Our Shared Language

Having a shared language is important to us as we want to work together as a whole workforce for children and families. This means our shared language will:

  • strengthen how we work together
  • help us have a shared understanding of need, risk and vulnerability
  • help us to have a shared understanding of success for every child

Using a shared language:

Our key phrases have lots of examples of the language we need to be using. This is a working document and will continue to grow and develop as we become more familiar with Our Way of Working. Send in any examples you are using. Share how your language is changing as a result of Our Way of Working.

The glossary explains what words and acronyms mean in our different organisations.

Send all examples to PiP.Admin@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

  • Our Key Phrases

    In using a trauma lens we are able to start to describe the behaviours that we see, not define the person through their behaviours (McClure, 2017). We can reflect this through our written words, daily conversations and all our work with children, young people and their families

    Current language, thinking, phrases and labels Moving to New language and understanding
    Aggressive What does this tell me Frightened
    Attainment Right Arrow Recognising every step of achievement
    Attention seeking Implies demanding and controlling Needing security
    Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Right Arrow Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC)
    Avoidant Seeing as being difficult to engage - What does this mean? In flight survival mode
    Case Statement does not imply value See me as a person
    Challenging behaviour Identifying the person through their behaviour. Consider what this means? Distressing behaviour
    Choosing to do this/voting with their feet … Implies that this is a choice and associates blame What is the child or young person telling me? Are they experiencing fear, trauma, being threatened/coerced, exploited?
    Compliance and consequences Right Arrow Understanding the root causes of behaviour and working with, not done to
    Defiant Right Arrow In fight mode, coping with a threat
    Demanding, challenging, difficult absorbing professionals time Right Arrow Relentless compassion – finding innovative solutions
    Did not attend Right Arrow Was not brought, unable to make the meeting/appointment/has missed the appointment today…
    Disguised compliance Implies blame Implies blame
    Done to … Right Arrow Work with …
    Drug running Work, Recruit , Run Implies choice … not reflective of the cohesion and control threats, violence exploitation, experiencing The child or young person is being criminally exploited
    Impairment Right Arrow Difference
    Labelling / making assumptions/ unable to change Reinforces person’s internal belief through language Build self-efficacy to support, build confidence and motivation
    Non engagement /non compliant Implies blame and shame How can we work differently? Focus on strengths and positive reframe
    Not engaging Right Arrow Does not feel safe yet …
    People with Autism Right Arrow Autistic People
    Promiscuous behaviour, child prostitution, prostituting themselves Implies choice … not reflective of the cohesion control, threats, violence exploitation, grooming being experienced The child / young person is being trafficked for the purpose of criminal exploitation
    Putting themselves at risk Blaming statement implying there is choice or control Why has this happened? What does this mean? What is the root cause?
    Rude What does this really mean? Self protective
    Treat and deal with …. Implies lack of value and respect Respond and enable ….
    • Shame
    • Blame
    • Guilt
    Right Arrow
    • Nurturing
    • Healing
    • Understanding
    Unacceptable behaviour Behaviour is not responding to the expectations of the environment Understandable behaviour (seeing behaviour in the context of the individual’s trauma
    Using number/patient/or case to identify a child or person Right Arrow See me for who I am, talk to me and refer to me as an individual
    Violent child/ young person Right Arrow Expressing traumatised behaviour in fight survival mode
    What has happened to you… Implying blame to understanding root causes Why has this happened
    Withdrawn What does this mean? Cautious – survival response

    References

    Beacon House, 2019 https://beaconhouse.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/What-We-Say-Comic-1.pdf contextualsafeguarding.org.uk,
    Interface Enterprises Ltd, 2019
    McClure, K, 2017 https://www.relias.com/blog/what-is-trauma-sensitive-language
    Research in Practice, 2020 https://www.researchinpractice.org.uk/https://www.researchinpractice.org.uk/media/4166/autism_inclusive_practice_web_fr.pdf

  • The Glossary

    The glossary aims to support and develop a shared language and understanding.

    We need your help to grow this glossary. Please send your organisation/agency contributions to PIP.admin@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

    For more information about wider services and forums within West Cheshire please refer to the following site: West Cheshire Local Offer

    Acronym

    Description

    ABE

    Achieving Best Evidence

    ACE

    Adverse Childhood Experience

    AP

    Alternative Provision

    ASC

    Autism Spectrum Condition

    BIA

    Best Interest Assessor

    CAMHS

    Child and Adolescent Metal Health Service

    CCE

    Child Criminal Exploitation

    CCG

    Clinical Commissioning Group

    CE

    Child Exploitation

    CEOP

    Child Exploitation and Online Protection

    CIC

    Children in Care

    CICC

    Children In Care Council

    CIN

    Children in Need

    CPP

    Child Protection Plan

    CSC

    Children’s Social Care

    CSP

    Children’s Safeguarding Partnership

    CYP

    Children and Young People

    DBT

    Dialectical Behaviour Therapy

    DDP

    Dyadic Development Psychotherapy

    EBSN

    Emotional Based School Non Attendance

    EET

    Education Employment or Training

    EHC

    Education Health and Care Plan

    EHP

    Early Help and Prevention

    ELSA

    Emotional Literacy Support Assistant

    FASD

    Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

    FCW

    Family Case Worker

    FNP

    Family Nurse Partnership

    i-ART

    Integrated Access and Referral Team

    IDVA

    Independent Domestic Violence Advocate

    IHA

    Initial Health Assessment

    IPS

    Individual Placement Support

    LAC

    Looked After Child

    MARAC

    Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conference

    MCA

    Mental Capacity Act

    MECC

    Making Every Contact Count

    MHFA

    Mental Health First Aid

    MI

    Motivational Interviewing

    Acronym

    Description

    NAI

    Non Accidental Injury

    NEET

    Young People Not in Education, Employment or Training

    NSSI

    Non Suicidal Self Injury

    OFSTED

    The Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills

    PCF

    Parent Carer Forum

    PCF

    Professional Capabilities Framework

    PH

    Public Health

    PPU

    Public Protection Unit

    PTSD

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

    RIC

    Risk Indicator Checklist

    RPA

    Raising of the Participation Age

    SCIE

    Safeguarding Children in Education

    SEF

    Self-Evaluation Form

    SEN

    Special Educational Need

    SGO

    Special Guardianship Order

    SHARP

    School Help and Reporting Page

    SSYP

    Safer Schools and Young People Partnership

    TAF

    Team Around the Family

    Thrive

    Cheshire West and Chester Council Corporate Objectives

    Thrive

    Emotional Health and Wellbeing for Children and Young People

    TIP

    Trauma Informed Practice

    VS

    Virtual School

    WDP

    Westminster Drug Project

    WNB

    Was not brought

    YOS

    Youth Offending Service