Children's Services Training

Open Courses

Core Skills for Practitioners & ASYEs (5 Days)

This Course is aimed at:

The programme suitable for Support workers, Social workers, ASYEs and Senior
Practitioners from Children’s Services including Early Help.

Course Outline:

The Core Skills for Practitioners course (formerly known as Back to Basics) is a 5 day
programme which takes delegates through the child’s journey from the early
identification of need through to statutory interventions – from Early Help to
Permanence. This course is ideal as part of an induction programme or as refresher
for experienced practitioners to ensure all staff are au fait with the relevant
processes and required quality standards for intervention.
This course is frequently used to support ASYE’s as it cross references with the
Knowledge and skills for child and family social work. Each delegate is given a
comprehensive folder of course content including a detailed case study showing a
completed chronology, assessment and analysis, hypothesis tree, three houses,
three islands, risk matrix and SMART plan.

Core Skills for Advanced Practitioners (2 Days)

The course is very practical and provides delegates with strategies and tools which
they can immediately implement to support them in becoming more effective in
their managerial role. It takes delegates through their managerial journey: from
managing the transition from Practitioner to Manager, managing themselves, their
teams and individuals within the teams and effectively managing a change

Day One:

The Transition from Practitioner to Advanced Social Worker.
• Managing the transition from practitioner to Advanced/Senior Practitioner.
• Analysis of the role and identified of Key Result Areas.
• How to provide constructive feedback – High Support – High challenge.
• How to challenge to ensure that intervention is of a high quality, remains child
centred and does not drift.
• Developing staff and the importance of supervision.
• Contingency planning, case direction and managerial oversight
• Creating a safe learning environment which enables staff to reflect upon any
worries /subconscious bias they may have and the possible impact of their
behaviour/concerns on themselves and their practice.

Day Two:

Developing skills for the role of Advanced Social Worker.
• Coaching frameworks to support the continuous professional development of
• Identifying staff stuck in patterns of behaviour using Kolb’s learning cycle and
strategies to move them on
• Reflective practice with a focus upon the needs of the child
• Reflective supervision 


Core Skills for Managers & Aspiring Managers (5 Days)

The course is very practical and provides delegates with strategies and tools which
they can immediately implement to support them in becoming more effective in
their managerial role. It takes delegates through their managerial journey: from
managing the transition from Practitioner to Manager, managing themselves, their
teams and individuals within the teams and effectively managing a change

The course is delivered in 5 modules spanning 5 days:
Module 1: Managing the Transition from Practitioner to Manager
Module 2: Managing Self 
Module 3: Managing in Groups and Teams
Module 4: Managing Individuals 
Module 5: Managing Change/Service Development



Open Core Skills Sessions

We host Open Courses throughout the year to enable authorities and organisations to put staff through our training programmes without arranging an in-house session. These courses allow interaction between a number of different services to share experience and best practice and have become a staple part of staff training for local authorities.


Next Open Courses:

Core Skills for Practitioners via MS Teams (5 day programme), dates are:

  • 25th January 2021, 11th February, 25th Feb, 11th March, 25th March - FULLY BOOKED

  • 5th March, 17th March, 31st March, 14th April & 28th April - 9 places remaining

Core Skills for Managers via MS Teams (5 day programme, dates are:

  • 16th Feb, 2nd March, 16th March, 30th March & 13th April - 11 places remaining

If you would like to book any places or for more information get in touch.

NAAS Prep Course (1 Day)

The purpose of the NAAS preparatory course is to prepare staff for the NAAS, to get
staff comfortable with the simulation and examination process, giving them a better
chance to operate to their highest level and pass and to encourage staff to
recognise the social work theories they are using in every day practice.
We have actively designed this one-day course to be light and welcoming to ensure
delegates preparing to take the NAAS are comfortable and confident.

Course Structure:

• Introduction to NAAS
• Theory Teaching Sessions
• Knowledge Test Simulation
• Case Scenarios
• Written Assessments
• Feedback & Discussion


Advanced CSE Awareness course (1 Day)

Participants will examine:

• Consider what we mean by Child Sexual Exploitation and what we mean by
term trafficking
• Examine the prevalence of CSE, who the victims and the relevant legislation
• Learn about different models of child sexual exploitation, including online
• Identify the indicator and risk factors that create vulnerability and can lead
children and young people into sexual exploitation.
• Explore who the preparators are and the grooming process
• Learn how to spot the signs and indicators that a child may be being exploited
• Discuss the CSE hot stops
• Consider the impact of CSE on victims and parents and discuss why young
people don’t disclose abuse
• Examine the responsibilities of practitioners in responding to concerns about CSE
including social care, police, and other services
• Understand the referral procedures, CSE toolkits and CSE operational group.
• Explore the specialist organisations available for support and therapeutic



Advanced Domestic Abuse Awareness course (1 Day)

Participants will examine:

• What constitutes domestic abuse, the different forms of abuse including
Forced Marriage and Honour Based Abuse
• Consider the prevalence of domestic abuse, who the victims are, who the
perpetrators are and understand the specific legislation
• Discuss the components of domestic abuse including Duluth Model
• The impact of domestic abuse on the adult victim and how this may affect
parenting capacity.
• Why individuals stay in abusive relationships
• The impact, experiences, and effect on children of living with domestic abuse
• Assessing risks, strengths, and needs
• Examine how to respond to concerns and the role of police, social care and
independent domestic abuse advocates.
• Discuss the DASH risk assessment, Operation Enhance and MARAC
• Explore the specialist organisations available for support



Parental Mental Health (1 Day)

Participant will:

• Understand the nature and impact that different types of parental mental
health problems can have on children.
• Be aware of how this can impact on children's day-to-day lives.
• Have a more detailed knowledge of local and national guidance relating to
working with families affected by parental mental health problems.
• Understand their own and other agencies' roles in identifying, assessing and
protecting vulnerable children where parental mental health problems are a



Neglect Awareness course (1 Day)

Participants will examine:

• Understand what we mean by child neglect and different types of neglect
and which children are at greater risk
• Consider why neglect happens
• The long- and short-term impact of neglect on children on brain
development, mental and physical health and relationships
• Be able to recognise the common warning signs that indicate child neglect is
taking place including physical, behavioural and developmental indicators
• Understand how to respond appropriately to concerns about neglect and
when it becomes a child protection issues.
• Examine the Graded Care Profile tool to help in decisions
• Discuss the importance of early help and other resources.



Harmful sexual behaviour in children and young people Advanced course (1 Day)

Participant will:

• Understand what we mean by ‘sexuality’ and ‘sexualised behaviour’
• Analyses the difference between healthy, problematic and harmful
sexualised behaviour
• Look at and explore the sexual behaviour continuum
• Assess potential indicators of sexualised behaviour
• Define main components of sexual offences act 2003
• Analyses possible causes and influences on sexualised behaviour
• Understand the different pathways into sexualised behaviour
• Examine how sexually inappropriate behaviour is assessed using specialist
assessment tools and importance of specialist intervention services
• Consider how to support children who exhibit or are affected by sexualised
• Understand how to report concerns, referral procedures and sources of
external support and advice

Adolescent to Parent Violence (1 Day)

This course aim is to enable staff to gain an understanding of Adolescent to Parent
Violence (APVA). This course explains what APVA is, different types of behaviours
and the statistics, relevant laws and understand the Polices and Youth Offending
Teams response. The course also looks at the impact of domestic abuse may have
on children and risk factors. There is also information on how to support parents and
adolescent and the link between safeguarding and the importance of making
referrals to social care and working in partnership.

Course Objectives:

• To know what Adolescent to Parent Violence (APVA) is
• To know the research and statistics around APVA
• To understand the Police and Criminal Justice Response to APVA
• To be aware of the vulnerabilities
• To know the impact of domestic abuse and APVA on children
• To be aware of key risk factors and red flags
• To understand home interventions
• To understand support and safety planning
• To be aware of the national helplines and organisations



Reflective Supervision (1 Day)

Reflective supervision underpins good practice with children and families. This course
is suitable for all levels of management and advanced roles which have a
supervision role.

Course content:

1. What is reflective supervision
2. Models to support reflective practice
3. Recording supervision
4. Tools for reflective supervision
5. Analysis and critical thinking
6. Emotional resilience


All our courses can be tailored to fit your authority and organisation’s culture and
policies. The above list of courses are our most commonly requested training
courses, if you require a course not listed please get in touch as we may have it in
our catalogue and we are able to write bespoke training.
Every session can be delivered venue-based or remote via Teams or Zoom.
To enquire about booking your courses or if you have any questions please feel free
to contact us on:

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Or call: 07797107857


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