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A Positive Approach to Helping Children & Young People Grieve

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This is a 6 month programme for those who wish to develop their skills, knowledge & confidence in supporting children & young people affected by loss & grief. This workshop offers an introduction to supporting children, young people and families around loss and grief. Topics include:

  • children’s concepts of loss & death including common expressions of grief
  • how different personal, social & cultural factors may impact a loss
  • talking about loss, death & bereavement with children & young people
  • creative ways of engaging with loss, feelings & memories
  • developing your role as a “Bereavement Champion” within your organisation
  • taking care of yourself

Each delegate will receive a resource pack containing a copy of the training materials plus a specialist resource.

Post-Training Support

Delegates will be invited to attend three group supervision sessions, where they can receive ongoing support around their practice. By the end of the programme delegates will be expected to evidence how they have developed their role as a 'Bereavement Champion' & the impact this has had within their school community or team.

Target Audience

Primarily schools with a small number of places available for Early Help

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Thursday 11 November 2021 from 9.00-3.30pm in the Wolfson Suite, St Teresa's Hospice, Woodland Road, Darlington
  • Tuesday 7 December 2021 from 9.00-3.30pm in the Wolfson Suite, St Teresa's Hospice, Woodland Road, Darlington

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

St Teresa's Hospice

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An Introduction to Therapeutic Life Story Work with Professor Richard Rose

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Hear the voices of children, young people & carers who have taken part in Therapeutic Life Story Work (TLSW) & experience some of the interventions yourself.

You'll learn about the three parts of the TLSW model as we discuss, debate & explore the importance of the stories children & young people hold inside them.

Target Audience

Targeted - those eligible to attend will receive a separate email.

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Monday 24 January 2022 from 9.00-12.00pm (booking deadline - 19 January 2022 at 5pm)
  • Monday 24 January 2022 from 1.00-4.00pm (booking deadline - 19 January 2022 at 5pm)

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

90

Facilitator/s

Professor Richard Rose/Blue Cabin

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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

  • Wednesday 3 November 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 21 December 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

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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 9 November 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 8 December 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

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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

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 16 November 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 14 December 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

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Buddi Training

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session will cover:

  • an overview of Buddi products
  • setting up a client on the portal & general portal info, such as creating safe zones
  • adding a user to the system to allow family members to login
  • finally, if a new member of the council/OT needs to gain access to the system & how to go about getting login details.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - Adult Social Care

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 10 November 2021 from 10.00-11.00am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Michael Davies, Buddi

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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

  • Tuesday 23 November 2021 from 9:30am-12:30pm via Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 24 November 2021 from 1:00pm-4:00pm via Microsoft Teams
  • Thursday 25 November 2021 from 9:30am-12:30pm via Microsoft Teams
  • Friday 26 November 2021 from 9:30am-12:30pm via Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 7 December 2021 from 9:30am-12:30pm via Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 8 December 2021 from 1:00pm-4:00pm via Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 14 December 2021 from 9:30am-12:30pm via Microsoft Teams
  • Tuesday 21 December 2021 from 9:30am-12:30pm via Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 22 December 2021 from 1:00pm-4:00pm via Microsoft Teams

For more information & details of how to book click on the following link: LINK

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 26 October 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams (moved from 12 October 2021)
  • Tuesday 16 November 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 15 December 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Co Durham & Darlington Primary Mental Health Team

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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 17 November 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 21 December 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

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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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Domestic Abuse

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

The session will look:

  • describe what Domestic Abuse is
  • demonstrate an understanding of the victims perspective
  • demonstrate an understanding of the Multi agency response to Domestic Abuse
  • describe the steps available to protect and support victim

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - Children's Services

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 10 November 2021 from 9.30-11.30am via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 8 December 2021 from 9.30-11.30am via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 12 January 2022 from 9.30-11.30am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

15

Facilitator/s

Chris Ashford, Safeguarding Partnership Multi Agency Trainer

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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

  • Tuesday 26 October 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams (moved from 12 October 2021)
  • Tuesday 30 November 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 22 December 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

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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

  • Wednesday 1 December 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

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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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Knocking on the Door: The Home Visit & Social Work Practice Online Conference Performance

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

With leading social work academic & author, Professor Harry Ferguson from the University of Birmingham exploring:

  • the lived experience of social work practice in people's homes
  • exploring three patters of practice in terms of home visits
  • negotiating the environment, the importance of touch & intimate practice
  • Behind the Mask: working with carers/parents who display resistance or aggression
  • spaces for reflection & organisational support.

Target Audience

Priority will be given to DBC staff but places will be available to any practitioner carrying out home visits with children, young people & their families.

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Friday 4 February 2022 from 10.00-2.00pm (registration from 9.45am) via Zoom (changed from Tuesday 30 November 2021)

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

Unlimited

Facilitator/s

Geese Theatre Company

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Language in Social Work Practice - What Can it Tell Us?

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

  • to look at current best practice
  • available resources & materials
  • sources of support & challenge
  • development & sustainability.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY: Children's Social Workers, Team Managers, Building Stronger Families, Residential Staff

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 24 November 2021 from 9.30-11.30am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Dee Lynn, Leeds City Council 

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 2 November 2021 from 9.30-11.45am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 7 December 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

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Mental Health, Trauma & Resilience 

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This 2 part interactive training course will provide delegates with the skills & knowledge needed to support internal & external colleagues & those suffering from mental health problems. Delegates will be able to:

  • recognise signs that someone is unwell & how to approach them
  • provide appropriate & timely support, choosing from a range of tools & resources
  • understand & ensure effective communication
  • know where and how to seek further support.  

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - Managers & Advanced/Senior Practitioners

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 2 November 2021 & Tuesday 16 November 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

10

Facilitator/s

Salma Suleman, Darlington Mind

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Mental Health, Trauma & Resilience 

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This 2 part interactive training course will provide delegates with the skills & knowledge needed to support children & young people suffering from mental health problems & their families. Delegates will be able to:

  • recognise signs that someone is unwell & how to approach them
  • provide appropriate & timely support, choosing from a range of tools & resources
  • understand & ensure effective communication
  • know where and how to seek further support.  

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - those supporting children, young people & families

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 3 November 2021 & Wednesday 17 November 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

14

Facilitator/s

Salma Suleman, Darlington Mind

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Mental Health, Trauma & Resilience 

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This 2 part interactive training course will provide delegates with the skills & knowledge needed to support adults suffering from mental health problems & their families. Delegates will be able to:

  • recognise signs that someone is unwell & how to approach them
  • provide appropriate & timely support, choosing from a range of tools & resources
  • understand & ensure effective communication
  • know where and how to seek further support.  

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - those staff supporting adults & families

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Thursday 4 November 2021 & Thursday 18 November 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

14

Facilitator/s

Salma Suleman, Darlington Mind

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Mind of My Own Introduction & Training Session

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

DBC ONLY - Any practitioner in Children's Services working with C&YP e.g. Social Workers, Personal Advisors, IROs, Building Stronger Families

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 16 November 2021 from 9.30-10.30am via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 14 December 2021 from 9.30-10.30am via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

10

Facilitator/s

Jo Shutt, Young People’s Opportunity & Involvement Worker

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More About Me with Professor Richard Rose

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

More About Me focuses on a child or young person's current situation: where they live, the people around them & the reasons for their care status.

Find out how More About Me can help children & young people move forward with confidence & practice some More About Me Activities.

Target Audience

Targeted - those eligible to attend will receive a separate email.

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Monday 15 November 2021 from 9.00-12.00pm (booking deadline - 10 November 2021 at 5pm) 
  • Monday 15 November 2021 from 1.00-4.00pm (booking deadline - 10 November 2021 at 5pm)

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

90

Facilitator/s

Professor Richard Rose/Blue Cabin

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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 ONLY

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 11 January 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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Moving Forward

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session will provide front line staff with information from lived experiences, giving them real knowledge to help assist families to ‘Move Forward’ from domestic abuse. The training will:

  • give front line staff a better understanding of domestic abuse
  • assist front line staff in having greater knowledge of domestic abuse allowing them to have a deeper form of empathy & understanding towards victims & their families
  • help front line staff understand the complex reasons why victims stay with their perpetrators, often choosing them over their children
  • give front line staff greater knowledge of post-separation power and control.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY: Children’s Services Front Line Staff

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Monday 15 December 2021 from 12.30-3.30pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 12 January 2022 from 12.30-3.30pm via Zoom
  • Thursday 13 January 2022 from 12.30-3.30pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

30

Facilitator/s

Helen Woodland, Empowerment Solutions North East

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Personal Safety & Lone Working

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This session will cover the following topics:

  • lone working - the law & the responsibilities of the employer & staff
  • risk assessment - identifying & mitigating risks related to all aspects of work
  • home visits - best practice for staying safe while conducting a home visit
  • travelling safely - tips while travelling for work
  • using personal alarms - their purpose, how to use them & recommended alarms
  • reporting incidents - procedures to be followed by staff & employers.

Target Audience

Any member of staff who does home visits/lone working

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Thursday 18 November 2021 from 10.00-2.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

50

Facilitator/s

Suzy Lamplugh Trust

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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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Recovery with Professor Richard Rose

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Trauma is not a life sentence. In this session you'll learn how we can help children & young people to recover from early life challenges & enjoy their future without being defined by their past.

Target Audience

Targeted - those eligible to attend will receive a separate email.

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Monday 13 December 2021 from 9.00-1.00pm (booking deadline - 8 December 2021 at 12pm)

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

90

Facilitator/s

Professor Richard Rose/Blue Cabin

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Relational Practice Framework Briefing

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This short interactive session will help delegates understand the Relational Practice Framework that Children’s Services work in, including outlining the Relational Umbrella approach to practice.

Target Audience

DBC ONLY - Mandatory for Children's Services Staff

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Tuesday 2 November 2021 from 1.00-2.00pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 2 November 2021 from 3.00-4.00pm via MS Teams
  • Wednesday 3 November 2021 from 3.30-4.30pm via MS Teams
  • Thursday 4 November 2021 from 3.30-4.30pm via MS Teams

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

Unlimited

Facilitator/s

Chris Bell, Assistant Director of Children's Services

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Safeguarding Adults & Children

For details of Safeguarding Adults & Safeguarding Children training, visit the Safeguarding Board 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 2 November 2021 from 1.30-3.45pm via MS Teams
  • Tuesday 7 December 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

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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

  • Tuesday 26 October 2021 & Wednesday 27 October 2021 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

  • 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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Trauma with Professor Richard Rose

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Learn about the impact of trauma on the brain, body & emotions.

We'll cover theoretical concepts of trauma from around the world & will consider the children & young people who are affected by early years trauma & how this impacts on their development & presentation.

Target Audience

Targeted - those eligible to attend will receive a separate email.

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Monday 8 November 2021 from 12.00-4.00pm (booking deadline - 3 November 2021 at 3pm)

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

90

Facilitator/s

Professor Richard Rose/Blue Cabin

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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 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 27 April 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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Caring for Children who have Experienced Sexual Abuse

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 23 March 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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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

  • Wednesday 9 February 2022 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 9 February 2022 from 6.00-8.00pm 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 targetted 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 8 December 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 8 December 2021 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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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 carer 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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Foster Carer Review

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 1 December 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 1 December 2021 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Good Practice in Recording

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.

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 November 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 10 November 2021 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Loss & Grief in Looked After Children

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

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. From the decision to remove a child or young person from their birth family, to living with foster carers, combined with the often-frequent introduction then loss of social workers & movement from one carer to another or from carer to birth family or to adopters.  Whatever the adverse conditions leading to that initial decision to remove a child: the looked after child almost always experiences profound trauma & loss, and often as a result of practices in the care system will suffer multiple losses. Recovery from grief is very much more difficult where a loss is sudden, unexpected, protracted & where a child has little or no power. 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.

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 19 January 2022 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 19 January 2022 from 6.00-8.00pm 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 29 June 2022 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 29 June 2022 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Managing the Challenges of Adolescence: The Teenage Brain

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Adolescence is the transitional phase of growth & development between childhood & adulthood. It is a period of great change – physically, sexually & psychologically. Some young people will be better equipped than others to manage this transition, but for all adolescence can be a difficult journey. This course will examine the changes happening for young people during adolescence with particular reference to brain development. The course will examine brain development during puberty & how environmental factors can impact critical brain development. It will offer some suggestions on how these choppy waters can be navigated by carers to help the adolescent through their journey to adulthood.

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 November 2021 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 17 November 2021 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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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 carer in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

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

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Safer Care & Risk Management in Foster Care

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

Foster carers are tasked with keeping children safe in their care.  In the National Minimum Standards for foster carers it states foster carers have a duty of care & that ‘Children’s safety & welfare is promoted in all fostering placements. Children are protected from abuse & other forms of significant harm’. This course will:

  • explain the various components of safer caring
  • inform you of the NMS relating to meeting children & young people’s needs through risk assessment & safer caring
  • introduce the concepts of hazards, risks, vulnerability & risk assessing
  • introduce the topic of allegations against foster carers & inform you about the process for managing allegations & serious concerns about foster carers’ practice/standards of care
  • increase your awareness of approaches to minimising the risk of allegations through Safer Caring.

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 6 April 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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Secondary Trauma in Foster Carers

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

The stress that can result from caring for or about someone who has been traumatised may be sufficient to overwhelm our capacity for stress regulation. When this dysregulation happens the result is secondary traumatic stress. This course will enable carers to:

  • identify all the key members of the network surrounding a traumatised child or young person
  • identify the impact of working with traumatised children & young people on each of these members of the network
  • show awareness of the signs & indicators of secondary stress
  • identify factors that increase vulnerability to secondary stress
  • identify appropriate techniques for developing self-care & identify the most effective ways of recovering from secondary stress disorder.

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 March 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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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 carer in Darlington

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 25 May 2022 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom 
  • Wednesday 25 May 2022 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom 

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Using Transactional Analysis to Understand & Promote 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

Dates, Times & Venues

  • Wednesday 11 May 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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Working with Developmental Trauma

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 12 January 2022 from 10.00-12.00pm via Zoom
  • Wednesday 12 January 2022 from 6.00-8.00pm via Zoom

Cost

Free

Maximum No. of Delegates

20

Facilitator/s

Kath Price Training & Consultancy

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Working with Transgendered Young People in Foster Care

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

The ongoing development of language & expression around issues of gender, sex & sexuality can seem bewildering to carers.  Transgender is an umbrella term to describe people whose gender in some way differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. This course aims to unpick some of the complexities around the use of language with particular reference on matters effecting trans young people. It examines issues for transgendered young people & how we as professionals & carers can provide a culturally competent framework in caring for young people.

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 November 2021 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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Working with Young People Displaying Self Harming Behaviours

Aims & Objectives/Learning Outcomes

This course explores self harming behaviours in young people, from low to high-risk behaviours. It examines the psychological, physical & emotional impact of these behaviours on the young person & the wider impact on the people caring for them. The course will examine self harm & self injury in its broadest sense & examine the cycles of self harm. It will help carers understand the reasons why some young people self-harm. It will enable carers to examine their approach to self harm & whether this helps or hinders. It aims to provide some ideas of how best to care for young people engaged in self-harming behaviours.

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 16 February 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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