VIRTUAL TRAINING THAT BRINGS LIVED EXPERINCE TO LIFE

Training that shares real experiences from children’s services to challenge, enlighten and enable better relationships with young people.

We are experienced digital facilitators with personal and professional experience of children’s services

Our training shares real experiences of children’s services, drawing together professional practice and lived insights to highlight the challenges and opportunities of working effectively with young people and building relationships that enable them to thrive.

Our successful training is now online and CPD accredited in response to the challenges of Covid. Given the impact of back-to-back video calls, fatigue and the risks of isolation, it all the more important to offer an online learning environment that connects staff to the inspiration and challenge of the real experiences of young people. Our training provides opportunities to explore, reflect and deepen understanding of the issues affecting young people and the ways in which we can make a difference.

Our Virtual Training

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ONLINE TRAINING

All of our training is online to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic

100 DELEGATES

We can host up to 100 delegates per session

6 SESSIONS

We have 6 training sessions that can be facilitated individually or as a series

90 MINUTES

We facilitate each session for 90 minutes to make these easy to fit into busy schedules

Our Sessions

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Children in Need

Born to love and be loved.

This session helps practitioners understand the issues for young people before they come into care and how this impacts them

In this session we take an overview of the issues that affect children that may lead to them to come into the care system. We look at the child within the systems that affect them, including the family, school, community and wider society. We explore the impact of trauma and how this affects children and others and how attachment relationships are key to understanding what can go wrong and how children can be supported to recover and become resilient.

 

 

 

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Messages in Behaviour

What children are really telling us.

This session will help you recognise and respond to messages in children’s behaviour.

Our systems are often set up to ‘manage’ behaviour young people display, rather than helping us understand why they are behaving as they do and what their behaviour communicates. This type of approach leads to services having a knowledge gap and practitioners missing important messages within behaviour and the causes of it. The language we use becomes a barrier between adults and children. Terms like ‘complex’, ‘challenging’ or ‘risk taking’ to describe behaviour leave young people feeling misunderstood and unheard, practitioners worried and overwhelmed and services not responding to what young people need. This session helps practitioners understand messages in children’s behaviour so they can help children understand themselves.

 

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Entering Care

The real reasons children enter care.

This session explores the real-life experience of young people entering care.

When young people enter care, it can seem like the system takes a young person’s identity and gives them a new one, projecting them into a confusing world with new terminologies, leaving them with little understanding of what’s happening. Systems set up to safeguard children, can sometimes leave families in cycles of trauma and negative family dynamics. Services become overwhelmed with the increasing numbers of young people entering care and become more stretched. Children feel confused and lost in the system; parents are hurt and often frightened, whilst practitioners are under pressure to ensure all young people are safe. Families deserve to be supported, children need to make sense of what’s happening to them. This session helps us understand how best to support children under these challenging circumstances.

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The Impact of Recording

How recording causes stigma

This session explores the real-life experience of young people entering care.

We have all read information about children that only focuses on the negative things in their lives. We know this creates barriers for young people and is not helpful for the services they need. Care and education placements may reject children when they read this information, leaving social care under pressure to find adequate support for young people. Schools are frustrated, placements feel guilty they can’t help, social workers are overwhelmed, and all the while young people are unheard and misrepresented. Every child deserves to be represented authentically and to access the support they need and deserve. This session explores the impact of recording and how we can see children differently.

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Two Timetables

The demands of school and social care

This session helps you support children in care in school more effectively.

It is hard when schools don’t know their children in care. When there is a lack of communication between children’s social care and school, schools don’t get adequate information or support. When behaviour management is not attachment aware and trauma informed, we deal with the behaviour rather than seeing what it communicates and dealing with the true causes. If we don’t solve the issue for the child, it may simply be moved elsewhere to be dealt with later, if at all. When this happens, we see head teachers frustrated, teachers under pressure, increasing avoidable exclusions  and young people feeling rejected and unsupported. Every child deserves access to education and to learn in an environment that understands and supports them. This session explores how this aspiration can be a reality.

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Leaving Care

Why young people disappear.

This session shows you how young people can transition from care into independent and meaningful lives.

Leaving care is a cliff age. When young people reach a certain age or status, overnight their support can disappear, leaving them to navigate complex and tricky systems to gain support and access to crucial services, such as education and housing. All children are classed as ‘adults’ and will have left care by 18; many leave well before this. We see a huge number of young people from care becoming homeless, not in education, unemployed and having higher levels of mental health issues than their peers. These are the young people we know about; many young people just disappear. Leaders are frustrated at the lack of provision, practitioners worry, and young people are invisible. Young people deserve to lead successful independent lives with relationships that last a lifetime; we can make a difference.

HOW WE PROVIDE VIRTUAL KEYNOTES

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We create an ‘event registration’ page

This is an online page that outlines the training you’ve booked and enables people to register.

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We provide you with advertising materials

We give you a training brochure, an event poster, email copy to send to staff, and we can even make you posts for social media. All of this is co-branded with your logo.

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We host online

We host your training online. We have multiple platforms we can host on including Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Meets , ensuring we have the right platform that works in your service.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Practitioners deserve to receive training that gives them the right skills to support children in care

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