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Working with Parents

Are you interested in working with parents?

  • Looking to start a career in the field and make a real difference?
  • Working in a family support setting and want to improve your career prospects?
  • or
  • Offer intense support to parents who have multiple and complex needs?

If the answer is yes!

Why not gain the right qualifications or adding to your current ones at Northern College!

Course available:

City and Guilds Level 2 Award in Work with Parents [more info]

Are you looking to start a career in the field and make a real difference and get a recognisable qualification?

This course is a great way to increase your understanding, knowledge and skills in supporting parents.

You may have some experience through:
  • Being a parent yourself or caring for children and young people
  • Attending parenting courses and you are now a parenting mentor
  • Being a volunteer in a family support setting and working as part of a team
  • Relevant other experience

Interested?
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City and Guilds Level 3 Award in Work with Parents [more info]

Are you working with parents in a family support setting and want to improve your career prospects, make a real difference to parents and get a recognisable qualification?

The City and Guilds Work with Parents Level 3 Award is aimed at workers delivering frontline services to parents in Children’s Centres, family support settings or extended schools. It will offer you an opportunity to improve and enhance your existing skills, understanding and knowledge in an excellent learning environment whilst gaining a recognisable qualification that offers you progression in the field.

Interested?
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City and Guilds Level 4 Award in Work with Parents [more info]

Do you offer intense support to parents who have multiple and complex needs?

Have you considered adding to your current qualifications?

The Level 4 City and Guilds Work with Parents (Intense Support for Parents with Multiple and Complex Needs) course is aimed at key workers and managers delivering intense support to families with multiple and complex needs in all sectors. The qualification is developed to address the needs of practitioners and managers and focuses on the skills and knowledge required to provide sustained, intensive, whole family support in a multi-agency setting in order to promote positive outcomes for children and their parents.

Interested?
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Professional Development Days

We are pleased to announce a new development within the Working with Parents Programme area at Northern College.

A new set of courses have been designed to support you as a practitioner/manager and your organisation to enrich practice in key areas of work with children and families that have been identified in Serious Case Reviews as areas for improvement.

The courses are complementary or stand alone in order to give you options and opportunities in key areas of practice. The courses will support practitioners and help them feel more confident in their skills, knowledge and understanding and offer new insights into how to work effectively and safely in specific areas of practice. Practitioners working in all fields of work with children and families are welcome.

Professional Development Days (Learning Lessons from Serious Case Reviews) available:

Assessment, Analysis and Recording

This course is designed to improve practice in the area of assessment, analysis and recording. It examines the key issues highlighted in ‘New learning from serious case reviews: a two year report for 2009-2011’ (Marian Brandon et al).

During the day we will examine the following:

  • Critical factors in assessment and the tools that support us.
  • Analysis in assessment in order to ensure safe planning and improve outcomes.
  • Recording our assessment with clarity, conciseness and meaning to ensure critical factors in the family history are not lost in transit.

Interested?
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Attachment Matters - A transactional ecological perspective

This 2 day course is designed to improve practice in the area recognising attachment, a critical factor raised in serious case reviews and highlighted again in the Biennial Review by the Department of Education in ‘New learning from serious case reviews: a two year report for 2009-2011’ (Marian Brandon et al).

The days are designed to improve your professional understanding of the parent/child attachment by:

  • Identifying and recognising key indicators of attachment at developmental stages in a child’s life through a transactional ecological perspective.
  • Assessing the family and environmental factors in attachment cases and parental capacity to respond to the child’s needs and communicating concerns to the parent.
  • Communicating with the child – keeping the child at the centre.
  • Using professional judgement in assessment to ensure outcomes improve in the parent/child relationship.
  • Exploring the nature of disguised compliance in cases of neglect and the risk of ‘start again syndrome’ and the ‘rule of optimism’.

Interested?
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Recognising Neglect in Assessments

This 2 day course is designed to improve practice in the area recognising child neglect, a critical factor raised in serious case reviews and highlighted in the Biennial Review by the Department of Education in ‘New learning from serious case reviews: a two year report for 2009-2011’ (Marian Brandon et al).

The days are designed to improve your professional understanding of neglect by:

  • Identifying and recognising key indicators of neglect at development stages in a child’s life and the impact.
  • Assessing the family and environmental factors in neglect cases and the parental capacity to respond to the child’s needs and communicating concerns to the parent.
  • Communicating with the child – keeping the child at the centre.
  • Using professional judgement in assessment to ensure outcomes improve for the child.
  • Explore the nature of disguised compliance in cases of neglect and the risk of ‘start again syndrome’.

Interested?
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Effective Supervision

This 2 day course is designed to improve practice in the area of supervision, a critical factor raised in serious case reviews and highlighted again in the Biennial Review by the Department of Education in ‘New learning from serious case reviews: a two year report for 2009-2011’ (Marian Brandon et al).

The day is designed to improve your confidence in supervision and develop your skills in the process of supervising practitioners in child care.

  • Day 1: The aims of supervision, the four functions of supervision, the three types of supervision and the stages of supervision and the competence matrix. The ideal supervisor, value bases in supervision.
  • Day 2: The purpose of a supervision contract, Kolb’s learning styles in supervision, dealing with organisational anxiety in supervision, practising our skills in supervision.

Interested?
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The Voice of the Child

This course is designed to improve practice in the area of seeing, hearing, listening and recording the voice of the child/young person in assessment and planning. It examines the 5 key findings from the Ofsted Evaluation Report of Serious Case Reviews from 1st April to 30th September 2010 in which the 5 key findings from the Ofsted Report state that in too many cases:

  • The child was not seen frequently enough by the professionals involved, or was not asked about their views and feelings.
  • Agencies did not listen to adults who tried to speak on behalf of the child and who had important information to contribute.
  • Parents and carers prevented professionals from seeing and listening to the child.
  • Practitioners focused too much on the needs of the parents, especially on vulnerable parents, and overlooked the implications for the child.
  • Agencies did not interpret their findings well enough to protect the child.

Interested?
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