A Child’s Legal Journey through care and the importance for social care professionals to keep up to date with the law. Bite size event

A Child’s Legal Journey through care and the importance for social care professionals to keep up to date with the law. Bite size event

Shefali Shah , Director of Kingsley Knight Training will be sharing 5 key legal takeaways from her recent publication A Child’s Legal Journey through care and the importance for social care professionals to keep up to date with the law.

The guide explores:
The domestic and international legal framework relating to children.
The child’s voice versus parental rights, and the importance of ascertaining children’s wishes and feelings.
Legal principles and terms, including parental responsibility.
Private law proceedings, including legal aid and the child arrangements orders.
Public law proceedings, including emergency protection orders and the application of Public Law Outline within care proceedings.
Local authority responsibilities to look after children, voluntary arrangements and working in partnership with families.
Leaving care, including Staying Put, pathway plans and personal advisers. ( extract from https://www.kingsleyknight.co.uk/new-publication-the-childs-legal-journey-through-care/)

Shefali will share 5 key legal take aways and host a short Q/A around some questions on the issues or case law discussed.
Members of Chinara Enterprises and Liquid Personnel will be able to claim a special offer on the publication

Who can attend ?
All Chinara or Liquid Personnel members

Facilitator : Shefali Shah
Shefali Shah, the director and lead trainer at Kingsley Knight Training is a practising solicitor with over 25 years’ experience in children law, (23 years as a Local Authority solicitor/manager), former accredited member of the Law Society’s Children Panel for 18 years. She is legal adviser to an adoption charity, former legal advisor to the Independent Review Mechanism for England and Adoption U.K. Shefali also teaches law academically on a number of social workd degree programmes at a number of universities. Shefali is also author of Key Changes to Family Justice (https://www.kingsleyknight.co.uk/key-changes-to-family-justice-england/)

Kingsley Knight is a leader in providing specialist legal training. It delivers the most up to date training efficiently and effectively to ensure social care professionals are empowered with the knowledge they need, ensuring positive outcomes and best value. Kingsley Knight Training has a team of trainers who are leaders in their fields, qualified practitioners and lawyers with practical skills, years of experience and knowledge.

Social Work England : Consultation on the Continual Professional Development (CPD) Standards

Social Work England : Consultation on the Continual Professional Development (CPD) Standards

Many of you who are on the Social Work England registered will have recorded and reflected on your CPD over the past year, and should be well underway in doing the same this year.

During the first year of their regulation of social work in England, they specified a minimum requirement of at least one piece of CPD, although they recommended recording at least 4 times per year.

On the website there are 2 versions of the template to record your CPD, some found the unstructured form easier to use.

They have also produced guidance for registrants who are not in direct front line practice, or currently not working.

As part of a series of reviews they are undertaking, Social Work England are carrying out a consultation on the CPD standards.

They are seeking views on the following :

  • An increase in the number of CPD entries from 1 to 2
  • Setting broad themes for CPD
  • The proposed template for recording
  • Social workers speaking with a registered social work peer as part of their CPD
  • Changes to validation
  • Measuring the impact

To take part in the consultation  click on this link, the survey closes 5pm , August 11.

At Chinara Enterprises we have a plethora of resources and affordable, flexible CPD to help social workers meet Social Work England’s requirement.

Free events for our members.

We have some free bite sized 30 minute sessions for our members coming up. You can RSVP to these events if you are logged in as a member on the learning and development platform on this site.

The free 30 minute bite sized events we have coming up are:

Shefali Shah , Director of Kingsley Knight Training will be sharing 5 key legal takeaways from her recent publication A Child’s Legal Journey through care and the importance for social care professionals to keep up to date with the law.10/6/21 : 6pm-6.30

Subscribers to the site can get a special offer on the book, click on the event for more details

Developing Self Confidence : 30/6/21

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re probably right” Henry Ford

In this short taster session we will consider how our thinking patterns can impact on our self-confidence. And we will explore some of the confidence building tips and techniques that will enable you to take more control of your life.

If you are not a paid or registered member and would like to join, then contact us for more information, or visit our membership information on the site

Support to maintain your personal and professional development

We have a great range of learning and development events taking place over the next few months.

Group  reflective supervision sessions for adults:  27th May for adults social workers 

Understanding stress, pressure and burnout: June 1st 

Group reflective supervision for child and family social workers: 9th June 

Click on the latest events section of the website to see details of other events and to book your place.

To access the discounted rate for the events you will need to be logged in as a member. If you are not a member and would like to join, then sign up on the membership page

A year on from the murder of George Floyd, what has changed?

A year on from the murder of George Floyd, what has changed?

On the 25th May 2020, the whole world witnessed an act of racially motivated brutality that resulted in the death of George Floyd.

Derek Chauvin, was seen kneeling on the neck of a man that was handcuffed, unable to move , unable to breathe for 9 minutes.

The aftermath that followed sent shock waves all over the world. We saw  #Blacklivesmatter  matter trending all over social media, organisations posting #BLM statements to show solidarity, we saw protests, endless debates, and an increase in diversity training.

There was a sense of shock and disbelief that a police officer, who is meant to protect and serve, could do such a thing.

The outrage that followed, was not just about what happened on that fateful day, it was anger and outrage about all the other people that have been murdered by police not just in the states but in other parts of the world, Sandra Bland, Trayvon Martin, Clinton Mcurbin, for whom nobody has been held to account. It was a call for action, a call for justice.For decades a number of individuals and families have been campaigning for more thorough investigations into deaths in custody. One such organisation is The United Families & Friends Campaign (UFFC). They were established in 1997 by families who had loved ones die in police custody.

Figures in 2020 showed that over a period of 10 years, there were 164 people who had died in police custody in England and Wales. ( BBC.co.uk June 3 2020).

Over the past year, many organisations have been reflecting on how to respond, but in a way that is meaningful. They have  used it as an opportunity to reflect on the diversity of their workforce, the services they deliver, and if they meet the needs of a diverse population, treatment of Black and minority staff with regards to career prospects.

So what has changed?

I have seen some changes, although the lasting impact is yet to be measured. I have seen an increase in diversity training, reviews now taking place on the race equality framework for local government, a government commissioned report into race and ethnic disparities, which has received widespread criticism.

I have seen schools examine diversity in the curriculum, more diverse representation in the media, especially in TV advertising and mainstream media.

Whilst this all sounds really positive, worryingly we are still seeing and hearing of racist incidents in sports, in the media, disproportionality in stop and search, and a lack of diversity at senior levels in organisations.

A report published in February 2021, showed that Black and other minority people are 4 times more likely to be stopped and searched than white people. ( Her Majesty Inspectorate of Constabulary, Fire and Rescue)

I am in no doubt that the events of May 25 2020, will reverberate for many years to come, as many still struggle to find solutions to a centuries old problem.

The biggest change for me, was the conviction of Derek Chauvin, this for me restored some faith in the justice system. My hope is that this faith continues to be restored, and that others who have suffered the same fate as George, find justice too.

So what is the answer?

It has to start with self…we need to examine our own conscious or unconscious bias, our own values, and the impact that they have on others, and how we engage with others.

Without starting with self and being honest with self, any actions will most likely have no long lasting effect. Training may help, but more importantly, it is the reflection post training that will make the real difference.

So one year on what will you do?

I started of this blog post with a quote from Dr Martin Luther King Junior, and I will end on another quote from him, one year on… don’t be silent…

Thank you for reading


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Carol Stewart


Chinara Enterprises Ltd

May 25 2021

CPD Masterclass for social workers

CPD Masterclass for social workers

All social workers registered with Social Work England are required to maintain and evidence their CPD before the annual renewal deadline in November each year.

This event aims to :
To talk through the CPD requirements for Social Work England and use group work to demonstrate how to meet the requirements and record your CPD online
To work through examples on how to meet the requirements

 Who can attend ?
All registered Social Workers

Facilitator : Carol Stewart

Carol is Director of Chinara Enterprises ltd, and a registered social worker of over 25 years. She has been running these events for a number of years and supporting social workers in meeting the CPD requirements for the social work regulator.

13 years and still going strong !

13 years and still going strong !

16th April marks another anniversary year for Chinara Enterprises !

I am really proud to be celebrating yet another year in business. This past year has been a very challenging one , both personally and professionally. However in spite of what challenges have come my way, Chinara Enterprises is still standing!

This time last year, we were in the midst of a national lockdown, and many business and individuals have suffered during this last year, and are still suffering. I have lost very close family and friends to COVID, and had my own personal health challenges too, and still found a way to keep going. Many people ask me, how do I do it? Carol don’t you ever sleep?

I have no secret to how I do what I do, no formula, its mainly my faith, having a great team around me who share the same values and aspirations for Chinara Enterprises, and have been a great source of support.

Over the past year Chinara Enterprises has had the opportunity to work on some amazing projects, I almost feel as if we contributed to the “war effort” as we delivered two national programmes to over 1,000 people to support them in returning to social work practice.

We were really honoured to have been selected to deliver the national Return to Social Work programme for the Local Government Association to 184 people from across England , we also worked with King’s College London to deliver training for the Social Work Together programme, for social workers who were placed on the temporary register with Social Work England, during COVID 19.

We had a high calibre of participants on the programme , and had nearly 80% successfully re register with Social Work England.

We were really pleased to be working with such a great team of trainers, coaches and academics from across England, who worked together to shape the programme, deliver and provide support to all the learners.

Myself and Stephanie, together with the LGA provided the wrap around support to learners, and the feedback from learners overall was really positive, and for some life changing.

As much as a challenge this was, it also provided us an opportunity to reflect on our delivery model, and as a result we were able to develop an online learning platform for the programmes, to enable learners to access useful tools and resources to support their learning. The refreshed website and online platform was developed by Delton Digital and You Now Have Digital, who also worked with the team to develop E learning  resources.


After the programmes ended we took the opportunity to refresh our website and launch a new learning and development platform. .The online platform provides members access to free e learning, resources and discounted access to learning events. We have our own ticketing platform with a secure payment platform.

We were also commissioned by Liquid Personnel to develop an online learning platform for their 1500 agency social workers across the UK.

In addition to this we have continued to deliver bespoke courses for a number of other recruitment agencies, including Social Personnel, Reed, Connect2Socialwork.  

2020 was the first year of registration renewal for Social Workers in England, all social workers were required to record and reflect on CPD throughout the year , and had a deadline of 30th November. 

As a social worker myself I recognise the challenge in making time for my own personal and professional development. In recognition of this, I facilitated a number of workshops with Social Work England on how to meet the CPD requirements for Social Work England.  We received great feedback on these workshops, with social workers feeling more confident in recording their CPD on time !

One of our other successes for this past year is gaining accreditation of Provider of Training Excellence , from the Professional Development Consortium.

This accreditation, was awarded in recognition of the high standards we set in providing learning and development for all of our clients.

We are looking forward to another productive year, with new projects, more events, expanding our business offering and our 1-1 support.

All of this would not have been possible without the support of my team of associates, by business mentor, my tech team, accountants Bayar Hughes and Co and my insurance broker Acorn Insurance, and my solicitor Richard Long who have also stuck by me in my 13 years.

Finally I would like to thank all of you who have supported Chinara Enterprises on our journey over the past 13 years, whether you are a client, supplier, promoter, artist, attendee, associate . We have a very exciting journey ahead of us, and we look forward to another 13 years and more !

Checkout our website to explore what we have to offer !