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An Introduction to Social Pedagogy

This free two day course aims to provide learners with the knowledge and skills and a basic introduction to social pedagogy and the use of the essential principles.

 You will:

  • Work with the whole child, head, heart, hands
  • Explore creative activities with children, building relationships, the common third

  • Explore the benefit of reflective practice

  • apply this to everyday living with children and participation

This course is open to anyone working with a Derbyshire child, parent or carer.

If you wish to book on this course, enter the course page, enrol on the course and then 'sign-up' to your chosen event.

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Asbestos Awareness

  • To develop delegates’ awareness of asbestos related issues. By the end of the training session delegates will be able to:

    • Understand the health risks associated with asbestos

    • Identify the different types of asbestos and their properties

    • Identify where asbestos is commonly found on productions

    • Understand the practical controls for asbestos safety

    • Know where to obtain further support, advice and guidance


      Internal/Outsourced: Internal


Asbestos Management Duty Holder

    • Asbestos Awareness

    • Dangers

    • Duty Holder Procedures

    • Health Risks

    • Management Procedures


      Internal/Outsourced: Internal


Participants should consider the personal and emotional nature of this training in relation to yourselves and your service users prior to enrolment.

  • Identify the feelings and effects of loss and bereavement on young people and gain strategies to help support them
  • Explore and demonstrate an understanding of the different types of loss that may be experienced

  • Consider the emotional and physical effects of grief and loss

  • Explore societal and personal attitudes and feelings to loss

  • Demonstrate an awareness of the enormity of loss experienced in the UK

  • Identify practical ways of helping young people cope with loss and grief

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the “grief process”


Caretaker Workshop

  • This course covers the following areas: 

    • COSHH

    • Appropriate use of Chemicals

    • Safe use of Rotary Machines

    • Cleaners and Caretakers Health and Safety Book

    • Reasons for Risk Assessments

    • Specifications

    • Procedures

    • Methods

    • Colour Coding

    • Caretaker duties

    • Electrical safety

    • Use of ladders

    • Use of tools

    • Supervision of staff

    • Snow code and Safeguarding briefing

      Internal/Outsourced: Internal



This course will enable staff to reflect on and develop their existing skills in engaging young people, in order to be more confident in supporting young drug and alcohol users to make changes. All participants will receive the CHANGE resource pack.


This guidance takes you through the change process step by step


Cleaner Workshop

    • COSHH

    • Appropriate use of Chemicals

    • Safe use of Rotary Machines

    • Cleaners and Caretakers Health and Safety Book

    • Reasons for Risk Assessments

    • Specifications

    • Procedures

    • Methods and Colour Coding


      Internal/Outsourced: Internal


 This course is for anyone who will be working at a Mass Community testing site.

To update knowledge and practice in relation to difference, diversity and equality

 To explore your own attitudes to difference and diversityTo identify the impact that being different may have on a child or young person in respect to achieving good outcomes

State what legislation exists to protect people from discrimination and identify the key implications of this

To be better prepared to understand  the needs of children, young people and families as individuals


This is a 1½ day course, run over consecutive days and attendance on both the first full day and the second morning half day is required.

 Aim and objectives:

To enable practitioners, through understanding the benefits of direct work, to recognise and respond to the lived experience of the child. By being able to:

  •  Define what “the lived experience of the child” means and its importance
  • Plan a piece of direct work, considering different tools and approaches

  • Evaluate a number of different techniques and resources for encouraging a child to express themselves

  • Understand how to exercise curiosity and judgement to keep a child’s wellbeing and safety to the fore

  • Explain the importance of good endings to direct work.

If you have completed ‘Direct work with Children’ or ‘Understanding the Lived Experience of the Child (Their Voices, Experience and Participation)’ please consider if you need to enrol on this course, as it is a combined version of the former two courses.


This module is suitable for any manager or employee at work.  The module helps managers and employees understand their roles and responsibilities, legal requirements, details of fire prevention, evacuation and also describes the different types of fires and fire-fighting equipment.


Floor Maintenance for Cleaners and Caretakers

  • This course covers:

    • Stripping and re-polishing vinyl and linoleum floors

    • Best practice for stripping and re sealing hardwood, Granwood and composite block floors.


      Internal/Outsourced: Internal



To increase participants knowledge, skills and confidence to enable them to deliver effective sex and relationships education to individual young people or small groups

  • Demonstrate practical skills, strategies and methods to use with young people to deliver effective SRE (sex and relationships education)
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of sexual orientation
  • Identify what we mean by friendships, relationships and intimacy and SRE (sex and relationships education)
  • Evaluate sexual health resources to use with young people
  • Identify the most common STI’s affecting young people


This training session will provide participants with the knowledge and skills to identify and support children affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. This course focuses on children who fall below the Safeguarding Threshold and underpins the Safeguarding – Substance Misuse, Working with Parents and Carers training that is available


To update confidence, skills and knowledge and have an understanding of the issues face by young LGBT children

 Learners will be able to :

  •  Demonstrate practical strategies and skills to combat homophobia and create a positive LGBT environment
  • Explain the effects of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia
  • Explore personal and professional attitudes to LGBT people
  • To have an understanding of biphobia
  • Explore how laws have altered over the years and the effect this has had on LGBT people


To increase the understanding of the importance of Life Story Work with children and young people in care

 To assist participants to use creative ways to complete life story work with children

  • To enable workers to be able to give a coherent and honest narrative of the child’s time in care and their birth history background

  • To gain confidence in answering difficult questions asked by young people

  • To understand the difference between life story work and a life story book

 Welcome to the Life Story Work training . If you are a Foster Carer or Residential worker this brief course looks at the importance of Life Story Work, what it is and the how when and who should do it..It explores creative tools to help you undertake Life Story Work with the children and young people you care for.The course will take around 55 minutes .

Manager Apprenticeship Briefing

The apprenticeship briefing is designed to inform managers, mentors and supervisors about the apprenticeship scheme and the roles and responsibilities. The briefing will be delivered using the manager handbook focusing on the apprenticeship contract of employment and the qualification.


To improve knowledge, skills and confidence of participants in delivering Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused skills to children and young people and families .

  • Introduce participants to Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused skills
  • Understand how Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused skills link to the stages of the Cycle of Change as a focus for implementing change
  • Identify strategies to anticipate and respond to potential difficulties
  • Provide participants with a tool kit of interventions to use in direct work with children, young people and families with a specific focus on Stronger Families Safer Children

 OTJ training test.

To increase participants confidence, knowledge and skills regarding effective record keeping.  To identify the key principles of effective documentation and record keeping in relation to your role

 Explain the importance of recording

  • Demonstrate an understanding of accurate recording
  • Explain the importance of record keeping for children and young people
  • Understand how record keeping supports work with children and young people
  • Demonstrate understanding of the legal framework for record keeping
  • Demonstrate awareness of local guidance, policies and procedures related to record keeping
  • Consider the differences between fact and opinion
  • Develop good practice in recording with reference to the principles of plain language
  • Reflect on current practice in recording skills


 Must have a Working knowledge of EHA/Single assessment and child plans.


• Practitioners will have a working understanding and ability to recognise and deal with neglect
• To be able to implement the use of the Graded Care Profile to inform decision making


Serious Case Review Conference

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