A one-day course
The course is fun and involves engaging exercises.
The course will set out the theoretical and legislative framework for children and young people’s participation in Wales and involve techniques that can be used directly with children and young people. The majority of the course will explore the methods that can be used with children and young people on an individual and group bases to include them as widely as possible in decisions that affect their everyday lives. Participants will feel empowered to use practical tools to support children and young people’s participation.
The morning will concentrate on children under 10 years and the afternoon on young people up to 25 years.
The learning outcomes for this course are to:
About the Trainers
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.
Mike Mainwaring has worked with Children and Young People for over 20 years. Specialising in substance misuse, youth homelessness, participation and children’s rights. He is a qualified trainer and has trained children, young people and adults on substance misuse, LGBT issues, children’s rights, participation, dealing with difficult behaviour, safeguarding and child protection, Child Sexual Exploitation and boundaries. He has also developed and run youth led research projects. He has worked in various settings such as street drug projects, residential rehabilitation, outreach work, play, youth work, managed housing projects and run youth councils. He has an art background, working with young people in distress through the medium of art and exhibiting his own work about social issues. Mike has extensive experience of working with young people with mental health issues in various settings, such as drop-ins, residential rehabilitation, hostel accommodation and other youth settings.
Register your interest in attending
Places are limited, and you can submit your interest by filling out the booking form below. You will get confirmation via email if your request has been successful.