63 episodes

Conscious review professionals already know reviews are about learning not blame. Whether you are involved in Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews or Safeguarding Adult Reviews, the chances are you also know there’s scope for our learning and improvement work to get better. In 'The Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse Sector Podcast' you can expect my thoughts, musings and insights on what sector led improvement can look like. Plus, I will introduce you to professionals who are taking action and can inspire us in an incredibly positive way. In this space we will reside in a place of possibility. No burnout. No decisions that ‘reviews don’t work’. Join me weekly for connection and motivation to create a tidal wave of positive impact. Expect honesty, openness for learning and key takeaways to implement in reviews and beyond.

The Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse Sector Podcast Donna Ohdedar

    • Government
    • 5.0 • 13 Ratings

Conscious review professionals already know reviews are about learning not blame. Whether you are involved in Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews or Safeguarding Adult Reviews, the chances are you also know there’s scope for our learning and improvement work to get better. In 'The Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse Sector Podcast' you can expect my thoughts, musings and insights on what sector led improvement can look like. Plus, I will introduce you to professionals who are taking action and can inspire us in an incredibly positive way. In this space we will reside in a place of possibility. No burnout. No decisions that ‘reviews don’t work’. Join me weekly for connection and motivation to create a tidal wave of positive impact. Expect honesty, openness for learning and key takeaways to implement in reviews and beyond.

    Ep 05 How to Interview Survivors of Domestic Abuse with Michelle Rawlins

    Ep 05 How to Interview Survivors of Domestic Abuse with Michelle Rawlins

    We all want media coverage of domestic abuse incidents to be more accurate & less victim blaming. As a starting point there has to be a focus on making the experience of a survivor being interviewed by the press a more positive experience. The project undertaken by researcher, Michelle Rawlins, draws on direct experience & commentary from survivors & there are many insights to be drawn from this episode for all of us. This ground breaking work will lead to a toolkit for trainee journalists and inspiration for a brand new style of reporting.
     
    About Michelle Rawlins
    Michelle Rawlins is an award-winning journalist, author, ghostwriter and copywriter with 25 years' experience working for national newspapers, magazines and online publications.
    Michelle has built a long and consistent career from interviewing people in all walks of life and turning their words into print for traditional media and digital platforms.
    After initially cutting her teeth at three fast-paced press agencies, at the age of 23 Michelle went on to build a highly successful freelance career.
    Michelle has produced a vast myriad of true-life, health and news articles for national newspapers, including the Daily Mirror, Sun, The Guardian and the Daily Mail, alongside being a regular supplier of features and reports to women’s magazines, including Take A Break, Bella, Closer, That’s Life, Slimming World and Chat. She is also proactive in securing a place on the couch on shows including This Morning, Good Morning Britain, Loose Women and the Victoria Derbyshire show, for those she works with to ensure they gain maximum media attention.

    To find out more about Michelle and her research click here
    Find Michelle on Twitter.
    Organisations mentioned in the episode:
    IDAS https://idas.org.uk
    Women's Aid https://www.womensaid.org.uk
     
     
    About Donna Ohdedar:
    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, Momentum her space for reviewers & a free online network for leaders in review practice.
    Find out more about SILP School here
    Join the Facebook group here
    Find Donna on LinkedIn here 
    Engagement + proportionality + strengths = SILP

    • 37 min
    Ep 04 Reviews Which Provide Accountability & Reassurance with Jonathan Dickens

    Ep 04 Reviews Which Provide Accountability & Reassurance with Jonathan Dickens

    Most reviews identify a problem with information sharing, so it’s time to improve our skills in analysing the in-the-moment reasoning of practitioners faced with the dilemmas this issue raises. The idea that reviews distort the picture of the totality of the work being done does not sit comfortably with any of us, but Jonathan makes a good case on this point. Expect a few lightbulb moments. Is it too high an aspiration to expect reviews to change behaviours & cultures?  Hear from one of my favourite thinkers to find out more.
     
    About Jonathan Dickens:
    Jonathan Dickens is Emeritus Professor of Social Work. He worked in the school of social work from 1998 to 2023, and served as head of school from 2016-21. Before joining UEA, Jonathan had worked in Peterborough as a community worker, in London as a local authority social worker and then as a child care legal adviser (advising and acting on behalf of the local authority in court proceedings relating to children) and in Romania (1994 to 1997), as a trainer and consultant to teams of Romanian social workers. 


    The multiple and competing functions of local reviews of serious child abuse cases in England:
    https://doi.org/10.1177/02610183231218965
     
    About Donna Ohdedar:
    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, Momentum her space for reviewers & a free online network for leaders in review practice.
    Find out more about SILP School here
    Join the Facebook group here
    Find Donna on LinkedIn here 
    Engagement + proportionality + strengths = SILP

    • 39 min
    Ep. 3 How DHR Recommendations Impact Childrens Social Care & Adult Social Care with Dr Kim Heyes

    Ep. 3 How DHR Recommendations Impact Childrens Social Care & Adult Social Care with Dr Kim Heyes

    Do Domestic Homicide Review recommendations make a difference? We know that  there is a lack of national oversight about the effect of the recommendations, & we await Home Office guidance on how this will change. Do they mostly suggest training to effect these improvements? How are they considering protected characteristic? Do they highlight good practice? The study commissioned by the Domestic Abuse Commissioner & undertaking by the HALT team is the place to find out. Hear from the one of the authors to find out more.


    Links:
    The Homicide Abuse Learning Together (HALT) website:
    https://domestichomicide-halt.co.uk/

    The briefing documents for the current research:
    https://domesticabusecommissioner.uk/reports/
    The principal investigator on the project is Professor Khatidja Chantler, and the researchers are Dr Vicky Baker, Dr Clare Gunby and Dr Kim Heyes
     
    About Donna Ohdedar:
    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, Momentum her space for reviewers & a free online network for leaders in review practice.
    Find out more about SILP School here
    Join the Facebook group here
    Find Donna on LinkedIn here 
    Engagement + proportionality + strengths = SILP

    • 57 min
    Ep 2 How Domestic Abuse Legislation Creates or Obstructs Real Change with Suzanne Jacob OBE

    Ep 2 How Domestic Abuse Legislation Creates or Obstructs Real Change with Suzanne Jacob OBE

    Even though we have come a long way, large pockets of society still exist where an improved understanding of domestic abuse might make a huge difference. These are the areas where we haven’t yet understood how what we do & the way we do it can act as a deterrent, help improve detection & even tackle the problem of domestic abuse. Legislation & the role it has played is a major factor. Is the way the Domestic Abuse Bill is working now, for instance, in any way similar to what we envisaged only a couple of years ago?  

    For a bird’s eye view of these issues & a look at where we are headed, I can think of no better person to speak to than Suzanne Jacob. We each have a role to play. If you can’t see how you or what you do fits in, I suggest you listen to this episode. There are victims who have suffered decades of abuse for whom you may be the right person to speak to. Whatever level of understanding you have, there’s something in this conversation for you. 

    About Suzanne Jacob OBE:
    Suzanne worked for the UK Government on some of its most challenging and high profile crime and security policies, many of which had complex legal and international dimensions. She led a significant part of the security programme for the 2012 Olympics, for which she was awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours List 2013. She joined UK-wide charity SafeLives in 2015, and became Chief Executive in December 2017. 

    Find Suzanne on LinkedIn here
    Find more information about Safe Lives here


    About Donna Ohdedar:
    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, Momentum her space for reviewers & a free online network for leaders in review practice.
    Find out more about SILP School here
    Join the Facebook group here
    Find Donna on LinkedIn here 
    Engagement + proportionality + strengths = SILP
     

    • 50 min
    Ep 1 Human Centred Leadership with Kul Mahey

    Ep 1 Human Centred Leadership with Kul Mahey

    When I asked Kul Mahay about organisations with a learning culture it was inevitable that we would begin by speaking about the pandemic. It forced us to become more creative. Being creative is everything when we want to generate valuable learning.
    Reviews are pre-occupied with learning from what didn’t go well. But that leaves us feeling value less. So how do we use emotional intelligence, as leaders & in reviews to flip this?
    If you are ready to hold up the mirror & consider the culture you create as a leader or a reviewer, this Is an episode you will enjoy. 

    About Kul Mahey:

    Kul Mahay is an accomplished senior leader with over 30 years of senior leadership experience, in the police service and is recognised as a top leadership and emotional intelligence specialist. He has extensive experience in cultural diagnosis and transformation, leadership development, executive coaching, conflict resolution, development of executive teams, HR transformation, and serious and large-scale investigations, critical and major incident command, and contingency planning, working right up Executive level.
    He is regularly called upon to comment on issues around organisational culture and embedding emotional intelligence into organisational practices.
    As a trained TV presenter, Kul is regular asked to appear on tv as an expert. He hosts his own ‘Unlocking Leadership’ radio show as well his popular podcast ‘Human Centred Leadership’ known for his engaging conversations with senior leaders from across the globe.
    Website: https://www.igniteyourinnerpotential.com
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kulmahay/
    Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/human-centred-leadership-podcast-with-kul-mahay/id1600862985
    About Donna Ohdedar:
    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.
    Find out more about SILP School here
    Engagement + proportionality + strengths = SILP

    • 45 min
    Ep 11 How to Make the Move from Public Sector to Embrace New Career Challenges with Andy Labrum

    Ep 11 How to Make the Move from Public Sector to Embrace New Career Challenges with Andy Labrum

    When you have spent 30 years in a policing career it can be hard to see how you might fit into anything else. This was how it felt for Andy Labrum, Founder of Blue Light Leavers. He has supported thousands of others through the transition & is ready to share vulnerably about his own journey & that experienced by others in his community.
    Andy’s approach is to offer inspiration & guidance, but it is based on direct experience. Be prepared to gain insight into the skills you never realised you have from your public sector background which are sought after in a range of different industries. If you hold any limiting beliefs about considering a new path or project & wondered if you were alone in encountering insecurities whilst being ‘at a crossroads’ in your professional life, this Is an episode you will enjoy.
     
    About Andy:
    Andy Labrum is a former police officer who after 30 years of service transitioned to the private sector. Andy has developed into a coach for blue light leavers to support them through the transition and build their confidence. He established Blue Light Leavers and supports thousands of police officers to think about their next steps. 
    Website: https://www.bluelightleavers.com/
    Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/bluelightleavers
    Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/andylabrum/


    About Donna Ohdedar:
    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.
    Find out more about SILP School here
    Engagement + proportionality + strengths = SILP
     

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings

SC&A ,

Analysis of exploitation in children

A great detailed conversation and insight to an increasing area of concern .The issue of race and in many cases the avoidance of addressing this is a common theme in Safeguarding Adult Reviews as well. So much so it is part of the quality marker check list for reviews .

hopsocial ,

Thought provoking

This podcast is always informative and thought provoking. Donna creates a space to challenge, consider and question practice - and learn from good practice. This is a must-listen for anyone in the world of reviews and safeguarding. I look forward to hearing more of season 2.

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Silp school - Clive

I like the mix of solo and guest episodes.

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