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Working with Children, Young Poeple and Families

Practitioners/organisations working with children young people & families


Child Poverty Act 2010 and the responsibility of all practitioners and local authority staff

Under the Child Poverty Act 2010 there is now a duty on the local authority and partners to carry out a child poverty needs assessment and prepare a joint local child poverty strategy, consulting on the strategy with relevant people including children, young people and parents.

Course content

  • Defining child poverty.
  • The impact of child poverty. ( Child development including educational attainment, aspirations, NEET, etc)
  • Important research into child poverty (including Independent Review on Poverty and Life Chances, conducted by Frank Field; Leon Feinstein graphs on educational attainment etc)
  • The key information from the Local authority Child Poverty Needs Assessment
  • Key principles and priorities from the LA Child Poverty Strategy.
  • The ‘at risk’ groups and areas in the defined LA.

All participants attending training should leave the session:

  • Having explored their role in addressing child poverty
  • With ideas for how they can implement their improved knowledge
  • For front line staff: able to assess issues of poverty within families, plan methods for addressing these, and
  • For strategic staff: produce a framework against which they can assess their service development to ‘poverty proof’ their area of work.

Effective Communication and Engagement with Children, Young People and their Families and Carers

Training will focus on the following:

Principled practice; The boundaries of confidentiality; Principles for effective engagement; Models of engagement; Questioning skills (including working with younger children); Solution focussed working; The importance of empathy; Conflict resolution;

An introduction to child and young person development

An introduction to child development; Theories underpinning development;

Developmental milestones; Attachment Theory; Introducing Intelligence; Introducing Motivation; Introducing Behaviour; Wheel of Change

Working with children & young people undergoing transitions

What are transitions; Reflecting on successful transitions; Responding to transitions, the impact of transitions on emotions and behaviour; skills needed to deal with transitions,

risk factors within transitions; emotional resilience - building resilience; transitions for children with learning difficulties or disabilities

Effective Multi agency working

Models of multi-agency working; Factors which help effective multi-agency working;

Skills required to build and sustain relationships with other agencies; Organisational culture,

barriers to successful multi-agency working; Networking; Integrated working.

National and local information; Team working; Managing difficult relationships and conflict.