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Latest News from Workforce Development

Contextualised Safeguarding / Harm Away from Home Conference

The focus of this exciting conference will be:
  • Darlington & what 'harm outside the home' means to us
  • why contextualised safeguarding is so important for Darlington.
Guest speakers will present on the following issues:
  • 'Exploitation in Darlington & how do we make sense of it' - ERASE Team & Sarah Marsh, Exploitation Team Manager, Barnardo's
  • 'The Power of the Relationship' - Collette Devlin Smith - Director of Edge NE
  • 'My Journey' - Alan Patrick - Father speaking from experience

It will be held on Wednesday 2 February 2022 from 9.00-1.00pm via MS Teams & is available to managers & practitioners (including multi-agency partners) working with children, young people and families in Darlington. Harm Away from Home Conference Flyer [pdf document]

Upcoming Sessions

The Education, Health & Care Plan Process for Professionals Working with Children & Young People
This session will help delegates to:
  • understand the role of schools, additional agencies & parents
  • understand funding & resources
  • understand the role of professionals in the assessment process
  • understand the circumstances under which an EHC request is appropriate
  • understand the term ‘graduated response’ & professionals role in supporting this.

The sessions are available to any professionals working with children & young people in Darlington who have or may require an EHC Plan. 

Date: Monday 17 January 2022 from 1.00-3.00pm via MS Teams
Loss & Grief in Looked After Children

We all at some time experience a loss: an estrangement, a move away, a death. We have experienced the anguish, we have been comforted, we have gone through the grief process & as a result over time the loss – always sad  - is hopefully resolved. Traumatic loss faced by children in care often experiencing one loss after another can be overwhelming. This course aims:

  • to understand the profound losses at the heart of the looked-after system
  • to examine the effects on the individual child
  • to explore ways that foster carers can support recovery.

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

Dates: Wednesday 19 January 2022 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom or Thursday 20 January 2022 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom 

If any of the above sessions are appropriate to your role & you would like to attend then please email: Workforce Development to book a place.

Darlington Parent Carer Forum

Being a parent carer can be challenging & often can have an impact upon our own wellbeing & resilience. Looking after yourself is as important as meeting the needs of your child/children. Every other Wednesday Darlington Parent Carer Forum will be running these peer support sessions.

Please see flyer for more information: Flyer [pdf document]

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. All of the courses are listed in the Training Directory


New to the programme this week: Leadership & Management: Supervision Practice - please see the L&M Flyer [pdf document]

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


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: Workforce Development to book a place.

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