Sandstory models

Sandstories can be delivered using one of the models below.

However, if these models do not suit your training requirements, please make contact, so that we can discuss a bespoke design for training delivery.


One day training session, with up to 20 participants (ideally multi-agency).

Within this session the Sandstories are used as a unique, visual way of exploring the key elements of child-centred practice when working with resistant and/or neglectful families.

This session provides essential, up-to-date messages from practice, research and Serious Case Reviews. The learning outcomes for the session are described on the Training and Development page of the website.


This training model provides an additional half day for participants who have experienced  the “Essential”  training session.

The “Embedded” session would be arranged 3 – 6 months after the initial training session.

The purpose of this session is to explore how the reflective learning from Sandstories has been embedded in real-life practice. It will also act as a catalyst to encourage and reinvigorate practitioners to maintain a child-centred focus in their work.

This model has the additional, strategic benefit of providing LSCBs with evidence of the impact of training on local, multi-agency practice.

Feedback from participants in an Embedded session:

“If I didn’t come to the course I would not have given myself the time to reflect on what I’d learned” – Practitioner from Assessment and Review Hub

“Helped me to recall major learning and brought back how powerful this course is ” – Social Worker

“Reminds you of how much you have embedded what you have learned” –
Health Visitor

Messages from the frontline

Bringing together multi-agency practitioners, to share in a Sandstories training session, creates a safe environment in which to reflect on the realities of local, frontline practice.

The experience of delivering Sandstories in recent years, has convinced Sue that many LSCBs would benefit from hearing the commentary given in these training sessions, by local practitioners and their managers, about the strengths and challenges of local multi-agency working.

An additional offer is therefore available to commissioners, of a brief report to the LSCB about “Messages from the frontline”; following the delivery of Sandstories in the LSCB area.

Please visit costs for details of the charges for delivering the different Sandstory models