SILP Lead Reviewer Course

3 Day Course: 5th – 7th March 2019
Silhillians Sports Club, Warwick Road, Copt Heath, Solihull B93 9LW

SILP is a learning model which engages practitioners in case reviews, focussing on why those involved acted in a certain way. It follows a systems methodology, as is required by Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. SILP also highlights what is working well and patterns of good practice. Tried and tested in over 150 reviews, the  numbers involved in commissioning, participating in and delivering this model has grown. 

SILP has been described by participants as action learning, commenting on the problem-solving approach and quality of outcomes:

‘The SILP process allows for more meaningful learning, it’s less threatening for practitioners, so they are willing to engage as all agencies work together to identify the learning outcomes with the help of the facilitator.’
Designated Lead Nurse for Safeguarding

The new multi-agency safeguarding arrangements have changed the way reviews of children’s cases are commissioned. Serious case reviews have been replaced by a system of local and national reviews and course participants will need to be equipped with a range of techniques applicable to case reviews generally.


The SILP Lead Reviewer course is a 3-module course designed to prepare participants for involvement in SILP reviews and other systems approaches.

It offers a unique opportunity to participate in simulated live practitioner events. The course is accredited by the University of Portsmouth and successful participants will receive credits towards university courses.  There is a one day annual refresher course. The cost of the 3-module course is £745 plus VAT.


Anyone interested in using the SILP model, whether in-house or independent ie  commissioners, practitioners, safeguarding leads, authors, board and sub-group members and reviewers.


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Donna Ohdedar has 16 years public sector experience, including her last role as Head of Law for a leading metropolitan authority. Now a safe-guarding adviser and trainer, Donna is involved in serious case reviews in both children’s and adults’ safeguarding, domestic homicide reviews and, of course, SILP.

Dr John Fox is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. He was previously a police officer for 31 years, his last role was as Detective Superintendent and Head of Public Protection. John is experienced in the traditional SCR approach as well as having worked on reviews using SILP and SCIE methodology.

Nicki Pettitt qualified as a Social Worker in 1989. She worked in Children’s Services in London and the South East and was Head of Service for Children’s Social Care in a City Council on the South Coast. Since moving to Gloucestershire in 2008 Nicki has undertaken several Serious Case Reviews both as Chair and Overview Author. She works on SILP reviews as well as mentoring SILP Lead Reviewers.