Courses

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 25 January 2021 to Thursday 28 January 2021 from 9.15-4.00pm – venue to be confirmed

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. 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 15 December 2020 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 26 January 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • 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. 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 8 December 2020 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 19 January 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • 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. 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 8 December 2020 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 19 January 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 17 February 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • 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

  • Wednesday 9 December 2020 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 13 January 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 23 February 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • 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. 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 15 December 2020 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 26 January 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 23 February 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • 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. 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 1 December 2020 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 12 January 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 2 February 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • 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. 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 1 December 2020 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 12 January 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 16 February 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • 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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Hidden Sentence Online Awareness Session

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This online virtual awareness course will give delegates an insight into the specific issues experienced by children & families of prisoners & the resources available to assist workers in helping to support those families. This session will help delegates to:

  • understand the impact of imprisonment on prisoners’ families
  • understand the support needs of prisoners’ families
  • understand the needs & wishes of prisoners’ families
  • increased awareness of the range of resources available for professionals working with prisoners’ families.

Target Audience

Any professional whose work brings them into contact with families of prisoners including Local Authority, Health, Education, Police, Probation or Community/Voluntary Workers

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Thursday 3 December 2020 from 9.30-12.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

25

Facilitator/s

NEPACS

Link to KSS

KSS 4 (Children's)

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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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Local Authority Legal Limits & NHS Continuing Healthcare 

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This 3 day course will provide delegates with:

  • an understanding of & how to be able to apply the concept of a primary health need
  • the ability to identify a health & social care need
  • an understanding of the extent to which local authorities are able to meet health needs under section 22 of the Care Act
  • the chance to consider case examples which demonstrate appropriate use of the Decision Support Tool.

Target Audience

  • social care practitioners who undertake Care Act Assessments
  • managers of the above practitioners
  • senior management whose role involves CHC or requires knowledge of LA limits

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Monday 7 December 2020, Tuesday 8 December 2020 & Monday 14 December 2020 from 9.00-5.00pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 12 January 2021, Tuesday 19 January 2021 & Tuesday 26 January 2021 from 9.00-5.00pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Morag Duff 

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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. 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 5 January 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 2 February 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • 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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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.

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

  • Thursday 10 December 2020 from 9.30-4.30pm in the Pease Suite, Dolphin Centre - CANCELLED

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of delegates

30

Facilitator/s

Chris Ashford, Safeguarding Boards Trainer & Joseph Robb, Senior Practitioner, Darlington Borough Council

Link to KSS

KSS 5

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Oral Health Support to Darlington Care Home Providers

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Delegates will:

  • understand how to implement oral health policies and care plans in line with “CQC Smiling Matters and NICE45”
  • to be aware of some of the more commonly found oral conditions and know how to manage them
  • understand the links between oral health and general health
  • to achieve and maintain oral cleanliness
  • know the key oral health messages
  • to know of available dental services /Preparing to visit the dentist for example medical history, dental charges, exceptions
  • to be able to select appropriate oral hygiene equipment
  • discuss oral care for people with Dementia, swallowing difficulties, people that are enteral fed, focusing on under nutrition and many other general health conditions.

Target Audience

Darlington care home managers, senior staff & oral health champions. Please contact Danielle Wright to book your place [email protected]

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Friday 11 December 2020 from 10.00-12.00pm in the Stephenson Suite, Dolphin Centre - CANCELLED

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Danielle Wright, Oral Health Promotional, CDDFT

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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. 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 5 January 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 16 February 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • 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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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

  • Thursday 3 December 2020 & Friday 4 December 2020 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

  • Monday 30 November 2020 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 who have been Sexually Abused

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Children who have been sexually abused need highly sensitive & attuned care. This course aims to explore:

  • signs and symptoms with reference to physical, behavioural and emotional indicators of sexual abuse
  • how to work with children in a way that promotes their development and recovery
  • to understand the impact of child sexual abuse on the carer and their family when caring for a child
  • where you can access further help and support.

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 December 2020 from 10.00-11.30am via Zoom
  • Wednesday 9 December 2020 from 6.00-7.30pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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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 10.00-11.30am via Zoom
  • Wednesday 9 June 2021 from 6.00-7.00pm 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 10.00-11.30am via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Caring for LGBTQ+ Children & Young People

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

We are all different & unique; gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, class, race, the list is endless. Difference can be considered a good thing; it provides us with different perspectives, interests & provides a rich tapestry for our lives to proceed. However difference can sometimes lead to discrimination, stereotyping & prejudice which can impact negatively on people’s quality of life experiences & outcomes. Caring for young people in the looked after system can be challenging. Ensuring young people are provided with care that caters for their individualised needs is important. Caring for young people who are LGBTQ+ requires an understanding of these children’s needs which may be different from other young people. The course provides carers with an understanding of how to provide sensitive care to young people who identify as LGBTQ+.

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 13 January 2021 from 10.00-11.30am via Zoom
  • Wednesday 13 January 2020 from 6.00-7.30pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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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 10.00-11.30am via Zoom
  • Wednesday 12 May 2021 from 6.00-7.30pm 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 10.00-11.30am via Zoom
  • Wednesday 17 March 2021 from 6.00-7.30pm 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 10.00-11.30am via Zoom
  • Wednesday 26 May 2021 from 6.00-7.30pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) are a set of entirely preventable mental & physical birth defects caused by maternal alcohol consumption. The damage is manifested in physiological, learning & behavioural disabilities in the individual. This course enables learners to understand what FASD is, the physical & cognitive features of the disorder & the impact that it can have on children & their families. The course will aim to enable carers to understand the impact of FASD, help spot the early signs of FASD, work with children with FASD & enable carers to seek help from professionals around diagnosis.

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 27 January 2021 from 10.00-11.30am via Zoom
  • Wednesday 27 January 2021 from 6.00-7.30pm 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 10.00-11.30am via Zoom
  • Wednesday 28 April 2021 from 6.00-7.30pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Foster Carer Review Training

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

As foster carers you have day to day contact with children which places you in a unique position in terms of knowing about current achievements, progress & areas of concern. This information needs to be recorded & shared with other professionals for a variety of reasons. Good recording can be the basis of good care planning & denotes a professional approach to your role. This course will inform foster carers how to record effectively, the importance of recording for children & to help them understand

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 February 2021 from 10.00-11.30am via Zoom
  • Wednesday 3 February 2021 from 6.00-7.30pm 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 10.00-11.30am via Zoom
  • Wednesday 3 March 2021 from 6.00-7.30pm 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 6.00-7.30pm 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 10.00-11.30am via Zoom
  • Wednesday 30 June 2021 from 6.00-7.30pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Transactional Analysis (TA) to Aid Understanding of Attachment

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

As a child grows into an adult behaviours & poor functioning based on childhood attachment patterns remain. Just because the child has grown into an adult it does not mean that the damage done as a child is somehow fixed. Attachment issues in adults can impact not only upon life chances but also upon relationships & quite significantly upon the parenting they offer themselves. TA or Transactional Analysis is the study of transactions between people examining how people relate both successfully & unsuccessfully.  This course explores the following:

  • to examine how our childhood attachment patterns can impact our adult attachment relationships and our caregiving
  • to introduce concepts such as Ego States, Transactions,  Injunctions and Drivers
  • to explore how TA can help us understand our communication with other and impact on our attachment behaviours  
  • to examine how understanding these things can impact on and enhance our attachment to others and to our foster child/ren.

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 10 February 2021 from 10.00-11.30am via Zoom
  • Wednesday 10 February 2021 from 6.00-7.30pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Working with Complex Developmental Trauma in Children & Young People

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Traumatic experiences that children may face at school and in their families and communities come in many forms and range from one-time incidents, such as an accident, a natural disaster, the loss of a parent, to experiences that are chronic or even generational, such as abuse, neglect, exposure to family violence or the cumulative experience of poverty, racism or discrimination. Developmental trauma is the term used to describe the impact of early, repeated trauma and loss which happens within the child’s important relationships usually in early life.  This course examines the following:

  • Complex trauma / developmental trauma
  • The impact of developmental trauma on children
  • How we can identify children with trauma related symptoms
  • How we can best support children exposed to trauma and when to seek help 

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 24 February 2021 from 6.00-7.30pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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