Course Profile

Course Profile: Chairing Safeguarding Meetings & Reviews (1 Day)
Not everyone is a ‘natural’ at chairing meetings and it can be particularly difficult when controversial issues with potential legal implications are being discussed. There are basic skills, however, that everyone can master to more effectively perform this task. This course aims to enable participants to plan and chair effective and well structured Safeguarding Adults’ meetings and reviews.
The course will be informed by local policy and is set in the context of the Care Act (2014). The course supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF:  Core 1.4, HWB3.4
QCF: P1
MIS (2012): 3, 8
The course is designed for senior staff and managers working in Health, Social Care and Social Work in all settings.


Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • The legal implications of a Safeguarding meeting and the importance of effective chairing
  • The role of the chair person
  • The need to know the aims of the meeting
  • How to decide on a particular type of meeting
  • How to prepare for the meeting: Who will be there; Where it will take place;  The time structureHospitality and practical arrangements, Communicating arrangements
  • How to prepare an agenda
  • How to organise the minute taking and the characteristics of this
  • How to establish your position in the meeting; Being seen and heard
  • How to organise introductions
  • How to map out the agenda and indicate timings
  • How to pace the meeting
  • How to keep order assertively
  • Ensuring that everyone has input and has been ‘heard’
  • How to use paraphrasing and summaries
  • How to ensure that the input has been clear:   Reflections, positive enquiry
  • How to deal with disruptive behaviour
  • How to bring input to a close and move on-dealing with the dominant personality
  • How to close a meeting
  • The need to review the meeting and learn from the experience
Training methods utilised include: Small & large group work, Practice examples, Discussion, Tutor presentation, OHP/PowerPoint, Handouts, Practical demonstrations