Incident Debriefing Facilitator Training Course (Level 3)

Course Overview

Providing support to staff members who have experienced challenging, stressful or upsetting situations at work is important for any organisation. This training course clarifies what the purpose of an incident debriefing is and provides the knowledge and skills required to facilitate incident debriefing sessions.

This training course considers the potential causes of incidents, the possible effects on colleagues and how they may need to be supported following these occurrences. This training course identifies how incident debriefing sessions should be planned, structured and delivered in a way which is meaningful and effective.

This training course suggests ways to structure incident debriefing sessions, the types of questions which should (and should not) be included as part of an incident debriefing and clarifies the information which needs to be gathered.

In addition, this training course also provides templates of Incident Debriefing Forms and examples of Incident Debriefing Policies and Procedures which are available electronically and can be adapted and re-branded for use in a relevant work situation. This is a Level 3 accredited course.

Course Aims

  • Understand what incident debriefing is.
  • Understand different types and causes of incidents.
  • Understand ways which incidents can affect people.
  • Understand debriefing related legislation and regulations
  • Understand ways to prepare for debriefing
  • Understand the skills required to debrief people
  • Understand how to structure a debriefing session

Course Objectives

  1. Define the term ‘incident’
  2. Define the term ‘debriefing'
  3. Explain why debriefing is essential following an incident
  4. Describe the information which a debriefing session should identify about an incident
  5. Describe possible types and causes of incident
  6. Describe the information which a debriefing session should identify about an incident
  7. Define legislation and sector regulations relating to staff health and welfare
  8. Analyse and Evaluate preparations to make in advance of debriefing
  9. Evaluate the positive and negative aspects of incident debriefing as a group
  10. Analyse skills required to be an effective incident debriefing person
  11. Describe reasons not to be involved in the debriefing process
  12. Explain and evaluate the structure of a debriefing session
  13. Describe different questioning techniques
  14. Define rules and boundaries of incident debriefing


The course content are accredited by the Open College Network (OCN) Credit4Learning as a Level 3 course.


Each learner completing this course will receive an accredited Level 3 certificate of learning.

Links to QCF Units

This Incident Debriefing Facilitator Training course is designed to meet the standards outlined in the new Children’s Homes (England) Regulations which were introduced on 1st April 2015 and can contribute to outcomes of QCF units including the National Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce and the National Diploma in Health and Social Care (Adults).


This Incident Debriefing Facilitator Training course is designed for professionals who work with vulnerable children and young people and need to provide incident debriefing sessions to colleagues following challenging situations, including supporters, team leaders, managers, education providers, social workers and foster carer agencies.


This Incident Debriefing Facilitator Training course is available as in-house training at a venue of your own choice throughout the UK.

Training Course Duration

1 Day (please contact us if you require training which runs to a different timescale).

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