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Three Peeks: Child Protection

March 24, 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm


a day course specifically for TSLIs, newly qualified RSLIs and RSLIs with little or no experience of Child Protection. This is organised by the Central East Anglia region, but open to all. ASLI members pay a reduced cost – please contact the organiser for a voucher code. 

Tutors: Abigail Williams and Fiona McIntosh

About Three Peeks:

Three Peeks is an initiative from the MSC region that recognises the difficulty that training interpreters, newly qualified interpreters and RSLIs that are inexperienced in RSLI only domains, have in accessing an understanding of Child Protection, Legal and Mental Health work by offering a ‘peek’ into each of these 3 complex domains, separately.

The 3 courses are intended to give participants an insight into the specifics of these 3 fields, to recognise the escalation points (that might require them to withdraw or seek support), where the domains have touchpoints with each other and to consider whether they are fields that participants might want to consider further studying before working in them as an RSLI.  The course offers insights but is not an accredited qualification for working in the 3 RSLI only domains. Three Peeks has been realised in response to the lack of training around these 3 fields within formal interpreter qualifications.

Three Peeks also helps inexperienced and training interpreters to understand the terminology used and what sort of assignments their skills and credentials allow them to accept.  For all 3 domains, it is often not realised that the interpreting performance in many of the ‘lower level’ assignments (that might lead to a safeguarding disclosure and safeguarding procedures) often performed by training and inexperienced RSLIs, can have quite an impact on the later stages for the RSLIs that will work in the ‘higher level’ assignments.


Peek 1: Child Protection:

This course (‘peek’) focuses specifically on the Child Protection element; training in this particular field has not been available until now and the course was created for the 3 Peeks initiative by the trainers, Abigail Williams and Fiona McIntosh.  As directors of the former FirstPoint CIC, a private Social Work Practice DOH spin-out pilot, Abigail (as an experienced social worker in Deaf Services) and Fiona (as an experienced RSLI in many fields including social services assignments) form the perfect team with their considerable credentials and experience in the field of child protection and Deafness.



Abigail Williams is a qualified social worker and was, more recently a Director at FirstPoint, Hard of Hearing, Deaf & Interpreting Services CIC.

Abigail has over 30 years’ experience in social work starting out with front line social work that included individual and family work and Child Protection work.  She has worked as a Social Worker with Deaf People since 1994 and has over 10 years of management experience within Deaf and Sensory teams.

Abigail has a CQSW from Brunel, BSL Level 2 and studied Issues in Deafness with the Open University.  She is registered with the HCPC.


Fiona McIntosh started her career in 1977 as a Teacher of the Deaf at Nutfield Priory and later moved on to Croydon, first running an Adult Literacy project for Deaf people then running Work Preparation courses for unemployed Deaf people. It was during this time that she first learnt and used sign language, which lead her to Croydon Social Services working as an unqualified Social Worker with Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. Restructuring afforded the opportunity to retrain as an Interpreter and Fiona moved to Surrey County Council in the role of Senior Interpreter. Fiona has also worked as an NVQ Assessor for Interpreting and was on the CACDP Interpreting Committee when the National Standards were created. Fiona was seconded from Surrey to be a Director of FirstPoint CIC.

Fiona has been involved in Child Protection work from the early days, undertaking specialist training in Croydon and supplementary specialist training for the Deaf under Margaret Kennedy. She has active experience of Court cases in the role of expert witness, Solicitor’s Interpreter, Court Interpreter, and giving evidence. She has contributed to the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) and now works with a Survivors Reference Group informing the review of Safeguarding Practice in the mainstream churches in Britain.


Fiona and Abigail first worked together in the roles of Interpreter and Social Worker over 25 years ago and continued to work together intermittently until Abigail joined Fiona at FirstPoint CIC in 2013.


March 24, 2018
10:00 am - 4:30 pm


Anne Richardson


Quaker Meeting House, Peterborough
21 Thorpe Road
Peterborough, Peterborough Pe3 6AB United Kingdom
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