, families or perpetrators of child sexual offences. This half-day conference will highlight important information regarding the perpetrators of child sexual abuse and attempt to debunk some of the myths surrounding their behaviour. It will also explore risk, harm and decision making in multi-agency working.

More information is included on the flyer [PDF Document].

Please register your expressions of interest for the courses via the link: