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Achieving Best Evidence

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This course looks at all the practical features of interviewing in accordance with ABE to ensure that interviews are conducted in a professional manner.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - Children’s Social Workers

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Monday 15 March 2021 to Thursday 18 March 2021 from 9.15-4.00pm via MS Teams - FULL

Cost

Free

Maximum Number of Delegates

5

Facilitator/s

To be confirmed

Link to KSS

KSS 5 & 8

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Anxiety, Worries, Fears & Phobias Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session will enhance awareness of anxiety, worries, fears & phobias with children & young people. Some of the key elements in the training will be to try & identify & explore anxiety, worries, fears & phobias that can be present in children & young people. It will raise awareness of & clarify the difference between different types of anxiety. The session will also highlight self help/supportive strategies & resources & pathways for appropriate referrals. The trainers use a variety of learning approaches & welcome information & anonymous case discussion to improve & develop the practice of course attendees.

Target Audience

Professionals working with children & young people in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 2 March 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm from MS Teams
  • Tuesday 16 March 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum Number of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

Link to KSS

KSS 1, 3 & 6

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Attachment Difficulties Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session will enhance awareness of the subject of attachment in children & young people. Some of the key elements in the training will be to define attachment difficulties in children & young people & identify the behaviours associated with it alongside the factors that influence the development of secure or insecure patters of attachment. The trainers use a variety of learning approaches & welcome information & anonymous case discussion to improve & develop the practice of course attendees.

Target Audience

Professionals working with children & young people in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 2 March 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

Link to KSS

TBC

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Attentional Difficulties (ADHD) Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session will enhance awareness of the subject of attentional difficulties in children & young people. Some of the key elements in this training will be to gain an understanding of attentional difficulties & consider the core symptoms. The training will also give an understanding of ADHD along with the assessment process. There will be an opportunity to share strategies provided by teachers & other professionals. The trainers use a variety of learning approaches & welcome information & anonymous case discussion to improve & develop the practice of course attendees.

Target Audience

Professionals working with children & young people in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 23 March 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

Link to KSS

TBC

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Childhood Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This training raises awareness of the importance of recognising the sources and impacts of childhood developmental trauma including the impact on the developing brain. It identifies the symptoms & patterns of behaviour which can be seen as well as the underlying hidden needs & considers the potential longer term impacts on physical & emotional well-being. Delegates should be aware that discussing childhood trauma involves looking at sensitive & difficult information. Also Adverse Childhood Experiences are common and this training may raise difficult memories for some.

Target Audience

Professionals working with children & young people in Darlington. Parents/Connected Carers would need to discuss their attendance with the trainer prior to the session due to the course content

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 9 March 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

Link to KSS

TBC

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Deliberate Self Harm Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This half day session will enhance participant’s awareness of the use of self harming behaviour within children & young people. Some of the key elements of the training are to become familiar with presentations of self harm & to develop an understanding of the reasons why young people self harm. Due to the sensitive nature of this subject an emotional opt out is available.

Target Audience

Professionals working with children & young people in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 16 March 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

Link to KSS

TBC

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Diploma in Health & Social Care Levels 2 & 3 (Adults)

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Sessions will cover the following:

  • promote communication
  • engage in personal development
  • promote equality & inclusion
  • principles for implementing duty of care

Staff will then choose a specific pathway relevant to their role. Qualification will take between 6-18 months to complete.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - Direct care staff who work with adults on a regular basis

Dates, Times & Venues

  • The diplomas are run on a rolling programme & can be accessed at any time during the year. Please note this qualification is no longer run by the Workforce Development Team, please contact Learning & Skills for further information: l&[email protected] 

Cost

This course is free to DBC  staff who require the qualification as part of their job role

Facilitator/s

Learning & Skills, Darlington Borough Council

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Eating Difficulties Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session will enhance awareness of the subject of eating disorders in children & young people. Some of the key elements of the training will be to define eating disorders in children & young people, identify the types of eating disorders & to understand some of the possible causes and triggers. Treatment options will also be considered & practitioners responsibilities in accordance with their role. The trainers use a variety of learning approaches & welcome information & anonymous case discussion to improve & develop the practice of course attendees.

Target Audience

Professionals working with children & young people in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 9 March 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

Link to KSS

TBC

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Emotional Wellbeing & Communication Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session replaces the Foundation in Mental Health & aims to encourage practitioners to look at the importance of the emotional wellbeing of themselves & their colleagues as well as the children & young people in their care. We will explore the different methods of communication & share ideas & strategies.

Target Audience

Professionals working with children & young people in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 24 March 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

Link to KSS

KSS 1 & 2

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Food Safety & Hygiene for Catering - Level 2

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This course is accredited by City & Guilds. The module covers the following areas:

  • individual responsibility for food safety
  • the importance of personal hygiene
  • how to keep the working area clean & hygienic
  • how to receive & store food safely
  • preparing, cooking and handling food safely.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - it is recommended that anyone who has NOT already completed Food Safety training should complete the Train4Food e-learning module. For further details contact: [email protected] If you only require a refresher then you should complete the Food Safety e-learning module through Academy 10.

Cost

Free

Facilitator/s

Train4Food

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Food Safety & Hygiene - Level 2 (Refresher)

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This course is RoSPA accredited. At the end of the module, delegates will:

  • understand the impact of food-borne illness
  • be able to identify food hazards & take steps to reduce this risk
  • be able to recall & implement the four Cs of food safety
  • know the importance of using HACCP to comply with food safety laws.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - this is available through Academy 10 

Cost

Free

Facilitator/s

Academy 10

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Liquid Logic Adults - Module 1

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session is aimed at staff who have never used Liquid Logic before & require training on how to log on, navigate, change basic demographic information & access historical information on the system.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY – staff who would benefit include social workers, team managers, business support staff & others who only require ‘read only’ access to Liquid Logic

Dates, Times & Venues

  • To be confirmed

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

6

Facilitator/s

Chris Burnside, Systems Trainer, Darlington Borough Council

Link to KSS

KSS 9

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Liquid Logic Adults - Module 2

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session is aimed at staff who have either completed module 1 or who are familiar with the Liquid Logic system. This module will focus on inputting information onto the system – assessments / plans / reviews for example. 

Target Audience

DBC ONLY – staff who would benefit include social workers & team managers

Dates, Times & Venues

  • To be confirmed

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

6

Facilitator/s

Chris Burnside, Systems Trainer, Darlington Borough Council

Link to KSS

KSS 9

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Liquid Logic Children - Module 1

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session is aimed at staff who have never used Liquid Logic before & require training on how to log on, navigate, change basic demographic information & access historical information on the system.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY – staff who would benefit include social workers, team managers, business support staff & others who only require ‘read only’ access to Liquid Logic

Dates, Times & Venues

  • To be confirmed

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

6

Facilitator/s

Chris Burnside, Systems Trainer, Darlington Borough Council

Link to KSS

KSS 10

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Liquid Logic Children - Module 2

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session is aimed at staff who have either completed module 1 or who are familiar with the Liquid Logic system. This module will focus on inputting information onto the system – assessments / plans / reviews for example. 

Target Audience

DBC ONLY – staff who would benefit include social workers & team managers

Dates, Times & Venues

  • To be confirmed

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of delegates

6

Facilitator/s

Chris Burnside, Systems Trainer, Darlington Borough Council

Link to KSS

KSS 10

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Low Mood & Depression Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This training session will enhance awareness of low mood with children & young people. Key elements will be to try & identify & explore low mood, looking at triggers & strategies to support children & young people. It will raise awareness of & explore the difference between low mood & depression. Session will also highlight self help/supportive strategies & resources & pathways for appropriate referrals. The trainers attempt to use a variety of learning approaches & welcome informal & anonymous case discussion to improve & develop the practice of course attendees.

Target Audience

Professionals working with children & young people in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 23 March 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

Link to KSS

TBC

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Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (Stage 1)

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This virtual learning module will:

  • provide an overview of the Mental Health Act 1983 (amended 2007) & an overview of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA)
  • provide an overview of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 2009 (DoLs)
  • introduce delegates to the key elements of the Mental Health Act, Mental Capacity Act and DoLs
  • raise awareness of the context of how this will affect the individuals we support
  • make delegates aware of individual roles and responsibilities within the Act.
  • Further information on how the MCA applies to people who are 16 & 17 years old is available on the Darlington Safeguarding website: The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) for 16 and 17 year olds [external link]

Target Audience

  • Mandatory for all those who are involved in the direct / indirect care and treatment of adults who need support to make decisions

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Thursday 15 April 2021 from 9.30-11.30am via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 9 June 2021 from 9.30-11.30am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Chris Ashford, Safeguarding Boards Multi Agency Trainer & Kate McLatchie, DOLS MCA Team ​

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Mind of My Own Introduction & Training Session

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

DBC Children’s Services purchased Mind Of My Own in September 2019 to offer young people open to our Services a new way of communicating & sharing their views with us. There is an expectation from Directors to Heads of Service that staff attend training in order to understand how the app works, encourage young people to sign up to the app & learn how to use the app themselves when working with children & young people.

By the end of the training session participants should have an understanding of what Mind Of My Own is, the benefits the communication tool brings to staff & young people, service expectations & a practical understanding of how to use their own worker account.

What is Mind Of My Own?

Mind Of My Own apps, is a web application that gives young people an instant and convenient way to express their views and staff with DBC Children’s Services a smart way to evidence them. Mind Of My Own has two features – the One app and Express:

One app

The One app helps young people communicate their views in a way that suits them. Young people create an account on the One app & once signed up, they can use it on their own anytime, 24/7. The One app helps young people prepare for any upcoming meetings they have, report problems, share good news & more. The One app can be:

  • downloaded on the app store or google play
  • accessed on the web via https://one.mindofmyown.org.uk/
  • used independently, 24/7, on any device
  • co-used with a worker on a worker’s account
  • used for meetings, reviews, to share good news and to sort out problems

Express

Express is an accessible app for younger children & those with additional needs to express their views. As a worker, you can create a one-page profile in minutes. Express:

  • uses expressive pictures, minimal text & affirming sounds
  • can be used for any education, health or social care planning or review process
  • is designed to be co-used with a worker (cannot be used independently)
     

How does it work?

Mind Of My Own apps guide young people through a selection of different clickable scenarios, offering free text & clickable responses. Once a scenario has been completed, Mind Of My own turns what a young person has said into a clear & dynamic PDF statement - this is then sent to you via email. You don’t have to type up what a young person has said - once received, the PDF file can be attached to a child’s case records, saving you time.

Using Mind Of My Own apps

Mind of My Own can be used by any young person who is being supported by a Team within DBC’s Children’s Services & any member of staff with DBC Children’s Service is able to access a worker account. It is the responsibility of staff within Children’s Service to introduce a young person to the Mind Of My Own apps & assist them to set up their own One app account. Thereafter, a young person can use it independently to express their views, wishes and feelings with professionals. It is essential that a young person’s views are captured & evidenced through Mind Of My Own apps in preparation for looked after reviews & child protection conferences for example.

Target Audience

Any practitioner within Children’s Service working directly with Children & Young People e.g. Social Workers, Personal Advisors, Early Help Practitioners, IRO’s, Family Support Workers

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 16 March 2021 from 9.30-10.30am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 20 April 2021 from 9.30-10.30am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 25 May 2021 from 9.30-10.30am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 29 June 2021 from 9.30-10.30am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 3 August 2021 from 9.30-10.30am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 7 September 2021 from 9.30-10.30am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

10

Facilitator/s

Jo Shutt, Young People's Opportunity & Involvement Worker

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Moving & Handling of People

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session will cover general topics such as H&S legislation, risk assessments, responsibility of the employer/employee and similar, as well as the following more targeted areas:

  • mobility  -  stand/ sit/ walk/ transfers
  • wheelchair – pushing & pulling – safe use of
  • hoisting – chair to chair (where appropriate to service)
  • seating – chair choice
  • toileting assistance.

Please note there are some online resources available on the intranet: Resources

Target Audience

DBC ONLY

Dates, Times & Venues

  • To be confirmed

Free

Maximum No. of delegates

8

Facilitator/s

Well Handled Ltd

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Neglect – NSPCC Graded Care Profile 2

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

The NSPCC Graded Care Profile (GCP) is designed to help practitioners spot when a child is at risk of neglect & get the right help to families earlier. The GCP2 is a practical tool which supports practitioners in measuring the quality of care delivered to an individual child from an individual carer or carers over a short window of time, & is designed to give a representative overview of the current level of care. The grades are based on observations & good quality evidence gathered during this window. All practitioners using the GCP2 will attend & pass a licensed training programme.

Target Audience

Any practitioner working with children & families in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 2 March 2021 from 1.30-3.30pm via MS Teams
  • Thursday 6 May 2021 from 11.00-1.00pm via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 7 July 2021 from 1.30-3.30pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

8

Facilitator/s

Chris Ashford, Safeguarding Boards Trainer & Joseph Robb, Team Manager, Darlington Borough Council

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Reducing Parental Conflict Programme: E-Learning Package

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

The Reducing Parental Conflict Programme supports practitioners working with families in building awareness & developing the confidence, knowledge & skills to work with parents to reduce conflict & improve outcomes for children. The e-learning package contains 4 modules which should take approx. 45 minutes each to complete:

  • Module 1: Understanding Parental Conflict & its Impact on Child Outcomes
  • Module 2: Recognising & Supporting Parents in Parental Conflict
  • Module 3: Working with Parents in Conflict
  • Module 4: Reducing Parental Conflict: The Role of Supervisions & Managers

If you would like to access to the e-learning package then email:[email protected] for log in details

Target Audience

Early Help, YOS, Children’s Social Work Teams & Community Safety/Health Visitors, School Nurses, Police & DSLs/Safeguarding Leads in all school

Cost

Free

Facilitator/s

Knowledgepool

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Safeguarding Adults & Children

For details of Safeguarding Adults & Safeguarding Children training, visit the Safeguarding Board Website [external link]

Link to KSS

KSS 4 (Adult) & KSS 5 (Children)

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Social & Communication Difficulties Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session will enhance awareness of social communication difficulties with children & young people. Some of the key elements in the training will be to try & identify some common behaviour that is associated with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) & hopefully this will raise awareness. It will identify & explore the triad of impairments: social interaction, social imagination & social communication. The training will also include some helpful strategies for better communication that would enhance the skills professionals already demonstrate to ensure further consistency and encourage good practice across all services. The trainers attempt to use a variety of learning approaches & welcome informal & anonymous case discussion to improve & develop the practice of course attendees.

Target Audience

Professionals working with children & young people in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 10 March 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

Link to KSS

TBC

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Solution Focused Practice

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

The solution-focused approach was first developed in the US in the early 1980s, in the world of talking therapies before entering the helping professions more generally. Solution-focused practices are now used widely across the fields of health, social care, education & organisational change.

The approach offers ways of having conversations that help change to happen. As these conversations focus on people’s hopes & 'preferred' futures & on what people are already doing that might contribute to the realisation of their hopes, the approach also helps to create co-operative relationships between workers & service users.

The approach has proved useful in children’s services where workers can adapt it for their particular contexts &  conversations with children, parents & families. While the solution-focused approach does not itself include an assessment component, it was the original basis from which the Signs of Safety model was developed & solution-focused questions & conversations can provide information that helps to inform assessments.

This course will introduce all the major components of solution-focused conversations & crucially provide plentiful opportunities to practise the skills involved. As well as developing these skills & confidence in using them, participants will also develop an understanding of the underlying principles, which are embedded in what we do.

In developing this understanding & the accompanying mindset it will also become clear that as well as being useful in direct practice with children, parents and families, the approach can also be drawn on within our workplaces, in supervision, meetings & conversations with colleagues & for our own personal wellbeing as workers.

The programme

The three days will consist of a mixture of explanation, demonstration, practice & discussion - with the emphasis on practice. The opening series of exercises of the introductory two days will show how the solution-focused approach is a question-based conversational process & provide an overview of this process. Following this exercises will facilitate skill development in the various aspects of the solution-focused approach, namely, how it focuses on: 

  •  the resources & interests of the people we work with
  •  change AND continuity (of what is already going well)
  •  eliciting detail
  •  hopes & 'preferred futures'
  •  movement & progress towards these futures
  •  exceptions to problems & instances of preferred futures.

The third day is an integral part of the training & will enable participants to extend & deepen their learning by considering how they have begun to make use of the approach in their own work contexts. Learning accelerates at this point as connections are made between the course-based learning & its work-based application. This process will have already begun given the gap between the two introductory days. On the third day participants can learn from each other how they have applied the approach, consider how to overcome any difficulties encountered & how to further extend its use in their contexts. There will also be the chance to see a full solution-focused session & to engage in more skill development practice.

By the end of the three days, participants will:

  • have a clear understanding of the principles of the solution-focused approach
  • be able to apply the approach in their work contexts
  • be able to follow the whole solution-focused process in planned ways & also use parts of the approach more spontaneously during conversations that arise in their work
  • have resources including their own ideas for adapting the approach to fit their roles and tasks.

Target Audience

  • DBC ONLY - Children's Services Staff (10 places for KFT Team)

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Monday 12 April 2021 & Monday 19 April 2021 & Monday 24 May 2021 from 9.30-4.30pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Guy Shennan

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Caring for Refugee & Unaccompanied Children

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Asylum seeking children & refugee children have often suffered significant trauma & loss prior to coming to seek refuge.  This trauma can include being a survivor of war, loss of family, loss of identity, loss of innocence. Some children presenting for asylum may have also been specifically trafficked by gangs for exploitation. This course aims to enable carers to:

  • understand the trauma faced by refugee/asylum seeking children
  • how to care for refugee children in a Trauma Informed Way.

Target Audience

Foster Carers & Fostering Supervising Social Workers primarily but spare places will be available to practitioners working with children in foster carer in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 12 May 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 12 May 2021 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Strengthening Families: Restorative Practice Online Awareness Session

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

An online digital training package is available for those who have not yet undertaken the Strengthening Families Awareness Raising session. The 3 hour session has been broken down into 5 short videos which can be accessed & completed separately. The themes of the five part programme are:

  • Part 1: Relationships are key
  • Part 2: Living our values
  • Part 3: The four ways of being
  • Part 4: Making decisions fairly & working 'with'
  • Part 5: Using restorative language

Target Audience

  • Mandatory for DBC staff who work with Children & Families - to access please visit the Intranet / Workforce Development / Training Course Materials / Strengthening Families
  • Multi Agency staff who work with Children & Families - to access please email [email protected]

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

Unlimited

Facilitator/s

Training package by Leeds Relational Practice Centre

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Team Teach

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This 2 day programme will look at personal safety, risk reduction strategies (de-escalation), a range of positive handling & interventions together with a focus on policy, documentation & legal guidance.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - any member of staff in a medium risk service area

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 25 May 2021 & Wednesday 26 May 2021 from 9.30-4.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

12

Facilitator/s

Synergy Training & Consultancy Limited

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Team Teach Refresher

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session is a refresher of the full 12 hour programme, it will look at personal safety, risk reduction strategies (de-escalation), a range of positive handling & interventions together with a focus on policy, documentation & legal guidance.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - any member of staff who has previously completed the Team Teach accreditation (within the last 2 years) & requires a refresher

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 19 May 2021 from 9.30-4.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre
  • Monday 9 August 2021 from 9.30-4.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre
  • Thursday 26 August 2021 from 9.30-4.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre
  • Tuesday 26 July 2022 from 9.30-4.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre
  • Tuesday 9 August 2022 from 9.30-4.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre
  • Wednesday 17 August 2022 from 9.30-4.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre
  • Thursday 25 August 2022 from 9.30-4.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre
  • Wednesday 12 October 2022 (Foundations staff only) at Foundations
  • Wednesday 23 November 2022 from 9.30-4.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre
  • Tuesday 29 November 2022 from 9.30-4.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

12

Facilitator/s

Synergy Training & Consultancy Limited

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Distance Learning

Learning & Skills provide distance learning courses on the following subjects:

  • Equality & Diversity
  • Infection Control
  • Safe Handing of Medicines
  • Common Health Conditions
  • Mental Health Problems
  • Dementia Care
  • Diabetes
  • End of Life Care
  • Dignity & Safeguarding
  • Autism
  • IAG
  • Behaviour that Challenges
  • C&YP Mental Health
  • Nutrition & Health
  • Falls Prevention
  • Safeguarding & Prevent

For further details visit the Learning & Skills prospectus website [external link]

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Caring for Children / Young People with Sexually Harmful Behaviours

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

The course will explore what sexually harmful behaviours are as they relates to children & young people. It will highlight sexual behaviours expressed by children & young people under the age of 18 years old that are developmentally inappropriate, may be harmful towards self or others and/or be abusive towards another child, young person or adult. This course will provide carers with an awareness when working with children & young people where sexually harmful behaviour is an issue or a potential issue. It will enable carers to promote the support, safeguard & management of young people with sexually harmful behaviour.

Target Audience

Foster Carers & Fostering Supervising Social Workers primarily but spare places will be available to practitioners working with children in foster carer in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 9 June 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 9 June 2021 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Caring for Children on the Autistic Spectrum

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Supporting children and young people whose development may be affected by an autism spectrum condition can be challenging.  This course explores the following:

  • what is an autism spectrum condition
  • how might it effect children and young peoples thoughts, feelings and behaviours
  • useful strategies for supporting children and young people who may have an autism spectrum condition.
  • where you can access further information and support and where to go if you have any concerns.

Target Audience

Foster Carers & Fostering Supervising Social Workers primarily but spare places will be available to practitioners working with children in foster carer in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Friday 26 March 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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County Lines

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Criminal exploitation  in the form of ‘county lines’ relies on children & young people being groomed by gangs & organised crime networks to sell drugs. This course explores:

  • the impact of County Lines on individuals & communities
  • how children are targeted and groomed by gangs
  • how to spot the signs of criminal exploitation in ‘county lines’
  • what to do / where to go if you are worried about your child being criminally exploited.

Target Audience

Foster Carers & Fostering Supervising Social Workers primarily but spare places will be available to practitioners working with children in foster carer in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 17 March 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 17 March 2021 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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CSE & Child Trafficking

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Child Sexual Exploitation is not a new phenomenon, however some children are more at risk from perpetrators/criminal gangs.  Looked After Children are a particularly vulnerable group in relation to sexual exploitation. This course will aim to help carers:

  • increase effectiveness in working together to safeguard children & young people from exploitation
  • understand the grooming process
  • understand the nature of trafficking & its impact on children
  • understand the nature of risks for particular children & young people facing sexual exploitation
  • be aware of how children & young people are affected by sexual exploitation & understand behaviours they may present
  • be aware of specific risks which may present for children & young people who are sexually exploited
  • understand how to help young people break the cycle of CSE.

Target Audience

Foster Carers & Fostering Supervising Social Workers primarily but spare places will be available to practitioners working with children in foster carer in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 26 May 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 26 May 2021 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Foster Carer Recording Training

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Every carer has an annual review which looks at their practice & development over the last year & serves as an annual appraisal. It is important that carers understand the importance of this process & how to get the most out of their review. The training explains why we have reviews, what they are used for & how to make effective contributions.

Target Audience

Foster Carers & Fostering Supervising Social Workers primarily but spare places will be available to practitioners working with children in foster carer in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 28 April 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 28 April 2021 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Managing Allegations

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

To be confirmed

Target Audience

Foster Carers & Fostering Supervising Social Workers primarily but spare places will be available to practitioners working with children in foster carer in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 3 March 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 3 March 2021 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Managing Contact for Looked After Children 

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Schedule 2, paragraph 15, CA 1989 of the Children’s Act places a duty on Local Authorities to promote ‘Contact’ for ‘looked-after’ children [including those not subject to care orders or interim care orders].  ‘Where a child is being looked after by a local authority, the authority shall, unless it is not reasonably practical or consistent with his welfare, endeavour to promote contact between the child and: his parents; any person who is not a parent but who has parental responsibility for him; any relative, friend or other person connected with him.’  Contact can be a challenge for many carers & can have a major impact on the child, the birth family & the fostering family.  This course aims to equip carers with information on the legal requirements of contact, special guardianship & contact, who the child should have contact with, choice for the child, helping children make the most of contact & what to do if carers feel contact is not in the best interests of children.

Target Audience

Foster Carers & Fostering Supervising Social Workers primarily but spare places will be available to practitioners working with children in foster carer in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Thursday 13 May 2021 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children & Young People

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

As foster carers your role often involves re-parenting the child you are caring for who has experienced DV (domestic violence). This involves understanding the child & that the impact of DV has been on 3 different areas of their life: the impact on child development, the impact on their attachment &  the impact on their brain development. This course will enable foster carers to understand what DV is, how it happens, the impact on the child/ren in the birth family, the child’s compulsion to repeat violent modelled behaviours in the foster home & what children need from carers to feel safe. With this understanding you can then work as part of the team around the child to provide holistic care for children recovering from DV.

Target Audience

Foster Carers & Fostering Supervising Social Workers primarily but spare places will be available to practitioners working with children in foster carer in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 30 June 2021 from 10.00-12.00m via Zoom
  • Wednesday 30 June 2021 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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