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Listen to me! Noticing and responding to children in need

28.06.19 9:30 am
28.06.19 1:00 pm


Children in Wales

*: £50.00 – £85.00

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A half day course

This short course will focus on supporting practitioners to recognise when children may be trying to tell them about what is happening in their lives.  Using a rights based approach we will focus on how to keep the child at the centre of any concerns and to ensure that their voices are heard and acted upon. The course will present research messages about some of the difficulties children have when making disclosures of abuse and neglect to adults around them. Through the use of interactive exercises practitioners will explore children’s disclosure a process rather than an event.  Delegates will consider the importance of ‘tuning in’ to children’s unspoken communication, paying careful attention to speech or behaviour that is worrying.

Learning Outcomes

  • To understand the ways that children may show or tell adults that they are at risk
  • To explore the barriers for children and adults
  • To explore possible responses by adults
  • To consider different types of questions that can be used with children and in what situations they may be effective
  • To practice recording skills
  • To clarify do’s and don’ts regarding record keeping and information sharing under GDPR and Data Protection 2018

The course is aimed at anyone working directly with children who wants to improve their response to children’s spoken and unspoken communication, and to feel more confident that they are acting in accordance with good practice.

About the trainer

Claire Sharp has worked with children and young people, in the voluntary and statutory sector, for over twenty years and currently works as Children in Wales’ Training Officer. Claire spent many years working in the field of domestic abuse, directly supporting children and young people in refuges and in the community, before moving on to manage Children’s Services at Welsh Women’s Aid. She has an ongoing interest in encouraging education and learning, in its broadest sense, having worked both as a primary teacher and in the supervision and assessment of student social workers in child and family teams.

Claire now trains practitioners from a variety of services, on a wide range of issues, including children’s rights and child protection. Claire has also delivered Early Support training, a programme aimed to improve recognition and support for disabled children and their families through a multi-agency approach with the child at the centre. Claire is a volunteer with UCAN Productions, a performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted children, young people and their friends, supporting the children to have opportunities to play and socialise and develop skills and confidence.

This course is also offered as in-house training, please contact training@childreninwales.org.uk for more information.

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