Courses

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

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session explores the pressures of modern life for teenagers, touching upon issues such as drugs & alcohol, crime, consent & mental health. Delegates will:

  • explore ‘sexting’: understand the definition of inappropriate images, the impact & the law
  • exploring consent: understand the definition of consent & identify ways to help young people understand it
  • exploring MDMA: understand the law, the facts & the effects
  • identify the signs of CCE & substance misuse & know how to spot them
  • explore self-care: identify ways to support young people with their mental health & wellbeing & understand ways to support your own.

Following the session delegates will receive a resource collating information from the session.

Please click on the flyer for further details: Flyer [pdf document]

Target Audience

Professionals working with children & young people in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 29 June 2022 from 2.00-4.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre

Cost

Free

Maximum Number of Delegates

30

Facilitator/s

Access 27 Ltd

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

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session explores teenage relationship abuse, as well as witnessing domestic abuse. Delegates will:

  • understand & identify 7 types of relationship abuse as well as healthy & unhealthy behaviours
  • understand & identify how to explain healthy relationships to young people
  • understand the ‘cycle of abuse’ & explore the different stages of the cycle & identify how young people might feel at each stage
  • identify vulnerabilities in different types of young people & understand why that might make them vulnerable to relationship abuse
  • explore signs & symptoms of relationship abuse/witnessing domestic violence & know how to spot them
  • explore local & online organisations to signpost for further support.

Following the session delegates will receive a resource collating information from the session.

Please click on the flyer for further details: Flyer [pdf document]

Target Audience

Professionals working with children & young people in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 29 June 2022 from 10.00-12.30pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre

Cost

Free

Maximum Number of Delegates

30

Facilitator/s

Access 27 Ltd

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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 7 June 2022 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 19 July 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 16 August 2022 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum Number of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

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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 7 June 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 12 July 2022 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 23 August 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

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Attentional Difficulties (ADHD/ADD) 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 21 June 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 19 July 2022 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 16 August 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

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Child & Adolescent Parental Violence & Abuse (CAPVA) Training: Ask & Act

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

The Child & Adolescent to Parent Abuse (CAPVA) training is a one day session for professionals who have contact with children, young people & families & aims to increase a professional's ability to recognise CAPVA. The full day of training will involve a half-day online self-learning module & a half-day interactive teams session. You will complete the online self-learning module first & then take part in the half day interactive session. The course aim is to:

  • increase a professionals ability to recognise CAPVA
  • help the professional to understand the dynamic involved
  • provide the confidence to approach the subject of CAPVA with families.

Target Audience

Professionals who have contact with children, young people & families in a range of settings including early help, domestic abuse services, education support, youth offending, targeted family support & children’s social care

Dates, Times & Venues

  • To be confirmed

Cost

Free to agencies who are members of the Darlington Safeguarding Partnership Board - this includes the voluntary & charitable sector. For private organisations there is a charge of £30 per person per course.

Maximum No. of Delegates

Unlimited

Facilitator/s

RESPECT

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Childhood Trauma & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) 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

All practitioners working with children and families in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 21 June 2022 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 20 July 2022 from 9.30-11.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 9 August 2022 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

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Children & Adults Forum

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session will focus on key issues relating to staff in Children & Adults Services.

Target Audience

DBC People Group - All staff in Children & Adults Services

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Monday 4 July 2022 from 2.00-4.30pm in Central Hall, Dolphin Centre OR
  • Monday 11 July 2022 from 9.30-12.00pm in Central Hal, Dolphin Centre
  • Friday 9 December 2022 from 1.00-2.00pm via Microsoft Teams OR
  • Friday 16 December 2022 from 10.00-11.00am via Microsoft Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

Unlimited

Facilitator/s

 

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Chronologies

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

  • For all children’s staff to be aware of the Case Chronology Guidance in place when working with children
  • to understand the template & structure of a chronology & how to complete this
  • to build staff confidence in completing chronologies & the use of these in their practice.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - Children's Services 

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Thursday 26 May 2022 from 1.30-3.00pm via MS Teams
  • Thursday 9 June 2022 from 1.30-3.00pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Dawn Raine & Lynne Westgarth, Darlington Borough Council

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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

  • Wednesday 1 June 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 28 June 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 26 July 2022 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

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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

  • Wednesday 18 May 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 28 June 2022 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 26 July 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 10 August 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

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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

  • Tuesday 24 May 2022 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 2 August 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 17 August 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

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Equality & Diversity

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This 2 hour session will look at:

  • equalities legislation
  • the nine protected characteristics
  • types of discrimination
  • dignity & respect
  • the Council’s duties.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - Mandatory for any member of staff who has not completed Equality & Diversity training within the last 2 years

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 25 May 2022 from 1.30-3.30pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 28 June 2022 from 10.00-12.00pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

Unlimited

Facilitator/s

Eleanor Walker, DBC Health & Safety

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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 were relevant

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Thursday 23 June 2022 from 10.00-11.00am via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 6 July 2022 from 2.00-3.00pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum Number of Delegates

Unlimited

Facilitator/s

Darren Edwards, Durham & Darlington Fire Service

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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

  • Friday 10 June 2022 from 11:00–12:00pm via MS Teams
  • Monday 4 July 2022 from 10:00–11:00am in the Stephenson Suite, Dolphin Centre
  • Thursday 11 August 2022 from 10:00–11:00am via MS Teams
  • Thursday 8 September 2022 from 10:00–11:00am in the Seminar Room, Dolphin Centre
  • Friday 7 October 2022 from 10:00–11:00am via MS Teams
  • Friday 4 November 2022 from 10:00–11:00am in the Pease Suite, Dolphin Centre
  • Friday 9 December 2022 from 10:00–11:00am – via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum Number of Delegates

25

Facilitator/s

Joseph Robb & Brooke Fenwick, Darlington Borough Council 

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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 People Group - 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 People Group - this is available through Academy 10 

Cost

Free

Facilitator/s

Academy 10

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Gender Identity Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This half day interactive session that will explore:

  • appropriate terminology for a range of gender identities
  • attitudes & values around gender
  • issues often faced by trans people
  • trans rights & the law
  • how to ensure trans inclusive practice
  • practical tips for working with gender diverse or questioning people.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - Children & Adults Staff

*It is recommended that participants have some understanding of the LGB community before attending this training, ideally from the LGBT+ Awareness Session*

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 21 June 2022 from 9.30-11.30am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum Number of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Jack Rivers, Humankind

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Hidden Sentence Awareness

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 held 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.

Please click on the flyer for further details: Flyer [pdf document]

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 6 October 2022 from 9.30-12.00pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 22 November 2022 from 9.30-12.00pm via MS Teams 

Cost

Free

Maximum Number of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Nepacs

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Infection Control Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This half day session will:

  • identify legislation & guidance in relation to the prevention & control of infection
  • demonstrate effective hand washing
  • distinguish the importance of effective hand washing & when to carry out
  • demonstrate the correct use of personal protective equipment
  • examine the types of infection & the common illnesses associated with them
  • describe the causes & spread of infection
  • establish those more susceptible to risk of infection
  • outline cleaning & decontamination process
  • examine cleaning schedules & laundry hygiene
  • identify effective waste management & disposal.

Target Audience

DBC People Group

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Thursday 16 June 2022 from 9.30-12.30pm at The Coleridge Centre
  • Thursday 16 June 2022 from 1.30-4.30pm at The Coleridge Centre

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

12

Facilitator/s

Jean Ross, Tutor, Learning & Skills

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Leadership Forum

 

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session will focus on key issues for leaders & managers.

Target Audience

DBC People Group - Leaders & Managers in Children's & Adults Services

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 29 June 2022 from 10.00-12.00pm in Central Hall, Dolphin Centre - CANCELLED
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022 from 1.30-3.30pm in Central Hall, Dolphin Centre
  • Wednesday 9 November 2022 from 11.00-12.00pm via Microsoft Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

Unlimited

Facilitator/s

 

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LGBT+ Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This half day interactive session that will explore:

  • appropriate terminology for a range of sexual orientations & gender identities
  • issues often faced by LGBT+ people
  • the legal & moral standpoint for LGBT+ inclusion
  • how to ensure LGBT+ inclusive practice
  • practical tips for working with LGBT+ people.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - Children & Adults Staff

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Thursday 19 May 2022 from 9.30-12.30pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum Number of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Jack Rivers, Humankind

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Liquid Logic Adults / Children's - 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 People Group – 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

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Liquid Logic Adults / Children's - 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 People Group – 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

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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 31 May 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 5 July 2022 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 9 August 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

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Medication Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This half day session will give delegates a basic understanding of medication & an opportunity to discuss possible situations. This course is knowledge based & provides a starting point for staff who are involved with supporting with medication. Objectives:

  • identify relevant legislation in relation to medication
  • explain what covert medication is
  • list the different forms & routes of medication
  • discuss how medications are obtained
  • identify role in supporting with medication
  • examine possible medication errors & reasons why these may occur
  • define correct storage & disposal of medicines.

Target Audience

DBC People Group

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Thursday 26 May 2022 from 9.30-12.30pm at The Coleridge Centre
  • Thursday 26 May 2022 from 1.30-4.30pm at The Coleridge Centre
  • Thursday 14 July 2022 from 9.30-12.30pm at The Coleridge Centre
  • Thursday 14 July 2022 from 1.30-4.30pm at The Coleridge Centre

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

12

Facilitator/s

Jean Ross, Tutor, Learning & Skills

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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 People Group

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 8 June 2022 from 9.30-4.30pm at Medequip, Unit 3 Beaumont Square, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6XN
  • Thursday 22 September 2022 from 9.30-4.30pm at Medequip, Unit 3 Beaumont Square, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6XN 
  • Tuesday 11 October 2022 from 9.30-4.30pm at Foundations (FOUNDATIONS STAFF ONLY)
  • Tuesday 18 October 2022 from 9.30-4.30pm at Medequip, Unit 3 Beaumont Square, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6XN (THE LINKS STAFF ONLY)
  • Wednesday 2 November 2022 from 9.30-4.30pm at Medequip, Unit 3 Beaumont Square, Newton Aycliffe, DL5 6XN 

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of delegates

8

Facilitator/s

Well Handled Ltd

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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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Relational Practice Management Sessions

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

TBC

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - Mandatory for Children's Services Heads of Service, Service Managers, Team Managers & Advanced Practitioners

Dates, Times & Venues

Relational Practice: Supervision – choice of 2 dates:

  • Tuesday 17 May 2022 from 9.30am-12-30pm via MS Teams

Relational Practice: Management Oversight – choice of 2 dates:

  • Tuesday 24 May 2022 from 1.30pm-4.30pm via MS Teams OR
  • Tuesday 7 June 2022 from 1.30pm-4.30pm via MS Teams

Relational Practice: Reflective Practice – choice of 2 dates:

  • Wednesday 15 June 2022 from 9.30am-12.30pm via MS teams OR
  • Wednesday 22 June 2022 from 9.30am-12.30pm via MS Teams

Relational Practice Management Sessions - Feedback & Next Steps

  • Tuesday 12 July 2022 from 9.30am-12.30pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Dave Basker, Leeds City Council

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Safeguarding Adults & Children

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

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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

  • Tuesday 31 May 2022 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 12 July 2022 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 2 August 2022 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

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Specialist Deafblind Assessor - OCN Level 3

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

TBC

Target Audience

Targeted DBC Staff

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Monday 23 May 2022 & Tuesday 24 May 2022 from 10.00am - online

Cost

Free

Maximum Number of Delegates

10

Facilitator/s

SCIE

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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 People Group 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 People Group - any member of staff in a medium risk service area

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Monday 27 June 2022 & Tuesday 28 June 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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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 People Group - any member of staff who has previously completed the Team Teach accreditation (within the last 2 years) & requires a refresher

Dates, Times & Venues

  • 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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Youth Justice Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This half day session will give an:

  • introduction to Youth Offending services & their structure
  • an understanding of the way in which young people (YP) are assessed & how their level of intervention is decided
  • an overview of the different disposals & orders which a YP can receive from Police/Courts
  • a mini intervention ‘taster’
  • an exploration of Restorative Justice & processes contained within disposals & YOS work
  • a look at welfare versus justice
  • summary of custody options for YP.

Target Audience

Anyone interested in learning more about the Youth Justice System, attendees from all backgrounds & services are welcome. It is specifically relevant for partner agencies & services with direct contact with young people

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 3 August 2022 from 9.30-12.30 via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 9 November 2022 from 9.30-12.30 via MS Teams

To book a place please email: [email protected]

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Michael Barr, Youth Justice Service

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Distance Learning

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

  • Health Care / Social Care

    • Prevention and Control of Infection in Health Care Settings
    • Safe Handling of Medication in Health and Social Care
    • Care and Management of Diabetes
    • Dignity and Safeguarding in Adult Health and Social Care
    • Common Childhood Illnesses
    • Principles of Dementia Care
    • Common Health Conditions
    • Principles of End of Life Care
    • Falls Prevention Awareness
    • Substance Misuse Awareness

     

    Learning Difficulties and Disabilities 

    • Working with Individuals with Learning Disabilities
    • Understanding Behaviour that Challenges
    • Understanding Behaviour that Challenges in Children
    • Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties
    • Understanding Autism

     

    Mental Health 

    • Awareness of Mental Health Problems
    • Understanding Children and Young People's Mental Health
    • Self Harm and Suicide Awareness and Prevention
    • Awareness of Bullying in Children and Young People
    • Understanding Mental Health First Aid and Mental Health Advocacy in the Workplace 

     

    Other

    • Understanding Nutrition and Health
    • Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent
    • Certificate in Counselling
    • Principles of Customer Service
    • Principles of Team Leading
    • Understanding Retail Operations
    • Equality and Diversity
    • Information, Advice and Guidance
    • Principles of Warehousing

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

Learning & Skills also offer lots of CPD courses. Visit the Learning & Skills Website [external link] for more information 

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Deregulation & De-escalation in Looked After Children

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Parents & care givers are the first responders in modelling & enabling children to regulate their strong emotions & manage behaviours effectively. Children in the care system however have often been significantly neglected & traumatised & have not experienced healthy emotional & behavioural modelling by their parents. The time they spend with their parents is often characterised by chaos &  conflict, where feelings & behaviours are not contained effectively, therefore children don’t learn early on how to express their feelings appropriately & manage their more challenging behaviours.  Often traumatised children’s behaviours need to be managed effectively not only to keep them safe but to model effective regulation of emotions.  Foster Carers are in a unique position to both model & manage behaviours of children in the care system in a way that prevents re-traumatisation & promotes learning.  In order to be effective de-escalators, foster carers need to remain calm in the face of aggression from the young people they are caring for.  Opportunities for intervention / de-escalation need to be understood & practiced in a trauma informed way to be effective & always with the safety of child/ren & carer at their core.  This course will examine the reasons for dysregulation with some suggestions for de-escalation.

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 22 June 2022 from 10.00-2.00pm at Morton Park Business Training Centre

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 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)

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Mind of My Own Introduction & Training Session (Foster Carers)

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.

Target Audience

Foster Carers

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 15 June 2022 from 6.00-7.00pm via Zoom
  • Thursday 15 September 2022 from 10.00-11.00am via Zoom
  • Monday 14 November 2022 from 1.30-2.30pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

10

Facilitator/s

Jo Shutt, Young People’s Opportunity & Involvement Worker

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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 (changed from Wednesday 13 July 2022)

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Trauma Informed Caring for Foster Carers

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Looked after children who have experienced pre-placement traumas are at risk of being traumatised in every care setting including being re-traumatised with foster carers.  This is often due to a lack of knowledge about the effects of traumatic events & a limited understanding of how to work effectively with traumatised children. This re-traumatisation can be reduced & prevented with basic knowledge & by considering trauma informed language & practice. This course will examine trauma informed ideas & practices when working with childhood trauma specifically for foster carers.

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 25 May 2022 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom 
  • Thursday 26 May 2022 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom (changed from Wednesday 25 May 2022)

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Developing & Supporting Resilience in Social Work Students

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

TBC

Target Audience

Anyone working in social work i.e. students, qualified practitioners, associated assessors, academics & managers

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Friday 10 June 2022 from 2.00-4.00pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

To Book a Place:

Email [email protected] stating your name, job title, employer. DBC staff please copy in [email protected]

Facilitator:

Stephen Mordue, Sunderland University

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Gender Identity Awareness

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This 2 hour course will enable staff working within an organisation to apply trans inclusive practise by:

  • exploring appropriate terminology for a range of identities
  • discussing personal attitudes & values around gender
  • raising awareness & understanding of issues often faced by trans people
  • understanding trans rights & the law
  • discussing practical tips for working with gender diverse and gender questioning people.

Target Audience

Anyone working in social work i.e. students, qualified practitioners, associated assessors, academics & managers

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Friday 10 June 2022 from 9.30-11.30am via Zoom or MS Teams
  • Monday 27 June 2022 from 1.00-3.00pm via Zoom or MS Teams

Cost

Free

To Book a Place:

Please complete the following: Booking Form [external form]

Facilitator:

TBC

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Resources for Practice Educators & How to Make Effective Use of Them

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

TBC

Target Audience

Anyone working in social work i.e. students, qualified practitioners, associated assessors, academics & managers

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 5 July 2022 from 9.30-12.30pm at The Dryden Centre, Evistones Road, NE9 5UR

Cost

Free

To Book a Place:

Email [email protected] stating your name, job title, employer. DBC staff please copy in [email protected]

Facilitator:

Kristy Regan, North Tyneside

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SW & NICE Guidance

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

TBC

Target Audience

Anyone working in social work i.e. students, qualified practitioners, associated assessors, academics & managers

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 17 May 2022 from 10.00-12.00pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

To Book a Place:

Email [email protected] stating your name, job title, employer. DBC staff please copy in [email protected]

Facilitator:

Paula Swift, Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS

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