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Darlington Borough Council is recruiting for Support Workers! This event is a great opportunity for people to pop in & chat to the teams, get a feel for who they could be working with, discuss career progression and even fill in an application form or have an informal interview there & then!

Job adverts can be found here: 

Support Worker - Respite/Supported Living/Day Services[external website]

Support Worker - Reablement [external website]

Details are also available on the:

Facebook Event Page[external website]

The Record Business - Effective Writing & Recording in Social Work

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This highly interactive course will take you through the practical steps of writing a sequential, powerful and rewarding reports and records. Remember, writing is a skill – and like any other skill – it can be practised and improved upon. Our focus throughout is on is on clear thinking and careful writing.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - Primarily Adult & Children's Social Workers but spare places will be available to other Social Care staff 

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Monday 12 September 2022 from 10.00-3.00pm pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 19 October 2022 from 9.30-4.00pm in Conference Suite A, Morton Park Business Training Centre

For more information click on the following link: Training Directory

Reducing Parental Conflict

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session will:

  • give you a greater awareness of what is meant by parental conflict & why all of this matters
  • will explore co-parenting relationship in more detail
  • discuss why constructive conflict is OK & identify the signs that a relationship may be in distress
  • explore the significant impact that a poor quality co-parent relationship can have on child outcomes
  • understand what the evidence base tells us about parental conflict
  • develop skills to recognise & identify the impact on children
  • explore Family Formation & quality relationships
  • understand the role of father or male significant carer.

Target Audience

All practitioners working with children, young people & families

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Thursday 22 September 2022 from 9.30-12.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre
  • Thursday 29 September 2022 from 1.00-4.00pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre

Access 27 Ltd Theatre Performance & Training Session 'Hashtag Blue'

This exciting live theatre & training session will touch on issues such as drugs & alcohol, crime & consent, mental health & politics. There will be a 27 minute performance followed by a 2 hour training workshop exploring the effects of living adolescent life in an adult world. 

Target Audience

This session is targeted at professionals working with children & young people in Darlington.

Dates, Times & Venues

It will be held on Wednesday 29 June 2022 from 2.00-4.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre.


For more information click on the following link: Training Directory

Access 27 Ltd Theatre Performance & Training Session 'Like Glue'

This session will consist of a 27 minute performance looking at abusive behaviours in a variety of teenage relationships, including young people with additional needs, boys as victims of abuse & LGBTQIA+ relationships. It will be followed by a 2 hour workshop which will look 7 types of abuse, health & unhealthy behaviours, the cycle of abuse, vulnerabilities, signs & symptoms. 

Target Audience

This session is targeted at professionals working with children & young people in Darlington.

Dates, Times & Venues

It will be held on Wednesday 29 June 2022 from 10.00-12.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre.

For more information click on the following link: Training Directory

Eyes Wide Open (Fire Safety) Briefing

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This briefing will:

  • look at local recent fire statistics
  • look at how everyone can work together to help
  • talk about fire safety in the home
  • discuss signs for professionals to look out for
  • encourage delegates to keep their 'Eyes Wide Open' when dealing with service users.

Target Audience

All staff within DBC & external partners where relevant

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 6 July 2022 from 2.00-3.00pm via MS Teams

Family Group Conference Service

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Family Group Conferencing is a family led decision making meeting in which a child’s wider family network come together to make a plan about the future arrangements for the child. This briefing will look at:

  • the function of a Family Group Conference
  • the process of requesting a Family Group Conference 
  • when is the best time to discuss a Family Group Conference.

Target Audience

Any member of staff within Children's Services who is likely to be involved in a Family Group Conference, particularly those new to the department including agency workers 

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Monday 4 July 2022 from 10:00–11:00am in the Stephenson Suite, Dolphin Centre

Further dates are available, please click on the following link: Training Directory

Foster Carer Training

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 care in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 29 June 2022 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Thursday 30 June 2022 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom (changed from Wednesday 29 June 2022)

Equality & Diversity

DBC Staff - Don't forget to book onto one of the Equality & Diversity sessions if you haven't attended any training within the last 2 years. The next session will be held on:

  • Tuesday 28 June 2022 from 10.00-12.00pm via MS Teams

Additional details are in the training programme: Equality & Diversity

If any of the sessions above are appropriate to your role & you would like to attend then please email us at [email protected] to book a place.

New E-Learning Modules - SEND

Council for Disabled Children has produced some new E-Learning Modules. Please click on the following link for more information: SEND Modules [external website]

New E-Learning Modules - MS Awareness

The MS Society in partnership with Grey Matter Learning has produced a MS Awareness Course. Please click on the link for more information: MS Awareness Course [external website]

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DARLINGTON XTRA PODCASTS ARE LIVE!! Bringing you the views of sector leading professionals & the voices of families. Interviews & conversations to support learning & development across Darlington.

Listen to Darlington Xtra on Spotify - a place to find out why Darlington is a great place to live, work & learn. Subscribe to us now on Spotify - click on the following link: Subscribe [external website]


Subscribe to Darlington Xtra YouTube

It is packed full of interviews & conversations with professionals, families, children & young people sharing experiences & knowledge on issues such as Hate Crime, Domestic Abuse, Safeguarding & Information Sharing:

Click on the following link: Darlington Xtra YouTube

Darlington Xtra is a Collaborative Partnership Initiative.

Social Work Training

North East Social Work Alliance is delighted to present a series of online training sessions. These courses are open to all colleagues working in social work & cover an interesting & diverse range of topics:

  • Gender Identity Awareness
  • Resources for Practice Educators & How to Make Effective Use of Them

More information & details of how to book are in the Training Directory

Community Care Inform

Just a reminder for DBC staff who have access to Community Care Inform that there are lots of useful articles etc. available online:


Safeguarding Adults & Children

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

Training Materials

The Workforce Development intranet pages contain some useful information, training materials & resources available to Darlington Borough Council staff. 

Livingwell Darlington

 You can also find us on Livingwell Darlington


Foster Carers

We have an extensive range of courses available to Foster Carers in Darlington including:

  • Caring for Children who have Experienced Sexual Abuse
  • Caring for Children with Sexually Harmful Behaviours
  • Contact for Looked After Children
  • County Lines 
  • Deregulation & De-escalation in Looked After Children
  • Foster Carer Review 
  • Good Practice in Recording
  • Loss & Grief in Looked After Children
  • Managing Allegations
  • Managing the Challenges of Adolescence: The Teenage Brain
  • Mind of My Own (Foster Carers)
  • Moving Children On
  • Safer Care & Risk Management in Foster Care
  • Secondary Trauma in Foster Carers
  • Trauma Informed Caring for Foster Carers
  • Using Transactional Analysis to Understand & Promote Attachment
  • Working with Developmental Trauma
  • Working with Transgendered Young People in Foster Care
  • Working with Young People Displaying Self Harming Behaviours


CAMHS run a rolling programme of training including the following awareness raising sessions:

  • Anxiety, Worries, Fears & Phobias
  • Attachment Difficulties
  • Attentional Difficulties
  • Childhood Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
  • Deliberate Self Harm
  • Eating Difficulties
  • Emotional Wellbeing & Communication
  • Low Mood & Depression
  • Social & Communication Difficulties

If you are interested in any of the CAMHS or Fostering sessions listed above, click on the Training Directory link where there are further details including dates & times, learning objectives & target audience. If the course is appropriate to your role & you would like to attend then please email us at [email protected] to book a place.

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