Foster Carers and Social Workers

We offer training specifically for Fostering, Children Services and Children’s Homes. Our courses are designed to develop skills, improve attitudes and increase confidence. We use evidence-based best practice so that carers can understand and improve the social inclusion, health, independence and wellbeing of some of the most vulnerable in our society.

All training is Ofsted compliant and covers The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011, The Children’s Homes Regulations (England) 2015 and Children’s Homes Quality Standards 2015.

Read about each course below, or download a prospectus to share with your team. (Don’t worry, we won’t share your email address or spam you)

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Mandatory Courses

“Safeguarding Children is everyone’s responsibility” (Care Act 2014)

This course is mandatory for all foster carers and those working with under 18’s. In order to keep children safe key adults need to be able to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect. It is also vital that the reporting and recording process is fully understood.

Creating and maintaining a culture of safeguarding has a positive impact on supporting looked after children as it helps to prevent future child abuse. This course will give you the key skills in this area.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. A basic awareness of child protection and safeguarding.
  2. Know how to recognise signs of abuse.
  3. Know the circumstances in which abuse may occur and by whom.
  4. Understand what to do if you suspect that a child is being abused.
  5. Identify the factors present in families that may increase the risk of abuse.
  6. Understand how your role fits into the wider context of safeguarding children.
  7. Gain knowledge of the history and legal context that underpins the safeguarding agenda.
  8. Understand the reporting structure on identifying abuse.

Is this course for me?

Attendance on this course is MANDATORY for foster carers and a Safeguarding update / refresher is required every year.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Safeguarding and Child Protection – courses also available specifically for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

This course deals with some of the new challenges around protecting children on the Internet and other technologies. It explores best practice in parenting / caring in this digital age.

The course focuses on empowering children and young people to keep safe whilst encouraging them to be responsible Internet users. Those who are vulnerable in the offline world are also more vulnerable in the online world. This course enables carers to help their placement children to recognise the risks and benefits of online behaviour, which in turn helps to protect them. It gives adults up to date strategies on how to support children and young people as they interact with their constantly evolving online world.

Learning outcomes:

  1. To be knowledgeable of new internet trends.
  2. Be able to use links to safeguarding sites/applications to help keep children and young people safe. Knowing how to use age and content restrictions where appropriate.
  3. Advise children on personal safety when using the Internet, mobile phones or other 3G/4G devices.
  4. Know how to act appropriately when coming across something awkward or suspicious.
  5. Understand specific online risks for Looked After Children.
  6. Make children aware of the potential problems associated with using the Internet and modern technologies.
  7. Appreciate the importance of playing a vital part in educating children and young people to adopt responsible behaviours when using online technologies.

Is this course for me?

Attendance on this course is MANDATORY for foster carer an update / refresher is required every three years.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) is a type of sexual abuse. Children in exploitative situations and relationships receive gifts, money or affection as a result of performing sexual activities or others performing sexual activities on them. Some children and young people are trafficked into or within the UK for the purpose of sexual exploitation. Sexual exploitation can affect young men and women and can happen to young people in gangs.

This course will help carers understand and respond to the needs of children and young people placed with them who could be at risk of sexual exploitation.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Have a basic knowledge and understanding of child sexual exploitation.
  2. Understand the nature of risk for particular children and young people.
  3. Recognise signs and symptoms of CSE.
  4. Be aware of how children and young people are affected by sexual exploitation and understand behaviours they may present.
  5. Understand the grooming process off-line and online.
  6. To know where to go for support for young people and families.

Is this course for me?

Attendance on this course is MANDATORY for foster carers. An update / refresher is required every three years.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course provides a foundation understanding of the key stages of child development and how it influences a foster carer’s role in working with children and young people. The course explores the main issues and stages of ‘normal’ and ‘interrupted’ child development. We explore how the process of meeting developmental milestones may be adversely affected by the early experiences of a child in care. The course also looks at how foster carers can contribute towards improving the child and young person’s self-esteem and resilience.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Gain a basic understanding of how children of all ages form attachments and how these affect their on-going development
  2. Outline the important developmental needs of children and young people in your care
  3. Describe the difference between chronological age and stages of development and how this may affect a child or young person
  4. Understand how play, hobbies and interests are important in children and young people’s learning and development
  5. Understand the contribution family, caring and social networks make to the development of children and young people

Is this course for me?

Attendance on this course is MANDATORY for foster carers.  An update / refresher is required every three years.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers.

In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Attachment is a deep and enduring emotional bond that connects one person to another across time and space. This emotional bond between infant and caregiver is the means by which the helpless infant gets their primary needs met.  The attachment experience affects personality development and the ability to form stable relationships throughout life. The early experience of the infant stimulates the growth of the brain and shapes emerging mental processes. Neuroscientists believe that attachment is of such a primal importance that the brain has networks of neurons dedicated to setting it in motion.

Positive attachment provides the infant’s first coping system, which becomes a foundation for all the others. Healthy attachment nurtures the child’s ability to eventually separate from the caregiver and survive independently.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Have gained knowledge of the concept of attachment and related theory
  2. Have considered the impact of attachment on the infant brain and overall development
  3. Be aware of the different patterns of attachment developed with primary carers and the short and long term implications of these for the child
  4. Have learnt techniques for facilitating children’s positive attachment to carers
  5. Have considered how poor attachments may influence behaviour and how carers may need to adapt parenting styles accordingly
  6. Reflect on the significance of diversity, difference and identity when considering attachment

Is this course for me?

Attendance on this course is MANDATORY for foster carers. An update / refresher is required every 3 years.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate

This course can also be adapted to advance level for skilled practitioners.

This course shows how resilience is linked to recovery from trauma and how adults can help children and young people to develop resilience.

Building resilience is the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or even significant sources of stress.  Resilience can help our children manage stress and feelings of anxiety and uncertainty.  Emotional pain and sadness are common when we have suffered major trauma or personal loss, or even when we hear of someone else’s loss or trauma.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Be able to define what is meant by resilience
  2. Look at resilience in relation to recovery from childhood trauma and abuse
  3. Examine building resilience in the context of the child’s various social networks
  4. Identify factors that contribute to resilience and how we can support them
  5. Plan ways of building on the child’s strengths and increasing resilience and positive self identity

Is this course for me?

Attendance on this course is MANDATORY for foster carers. An update / refresher is required every three years.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

In 2015 the UK Government produced ‘Guidance for specified authorities in England and Wales on the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism’. 

This is a mandatory training requirement for all those working with under 18’s and fits in with Safeguarding responsibilities.  It is important to understand what the radicalisation process looks like in order for families, friends and communities to help prevent acts of violent extremism. This course aims to give an understanding of what causes people to be vulnerable to radicalisation or influenced by extremism. It includes insights on how to recognise those that are potentially vulnerable to radicalisation and information on what to do if there are concerns about an individual.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. To understand Radicalisation and Violent Extremism
  2. Awareness of the process for Radicalisation
  3. Understand the role of the internet in Radicalisation
  4. Know how to spot any indicators that radicalisation may be occurring
  5. Have knowledge of the PREVENT strand of the government’s CONTEST strategy
  6. Know how radicalisation links to Safeguarding

Is this course for me?

Attendance on this course is MANDATORY for foster carers. An update / refresher is required every three years.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Recommended Courses

“Young people in care have a deep need to know who they are, whom they belong to, to whom they are important: a set of questions whose answers lie in the concept of identity. All young people have to deal with the issue of identity and who they are becoming. However, for the youngster in care, questions of identity can be very raw indeed.” (Gilligan, 2000)

All too often, a child’s cultural identity can be forgotten as they move through the care system. Yet we know that providing settings where cultural identity is respected, understood and celebrated is key to successful placement outcomes.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. To explore ways to assist looked after children and young people to improve their confidence, self worth and self-esteem
  2. Identify the fundamental importance of helping children and young people to establish a strong sense of their own identity
  3. Explore a range of resources which can support you in building a positive identity for a looked after child or young person
  4. Develop skills in promoting and building the positive identity of children and young people
  5. Gain an understanding of identity development
  6. Gain an awareness of social perceptions of various identities
  7. Understand the importance of working in an anti racist/anti-discriminatory way when engaging children, young people and their families

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Bespoke Options: Can be extended to include Equality Awareness.

celebrated is key to successful placement outcomes.

Good communication is central to working with children, young people, families and carers. It helps build trust and is key to establishing and maintaining relationships in the home. Communication is an active process that involves listening, questioning, understanding and responding. A crucial element of effective communication is to understand the stage of development and needs of the child or young person.

This training will explore the skills required to be an effective communicator by considering how different types of questions can be used to support the communication process.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Explain the importance of effective communication
  2. List key skills, knowledge and characteristics of an effective communicator
  3. Identify effective ways of communicating with children, young people and their families
  4. Identify the main barriers to communicating with children, young people and their families
  5. Understand some common difficulties in communication with children and young people
  6. Understand the importance of working within an anti racist/anti-discriminatory way when engaging people who use services and their families

Is this course for me?

Recommended to be completed within the first 2 years of approval.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Everyone working with looked after children and their families are involved in recording in different ways. Recording is an essential part of the service provided to children and families. However we recognise that record keeping is not an activity that is approached with enthusiasm by many carers

This course has been designed for carers to understand how important observation is when looking after young people and how observation can assist you in developing relationships.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Explore and understand what observation of children and young people entails
  2. Know how to use observation skills
  3. Understand the reasons to observe children
  4. Identify the various techniques to make observations of children appropriately
  5. Know how to ensure the appropriate recording of the observations of children

Is this course for me?

Recommended to be completed within first 2 years of approval.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

There are many reasons why looked after children and young people can present different types of challenging behaviours.  It is vital that we have strategies for responding to and managing these behaviours. This training considers what challenging behaviour is and how we, as individuals, can react to different types of behaviours in different ways. This course assists carers and social care staff to understand the complexities of negative behaviour. It enables us to assess and understand the underlying needs, which can then be addressed through the promotion of alternative, constructive interventions.

This training explores past experiences, which may have influenced challenging behaviour then focuses on the positive experiences we can provide for young people to enable them to build resilience and manage their reactions to challenging situations.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Identify challenges and difficulties presented by some fostered children and young people
  2. Understand the root causes of challenging behaviour
  3. Be able to employ a number of coping mechanisms and appropriate responses from carers
  4. Be able to carry out functional analysis
  5. Be able to apply pro-active strategies and new skill teaching
  6. Be able to apply active calming and de-escalation strategies
  7. Know strategies to support a child or young person through a crisis

Is this course for me?

Recommended to be completed within the first 2 years of approval.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Bespoke Options: this course can be combined with Resilience training

This course will outline the multiple uses of the National Minimum Standards. They may be used by providers and staff in self-assessment of their services; they provide a basis for the induction and training of staff and carers; they can be used by parents, children and young people as a guide to what they should expect a fostering service to provide and to do as a minimum; and they can provide guidance on what is required when setting up a fostering service.

This course aims to provide foster carers with a greater understanding of the standards and regulations and the ways in which they guide and inform the care they provide to children and young people.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the updated regulations and how they link to the standards
  2. Be able to identify how the standards affect your practice
  3. Fully understand your professional responsibilities in respect to the regulations and standards
  4. Be able to identify accountability for key responsibilities under these standards
  5. Understand how to explain and evidence your practice
  6. Understand the duties in relation to Staying Put
  7. Be able to ensure that the systems used are effective and meet the necessary requirements of delegated authority

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners, meeting the Training, Support and Development Standards as outlined in The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011.

De-escalation techniques are inherently abnormal because they go against our natural ‘fight or flight’ reflexes. To be effective we must remain calm and centred. We need to be professionally detached.

This course has been designed for carers who look after and support vulnerable young people. De-escalation is all about helping and improving a situation. De-escalation techniques are most successful when used early, before the young person deregulates. To do this, it is necessary to be aware of and spot the early signs.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understanding aggression
  2. Understand how feelings drive behaviours
  3. Identify general physiological signs of anger
  4. Identify the common triggers of anger
  5. Recognise the levels of anger in young people
  6. Learn appropriate interventions for each level of anger
  7. Have ways to manage your own anger
  8. Understand personal safety and now how to self-protect
  9. Have de-escalation and diffusion techniques

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners, meeting the Training, Support and Development Standards as outlined in The Fostering Services (England) Regulations 2011.

The rise of technology and our reliance on the Internet has changed the world and the way we interact with each other. The impact for young people of being constantly “plugged-in” as they grow and develop is still to be discovered.

There are many positive aspects of social media, but also many potential dangers for children and young people, particularly those in care. Gaming has evolved into a primary form of social activity for many young people so it is important that they are advised on how to use these platforms safely.

This course gives parents and carers the tools to both protect and educate the children in their care.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand why gaming is so popular
  2. Know what the risks of social media and gaming really are
  3. Understand the advantages and what can be learnt from these platforms
  4. Know how to support those addicted to gaming
  5. Have strategies to keep children and young people safer when online
  6. Know how to use Parental controls and other tools currently available

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course is suitable for social workers, particularly newly qualified social workers or those involved in permanence planning for children, i.e. practice managers, social workers, social work resource officers and community family workers.

For children in local authority care finding a stable, permanent placement is a key factor in securing positive outcomes. Children with a plan for permanence are most often living with the impact of difficult beginnings and they manage daily life with the uncertain outcome of legal proceedings. They are therefore likely to experience a range of intense and conflicting emotions throughout their journey towards permanent placement.

This introductory course equips workers with the knowledge and skills needed to arrive at clear plans for permanence, and carry out direct work with children to ensure that they are supported through the process and beyond.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Understand the role and responsibilities of a social worker and the needs of the child in relation to planning for permanence – thus enabling you to bring this into play when undertaking the fostering service role
  2. Recognise the significance of stability, belonging and permanence planning
  3. Describe government policy and legislation on this topic
  4. List all types of permanent placements and associated outcomes for each
  5. Be able to develop a preparation plan relevant to the child’s developmental level, interests and history
  6. Demonstrate your awareness of the skills and practical tools to help prepare children for adoption
  7. Understand the role of foster carers in supporting the adoption process
  8. Understand the skills needed to effectively work with all parties involved, including birth parents, adopters and children
  9. Recognise how the relationship based practice model of social work applies to planning for permanence

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course is suitable for social workers, particularly newly qualified social workers or those involved in permanence planning for children, i.e. practice managers, social workers, social work resource officers and community family workers.

It is essential that we use Trauma-informed practice when working with children and young people who have suffered neglect, rejection or emotional/physical/sexual abuse. If we don’t support them to work through their trauma they will continue to experience neurological, developmental and psychological consequences, even when placed in a secure nurturing environment. Therapeutic care provides a child with a supportive foundation where they can build a trusting relationship with foster carers to help them to overcome traumatic experiences.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Understanding the national profile of trauma
  2. The biological and psychosocial implications of experiencing trauma
  3. Identify the symptoms of exposure to trauma
  4. How to establish a therapeutic relationship
  5. Understand the roots of negative behaviours in young people
  6. Overview of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE), PTSD and Hypervigilance
  7. Gain strategies to help support children and young people through change
  8. Explore the strategy of trauma recovery and what constitutes therapeutic care

Is this course for me?

This course is for Foster Carers, Adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate – this course can be adapted to an advanced level for skilled practitioners.

As with all of our courses, a bespoke option is available at no additional cost, so give us a call or drop Tori a line on [email protected] to discuss how this vital learning can be tailored to meet your needs.

This course gives participants a comprehensive overview of the legislative context of delegated authority and allows them to explore delegated authority from different perspectives. The training also gives an overview of delegated authority practice issues.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To increase your understanding of delegated authority and the legislative context
  2. To consider the issues surrounding the sharing and balance of responsibilities when delegating authority
  3. To consider the implications for care planning and practice in your service
  4. To explore the practical implementation in everyday life

This course meets the Children’s Home Quality Standards as outlined in The Children’s Homes Regulations (England) 2015 and Children’s Homes Quality Standards 2015.

Is this course for me?

This course is for Foster Carers, Adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate – this course can be adapted to an advanced level for skilled practitioners.

As with all of our courses, a bespoke option is available at no additional cost, so give us a call or drop Tori a line on [email protected] to discuss how this vital learning can be tailored to meet your needs.

Health, Safety and Wellbeing Courses

According to the charity Action on Addiction, 1 in 3 of us is addicted to something.

This means that we are all likely to be touched by addiction in some way either personally, within our circle of family or friends or wider community.

To be of any support to those at risk we need a solid foundation of understanding around:

  • But how does addiction develop?
  • What can we do to treat it?
  • What can we do to prevent it?

The course will address these questions and better equip workers and carers to help the young or vulnerable people in their care navigate this complex area.

The Learning Outcomes you can expect are:

  1. Define dependency.
  2. Distinguish dependencies from habits and identify the signs of dependency.
  3. Discuss the addictive process, the physiology of dependency, and the bio-psychosocial model of dependency.
  4. Describe types of dependencies, including gambling, work, exercise, sexual, and Internet dependencies, as well as co-dependence.

Level: beginner / intermediate. This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Bespoke Options: this course can be combined with ‘Legal Highs’ training.

As with all our courses, a bespoke option is available at no additional cost, so give us a call or drop Tori a line on [email protected] to discuss how this vital learning can be tailored to meet your needs.

This course will look at why it is important to think about Safe Care in relation to foster carers, their families and wider networks, ensuring children and young people in care are safe in a family environment.

This is an interactive training course, looking at different areas of risk and how to minimise them. You will also understand more about Local Area Designated Officer (LADO), the risks that the digital world poses and the process of investigating allegations.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. To develop strategies, knowledge and understanding that ensures safer caring in a ‘risk sensible’ way
  2. Have an understanding of Delegated Authority
  3. Weigh up risks in a variety of circumstances
  4. Understand the procedure for investigating an allegation against a foster carer
  5. Develop strategies for keeping all members of the family and extended network safe
  6. Understand the importance of working within an anti racist/anti-discriminatory way when engaging children, young people and their families

Is this course for me?

Recommended to be completed within the first 2 years of approval.

This course can be combined with Safeguarding or Health and Safety training.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

The National Minimum Standards for Fostering and Fostering Service Regulations 2011 require fostering services to provide foster homes for children that are warm, adequately furnished and decorated and maintained to a good standard of hygiene.

This course is designed for foster carers who may be new to fostering and want to be Health and Safety compliant and enable safer placements within the home.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understanding what constitutes Health and Safety
  2. Awareness of relevant Health and Safety Legislation
  3. Know how to do Risk Assessments
  4. Understand the common hazards in the home
  5. Have a basic understanding of food safety
  6. Understand in relation to transport and vehicle issues
  7. Have methods for Reporting and Recording
    Health and Safety incidents

Is this course for me?

Recommended to be completed within first 2 years of approval.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

The course is for those with no prior knowledge of the conditions and is particularly relevant for those undertaking or considering Parent and Child Placements.

These two physical and cognitive disorders can have a devastating impact on children and families. During the course we will demystify these conditions and explore strategies to support the child.

Learning outcomes: 

  1. To understand the health and medical impacts of Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
  2. Understand the medical interventions after birth
  3. To identify the common signs of FASD and NAS
  4. Understand the effects of prenatal exposure to other drugs
  5. To consider the impact of FASD and NAS on health and social development for the child

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Drugs and alcohol can affect young people and influence their development, educational attainment, health and wellbeing. This course empowers attendees with knowledge about specific drugs and alcohol. This will assist them in their relationships with children in their care who may be experimenting with or regularly using drugs and / or alcohol. It will also give them the tools needed to support these young people more effectively.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Enhanced knowledge and understanding of drug culture
  2. Know the range of drugs and substances that can be misused
  3. To understand the effects of different drugs
  4. Understand the risks associated with drug misuse
  5. Develop an understanding of the reasons why people use substances
  6. Understand the psychosocial implications of drug use
  7. Be familiar with the current legislation around controlled substances
  8. Awareness of specialist treatment and support services

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Bespoke Options: this course can be combined with ‘Legal Highs’ training.

A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This is not necessarily physical contact and sexual abuse can happen online. Sometimes the child will not understand that what’s happening to them is actually abuse. They may not even understand that it’s wrong.

One in 20 children have experienced sexual abuse (NSPCC). Sexual abuse is under-reported and all foster carers need to develop an understanding of the needs of children and young people who have been sexually abused and how to deal with sexual abuse disclosures.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Recognise the signs and symptoms indicating that a child or young person may have been sexually abused
  2. Understand how sexual abuse impacts on development
  3. Understand typical sexual development for children and young people
  4. Respond to children and young people who tell or talk about sexual abuse
  5. Identify strategies for caring for a child or young person who has, or may have been, sexually abused
  6. Understand why some children display harmful sexual behaviour and how to deal with this
  7. Know how to respond to children who make a disclosure of sexual abuse

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Looked-after children and young people should expect to have the same opportunities as other children and young people, including being healthy and safe. They should be provided with the opportunities needed to help them move successfully to adulthood. The needs of looked-after children and young people vary, but are often complex, and can be met only by a range of services operating collaboratively across different settings.

This course provides an overview of the physical and emotional health and welfare needs of children who are in care and how carers can work towards meeting them.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand what health means and how the definition can differ from person to person and within different settings
  2. Understand the factors affecting health and wellbeing
  3. Explore own attitudes to health and wellbeing
  4. Understand how health outcomes for looked after children can be improved
  5. Understand the roles and responsibilities of carers in promoting healthy lifestyles for children in their care
  6. Understand the importance of resilience and how to help children in care develop and maintain it
  7. Identify and understand the importance of support strategies for the carer
  8. Appreciate the roles of key health professionals and how to contact them

Is this course for me?

Recommended to be completed within the first 2 years of approval.

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Supporting individuals who identify as Trans and understanding the complexities of gender identity can be confusing for professionals and carers. This course will explain and explore issues around gender, identity and sexual orientation and provide attendees with a thorough understanding of the needs of Trans clients.

The training also explores how to support young people with their gender identity, processes for transitioning and overcoming some of the barriers to acceptance and challenging Transphobia in communities.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. An awareness of gender, sexual identity and sexual orientation
  2. The ability to engage more effectively with transgender people and children / young people using appropriate language
  3. To have an increased understanding around Trans identities and to establish safe environments for everyone
  4. To be able to understand and tackle forms of bullying that relate to diverse gender expressions and sexual orientation
  5. Understanding of LGBT Health: Disease transmission and progression, mental & physical wellbeing
  6. Awareness of challenges around access to physical environment: schools, recreational facilities, health services, housing, etc.

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Exploring their sexual orientation or gender identity should be a positive experience for all young people, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans young people. It isn’t always easy for carers to know how best to support a young person as they embark on these discoveries. It is often not obvious how to make sure they have everything they need to develop and flourish at school.

This course empowers foster carers with a greater understanding and acceptance of young people in their care who may identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. We aim to support carers to become aware of their own possible prejudices and thereby increasing their efforts in proficient care.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Identify national trends in LGBT
  2. Be able to provide support for LGBT children and young people
  3. Know good practice for working with LGBT young people
  4. Understand the impact of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic language and bullying on an LGBT young person’s wellbeing
  5. Challenging stereotypes and myths about LGBT people
  6. Know how best to support young people ‘coming out’

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Harrowing experiences of war and conflict, the challenges of settling into a new environment and the inability to communicate in English makes young refugees and asylum seekers one of the most vulnerable groups of children and young people in care.

This training will ensure staff and foster carers have the tools needed to give these vulnerable children and young people the best possible life chances.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. An in depth understanding of the experience of being an unaccompanied asylum seeking or refugee child
  2. Awareness of the UK asylum seeking process and legal framework
  3. Understanding of the needs of asylum seeking and refugee children
  4. Know how to meet the needs of unaccompanied asylum seeking and refugee children more effectively
  5. Clarity around your own values and beliefs about this client group

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Bereavement and loss are experiences, which may affect all parts of our being – emotional, physical, spiritual and social. Approximately 180,000 children under the age of 16 years lose a parent and approximately 12,000 children die in the UK each year.

How children deal with loss is an acknowledged factor in their mental wellbeing in later life. Education, health and social care professionals need a framework to develop strategies for dealing with loss and grief which are integral to the day-to-day work they do with children and families.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. To develop practical strategies to help support children and young people who experience significant loss or bereavement in their lives
  2. Understand more about the responses to loss experienced by children, including bereavement, separation, divorce and illness
  3. Understand the ethnic, religious and cultural considerations in bereavement and loss
  4. Understand the role of rights and rituals
  5. Be able to apply a range of practical support systems to children and families dealing with loss
  6. Understand how to apply an effective approach to working with children and families where loss has occurred
  7. Identify the range of support available to bereaved children and families

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Loss transition and change are integral parts of being a looked after children. This course aims to help foster carers fully understand their impact on children, young people and families.

We will look at psychological theories and research to inform our understanding of the topic. We will consider the role that foster carers have in supporting children and young people to deal with the loss, transition and change they have experienced so far in life, as well as the changes still to come.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Give consideration to what loss, transition and change is and the psychological function it serves
  2. Understand what is meant by the term typical and atypical responses to loss, transition and change and how this may influence children and young people’s behaviour
  3. Explore the impact of loss, transition and change on children and families and develop strategies to support children and young people through this process

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This one-day course is for anyone working with young people but particularly those in targeted youth support, pupil referral units or those working with looked-after young people. Resilience and competency building are central to helping young people navigate adolescence in healthy ways.

Building on some previously published models of resilience work, this course looks at how to work with excluded, looked-after and targeted young people to nurture their resilience, maintain their sexual health and wellbeing and minimise their involvement in risk taking behaviours that are potentially damaging to themselves and others.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Ability to deliver high quality sexual health information and education that is in line with good practice guidelines
  2. Increased knowledge and understanding of sexual health issues affecting young people in terms of their social, psychological and physical health
  3. To know engaging ways of working with young people around sexual health, sexuality and relationships
  4. Equipped to support young people to recognise risks and dangers in terms of STI and STD’s
  5. Understand the potential risk factors contributing to youth domestic abuse

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This program aims to assist participants to understand how UK gang culture has developed and how a young person’s sense of self-identity can be related to gang culture. We will discuss why children and young people may join a gang or even start up their own, as they look for friends who will protect them. The course explores how gangs are presented as easy access to money, friendship and a glamorous lifestyle. We then examine the reality of how gang culture impacts on the individual and wider society.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand gang and group offending
  2. Understand how groups behave in a more risky fashion than individuals
  3. Understand how a sense of self-identity develops over time
  4. Examine how self-identity can be shaped and defined by gang members
  5. Know how to spot if the young person may be drawn into a gang
  6. Interventions with gang members and group offenders

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course draws upon the most up to date research to explore the rapidly changing drugs trends in the UK. In particular, the training will examine the increased use of new psychoactive substances (aka “legal highs”) such as Ethylphenidate, AMT and synthetic cannabinoids such as ‘Spice’.

The course will examine the increasingly important role that the Internet is playing in relation to the supply of drugs and the provision of harm reduction information via the drug forums.

Learning outcomes: 

  1. Understand how and why patterns of drug use are changing
  2. Understand the impact of new psychoactive substances (‘legal highs’)
  3. Know and understand the various problems associated with polydrug use
  4. Know what appropriate harm reduction advice to give to those using particular substances
  5. Know where to go for further help, information and advice

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Intervention Techniques

This course explores the importance of life story work for children separated from their family of origin. It can help them to make some sense of their past and their present in order to move into the future with confidence.

Life Story work involves gathering together facts about the child’s life in a creative way resulting in a reassuring record of who they are and where they come from. It is a key tool in promoting their sense of identity and self-worth.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Full understanding of the importance for life story work for looked after children
  2. Awareness of the emotional impact it has on the child, their carers and workers
  3. Able to employ a range of methods that can be used for life story work
  4. Be aware of the different feelings that life story work can invoke in children and young people
  5. Review some of the resources available to support life story work and know how to use or adapt them
  6. Have methods to develop a child’s understanding of what has happened to her/him in the past and to sensitively counter the misperceptions of her/his history

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate

This course can also be adapted to an advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Successful placements enable children and young people to cope in foster care and support their positive life chances. This course will empower carers to take a ‘strengths-based’ approach to supporting the children in their care. It acknowledges the challenges foster carers face when providing a secure base for foster children who may have backgrounds of abuse and neglect. Separation and loss often experienced through multiple placements, increases the likelihood of difficulties in placement.

Successful placements require the carers to utilise a model of parenting which uses four care giving dimensions consistent with attachment theory: promoting trust in availability, promoting reflective function, promoting self-esteem, and promoting autonomy. A fifth dimension, promoting family membership, is included as it reflects the need for children in long-term foster family care to experience the security that comes from a sense of identity and belonging.

Learning Outcomes:  

  1. Increased knowledge of the factors affecting a child’s ability to cope in foster care
  2. Clarity around what the carer is trying to achieve for children in their care
  3. Have ways to work with the child and significant others to improve their life chances
  4. To help children and young people understand their strengths and be able to build on these
  5. Understand how to build resilience
  6. Understand the five care giving dimensions

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

The role of a foster carer can be both extremely rewarding and at the same time extremely challenging. Being a male foster carer has, arguably, even more challenges.

Women are traditionally seen as the care-givers. Often, a man who devotes his life to caring for children is viewed with suspicion.

Every foster carer has unique skills, experiences and abilities that they bring to the fostering task, regardless of gender. However, a male foster carer will need to think carefully about the role he plays in caring for children, particularly those who have had a negative experience with men in the past.

Many young people entering the looked-after system have come from a single parent family with no consistent male role model, and many benefit enormously from the mentoring, care and nurturing that a male carer can provide. This course provides male carers with a perspective on their role in the care of looked after children.

Learning Outcomes:  

  1. Understand how the gender of carers is relevant, considering this from the viewpoint of the looked after child
  2. Determine what makes a positive male role model
  3. Understand the barriers to achieving a successful male caring role and how men might navigate through these challenges
  4. Know the key areas of influence that men have on children in care and how this is relevant for different age groups

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course will provide an understanding of the complex issues involved in preparing a looked after child for leaving care. We cover how to provide the practical skills that will assist with independence. We explore the challenges that this ‘transition to adulthood’ brings and look at how young people can be assisted to understand and develop resilience to deal with this life change.

At the end of the course, participants will be able to understand relevant legislation affecting care leavers and consider the key issues that arise during the preparation for leaving care.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Be familiar with the legislation and policy framework for young people leaving care
  2. Understand the role of personal advisors / support workers from the leaving care team
  3. Know how to contribute to the pathway planning process
  4. Understand the breadth of emotional and developmental issues for young people leaving care
  5. Be able to support the young person to develop strategies to build their independence
  6. Know practical tools and techniques to ensure that children are fully prepared for living independently

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course is ideal for those who work in a helping or supportive capacity and aims to enhance the practice of those working on a face-to-face basis. This course provides carers with a basic understanding of the counselling skills they may be using already and how to use counselling skills more effectively. It is designed for people who wish to develop an understanding of the principles and practice of counselling in relation to a range of family situations.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Full understanding of what counselling skills are and how they can be used
  2. Understand the key modalities and concepts in Counselling, e.g. core conditions, three stage model, etc.
  3. Understanding of the fundamentals of the counselling process
  4. Increased practical skills and tools that are relevant to your roles
  5. Confident in supporting others
  6. Self-awareness and the ability to enable change

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course can also be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

A secure base is at the heart of any successful caregiving environment and is an essential agency model of caregiving that is based on theories of attachment and resilience. This course offers the opportunity to make sense of the child’s needs, explore techniques for support and intervention and learn about the nature and characteristics of attachment disorders.

Learning Outcomes: 

1.   Understanding of the key principles of attachment and bonding critical for healthy development

2.   Understanding of how healthy attachment is facilitated

3.   Understanding of the various ways that neglect and abuse negatively influence attachment and explore the consequent challenging behaviours

4.   To have strategies to help children with attachment difficulties

5.  Be able to implement through the service the 5 dimensions of the Secure Base model.

6. Be aware of the recording procedures and mapping tool to evidence your work.

It is recommended that secure base is adopted as a service-wide provision, so enabling proficient monitoring and assessment but also it enhances your service framework to assist with:

  • The assessment of prospective foster carers and adopters.
  • Assessing the capacities of caregivers (birth parents, residential workers, foster, carers and adopters) to provide a secure base for children in their care.
  • Supporting caregivers to provide a secure base.

The model has been recommended in the Government White Paper, Care Matters (2007) as a basis for training foster carers and has subsequently been incorporated in the revised Skills to Foster preparation programme, produced by the Fostering Network.

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to an advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Therapeutic care is a placement where a child or young person has undergone significant neglect or trauma and would benefit greatly from therapeutic care. This type of care provides a child with a supportive foundation where they can build a trusting relationship with foster carers whilst they receive therapy to help them to overcome a traumatic experience or period in their lives.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Understand what constitutes therapeutic care
  2. How to establish a therapeutic relationship
  3. Understand the antecedents of negative behaviours in young people
  4. Acknowledging where the behaviours come from
  5. Know how to support choice and consequences for young people

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Parent and child placements are provided for parents and their children to give them the best opportunity of staying together in care. Most commonly, placements are for mother and their baby but it can also be for the father and also older children. Parent and child placements are often a preferred alternative to residential care.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Develop skills and knowledge for working with mother and baby placements
  2. Understanding of the different needs of the baby and parent in placement
  3. Clarity on the differences between caring for a foster baby and caring for a parent and baby placement
  4. Understanding the different requirement from Local Authorities depending on the needs of the parent and child
  5. Know how to record information on Parent and Child placements including completion of the assessment documentation
  6. How to identify risk in a Parent and Child Placement
  7. Know how to practice safeguarding in your home confidently
  8. Understand the importance of Placement Agreement Meetings

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate

This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course will enable workers to understand the processes of how a placement can break down. This awareness will enable workers to be more proficient at managing their own emotional state, as well as supporting the child more successfully.

We will also examine why the child may sabotage the placement, and how we can change our practice to a safe base model in order to re-engage with the child and stabilise the placement.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the common causes of placement breakdown
  2. Recognise the underlying triggers within both parties that can lead to a placement breaking down
  3. Identify the events and behaviours that can make placement breakdown more likely
  4. Identify actions that can be taken to minimise the chances of a placement breaking down
  5. Identify support needs and networks in the event of a placement breakdown

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course is designed to help foster carers manage the ever-increasing risk of young people going missing from home/care. To understand the indicators that may predispose a young person to abscond and the risks involved.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Be able to identify the reasons why a young person might run away
  2. Know the risks involved with running away
  3. Understand what steps to take when the young person returns
  4. Know how to manage young people that go missing
  5. Have methods for ‘safety planning’ with the young person

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This course aims to support carers and their families when dealing with issues around bullying. It will develop their awareness of how and why bullying happens and offer techniques to support both the victim and the perpetrator.

This course includes some information on cyber-bullying and bullying related to race or identity. It also covers an explanation of the school’s responsibilities in this area.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Able to recognise the signs of bullying
  2. Understand methods of bullying prevention
  3. Have strategies to deal with both the victims and perpetrators of bullying
  4. Know about the relevant laws in relation to racial and cyber bullying
  5. Understand school policy and practice in response to bullying
  6. Understand how bullying can happen via mobile phones, Internet & online social networks
  7. Understand the ways in which bullying can significantly affect the emotional welfare of children and young people
  8. Clarify the role of schools and other agencies with special reference to looked after children

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

The course is suitable for anyone working with young people. It covers the stereotypes, myths and reality of self-harm, drawing upon young people’s actual experiences. We also focus on strategies for assessing and managing the risks of self-harm. The course will also include practical strategies for building resilience.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. Understand what self-harm is and some of the myths around self-harm
  2. Explore what causes young people to self-harm
  3. Managing the impact of self-harm / harm minimisation techniques
  4. Useful interventions for working with young people who self-harm and promoting empowerment
  5. How to manage and assess the risk of self harm

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community and voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate

This course can also be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Mindful awareness exercises help children develop concentration and self-awareness. Mindfulness is a technique that can lead to structural changes in the brain that develop and enhance stress management qualities, especially:

  1. Kindness
  2. Patience
  3. Compassion
  4. Attunement to others
  5. Increases executive function
  6. Better impulse control
  7. Longer attention spans

It has been shown to be effective in the treatment of anxiety, stress and depression.

This course will help you develop the skills to offer Mindfulness techniques to children and young people and provide useful resources to support mindfulness practice.

Learning Outcomes: 

  1. To understand the core principles of mindfulness
  2. To know the five powerful tools to develop and strengthen psychological acceptance
  3. Have powerful strategies to rapidly reduce the impact of negative thoughts
  4. Have a sound understanding of mindfulness and how to use it therapeutically
  5. Be able to develop your own mindfulness techniques
  6. Be able to help clients connect with their core values and take committed action

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Education Related Courses

Some looked after children and young people may not make the educational progress expected of them as appropriate for their age and school key stage. This is where the therapeutic relationship that foster carers can offer comes into it’s own. This training is aimed specifically at supporting carers to facilitate effective learning.

In September 2014, the Children and Families Act 2014 came into force. A new SEND Code of Practice covers children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities from birth to age 25. This has particular relevance to looked after children in terms of responsibilities of care agencies and foster families.

Learning Outcomes

  1. To develop an understanding of the academic expectations at each Key Stage.
  2. To develop skills in supporting children and young people in homework and revision.
  3. To develop an understanding of the Local Authority’s duty under 22 (3A) of The Children’s Act 1989 as to promote the educational achievements of Looked after Children.
  4. To develop an understanding of the new system supporting Children and young people with SEN or Disability (SEND Code of Practice 0-25 years).
  5. To develop an understanding of Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) needs assessments.
  6. To develop an understanding of Personal Educational Plans (PEP) and using them to support personalized learning of the child.
  7. Supporting ‘Eligible children’ through education and training and encouraging further education or higher education.
  8. To develop an understanding of the use of Bursary.
  9. To develop skills in supporting children through exclusions, expulsions and appeals.
  10. To develop the skills to act as an advocate for children in placement.

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. This can affect literacy development, mathematics, memory, organisation and sequencing skills to varying degrees. Dyslexia can occur at any level of intellectual development. It is neurological in origin and is often seen to run in families.

Dyspraxia is a form of developmental coordination disorder (DCD). It is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and occurs across the range of intellectual abilities. Individuals may vary in how their difficulties present and these may change over time depending on environmental demands and life experiences.

Children with either condition may present with difficulties with self-care, writing, reading, IT skills, riding a bike as well as other educational and recreational activities.

Learning outcomes:

1. To understand the conditions within the Dyslexia spectrum known as Special Learning Disorders (SLD)

2. Be able to identify common signs and symptoms of each condition

3. Understand the potential impact of Dyslexia or Dyspraxia on child development

4. Know what the process is for a medical diagnosis and support for children

5. Have support strategies to assist children who are affected

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to an advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Bespoke options: this course can be combined with ADHD Course to create a 6-hour session

This training course is aimed at carers who look after children or young people that have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or are on the Autistic Spectrum. Participants will gain a better understanding of ADHD and Autism and the effect they have on children and young people. The course also teaches how to provide supportive care and includes key basic techniques for effective interventions.

Learning outcomes:

  1. Have a basic understanding of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Oppositional Defiance Disorder
  2. Understand the term ‘Autistic Spectrum Disorder (Condition)’
  3. Have the insight and skills necessary to deal with these behavioural difficulties and modify them at the earliest possible age
  4. Be able to employ management techniques to improve the behavioural difficulties of children and young people with Conduct Disorders
  5. Understand the challenges associated with the ASD and the triad of impairments
  6. Effectively understand the ASD perspective
  7. Be able to identify the triggers and behaviours
  8. Know how to “Think and speak autistic” (Lawson)

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

In September 2014 the Children and Families Act 2014 came into force. A new SEND Code of Practice covers children and young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities from birth to age 25. This has particular relevance to looked after children in terms of responsibilities of care agencies and foster families.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. To understand the Local Authority’s duty under 22 (3A) of The Children’s Act 1989 to promote the educational achievements of Looked after Children
  2. To understand the new system supporting Children and young people with SEN or Disability (SEND Code of Practice 0-25 years)
  3. To understand the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC) needs assessments
  4. Understand Personal Educational Plans (PEP) and be able to use them to support the child’s personalised learning
  5. Know the best ways to support ‘Eligible children’ through education and training, as well as encouraging further education or higher education
  6. To understand the of use of Bursaries

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Some looked after children and young people may not make the educational progress expected of them as appropriate for their age and school key stage.  The therapeutic relationship that foster carers have with the child can have a very positive effect in this area.

This training is aimed specifically at supporting carers to facilitate effective learning support within the home.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Understand the academic expectations at each Key Stage
  2. Have the skills to support children and young people with homework and revision
  3. Have strategies for supporting children through exclusions, expulsions and appeals
  4. Have the skills to act as an advocate for children in placement

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

Foster care Peer Support and Forum development Services Training

Actively engaging young people is essential to the sustainability of youth-focused service provision. This training and consultancy programme will focus on how to develop an engaging Youth Forum.

Our program aims to:

  • Provide young people with a voice
  • Create role models
  • Improve the opportunities available for young people
  • Provide positive publicity for the organisation
  • Ensure sustainability

All too often, decisions which affect young people are taken without giving them the opportunity to be involved in the decision making process. Through the program we will:

  1. Define the overall aims and objectives.
  2. Deliver the initial training to ensure that you are clear on the

purpose of the group.

  • Look more closely at some of the startup logistics i.e. budget management, frequency of meeting and most importantly, roles and responsibilities.
  • Recruit your young leaders with a clear selection criteria for new members.
  • Set up necessary routines and logistics to enable you to move forward towards achieving your overall objectives.

Our goal is to establish the process for providing young people in your service the opportunity to work together with their like-minded peers to form a Youth Forum across the service. This will give them a voice, provide them with a platform from which to represent their views and enhance their experience at all levels.

To discuss this service please email [email protected]

When given guidance and support from experienced peers in their service, young people are more likely to engage with all aspects of their placement and service provision and become capable young leaders.

Interpersonal Skills Courses

This one-day Coaching and Mentoring Course is for people wishing to develop their coaching or mentoring skills at any level of business.

This course aims to give participants a clear insight and understanding of the dynamics that happen between people when they work one-to-one. The temptation when coaching or mentoring someone is to provide solutions to problems or difficulties.

We will help you find ways to hand the issues back to the person and encourage them to find the solutions for themselves.

This course ensures that participants are able to:

  1. Provide highly effective coaching skills
  2. Have techniques to put into practice immediately
  3. Use listening and responding skills
  4. Motivate and guide
  5. Give effective feedback
  6. Deal with confidence issues
  7. Assist with professional and personal development
  8. Understand the difference between doing, telling and coaching
  9. Understand the value of patience

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate –  This course can be adapted to an advanced level for skilled practitioners.

To find out more please email [email protected]

This one-day communication skills course provides a powerful insight into the way communication works. It is a practical day, filled with exercises, games and discussion.

You will learn and practice ways to handle difficult or tricky situations. In addition, you’ll go away with real skills you can use immediately.

This course ensures that participants are able to:

  1. Understand how communication works
  2. Use active listening and responding skills
  3. See things from other points of view
  4. Manage your assumptions more effectively
  5. Understand your own strengths
  6. Understand how others may see you
  7. Understand body language
  8. Experience increased confidence
  9. Handle difficult people or situations

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This assertiveness training course is highly interactive, practical and yet supportive. It uses many different forms of learning to develop assertiveness skills and lift self-confidence to enable you to work more effectively. The aim is to feel better about saying no without having to change who we are.

This course ensures that participants are able to:

  1. Deal with their own feelings
  2. Set boundaries for others
  3. Present clear messages
  4. Close conversations
  5. Gain increased confidence
  6. Implement a set of tools straight away
  7. Handle difficult people and situations
  8. Practise the art of saying no
  9. Move awkward situations forward

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate This course can be adapted to advanced level for skilled practitioners.

This one-day presentation course looks at all the factors that affect how confidently a presentation is delivered. It offers simple, easy to practise tools to help you cope with nerves, get your message across memorably, structure your material for the best impact and present to audiences of any size.

It is fun and effective with plenty of opportunities to practice.

This course ensures that participants are able to:

  1. See what already works about them as a presenter?
  2. Explore how presentation works
  3. Develop a unique individual style
  4. Understand what happens in front of an audience
  5. Practice a whole range of techniques
  6. Have a collection of hints and tips for effective presentation
  7. Stretch their capacity to present
  8. Present with style, flair and presence
  9. Effectively use support materials
  10. Enliven a presentation
  11. Maintain confidence and handle nerves
  12. Cope well when feeling wrong-footed

Is this course for me?

This course is for foster carers, adopters and Supervising Social Workers. In addition, this course is for Residential Child Care Workers (RCCW) and residential team managers from mainstream, short-breaks and outreach services.

Also relevant for youth workers, education professionals and those in the community voluntary sectors.

Level: beginner / intermediate – This course can be adapted to an advanced level for skilled practitioners.

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