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Children in Wales has a programme of open training courses.


The courses are organised on a range of issues.  Registration for courses is on a first come first served basis and places are limited so early booking is advisable, and substantial discounts are available for Children in Wales members.  Some of our open training courses are now accredited.  A list of the current courses available are below.

ACE: Building Resilience in the Face of Adverse Childhood Experiences

16 June half day Online session 10am – 1pm

The 2015 report by Public Health Wales, the Welsh Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study states that “There is a growing body of evidence that our experiences during childhood can affect health throughout the life course. Children who experience stressful and poor quality childhoods are more likely to adopt health-harming behaviours during adolescence which can themselves lead to mental health illnesses and diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes later in life.

“Adverse Childhood Experiences are not just a concern for health. Experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences means individuals are more likely to perform poorly in school, more likely to be involved in crime and ultimately less likely to be a productive member of society”.

This course will examine Adverse Childhood Experiences, children’s rights and the concept of a good childhood, resilience and how to build resilience in children to cope with and mitigate the effects of Early Childhood Experiences.

The course is aimed at those working with children and young people in a professional setting and interested in building a knowledge and understanding of adverse childhood experiences.

Find out more and book your place here

Child Development

18 June a 3 hour virtual session 10am – 1pm

A sound knowledge of child development is essential for everyone working with children.  Having an underpinning knowledge about typical patterns of overall development helps practitioners identify where there are concerns that a child may be ‘off track’ and may need additional support to achieve progress across the different domains.  A good understanding of development can help keep children safe, promote their wellbeing, assist in assessment, and inform which interventions/support is most suited to their needs.

The course aimed at all practitioners including family support workers, , social workers, and carers working with children from 0 – 12 who want to increase their understanding of what to expect of children at certain stages of development and  how this can be supported through their role.

Find out more and book your place here

Supporting Young Carers: Who Cares for the Carers?

26 June  3 hour virtual session 10am – 1pm

Young Carers and young Adult Carers are a group of young people who are often overlooked and forgotten about by services.  With the implementation of the Social Services and Wellbeing Act 2014 and its emphasis on Assessment for Support for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers, they are now in a unique position to access support in their own right.  This course will explore the issues for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers, how you can support them and what are their needs when it comes to working with and advocating on their behalf.  The trainer has spent many years working with young carers and young adult carers, championing their rights and ensuring their voices are heard in decisions that affect them.

Who is the Training for
The training is aimed at those working with young people who may have a caring role:  Staff who are taking on responsibility for supporting young carers; Working with Young Adult Carers; Responsible for managing staff working with young carers; Responsible for Commissioning Young Carer Services.

Find out more and book your place here

Knife Crime

7 July a half day course 10am – 1pm

On a daily basis we hear news of young people and knife crime, not just in London but in Wales too.  Young people are becoming scared, being injured and sadly fatally wounded.  This half day course will examine the rise of knife crime, current trends, the law, what staff need to know and what messages they should be giving young people.  It will look at ways of supporting young people, when to refer and organisational action plans.

The course is aimed at front line staff who need a clearer understanding of how to support young people to avoid knife crime and how to keep them safe.

Find out more and book your place here




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