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Key Info

1 Day Course

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Where and When

Delivered at a venue of your choice throughout the UK, contact us for availability.

Accredited Course

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

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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 Learning Outcomes

Below are the main topics covered in this course, expand each one to see the criteria.

1Understand what incident debriefing is
  • 1.1Define the term ‘incident’
  • 1.2Define the term ‘debriefing'
  • 1.3Explain why debriefing is essential following an incident
  • 1.4Describe the information which a debriefing session should identify about an incident
2Understand different types and causes of incidents
  • 2.1Describe possible types and causes of incident
3Understand ways which incidents can affect people
  • 3.1Explain possible physical effects, emotional effects and psychological effects which incidents can have on people
  • 3.2Describe possible indicators that colleagues may be struggling to cope following an incident
  • 3.3Explain how people can react to stress in different ways including ‘positive stress’ and ‘negative stress’
4Understand debriefing related legislation and regulations
  • 4.1Define legislation and sector regulations relating to staff health and welfare
5Understand ways to prepare for debriefing
  • 5.1Analyse and Evaluate preparations to make in advance of debriefing
  • 5.2Evaluate the positive and negative aspects of incident debriefing as a group
6Understand the skills required to debrief people
  • 6.1Analyse skills required to be an effective incident debriefing person
  • 6.2Describe reasons not to be involved in the debriefing process
7Understand how to structure a debriefing session
  • 7.1Explain and evaluate the structure of a debriefing session
  • 7.2Describe different questioning techniques
  • 7.3Define rules of incident debriefing
  • 7.4Demonstrate facilitating an 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.

Additional Information

Training course duration

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

Availability of this training course

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

Audience for this course

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.

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).

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