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Cancelling Bookings

Just a reminder to please advise us asap if you have a place booked on a course but find you are no longer able to attend. This applies to online & face to face courses but it is particularly important in respect of face to face sessions.

Some of our courses run with low numbers and it is frustrating when delegates simply do not ‘turn up’ on the day. It leaves the trainer with the difficult decision of either running the course with too few delegates (which detracts from the value of the training and is not cost effective) or cancelling the session on the day which again is a waste of time and resources.

Please drop us an email as soon as you know you are unable to attend:Email



Eyes Wide Open

This is your last chance to book onto the Eyes Wide Open (Fire Safety) briefing on Wednesday 6 July 2022 from 2.00-3.00pm via MS Teams. Click on the following link for further details: Training Directory 


Introduction to Mindspace

This is your last chance to book onto the Introduction to Mindspace training on Friday 8 July 2022 from 2.00-4.00pm via MS Teams. Click on the following link for more details: Training Directory

Darlington Borough Staff

Don't forget to book onto one of the Staff Forums:

  • Monday 4 July 2022 from 2.00-3.30pm via MS Teams
  • Monday 11 July 2022 from 10.00-11.30am via MS Teams

Foster Carer Training

Moving Children On

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Children within the care system often face several transitions. This course aims to examine the many transitions faced by looked after children & their foster carers. The course looks at issues of transitions from moving children on to adopters / connected carers / other foster carers & children’s move back to birth families. Often foster carers move children on with little or no training on how to do this effectively, how to advocate for children, how to effect plans to ensure they are in the child’s best interests & how to manage the personal impact of moving children on. This training examines the emotional impact of moving children on not only on the children but on the foster carers & their families. It provides some good practice ideas on how to prepare children for each transition & how foster carers & their families can recover & recoup once children have moved on from your care.

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 13 July 2022 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Thursday 14 July 2022 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

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.

In Darlington Xtra's latest podcast, students answer the questions asked by local colleagues surrounding LGBTQIA+. 

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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]

                                                                                          Subscribe to Darlington Xtra Spotify

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:

  • 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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