5 Misconceptions About Recurring Themes in Reviews

Tuesday 4th October 2022, 1.00-2.30pm

What does it mean when we experience the same themes recurring in reviews? Does it mean reviews are a waste of time? Or that practitioners are doing something wrong? & do recurring themes mean the inevitable multiple layers of repetitive recommendations are a necessary consequence? These are important questions for anyone whose work touches the world of reviews.

What is the link between the recurring themes & the vague & misleading terms that are so regularly used in overview reports? What is the danger of making assumptions that two reviews on the subject of ‘professional curiosity’ are revealing the same learning?

You could argue that this isn’t the most concerning issue on the agenda currently. But when politicians, the press & the public draw these damning conclusions, there can only be one result. That is a jaded & undermined professional sector. Those who should be supported to tackle the stubborn challenges of safeguarding. 

It's time to unpick the misconceptions, challenge the narrative &  reinforce the power of sector led improvement.

For this virtual training opportunity, I am joined by Jonathan Dickens, Head of School of Social Work, University of East Anglia.

I am Donna Ohdedar, & I support review commissioners, participants, quality assurance professionals & reviewers to improve the quality of reviews. I want to share a live conversation I will be having with Jonathan where we will respond to questions from you, the live audience.

You are invited to this free live podcast workshop designed for those involved in Domestic Homicide Reviews, Safeguarding Adults Reviews & Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews.

Join us for 90 minutes of discussion plus Q & A, where we will share our thoughts & invite questions from you, the audience. Our aim is to shed light on the situations we encounter in reviews just like the ones you contribute to, read, quality assure or write.

Click here to join.


Donna Ohdedar, Head of SILP

Donna has 16 years public sector experience, including her last role as Head of Law for a leading metropolitan authority. Now a safeguarding adviser & trainer, Donna is involved in serious case reviews in both children’s and adults’ safeguarding, domestic homicide and is a SILP Reviewer and Mentor. Donna offers ‘SILP School’ her university accredited training course, CPD for reviewers & a free online network for leaders in review practice. Click here to join. Click here to hear the latest episode of the Safeguarding & Domestic Abuse Sector podcast.

Jonathan Dickens, Professor of Social Work, University of East Anglia

Jonathan Dickens is a Professor of Social Work. He joined the School in 1998.  Before coming to UEA, Jonathan worked in London as a local authority Social Worker and then as a Legal Officer, advising and acting on behalf of the local authority in court proceedings relating to children.  From 1994 to 1997 he lived and worked in Romania, as a trainer and consultant to teams of Romanian social workers.  His special interests include child care law and the social policy contexts of social work, particularly the international dimensions of these issues. 

Jonathan is the author of two leading textbooks for social work students, both published by Routledge: 'Social Work and Social Policy: An Introduction' (2nd ed 2016) and 'Social Work, Law and Ethics' (2013). He has also written numerous research reports and papers - see the publications section for more information.

The Learning Experience

This free live workshop will take place as a virtual discussion for you to join with ‘video on’. We are taking your questions on the day. Please let us have your questions here by midday Thursday 29th September. Afterwards we will send the recording to our editor to publish as an episode of the Safeguarding & Domestic Abuse Sector podcast [click here for more details].

You can choose whether your question will be included in the podcast episode after the event.

Are you ready to learn & reflect with us? You know it will be inspiring & thought provoking. Our aim is to support the learning & improvement community to unlock positive changes in their next review.









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