Hilary Brown

Drawing the Line

Training pack

Setting professional boundaries, this training resource raises issues that are pertinent to both qualified and unqualified staff in understanding professional boundaries and professional relationships.

£115.00 £10.00


A vital resource for staff working in a range of settings, Drawing the Line provides a half-day participative workshop which explores issues around the importance of maintaining boundaries in professional relationships in order to build the capacity for good practice. The workshop aims to help staff groups develop a shared consensus about where to draw the line in a range of situations and what actions to take if those lines are crossed.

Putting staff ‘in the shoes’ of the service user, this powerful workshop addresses a broad range of boundary crossings; can be used to develop policies and guidelines for particular settings, client groups or areas of practice.


This pack is aimed at doctors and is also beneficial for mental health professionals, staff working in social care settings, personal assistants and those working with families in their own homes or in community settings.


ISBN: 9781841962757
Publisher: Pavilion Publishing and Media
Publication: 13 January 2014

  • Introduction
  • The Evidence Base regarding boundary violations and their effects
  • The Workshop
  • Getting your house in order
  • Which side of the line?
  • Why is this an issue?
  • Whistleblowing
  • How does this apply to me, my work group and my own profession?

This pack contains:

  • notes for the trainer
  • evidence base
  • slide templates
  • heading cards and item cards for use in the workshop, also provided on accompanying CD-Rom for printing.


Hilary Brown is professor of social care at Canterbury Christ Church University and a specialist in safeguarding issues. She has written extensively on issues of disability and safeguarding and has conducted research, serious case reviews and worked to develop policy and practice in relation to abuse over the last 20 years. This work has included contributing to the original publications of No Secrets and In Safe Hands, policy development for the Council of Europe on abuse of disabled people, work on financial abuse and complex cases for the Office of the Public Guardian, and more recently chairing a safeguarding adults board in London and leading the serious case review panel of a large local authority. In addition to her academic work, she is an accredited psychotherapist and works for the NHS with people with learning disabilities, many of whom have been abused.


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