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Code: SGC/24/0176 Advanced Child Protection Update

Please click here to view and download the course handouts

The course resources are available for digital download and storage and for use and reference during or after the event, whichever you prefer.

Also, please be aware that some of the resources contain sensitive content, that you may find upsetting. This training aims to educate and raise awareness, but it can evoke emotional responses, particularly for individuals with personal connections to child or adult bereavements, or the incidents themselves.

If you find the content overwhelming, we encourage you to prioritise your well-being. Take breaks, reflect on your boundaries, and seek support from trusted individuals or professionals as needed. For assistance during or after the training, please reach out to the trainer or your line manager in the first instance, contact Interchange the staff counselling service, or you can also access Thrive.

We are committed to creating an inclusive learning environment and promoting empathy and respect for all.

This course is delivered on behalf of the South Gloucestershire Safeguarding Children's Partnership.

Participants should be only those who have already completed the Introduction to Child Protection and Advanced-level of Child Protection training within statutory or setting-related timescales, and who now need to maintain this level of training.

Participants will be expected to have a good working knowledge of safeguarding with experience of statutory and local child protection responsibilities and procedures.

Effective child protection depends not only on reliable and accepted procedures for all staff involved with children, but also on their skills, knowledge and judgment and the ability to work together co-operatively.

Staff with lead roles in child protection require specialised training in order to carry out their work with abused children and families.

The learning outcomes for this training are designed to ensure that all participants receive updates in the latest child protection legislation, statutory guidance, local policies, procedures and professional requirements.

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Meeting ID: 838 2615 6671
Passcode: 870094

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1 13 July 2024 09:30 - 12:30 Webinar: Zoom Map

Code: SGC/24/0103 Signs of Safety 2 Day Introduction

This training is for people who will be using the Signs of Safety approach in their day-to-day work with children, young people and their families or carers. It is also relevant for people who will be supervising others who are using the approach. The two day Signs of Safety Introduction training is provided by accredited external trainers and places are limited. Key Integrated Children's Services staff to attend are those who chair key meetings and who undertake statutory assessments gathering information from other agencies and where the outcome has a considerable impact on the life of a child/family.
Course Duration: Two days
Course Aims: This training provides practitioners and managers with the skills and knowledge to be able to start to use the Signs of Safety approach in their practice.

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1 15 July 2024 09:30 - 16:30 Kingswood Civic Centre Map
2 16 July 2024 09:30 - 16:30 Kingswood Civic Centre Map

Code: SGC/24/0505 WAYPOINT Drop-in: Mainstream and short break foster carers

The WAYPOINT (Working Alongside Young People & Others In Networks Therapeutically) Team is part of the Fostering Service. WAYPOINT provide therapeutically informed support to children, families, foster carers, and professional networks. This support is additional to the support provided by your supervising social worker and children’s social workers.

The monthly WAYPOINT Drop-in sessions are facilitated by Dan Charnock, WAYPOINT Senior Social Worker and are open to all mainstream foster carers. The aim of the WAYPOINT Drop in is to provide a reflective and open space for foster carers to come along and discuss issues or concerns you may be facing. While each session includes a space to reflect on challenges, there is also a significant focus on sharing strategies and thinking about therapeutic approaches to difficult situations and celebrating successes.

You don’t have to be going through a difficult time to attend – peer support, learning and reflection is always valuable, and there is no pressure for anyone to share within the sessions. Topics for each session tend to arise on the day, ensuring the focus is relevant to the content brought to the drop in. However, there is also the option to agree a topic for a future session to enable a more in-depth focus. Discussion often includes topics such as attachment, trauma, and use of therapeutic approaches such as PACE and NVR, and ideas come not only from Dan but from within the group.

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1 15 July 2024 09:30 - 11:30 The Armadillo Youth Venue Map

Code: SGC/24/0440 Supporting Fostered Children's Mental Health Event

During this interactive workshop. We will think about what is mental health, what impacts mental health and how to support children and young people with their mental health. This will and spotting signs of declining wellbeing, offering support and tools to support resilience and self-care. Representatives from local services that support children and young people’s mental health such as Kooth, Off the Record and NHS talking therapies will be available after the supplied lunch to answer questions about their services and how they can support.

Light lunch will be provided

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1 16 July 2024 10:00 - 14:00 Grimsbury Farm Map

Code: SGC/24/0281 Conversations with Carers

Please note: By booking onto this course, you are consenting to your contact details being passed onto the trainer. This is so they can send the invitation to you.

ESSENTIAL pre-course reading/tasks are attached.

Please join the meeting prior to the 9.30 start, so you have time to check that the technology is working.

The session will explore the crucial role that carers play as a key partner of Adult Social Care.

“The vast majority of care in the UK is provided by family and friends, who make up the UK’s carer population. Social services and the NHS rely on carers’ willingness and ability to provide care and without it they would collapse.” (Facts about Carers. Carers UK. August 2019)

We will look at key data about carers, including in relation to some of the challenges that are commonly faced. You will also benefit from the opportunity to reflect on your own experiences, personal and professional, of caring and carers, and to learn from the lived experiences of carers including a guest speaker from South Gloucestershire. The Carers’ Support Centre will share their expertise in relation to working with and supporting carers over many years. Alongside colleagues, you will explore how to apply 3Cs, strengths-based approaches and legal literacy in your engagement with carers in line with South Gloucestershire Council ‘Carer Practitioner Guidance’. A key theme throughout the day will be recognising the positive impact that you, as a practitioner, can have in promoting the rights and wellbeing of carers and as a result, the wellbeing of adult(s) they care for.

COST:  £103.50

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1 17 July 2024 09:30 - 16:30 Webinar: Microsoft Teams Map

Code: SGC/24/0188 Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Mod 1: Professional


Please check that you can access Zoom prior to the event. Licences can take up to an hour after being requested, zoom can be accessed via the web browser if you have not been able to request your license in time.

If you work with Children please book onto the Children's Services version of this course

Please note you have to do this training programme in order.

SGC staff only:
Additional learning resources here: Mental Capacity and Deprivation of Liberty (Sway resource)
Request to shadow a MCA assessment here: Peer Shadowing Network Yammer Group

South Gloucestershire Council has launched a new interactive training programme that gives Health and Social Care Workers the skills, knowledge, confidence and practice to apply and comply with the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The programme is made up of interactive learning workshops. The new skills and knowledge gained from the workshops are then applied in the workplace.
The programme is designed for Care Provider managers, Social Worker and Occupational Therapy staff and managers, nurses and all other professionals working in health and social care.

The standard charge for this course is £49. Please refer to our Course Charges on the Home page for information on discounts and exemptions.

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1 17 July 2024 09:30 - 12:30 Webinar: Zoom Map

Code: SGC/24/0231 Motivational Interviewing

This will be delivered via Zoom and hosted by Phil Harris (Training Exchange). You will be sent a Zoom invite nearer the time.

To access training being delivered by Zoom please complete this form. Once the form is filled out access should automatically be granted within an hour of completion.  ZOOM Access Form

Motivational interviewing is a leading approach to increase motivation and commitment to change. It was first developed in the alcohol field, but as they had identified that there was no specific addiction psychology, it has been developed in a wide range of areas including social work, offending, mental health and homelessness fields. It has proven particularly effective with stuck or entrenched clients from a wide range of backgrounds. This course maps the key factors that elicit change and demonstrates how Motivational Interviewing works alongside these forces. Drawing on both person centred and directive techniques, it offers practical skills to assist the workers to helps clients articulate and recognise the need for change. As such, it is an effective primer to increase engagement with clients who have not yet achieved a sufficient level of commitment and move them into action without confrontation.

Who is the Course For?: Motivational Interviewing is useful for a wide range of social issues. Its primary focus is on igniting motivation to change, and so it is helpful when clients are stuck in problems and not advancing in change. It is a useful skill in all change and recovery based services such as mental health, substance misuse, offending, social work, domestic violence, supported housing, young people’s services, family work and more besides.

Method of Delivery: The training programme comes with an extensive booklet for each participant. The training course is highly interactive, even during presentations. It uses a wide variety of learning approaches including presentations, pairs and small group work exercises and self-assessment. The course is also supported with free e-learning and further resources to re-cap, review and refresh learning.

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1 17 July 2024 09:30 - 16:00 Webinar: Zoom Map

Code: SGC/24/0519 Parent Assess

At the end of this 2-day course participants will be ParentAssess trained – this is the equivalent of being PAMS
trained and you will be able to complete specialist assessments for Family Proceedings.

Although ParentAssess was designed for parents with a learning disability, it has flexible application and can be used
for all parenting assessments including pre-births, parents with mental health issues and parents who have Autism.

The aim of the course is to:

•Introduce a new framework
•Develop an understanding of the issues relating to parents with a LD
• Learn about the problems facing these parents
•Develop skills in using the ParentAssess tools
•Develop skills in observation

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1 17 July 2024 09:30 - 16:30 Kingswood Civic Centre Map
2 18 July 2024 09:30 - 16:30 Kingswood Civic Centre Map

Code: SGC/24/0475 First Aid For Carers

CS1 .This course has been tailored to suit the needs of Foster Carers, Adopters and Family Link Carers who look after children on a 24 hour basis. This is a certificated course, so please ensure you can arrive on time and attend all of the course.


If you have any covid symptoms or have been asked to isolate, do not attend the course.

All participants attending this course will be required to bring a paper disposable 3 ply face mask - fabric masks / scarves will not be acceptable. Wearing a mask will be necessary when moving around the building and when doing practical elements of the training that require you to be working close together.

If you have any questions you would like to discuss with the trainer, Acorn are happy to take phone calls on 0117 958 2070 option 1, prior to the course.

Tea and coffee will be available, but food is not so it is advised to bring your lunch as food options are limited in the area where the venue is.

There is limited on-site parking.

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1 18 July 2024 09:30 - 16:30 Kingswood Civic Centre Map

Code: SGC/24/0118 Getting That Job

This training will help you to build the skills needed to perform well during the recruitment process.

We will cover limiting beliefs (negative thinking) – how to manage them so that you can achieve your goals, keeping a positive mindset, skills self-assessment to identify and apply your transferable skills and experiences, key points to help you create a great CV, application forms and expression of interest letters, and interview preparation.

The trainer will send any pre-course work directly to participants along with the course link (if virtual) via email.

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1 18 July 2024 13:30 - 16:30 Kingswood Civic Centre Map