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 or training

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