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. S.I.L.P. stands for Single Incident Learning Process.. Donna offers ‘SILP School’ her university accredited training course, CPD for reviewers & a free online network for leaders in review practice. She is also the host of the SILP School Podcast. S.I.L.P.Training is now an established process.

We talk of accountability in social care and recognise the power of reviews to make change happen. We agree on learning from the range of activit and issues raised in reviews and the negativity of default deficit thinking.

\Some reports are too long for what’s required and a rapid review can, when appropriate, deliver suitable learning recommendations that can bolster public confidence.—which took us on to the responsibilit of the safeguarding professions to find better ways to show the mainstream media all the vast amount of good work going on–just to balance the cases that result in serious injury or death–in fact it’s only the criminal cases that command space.

Changes could include an improvement in the number of reviews that contain the voice of the family–in 2021 one third of children’s reviews didn’t include this.

Now there are over 70 people who have undertaken  S.I.L.P.Training. These include child protection professionals from Health, Social Work and police with a couple of lawyers there too.

All details of Donna and her work are on the links below



Safeguarding and Domestic Abuse Sector Podcast:


The research that Donna mentioned in the podcast can be found here:

As always, my thanks to for technical support.

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