The Me first CYP centred conversations about safeguarding concerns programme is designed to enable professionals to develop the knowledge, skills and confidence to open up helpful conversations with children and young people when there are concerns about their safety, welfare or wellbeing.
Health and care professionals tell us that they know the signs and symptoms of safeguarding concerns, but that they require additional skills and confidence to raise these with the child or young person. They tell us they do not know what to say, how to say it and worry about getting it wrong and making the situation worse. They also feel concerned about what they will hear from the young person, feel uncertain how they should or could respond, and fear the feelings that come with wanting to help but feeling unable to do so.
Children and young people with lived experience of safeguarding issues, sexual exploitation or serious mental health difficulties tell us of the many missed opportunities for conversations with trusted adults. Children and young people know when professional’s spot something is wrong and explain that they need support to feel able to talk.
In recognition of the needs and experience of CYP and professionals, NHS England funded Me first to develop a programme focussed on difficult conversations about safeguarding concerns.
Me first: CYP centred conversations about safeguarding concerns – Communication model and training
We have worked in partnership with young people and professionals to coproduce:
- Me first: CYP Centred Conversations About Concerns communication model that provides a practical framework to support professionals to understand and apply the key steps to facilitating difficult conversations with children and young people
- A ½ day workshop for frontline professionals
- Tips and ideas, sourced from professionals and young people, to provide real examples of how to put each step of the model into practice
- A train the trainer programme