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Code: SGC/19/315 Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees

Working with Asylum Seekers and Refugees:  A 5-part course for Foster Carers, Social Workers and Teachers.

These 5 sessions will be spread out throughout 2019 from March until November.  They are being faciliated by Nese Davidson-Birch & Alison Clarkson Webb From Tamarisk Training.

Do you come into contact with refugees and asylum seekers in your work context, and struggle to know how best to help?
Are you caring for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children and young people and want to follow best practice?
Are you confused by the rhetoric surrounding migraton and want to know some facts?
Are you concerned that your clients are getting lost in the maze of the UK asylum system?

This course may be what you are looking for.

About the Course:

We will start by exploring what it feels like to operate outside of your own culture, and to lose all that is familiar to you. From a positon of empathy we will then look at some fundamental ways in which cultures di?er from each other, which may give us insights into the behaviour of our clients. We will consider the bigger picture of global migraton to try to understand why refugees and asylum seekers might end up in South Gloucestershire, and what they may have experienced on their journeys. We will then zoom in to the details of the UK asylum system and how it works (or doesn’t work) both for adults and for children. We will map service provision for refugees in our area and how we can e?ectively signpost our clients. We will gather as a mult-disciplinary learning community to dialogue and learn together through a variety of simulations, games, discussions, case studies and other actvites on this highly interactive course.

About Us Tamarisk Training design and facilitate bespoke training events to promote intercultural awareness and understanding of issues facing asylum seekers and refugees. Nese Davidson-Birch and Alison Clarkson Webb have been running training together since 2016. Please find out more about us at Attendence is expected at each session, as the days will build on the previous one.

The sessions will run in the following order:

1. Culture Shock - 20th March
2. Hot and Cold Cultures - 22nd May
3. A Refugee's Journey - 10th July
4. The UK Asylum System - 18th September
5. Unaccompanied Children - 6th November

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 20 March 2019 09:30 - 13:00 Kingswood Civic Centre Map
2 22 May 2019 09:30 - 13:00 Kingswood Civic Centre Map
3 10 July 2019 09:30 - 13:00 Kingswood Civic Centre Map
4 18 September 2019 09:30 - 13:00 Kingswood Civic Centre Map
5 06 November 2019 09:30 - 13:00 Kingswood Civic Centre Map

Code: SGC/19/069 Total Respect (EVENT FULL)

Total Respect is a national training course, designed with the help of young people in care, about being in care. It aims to help adults understand the needs and experiences of children and young people in care, how we can listen to children and young people, act on their wishes and feelings, and what we need to do to make sure this is effective. Total Respect is unique in that care-experienced young people co-deliver the training. It is, therefore, an excellent opportunity for staff and counsellors to learn from young people themselves whilst developing their skills and knowledge to actively promote childrenðs rights and participation.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 29 July 2019 09:30 - 14:30 Kingswood Civic Centre Map
2 30 July 2019 09:30 - 14:30 Kingswood Civic Centre Map
3 18 September 2019 09:30 - 12:30 Kingswood Civic Centre Map

Code: SGC/19/731 Life Story Work (EVENT FULL)

This is a 3 hour workshop to explore direct work skills that can be used when working with young people.

The focus of these sessions will be to help children understand their life story and promote their identity and attachments.

The workshop will be facilitated by Rhian Phillips and Sophie Hitch who will use principles from Richard Rose’s Therapeutic Life Story Work Diploma.

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1 04 September 2019 09:30 - 12:30 Kingswood Civic Centre Map

Code: SGC/19/833 Bitse Size Learning - Lying and Stealing

This series of bite size learning sessions, is aimed at giving you further information on topics that you may or may not be familiar with. 

We have a range of subjects on offer as well as different speakers; including foster carers, social workers, GP’s, Clinical Psychologists, Specialist Mental Health Clinician, contributing to most of the sessions.
It is also very much a session for you to be able to ask questions, in order to better understand a topic, or have queries answered. 

Sessions will run from 10:00 to 12:30/13:00 , or 18:30 – 21:00 if this is an evening course.

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1 10 September 2019 18:30 - 21:00 Badminton Road G12 Map

Code: SGC/19/454 Understanding Self Harm (EVENT FULL)

In this 1 day training, aimed at all supporters and allies of people who self-harm, you will be provided with the opportunity to: - Understand what self-harm is, and consider why someone might use this strategy as a way of coping with their experiences. - Explore some myths and the impact of stigma for people who self-harm - Hear about what people who hurt themselves have said about self-harm, and what they have found helpful in professional and personal responses - Explore some of the shared challenges faced by supporters of people who self-harm from a wide variety of settings - Gain knowledge and information in order to build confidence when supporting someone who self-harms, including harm minimisation and safer self-harm approaches - Consider your own wellbeing and emotional health needs in a supportive environment. The standard charge for this course is £60. Please refer to our Course Charges on the Home page for information on discounts and exemptions

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 12 September 2019 09:30 - 14:30 Kingswood Civic Centre Map

Code: SGC/19/835 Virtual School Keeping in Touch Days with Foster Carers

The Virtual School value the time they spend with carers, and to enable this to be an even more successful partnership between school and home, would like to have more sessions available for meeting you during the course of the year. Each session will have a focus, but as ever, if there are topics we haven’t identified that you would find more helpful, please let Catherine Charlton know, by emailing:

Due to the responses to these sessions last year, there will be one more running this year.

Monday 27th January

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1 12 September 2019 18:30 - 20:30 Badminton Road G12 Map

Code: SGC/19/789 Getting on the right track with TSDS

The Training, Support and Development Standards are a mandatory national requirement for all Foster Carers, Family & Friends Carers and Short Break Carers.
They are induction standards and need to be completed at the start of your caring career. To ensure that you are aware of the amount and type of evidence, skills and knowledge you need to prove, come along to one of these friendly informal workshops.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 25 September 2019 10:00 - 12:00 Kingswood Civic Centre Map

Code: SGC/19/790 Launch Pad Session 1: Dedicated Induction, Training and Support Group for Connected Carers including Special Guardians

What is it? This is a new dedicated Induction, Training and Support Group for Connected Carers, Including Special Guardians.

Why are we running it? We recognise that your situation is very different to that of main stream foster carers. The new role that you find yourself in now, is often not a pathway you may have planned on taking. Unlike foster carers, you are thrown in at the deep end without having had a course to prepare you for what lies ahead, and how ‘The System’ works. This course aims to do that as well as recognise the particular difficulties that you as ‘Kinship Carers’, whatever your role, face.

How will it run? There will be six sessions, each lasting approximately 2-2.5 hours, which will take place over the course of a year. It is hoped that you will attend all six, but as new carers arrive, they can join the programme at any stage.

The sessions will be led in the main by Social workers from our team. There will be light refreshment of tea and coffee provided at each session, but it would be rather nice if we could take it in turns to bring and share some food. The first session will be catered for, but we will discuss how this works for future sessions at the end of our first meeting. What will we cover? The programme will cost of the following topics: Working with the Department Transition of your role: delegated authority, divided loyalty, duties and responsibilities Attachment and Trauma Planning Contact ( Planning on Keeping in Touch) Connected Carers/Special Guardians sharing their experience: managing family dynamics, contact Safer Caring

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1 26 September 2019 10:00 - 12:30 Poole Court Map


When faced with the challenging behaviours of a traumatised child we can become amongst other things, irritable, anxious, hopeless and overwhelmed. The intensity of the stress can make us feel inadequate, manipulated, exhausted and depressed. Gill Tree, founder of Adoption Academy is a master practitioner in NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) and provided stress management training for 22 years. She also founded and owned for 22 years, the UK’s largest school of massage. She was a respite foster carer for 2 years prior to adoption in 2011 and is now focusing on therapeutic touch and resilience programmes for adoptive parents and foster carers. Gill is a member of the International Stress Management Association. Writer for Adoption Today and Adoption UK Trainer

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1 02 October 2019 09:30 - 16:30 The Batch Community Centre Map

Code: SGC/19/975 Understanding your role in supporting children and families with Early Help

This ½ day training course is organised by South Gloucestershire’s Early Help Partnership Support Team and is targeted at professionals working directly with children and families. Recognising when families need early support is everyone’s responsibility and this multi-agency course aims to give professionals the opportunity to understand more about Early Help and how early intervention can help to improve outcomes for children and their families. This course will also cover basic information about the Early Help/ SAFeh assessment and the processes and procedures for making a referral to South Gloucestershire’s Children’s Services.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 03 October 2019 13:30 - 16:30 Kingswood Civic Centre Map