Care experienced children: understanding and supporting children and young people looked after and care leavers

Free Online Training 

12 July 2021
21 July 2021
05 August 2021
12 August 2021
08 September 2021
28 September 2021
9:30 - 15:30

A one-day course

This one-day free training course is aimed at practitioners working directly with care experienced children in a range of settings including family support, youth work, play work, teaching, outdoor and arts activities to have a greater understanding of their support needs.  The training will be informed by the experience and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic – which has of course impacted the experience of looked after and care experienced children significantly since March 2020. In particular, this will include consideration of resilience, the impact of trauma and consequent need for trauma informed approaches to be used in order to support individuals.  The training will explore the variety of living situations practitioners may come across,  the meaning of terminology used, and focus on what young people have said about their experience of being ‘in care’.


 The learning outcomes for this course are to:

•                    Gain a fuller understanding of the care system in Wales, and what professionals are likely to be involved

•                    Understand the legislative and policy framework aimed at improving outcomes for Children Looked After

•                    Explore the possible journeys into and out of care for a child looked after, including what happens at age 18

•                    Identify the range of living arrangements that a child looked after might be in

•                    Explain the impact of ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and trauma in the short and long term

•                    Identify the specific needs of young people in care and care leavers, and possible support available

•                    Consider the sensitivities of sharing information with others including social workers, foster carers and birth parents


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.

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