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Connected Practice Model

Attachment Based Practice with Families, Part 1- infancy, early childhood and the school years

This course, forms the foundation level of a programme of training on 'Attachment Based Practice with Families'. Practitioners who have attended the previous Application of Attachment Theory course are eligible to book directly on to the second part of the programme: 'Attachment Based Practice with Families, Part 2 - Adolescence, Adulthood and the Family System'.

This Part 1 course focuses on infancy and early childhood, moving up to the school years. It introduces contemporary attachment theory, its links with child development, neurobiology and the emerging field of narrative medicine. The latter part of the training day is set aside for independent study.

Attachment theory is essential for understanding how human beings function in relationships and how people develop social and psychological difficulties. It is also fundamental for understanding what constitutes psychological wellbeing.

The focus of the training programme is to translate the theory into principles, tools and practical strategies for working with families. Exploration of relevant case examples enables participants to move from assessment to formulation to planning and intervention. The training is designed to increase the confidence of practitioners to act as change agents and to understand and relate to people in an attuned way. 

Important Information

Delegates will be asked to bring case materials to the later sessions. Course timings allow for the latter part of the training day following a teaching session (14.30 - 16.30) to be used for independent reading and reflection.

Important note: If the training is being delivered virtually, the trainer will contact participants in advance of the training to provide them with the Teams link for joining the course. Delegates' email addresses as provided will be given to the trainer for this purpose only. Delegates should ensure they use their work (not personal) email addresses on the booking form.

Who can attend this course?

Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers / Managers / Residential Childcare Practitioners / SEND Practitioners / Social Work Managers / Social Work Practitioners / Youth Workers

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book. 
Course code Venue Course dates Time
CWB532A-C Course full Virtual, Teams 22, 23, 24 April 2024 09:30 - 16:30
CWB533A-B East Sussex Training & Development Centre (St Mary's House), Eastbourne 20th & 21st June 2024 09:30 - 16:30
If the course is full and you want to join the wait list, please complete the booking form. This course closes for bookings 2 weeks before the course start date. Go to booking form

To cancel a course booking or change the name on a booking, please use the cancellation/replacement booking form.

Attachment Based Practice with Families, Part 2 - Adolescence, Adulthood and the Family system

This live interactive virtual course, delivered over five sessions, is a professional/advanced level of training on 'Attachment Based Practice with Families’, focusing on attachment-based practice with adolescents and adults. It replaces the previous 'Introduction to Attachment Based Practice with Adults' course. It is aimed at case-holding practitioners.

You must complete 'Attachment Based Practice with Families, Part 1- infancy, early childhood and the school years' or have completed the previous 'Application of Attachment Theory' course before attending this course.

Following Days 1 and 2 participants will undertake a piece of assessment work in preparation for Day 3.

Attachment theory is essential for understanding how human beings function in relationships and how people develop social and psychological difficulties. It is also fundamental for understanding what constitutes psychological wellbeing. The focus of the training programme is to translate the theory into principles, tools and practical strategies for working with families. Exploration of relevant case examples enables participants to move from assessment to formulation to planning and intervention.

The training is designed to increase the confidence of practitioners to act as change agents and to understand and relate to people in an attuned way. Time has been built into the sessions for reading and reflection alongside the teaching hours.

As with Part 1 of the course, sessions 1 to 3 of Part 2 focus on translating the theory into principles tools and practical strategies for understanding the functioning of adolescents and adults in families. It utilises chapters 1-8 of the course text, ‘Attachment-based Practice with Adults’ by Clark Baim and Tony Morrison. Sessions 4 and 5 focus on taking understanding of the difficulties and strengths of individual family members and developing an attachment informed understanding of family functioning.

Important note: The trainer will contact participants in advance of the training to provide them with the Teams link for joining the course. Delegates' email addresses as provided will be given to the trainer for this purpose only. Delegates should ensure they use their work (not personal) email addresses on the booking form.

Who can attend this course?

Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers / Managers / Residential Childcare Practitioners / SEND Practitioners / Social Work Managers / Social Work Practitioners

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Connected Practice Leadership Programme webinar: Alcohol and Drugs

An overview for managers of recent training to front line social work staff in relation to practice-focused interventions for parents with problematic substance use.

Delivered by Nikki Loats, Clinical Nurse Specialist, SWIFT Drug and Alcohol Team. This webinar is part of the Connected Practice Leadership Programme training offer. 

Important Information

We will be recording the webinar so that it can be posted on Single Source for others to view. We assume participant’s consent unless we hear otherwise.

The recording of the seminar will be available shortly afterwards on Single Source.

Who can attend this course?

Social Care and Early Help Managers

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Connected Practice Leadership Programme

This Connected Practice Leadership Programme is structured around six training days for managers which are interspersed with three 90 minute reflective practice groups to enable participants to embed their learning into practice. 

All participants in the programme will attend 3 group sessions. The practice group sessions will be delivered after workshop 2, workshop 4, and the final workshop 6.  This will allow participants to actively reflect on workplace issues and challenges in light of the learning on the training days. The sessions will provide a confidential and supportive learning environment where participants can support each other's development to gain different and deeper insights to bring about effective change.

As well as contributing to their own confidence and growth, the reflective practice sessions will focus specifically on enabling managers to enhance skills in reflective practice, asking open, challenging and probing questions as part of their own leadership style in developing others.

This programme will complement other training around Connected Practice, Tony Morrison's 4x4x4 model, trauma-Informed supervision and motivational interviewing, allowing managers to extend their learning in a similar style.

In addition, 2 x 1 hr one-to-one coaching sessions will be offered after Workshop 4 and at the end of the programme to explore how the programme is being embedded. 

Important Information

Delegates must have attended the Effective Supervision course or other 4x4x4 training. Delegates' email addresses as provided on booking will be given to the trainer for the purpose of conducting this training only.

Who can attend this course?

Social Care and Early Help Managers

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book. 
Course code Venue Course dates Time
CWB509A-I- Course Full Various, see below Various, see below Various, see below
If the course is full and you want to join the wait list, please complete the booking form. This course closes for bookings 2 weeks before the course start date. Go to booking form
Session/Workshop details
Session Session/Workshop Details Venue Dates/Times
A Workshop 1: Working with Personal Impact and Leadership Style The Relais Cooden Beach, Bexhill on Sea 14 November 2023 - 9.30 - 16.30
B Workshop 2: Developing Secure and Connected Teams   Virtual- Zoom 9 January 2024 - 9.30 - 16.30
C Reflective Group Session: Using Gillian Ruch Model of Reflective Practice Virtual- Zoom 30 January 2024 - 90 Mins The trainer will organise the timings with you 
D Workshop 3: Creating High Performing Teams Virtual - Zoom 27 February 2024 - 9.30 - 16.30
E Workshop 4: Working Ethically with Power and Good Authority Virtual - Zoom 26 March 2024 - 9.30 - 16.30
F Reflective Group Session: Using Partridge and Dugmore Bells That Ring Model Virtual  - Zoom 23 April 2024 - 90 mins The trainer will organise the timings with
G Workshop 5: Transforming Conflict Faraday House, Eastbourne 21 May 2024 - 9.30 - 16.30
H Workshop 6: Leading Change in Times of Uncertainty Faraday House, Eastbourne 11 June 2024 - 9.30 - 16.30
I Reflective Group Discussion: Using Reg Evans Action Learning Set Framework  Virtual - Zoom 28 June 2024 - 90 mins The trainer organise the timings with you once the course has started
This course also includes 2 individual coaching sessions that will happen in March/April and May/June. The exact dates and timing to be confirmed by the trainer nearer the time.

To cancel a course booking or change the name on a booking, please use the cancellation/replacement booking form.

Court Work Skills

This face to face course includes an overview of legal principles and procedure, relevant to working as a social worker in the family court. The course is led by barristers from 1 Crown Office Row who will share their top tips for social workers when called to give evidence in court.

There will be information about the different orders available to the court, and how the social worker’s written and oral evidence can best assist the court to make the right decision for the child.

The afternoon will focus on a mock trial of an application for an interim care order, and candidates will have an opportunity to role-play being cross-examined as the social worker giving evidence to the court. The training will be delivered in the Council Chamber at County Hall to simulate a courtroom as closely as possible.

Communicating effectively within this context is crucial and this course provides an opportunity to practice oral evidence giving in court in a safe and supportive environment.

Important Information

Participants will be sent materials to read before the training, including a mock trial bundle which may have similarities to real cases and therefore must be treated as confidential and not for public circulation.

Who can attend this course?

Social workers and other practitioners who may be called upon to give evidence in court

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book.  The courses below are primarily for newly qualified social workers. There are limited places available for other social workers and practitioners who may be called upon to give evidence in court, particularly those new to East Sussex.
Course code Venue Course dates Time
CWB517 County Hall, Lewes 22 April 2024 09:30 - 16:30
CWB518 County Hall, Lewes 23 April 2024 09:30 - 16:30
This course closes for bookings 2 weeks before the course start date. Go to booking form

To cancel a course booking or change the name on a booking, please use the cancellation/replacement booking form.

De-escalation and Diffusion: Working with difficult and dangerous behaviours

This training demonstrates issues and behaviours presented by adults who maybe difficult, dangerous and evasive (DDE) or present any combination of these three. The issues and behaviours of DDE people will be integrated throughout the training.

This course is aimed at practitioners in children’s services who are working with difficult, dangerous and evasive behaviours. It will provide delegates and their team with the skills, tools and resources to prepare for any of the situations.

The day of this course involves role play, this includes filming the delegates when they are put in a difficult, dangerous or evasive situation and how they respond to this situation, then after they reflect on their behaviour. This course is delivered by facilitators who will bring their first-hand experience and tailor the course to suit your learning needs.

Who can attend this course?

Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers/Newly Qualified Social Workers/Social Work Managers/Social Work Practitioners

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Effective Supervision – Developing supervisory skills and reflective practice

Please note that this replaces the previous Developing Effective Supervision course.

Effective Supervision is a two day course focussing on the development of supervisory skills for effective practice, with a particular focus on reflection as a key tool within the complex context of today’s social care.

The learning outcomes for the course are for participants to:

  • Explore what constitutes effective supervision, its research base, and its relationship to safe practice and positive outcomes for service users.
  • Understand the functions of supervision, and how different functions Consider the integrated (4 x 4 x 4) model of supervision and the impact of good supervision on the whole system and organisation.
  • Explore styles of supervision, the impact of authoritative supervision on outcomes, and the challenges of the use of authority in practice.
  • Consider the importance of relationships in supervision, and the parallels between supervisory practice and connected practice. To consider how past experience of supervision can impact on present relationships, and to consider how attachment styles can impact on supervisory dynamics.
  • Explore how our ‘Social Graces’ impact on the supervisory relationship, including race, ethnicity and neurodivergence. To recognise the impact of racism and discrimination, and the promotion of anti-oppressive practice in supervision.
  • Use the supervision agreement to support and review the effectiveness of supervision and the supervisory relationship. Use the supervision cycle, and understand how it can be used as a model to facilitate effective reflection, and analysis of practice.
  • Use a range of reflective tools to enhance thinking, professional judgement and risk assessment.
    Understand the importance of recording supervision.
  • Consider how emotions and psychological defences may impact on staff, critical thinking and decision making, and in particular to consider how anxiety can affect individual staff and organisational systems.

Who can attend this course?

New and inexperienced managers of frontline staff across social care and early help

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book. 
Course code Venue Course dates Time
CWB519AB- Course full East Sussex Training & Development Centre (St Mary's House), Eastbourne 9 & 10 May 2024 09:30 - 16:30
If the course is full and you want to join the wait list, please complete the booking form. This course closes for bookings 1 week before the course start date. Go to booking form

To cancel a course booking or change the name on a booking, please use the cancellation/replacement booking form.

Genogram Workshop for Family Keyworkers

This half day workshop will enable keyworkers to learn about Genograms and use them confidently when working with families with complex histories.

A genogram, if used well, is a helpful tool that can be used as part of the ‘Listen and Understand’ section of Early Help Planning. Use of genograms assists in developing greater insight into historic traumatic events and the impact these may be having on current relationships in families.

Families that have experienced complex trauma events may have significant difficulties creating and maintaining healthy relationships, both within and outside of the family home. By taking a whole family approach when working with children and young people, we endeavour to view the presenting problem within the context of the whole family system. This does not mean necessarily working with every family member, but rather taking account of the wider family system.

Who can attend this course?

Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers /SEND Practitioners

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book.  The courses below are primarily for newly qualified social workers. There are limited places available for other social workers and practitioners who may be called upon to give evidence in court, particularly those new to East Sussex.
Course code Venue Course dates Time
CWA569 East Sussex Training and Development Centre, Eastbourne 27 June 2024 09:30 - 16:30
This course closes for bookings 2 weeks before the course start date. Go to booking form

To cancel a course booking or change the name on a booking, please use the cancellation/replacement booking form.

Holding Difficult Conversations with Families - Workshop for Practitioners

These new format courses will support staff who work directly with families to be more confident and capable when holding difficult conversations. 

Participants will be introduced to a new set of practice principles that have been designed by East Sussex practitioners and consider how to integrate holding difficult conversations with families with Solution Focus and Motivational Interviewing techniques.

The training objectives for this course are for participants to:

  • Explore principles on holding difficult conversations with families.
  • Consider how to integrate holding difficult conversations with families with Solution Focus and Motivational Interviewing techniques.
  • Reflect on the “contract” between practitioners and service users, to include managing difference.
  • Explore communication skills – how are we when in conflict and ideas for maintaining a resilient, empathetic, clear approach?

Practice techniques for responding to difficult conversations to include:

  • Self-talk and “convenient beliefs” for keeping calm and focus on successful outcomes under stress
  • giving bad news using danger/worry statements
  • learn about mediation techniques such as speaking to people’s needs rather than their positions
    practice non-violent communication techniques for maintaining relationships in conflict.

Who can attend this course?

This multi agency training, can be accessed by any professional who works with children and families in East Sussex.

Additional information

All registered participants are required to watch this 16 minute introductory video from the trainer Phil Jones in advance of participating in this workshop.

Cost 

Virtual Course £50, ESCC staff, £0

Classroom Course £75, ESCC staff, £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Holding Difficult Conversations - Admin and Support Staff

This session will enable administrative and support staff who work directly with families to be more confident and capable when holding difficult conversations.

Participants will be introduced to a new set of practice principles that have been designed by East Sussex practitioners and consider how to integrate holding difficult conversations with families with Solution Focus and Motivational Interviewing techniques.                                                                                    

The training objectives for this course are for participants to:

  • Explore principles on holding difficult conversations with families.
  • Consider how to integrate holding difficult conversations with families with Solution Focus and Motivational Interviewing techniques.
  • Reflect on the “contract” between practitioners and service users, to include managing difference.
  • Explore communication skills – how are we when in conflict and ideas for maintaining a resilient, empathetic, clear approach

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Be aware of the physiological effects of difficult conversations
  • Understand what makes up effective communication is such a context
  • Recognise the role of listening in de escalating conflict
  • Be able to identify confirmatory bias and effects on some Council Customers
  • Be introduced to Non Violent Communication techniques
  • Have undertaken practice sessions in having difficult conversations, using relevant case study materials

Who can attend this course?

ESCC Admin and Support staff

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Motivational Interviewing Foundation

This course will give you a practical understanding of Motivational Interviewing (MI) skills and principles. When used, these tools aim to strengthen somebody’s motivation and confidence, to promote positive change within them and to help develop the skills to cope with life challenges. MI is a short term goal-oriented strengths-based approaches.

This course is a pre-requisite for the Motivational Interviewing Advanced Skills assessed and certificated course.

Who can attend this course?

Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers / Managers / Residential Childcare Practitioners / SEND Practitioners / Social Work Managers / Social Work Practitioners / Youth Workers. 

Additional Information

The trainer will contact participants in advance of the course as part of the application process and will provide joining instructions and links to the online platform, which is Zoom. Therefore, the email address provided on the booking form will be shared with the trainer for the purposes of conducting this training only.

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book. 
Course code Venue Course dates Time
CWB541A-D- Course full Virtual Zoom 25 & 26 June, 4 & 5 July 2024 09:30 – 12:30
If the course is full and you want to join the wait list, please complete the booking form. This course closes for bookings 1 week before the course start date. Go to booking form

To cancel a course booking or change the name on a booking, please use the cancellation/replacement booking form.

Motivational Interviewing Advanced Skills

This live interactive virtual Motivational Interviewing Advanced Skills assessed and certificated course, delivered over four days, is for practitioners who have completed the foundation course to expand and enhance their Motivational Interviewing skills. On successful completion of the course participants will be awarded a Certificate in Motivational Interviewing verified by the National Centre for Behaviour Change. The course is comprised of four half day sessions and a follow up mentoring session arranged directly with the trainer.

Participants must have completed the Foundation course which counts towards the certification, together with successful assessment and attendance at the follow up mentoring session.

Who can attend this course?

Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers / Managers / Residential Childcare Practitioners / SEND Practitioners / Social Work Managers / Social Work Practitioners / Youth Workers. Practitioners who have completed the foundation course to expand and enhance their Motivational Interviewing skills

Additional Information

The trainer will contact participants in advance of the course as part of the application process and will provide joining instructions and links to the online platform, which is Zoom. Therefore, the email address provided on the booking form will be shared with the trainer for the purposes of conducting this training only.

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Risk Assessment and Analysis

This live, interactive, virtual classroom training, delivered on Zoom, will support practitioners to undertake high quality, child centred assessments that are informed by evidence and focused on achieving best outcomes for children.

Delegates are also expected to attend an in-house half day follow up session to explore how they have applied the learning in practice. The half day follow up session is on the 25th January 2024.

Additional information

Participants must attend the Child Protection Basic Signs and Indicators course prior to attending this training.

It is expected that participants will work on what they have learned in their practice before the follow-up workshop, and they must bring examples of their current casework to that session.

Who can attend this course?

Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers / Newly Qualified Social Workers / Social Work Practitioners

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Understanding Adult Attachment within Supervision

This 2 day face to face training focuses on chapter 10 from 'Attachment Based Practice with Adults' by Clark Baim and Tony Morrison, which addresses attachment-based supervision. You will need to complete an exercise (audio record a supervision session and listen to it) between the two sessions.

Day 1:

  • Introduction to the DMM model of Attachment and Adaptation.
  • Refresher on the Morrison 4x4x4 model of supervision and introduction to how Kolb’s reflective learning cycle relates to the DMM.
  • Use of case studies to illustrate Type A, C and B supervision and exploration of its strengths and weaknesses.
  • Supervision History exercise reflecting on past and current experience of supervision as a supervisee and supervisor.

Homework task: Practice giving attachment based supervision, audio record 1 supervision session, listen to it and reflect on it ready for follow up session (using questions provided)

Day 2:

  • Paired exercise to reflect on learning from experience.
  • Use of case studies to practice skills in supervising a worker with tendencies towards Type A and Type C.

Who can attend this course?

Managers/Social Work Managers

Delegates must have already completed the Developing Effective Supervision course or other supervisor training covering the Morrison 4x4x4 model. Prior attendance on the attachment training (children and adults) is preferable but not mandatory.

Important Information

Delegates' email addresses will be provided to the trainer for access to their website prior to attending the training face to face. Delegates should ensure they use their work (not personal) email addresses on the booking form.

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Neurodiversity

Autism Awareness - Behaviour

This half day virtual course delivered through Microsoft Teams is aimed at Social Work and Early Help practitioners.

This virtual workshop is part of a themed learning programme focusing on practical support and guidance for interventions with Children and Young people with a diagnosis of Autism (or are on the pathway to a diagnosis).  This workshop is facilitated by the Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service (CLASS) and CLASS+ professionals and will include the opportunity for case discussion around identified session themes.

This course will be divided into two halves, the first half giving general information and practical support. The second half will be a chance for you to discuss case studies relating to the course topic shown in the course title.

Who can attend this course?

Social Workers and Early Help Practitioners

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Autism Awareness - Family

This live half day interactive virtual course delivered through Microsoft Teams is aimed at Social Work and Early Help practitioners.

This virtual workshop is part of a themed learning programme focusing on practical support and guidance for interventions with Children and Young people with a diagnosis of Autism (or are on the pathway to a diagnosis). This workshop is facilitated by the Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service (CLASS) and CLASS+ Professionals and will include the opportunity for case discussion around identified session themes.

This course will be divided into two halves, the first half giving general information and practical support; this part of the course will be the same across all three courses. The second half will be a chance for you to discuss cases that you, and other delegates, have submitted relating to the course topic shown in the course title.

Who can attend this course?

Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers / Social Work Managers / Social Work Practitioners

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Autism Awareness - Social Relationships

This half day virtual course delivered through Microsoft Teams is aimed at Social Work and Early Help practitioners.

This virtual workshop is part of a themed learning programme focusing on practical support and guidance for interventions with Children and Young people with a diagnosis of Autism (or are on the pathway to a diagnosis). This workshop is facilitated by the Communication, Learning and Autism Support Service (CLASS) and CLASS+ professionals and will include the opportunity for case discussion around identified session themes.

This course will be divided into two halves, the first half giving general information and practical support. The second half will be a chance for you to discuss case studies relating to the course topic shown in the course title.

General key aims are as follows:

  • To give staff practical support and guidance for interventions.
  • To provide an opportunity to explore cases around identified themes.

Who can attend this course?

Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers / Social Work Managers / Social Work Practitioners

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book. 
Course code Venue Course dates Time
CWA566 Virtual, MS teams 25 April 2024 13.00 - 15.00
This course closes for bookings 1 week before the course start date. Go to booking form

To cancel a course booking or change the name on a booking, please use the cancellation/replacement booking form.


Safeguarding & Child Protection

Spiritual and Ritual Abuse – Including accusations of Witchcraft

This course will enhance attendees learning and confidence to manage reports or disclosures relating to spiritual and ritualistic abuse.

Aims and Objectives:

  • Learn about different forms of abuse linked to spiritual and ritualistic abuse.
  • Learn about different cultures and beliefs across the world and here in the UK.
  • Learn about the history of witchcraft/possessions and abuse linked to it.
  • Relevant key legislation, government guidance and local policy.
  • Learn and understand why this abuse still happens, both abroad and here in the UK.
  • Key significant indicators unique only to this form of abuse.
  • Doubt Based Advocacy model developed by Jordan Alexander.
  • Recognising and then recording the abuse.
  • Communication techniques to use when in a situation of disclosure and how to react in order to safeguard those involved.
  • Managing and writing an effective report/referral of this form of abuse so it is taken seriously by statutory agencies.

Who can attend this course?

This multi agency training, ran by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership, can be accessed by any professional who works with children and families in East Sussex, whether on a regular basis or within a 'drop-in' environment.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book. 
Course code Venue Course dates Time
LSC830 - Course full Virtual Training, MS Teams 7 May 2024 09:30 - 13:00
This course is now full, please complete the booking form to be added to the waitlist.  Go to booking form

To cancel a course booking or change the name on a booking, please use the cancellation/replacement booking form.

Addressing Barriers to Safeguarding Children Effectively & Appropriately

This Teams event will provide practitioners with an awareness of Unconscious Bias/Stereotypes (how to address them within ourselves and challenge them).

  • The Adultification of Children and how this affects their journey, including their relationships with us
  • The adverse effect adultification and biases have on professionals working with the individual (and families of the children)
  • Understand challenges faced by Black, Asian and Minoritised Ethnic Communities
  • Intersectionality
  • Communication/Language & Terminology & Victim Blaming, recognising this within practices
  • Establishing anti-racist & anti-discriminatory practices and recognising the opposite in everyday practice.
  • Disruption toolkit
  • Victims Code
  • Contextual Safeguarding within Working Together.

Who can attend this course?

East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership training is for all professionals and volunteers who work with children or adults who have children or child care responsibilities. ESCC staff, Adults Social Care if they work with parents/adults who care for children, NHS staff who are part of the 0-19 service, ESCC Early Years, ESCC Schools, ES, CC Foster Carers, Public Sector Partners, Voluntary and Community Sector.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided / commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Child Protection – Basic Training: Signs and Indicators – Recognition and Response

This one day face to face course familiarises staff with the signs and indicators of child abuse and ensure they are confident about any action they should take.

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • An awareness of current legislation and guidance and how it relates to the safety and welfare of children and young people.
  • Gained an understanding of the context in which abuse may occur.
  • Knowledge of the various symptoms, indicators and risk factors associated with actual or potential abuse.
  • Considered how their role fits into the safeguarding process.
  • Explored what information is required to support an effective referral and how to present it.
    Gained insight into the process of multi-agency involvement in the safeguarding of children and young people.

You will need to have undertaken the Safeguarding Children e-learning before coming on this course. 

Who can attend this course?

Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers / Newly Qualified Social Workers / Residential Childcare Practitioners / SEND Practitioners / Social Work Practitioners / Youth Workers

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book. 
Course code Venue Course dates Time
CWB521 East Sussex Training & Development Centre (St Mary’s House), Eastbourne 16 May 2024 09:30 – 16:30
If the course is full and you want to join the wait list, please complete the booking form. This course closes for bookings 1 week before the course start date.  Go to booking form

To cancel a course booking or change the name on a booking, please use the cancellation/replacement booking form.

Child to Parent/Care Giver Abuse

The training focuses on domestic abuse, perpetrated by children and young people towards their parents/care givers. The training will explore ways in which to engage young people and their families, consider and use strategies, interventions, tools and resources available to practitioners in East Sussex when working with young people and their families who are experiencing violence and abuse from their children.

This course is appropriate for practitioners who wish to improve their knowledge base and practical skills when working with young people who commit abuse within their family relationships. It is not suitable for practitioners who are very experienced in these areas or who have already completed the two classroom courses relating to Young people and Abusive Relationships within the last 3 years.

Additional Information

Participants must complete the 3 domestic abuse eLearning modules prior to attending the course.

Domestic Abuse - Foundation Module 1: What is domestic abuse?

Domestic Abuse - Foundation Module 2: Impact and building resilience, and barriers to seeking support

Domestic Abuse - Foundation Module 3: Risk identification, assessment and management

It is also desirable that attendees have also completed the 2 day "Whole Family Approach to Domestic Abuse" training.

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Who can attend this course?

East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership training is for all professionals and volunteers who work with children or adults who have children or childcare responsibilities. ESCC staff, NHS staff who are part of the 0-19 service, ESCC Early Years, ESCC Schools, ES, CC Foster Carers, Public Sector Partners, Voluntary and Community Sector, ASC staff working in the Transition Service.

2 delegates per team/school/organistion, additional bookings will be added to the waitlist.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Child Protection in a Multi-Agency Context

This course is aimed at all newly qualified or inexperienced staff and front line professionals wishing to learn about the roles and responsibilities of the statutory agencies involved in child protection, from identifying concerns and understanding the thresholds for intervention.

This course does not cover 'signs and indicators' of abuse and there is an expectation that participants will know about this before attending this training.

Who can attend this course?

This multi agency training, ran by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership, can be accessed by any professional who works with children and families in East Sussex. 

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Contextual Safeguarding: Understanding, and responding to, young people’s experiences of significant harm beyond their families

This face to face classroom course, will enable participants to understand the meaning of Contextual Safeguarding and how we are responding to the issue within East Sussex. Participants will gain an understanding of the theory of contextual assessment and the links between children at risk of exploitation and how contextual approaches will support and enhance traditional safeguarding approaches.

Who can attend this course?

This multi agency training, ran by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership, can be accessed by any professional who works with children and families in East Sussex. This includes ASC staff who work in the Transition Service.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Direct Work with Children

This one-day practical course aims to develop practitioners' skills and confidence to engage and meaningfully communicate with children and young people, placing direct work at the heart of relationships from the very start. Participants will build a 'tool box' of resources to use with children and young people and ensure their participation in a range of practice situations. There will be an opportunity to apply learning to current practice and develop individual plans to embed learning in practice.

Learning Outcomes;

  • Consider how to establish and sustain facilitative relationships with children.
  • Understand the evidence base of what works in engaging and communicating with children.
  • Know what engagement and participation should aim to find out.
  • Identify different ways of gathering information from the child and make sense of it for assessment and planning.
  • Apply ways to develop children’s understanding of what is happening in their lives.
  • Develop a tool kit of direct work resources which can be used to work with children

Important Information

Participants need to bring with them

  • Small Pack of felt tips/crayons
  • Playmobil like family group
  • Small plastic animals
  • Small box of mixed buttons or fake jewels
  • Some organic objects like shells, bark and stones

Who can attend this course?

Social Care and Early Help Frontline Practitioners

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Fabricated Induced Illness, Identifying and Managing Safeguarding Concerns

This training course will enable participants to assess risk and to explore inter-agency responses to concerns regarding Fabricated Induced Illnesses, (historically known as Munchhausen Syndrome by Proxy).

The course will cover making and/or receiving referrals regarding child care and child protection issues in relation to Fabricated Induced Illness. Participants will learn about procedures when responding to Fabricated Induced Illnesses, the importance of early identification and detailed chronologies when Fabricated Induced Illness is suspected, and histories of Fabricated Induced Illness from the victim's perspective.

Who can attend this course?

All staff from Children"s Social Care, Education, Schools, Early Years, PVI (Private, Voluntary Independent), Health, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), Mental Health Teams and Youth Offending Teams, who are working with children and families or staff from Adult Social Care/Mental Health working with adults who have children.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

2 delegates per team/establishment, further bookings will be added to the waitlist.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Harmful Practices - Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Breast Ironing

Would you like to increase your knowledge and understanding of this complex area of Safeguarding? Do you feel confident in challenging certain practices whilst trying to remain sensitive and respectful to cultural and religious traditions?

This important multi-agency course is being presented by a very experienced external trainer, who has worked closely with local authorities and police forces to combat these behaviours and can bring personal knowledge to this training event. The sessions are spread over four hour time frame with time for breaks.

This course aims to increase the knowledge, awareness, and understanding of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Breast Ironing and to enable multi-agency practitioners to more confidently identify and safeguard those children at risk.

Who can attend this course?

This multi agency training, ran by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership, can be accessed by any professional who works with children and families in East Sussex.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

It is beneficial but not compulsory to have a basic understanding of FGM and breast ironing prior to attending.

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply, please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Harmful Practices - Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage

Would you like to increase your knowledge and understanding of this complex area of Safeguarding? Do you feel confident in challenging certain practices whilst trying to remain sensitive and respectful to cultural and religious traditions?

This important multi-agency course is being presented by a very experienced external trainer, who has worked closely with local authorities and police forces to combat these behaviours and can bring personal knowledge to this training event. The sessions are spread over four hour time frame with time for breaks.

This course will raise your awareness of Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage and the impact on victims/children. Topics covered will include identification, assessment and reporting processes to support professionals in their safeguarding role.

Who can attend this course?

This multi agency training, ran by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership, can be accessed by any professional who works with children and families in East Sussex.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Although not essential, it may be helpful to have a basic understanding of these topics prior to attending, please see suggested pre-course learning below:

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply, please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Harmful Sexual Behaviours: a multiagency briefing on the locally produced Sexual Behaviour Screening Resource and intervention programmes for children and young people. FREE COURSE

By the end of the briefing participants will:

  • Be aware of how to use the screening resource to assess sexualised behaviour to determine whether it is developmentally normal, inappropriate/problematic or abusive/violent (harmful).
  • Be familiar with the intervention programmes which can be used by any professional to work with children and/or young people who display inappropriate/problematic or abusive/violent sexual behaviour.
  • Be familiar with the protocol which schools must follow when inappropriate/problematic or abusive/violent sexual behaviour is identified and the role other professional(s) play within this.

Who can attend

This course is relevant for any professional who works directly with children and their families and/or those who have a lead role in Safeguarding and Child Protection, e.g., DSLs in schools and nurseries. All agencies and levels of staff can attend but this course is not relevant for Adult Social Care colleagues, unless they work within a Transition Service, with young people aged 16-18.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply, please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book. 
Course code Venue Course dates Time
LSC829 Virtual - MS Teams 24 April 2024 09:30 - 11:00
These courses close for bookings 1 week before the course start date. Go to booking form

To cancel a course booking or change the name on a booking, please use the cancellation/replacement booking form.

Identifying and meeting the needs of pupils with SEND in a mainstream school

This course will:

  • Provide an overview of the roles and responsibilities of all schools as set out the current SEND Code of Practice.
  • Look at the ways these roles and responsibilities are applied in East Sussex with reference to local guidance and SEND school -based services
  • Explore the implications for Looked After Children and partnership working with Social Care

Additional information

We may be recording the session for others to view. We assume participant’s consent unless we hear otherwise.

Who can attend this course?

ESCC Children’s Social Care staff

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Joint Investigation Training

The course will increase enable participants to develop a greater understanding of the social work and police roles and responsibilities in the Joint Investigation process.

If participants apply what they have learned from the course, they will be able to approach Joint Investigations with confidence; demonstrate communication skills in Joint Investigations; evaluate complex information collected during Joint Investigations & identify the Achieving Best Evidence (ABE) guidelines and apply appropriate criminal legislation to investigations.

Who can attend this course?

This course is for an invited audience of qualified Social Workers and Police Officers only.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Life Story Work: In Practice

It is well recognised that, when carried out sensitively and collaboratively, the Life Story process can be hugely beneficial for children and young people; helping them make sense of what is happening and what has happened before. It supports them to understand a narrative that is factual and calls out different perspectives which supports them to develop a more integrated sense of themselves and their identity.

Through a series of short seminar sessions, group discussions and practical activities, participants will be offered the opportunity to enhance their skills in helping children and young people understand their life experiences.

Important information

You will need to have undertaken the Life Story Work elearning before coming on this course. The first session of this course is delivered face to face and the second session virtually, you must attend both sessions to complete the course.

Who can attend this course?

Social workers, Early Help workers, Foster Carers

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book. 
Course code Venue Course dates Time
CWB538A-B East Sussex Training & Development Centre (St Mary's House), Eastbourne & Virtual Training, Zoom 10 June & 1 July 2024 09:30 - 16:30 & 09.30 - 12.30
This course closes for bookings 1 week before the course start date. Go to booking form

To cancel a course booking or change the name on a booking, please use the cancellation/replacement booking form.

Life Story Work: Expanding the Narrative

This Life Story Work training programme will be an online interactive forum to embed knowledge learned in the previous session into practice. It will allow participants to consider, in detail, how best to present difficult narratives, including those which may form part of a Life Story book to children and young people. Through the use of case studies, participants will work collaboratively to develop narratives relating to differing scenarios and developmental stages.

Important information

Participants must have attended the Life Story Work: In Practice course and completed the Life Story Work E-Learning on Learning Pool prior to attending this course.

Who can attend this course?

Social workers, Early Help workers, Foster Carers

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact -  Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Participating in the Child Protection Conference and Core Group Process

This face to face course will enable participants to explore effective inter-agency working in Child Protection Conferences and Core Groups.

By the end of the course, participants will understand how to:

  • explore the purpose and functions of Child Protection Conferences and Core Groups
  • understand their professional and statutory function in relation to preparation and attendance at such meetings
  • develop Child Protection plans
  • look at parental behaviour and professional practice.

Who can attend this course?

This multi agency training, ran by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership, can be accessed by any professional who works with children and families in East Sussex.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Personal Safety

This virtual course is aimed at staff lone working with vulnerable families, and is designed to raise awareness of the risks staff may face while lone working, providing tools to help minimise these risks. By the end of the course, delegates will have a greater understanding of potential risks and feel more confident in managing their personal safety and conflict situations.

Who can attend this course?

Social Work Managers and Social Work Practitioners, Early Help Practitioners

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Professional Curiosity and Professional Challenge within a Safeguarding Context

A multi-agency training session for safeguarding professionals to consider the approach to working with children, their families and other agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes in terms of well-being and safety. We will examine how to overcome barriers and identify techniques that can be employed to manage difficult situations that might arise in a safeguarding context.

Who can attend this course?

This multi agency training, ran by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership, can be accessed by any professional (paid or voluntary) who works with children and families in East Sussex, whether on a regular basis or within a 'drop-in' environment.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Safeguarding Children with Additional Needs - FREE Course

This course aims to challenge professional thinking, values and beliefs that exist around children and young people with special educational needs and Disability. The training will highlight specific risk factors and enable participants to understand the signs and  indicators associated with safeguarding children with additional needs.

Who can attend this course?

This multi agency training, ran by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership, can be accessed by any professional (paid or voluntary) who works with children and families in East Sussex, whether on a regular basis or within a 'drop-in' environment.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply, please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Safeguarding Under 1's Lite Bite Size session - Free course

Infancy remains the period of highest risk for serious and fatal child maltreatment; there is a particular risk of fatality for both boys and girls during infancy (Complexity and Challenge: a triennial analysis of serious case reviews 2014-2017, Brandon et al 2020).

By the end of the Briefing participants will have gained the following:

  • An introduction to ICON, the evidenced-based programme designed to help parents and carers understand and manage the normal crying pattern of babies and young infants.
  • Knowledge of Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) and the Safer Sleeping advice from the Lullaby Trust.
  • Increased awareness of the risks of injury and abuse to infants under 1 year old and the specific signs and indicators to look out for.

Who can attend this course?

Any professional who works directly with infants or with families who have or care for babies and infants under 1.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply, please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Suicide Awareness - Working with families with children up to 16: Identifying, responding to and referring children and young people with suicidal thoughts and behaviours

These introductory awareness courses will equip professionals working with families to pick up on vulnerabilities, identify who might be at risk and start an open conversation about suicide, as this is one of the best way we know to prevent suicide.

Who can attend this course?

This multi agency training, ran by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership, can be accessed by any professional who works with children and families in East Sussex, whether on a regular basis or within a 'drop-in' environment.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book. 
Course code Venue Course dates Time
LSC831 Virtual Training, Zoom 15 May 2024 12:00 - 14:00
This course closes for bookings 1 week before the course start date. Go to booking form

To cancel a course booking or change the name on a booking, please use the cancellation/replacement booking form.

Suicide Awareness - Suicide Awareness -Working with Young People (16+) and Adults

This introductory awareness course will equip professionals working with those 16+, Adults and their families to pick up on vulnerabilities, identify who might be at risk and start an open conversation about suicide, as this is one of the best ways we know to prevent suicide.

Who can attend this course?

This multi agency training, ran by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership, is for any professional (paid or voluntary) who works with young people 16+, Adults and their families, whether on a regular basis or within a 'drop-in' environment.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

The Effective Communication of Safeguarding Concerns

This course will equip a range of professionals with the skills, knowledge and confidence to contact and make referrals to, Childrens Social Care. The training highlights the importance of gathering and sharing information at an early stage when working with families and identify the level of need within a family.

They will be given advice about how to respond to this within their own service; identify, approach and engage other agencies in supporting children, young people and families and clearly communicate safeguarding concerns verbally and in writing to Children"s Social Care. Also know what to expect from Children"s Social Care and know how to challenge decisions made by Children"s Social Care or escalate concerns where they believe a child or young person continues to be at risk.

Who can attend this course?

This multi agency training, ran by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership, can be accessed by any professional who works with children and families in East Sussex. This includes staff from Adult Social Care who work in the transition service.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

2 delegates per team/establishment, further bookings will be added to the waitlist.

Cost - Free for all attendees, late cancellation and no show will apply, please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book. 
Course code Venue Course dates Time
LSC833 East Sussex Training and Development Centre, Eastbourne 17 June 2024 09:30 - 16:30
These courses close for bookings 1 week before the course start date. Go to booking form

To cancel a course booking or change the name on a booking, please use the cancellation/replacement booking form.

Understanding Safeguarding in a Digital World

This course will enable professionals to explore current research and practice in relation to children and young people's use of mobile technologies. By the end of the course participants will have: explored how children use technology, addressed the benefits alongside the risks explore different methods of keeping children safe, identified various resources and tools available and identified the added risks for vulnerable children, e.g. children with learning disabilities.

Who can attend this course?

This course is aimed at all front line professionals, including managers from East Sussex County Council Children's Services Social Care, Early Help, Children's Services Education, Schools, Adult Services, and Youth Offending Team. East Sussex Police, Health, Probation and the Voluntary and Independent sectors. Those working with Adults can attend if they work in the Transtion Service.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Understanding Self-Harm in Children and Young People using the East Sussex Toolkit

This training session is for professionals working with children and young people. It is important to understand about self-harm. In East Sussex recent data showed that around a third of secondary age children have intentionally hurt themselves. In primary schools the numbers are increasing. Aim of the course.

To understand what self-harm is and increase confidence in having the conversation with a young person if they tell you about their self-harm.

The course will cover;

  • What is self-harm
  • Reasons that young people self-harm
  • Self-harm and suicide
  • Having the conversation with a young person
  • Talking to parents and carers
  • Safety plans
  • Distraction and coping strategies

Who can attend

This course is relevant for any professional who works directly with children and their families and/or those who have a lead role in Safeguarding and Child Protection, e.g., DSLs in schools and nurseries. All agencies and levels of staff can attend but this course is not relevant for Adult Social Care colleagues, unless they work within a Transition Service, with young people aged 16-18.

Who can attend

This course is relevant for any professional who works directly with children and their families and/or those who have a lead role in Safeguarding and Child Protection, e.g., DSLs in schools and nurseries. All agencies and levels of staff can attend but this course is not relevant for Adult Social Care colleagues, unless they work within a Transition Service, with young people aged 16-18.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - Please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
Please make a note of the course code and date, you will need this to book. 
Course code Venue Course dates Time
LSC828 Wellshurst Golf Club, Hellingly 25 April 2024 09:30 - 12:30
These courses close for bookings 1 week before the course start date. Go to booking form

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Working with Parents Effectively - Enabling & Supporting Staff to deal with difficult or evasive behaviour

By the end of the course participants will have identified forceful counter-arguments as a form of disguised compliance and how this the impact of themselves and their practice.

They will also better understand the possible motivations behind parents who disguise their level of commitment and how they could from better working partnerships with such parents.

Who can attend this course?

This course is relevant for any professional who works directly with children and their families and/or those who have a lead role in Safeguarding and Child Protection, e.g., DSLs in schools and nurseries.

All agencies and levels of staff can attend but this course is not relevant for Adult Social Care colleagues, unless they work within a Transition Service, with young people aged 16-18.

Additional information

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Young People and Abusive Relationships

The training focuses on domestic abuse, both experienced and perpetrated by young people in their intimate partner relationships. The training will explore ways in which to engage young people and their families, consider and use strategies, interventions, tools and resources available to practitioners in East Sussex when working with young people and their families who are experiencing violence and abuse.

This course is appropriate for practitioners who wish to improve their knowledge base and practical skills when working with young people who are experiencing abuse within their relationships. It is not suitable for practitioners who are very experienced in these areas or who have already completed the two classroom courses relating to Young people and Abusive Relationships within the last 3 years.

Who can attend this course?

This multi agency training, ran by the East Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership, can be accessed by any professional who works with children and families in East Sussex. This includes ASC staff who work in the Transition Service.

Additional information

Participants must complete the 3 domestic abuse eLearning modules prior to attending the course. It is also desirable that attendees have also completed the 2 day "Whole Family Approach to Domestic Abuse" training.  

Before attending any ESSCP training course, participants must attend a Basic Signs and Indicators Child Protection course provided/commissioned by their own organisation or have accessed the Safeguarding Children and Young People online e-learning training course.

Cost - please refer to the ESSCP Training Charging Policy (Jan 2024)

Contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Well-being

Mindfulness for Resilience and Wellbeing

This live interactive virtual mindfulness programme offers an opportunity to learn a range of mindfulness skills to help equip you to thrive in busy and challenging work settings. This course has been evaluated independently and shown to have positive benefits in terms of reductions in stress and improved psychological wellbeing. Other identified benefits included increased compassion and a possible reduction in compassion fatigue; this has clear implications for the quality of relationships with service users.

The course is based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Programme (MBSR) and includes aspects of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT). It includes an orientation session on the first day, then 8 weekly sessions and a retreat day on a Saturday.  The course also involves 30-40 minutes of home practice a day including meditation and other exercises. This is an important part of the programme.

The course is entirely secular and contains no religious content. It is an experiential course to support wellbeing and is not training in teaching mindfulness skills to service users. Saturday retreat: You will be offered space and guidance to deepen and refresh your mindfulness practice. The session includes guided meditations like the body scan, mindful walking, movement, sitting meditation and compassion-based practices. Most of this session is spent in silence with guided meditation and movement throughout. Participants are invited to bring a packed lunch and remain in the retreat space for the whole session. 

There will be an opportunity to talk to the trainer and ask any questions as part of the application process.

Additional Information

Participants are expected to complete daily home practice and are strongly encouraged to attend the scheduled Saturday retreat session, though this is optional. Taking this course involves a significant time commitment and it is worth ensuring you have the time available before you decide to enrol.

You will be provided with audio resources (online and CD are available) to support your practice. Managers of delegates attending the course will be sent an introductory video. Important note: The trainer will contact participants in advance of the course as part of the application process and will provide joining instructions and links to the online platform, which is Zoom. Therefore, the email address provided on the booking form will be shared with the trainer for the purposes of conducting this training only.

Who can attend this course?

Early Help Practitioners/Family Keyworkers / Social Work Practitioners / Youth Workers

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Mindfulness for Social Work

This 6-week programme introduces Mindfulness for case-holding practitioners, including social workers and keyworkers who make home visits. It will enable you to both try out mindfulness practice for yourself as a 6-week experiment and to learn how mindfulness may support your work with children, young people, and families.

The course consists of live 75-minute weekly teaching sessions using Microsoft Teams plus self-guided learning activities using a multi-media course website. The digital resources include video lessons by Annie Bertram of Surviving Safeguarding, a parent with lived experience of safeguarding processes.

Home Mindfulness Practice is a core part of the course, and you will be provided with new meditation downloads each week and asked to schedule in 2 x 10-minute daily slots for the duration of the 6-week programme.

Additional Information

The trainer will contact participants in advance of the course as part of the application process. Mindfulness is something to be practiced rather than understood through the 'thinking mind' and it is important you can commit to the 20 minutes daily home meditation practice for at least 5 of the 7 days of the week.

This is primarily an experiential programme and includes submitting a brief reflective review to support you in taking steps to look after your own well-being beyond the course.

Mindfulness practice involves intentionally noticing our own thoughts, feelings, and sensations we feel in the body much more than we do ordinarily. If you are currently experiencing major life events such as bereavement or serious illness, this course is not suitable. Please discuss this course information in supervision if you are not sure and/or consider picking up your interest in mindfulness another time.

Note: Delegates' email addresses as provided will be given to the trainer.

Who can attend this course?

This course is aimed at Social Workers and Early Help Practitioners

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Mindfulness in Focus, Mindfulness Follow up Session - Being Present, Staying Present

These 2-hour Workshops are part of the ongoing programme of support for staff who have already completed the 6 or 8-week Mindfulness Course. Each workshop will offer you the opportunity to practice mindfulness live online with a group of peers and dig deeper into a practice theme.               

In this session we will consider how mindfulness can support us in our work with children and families on home visits/direct work sessions including

  • being more present
  • deep listening
  • managing transitions between visits

We will look at the role of formal mindfulness practice and revisit and refresh on everyday mindfulness and mini-mindfulness practices relevant to this topic.

Additional Information

The trainer will contact participants in advance of the course to provide joining instructions and links to the online platform, which is Zoom. Therefore, the email address provided on the booking form will be shared with the trainer for the purposes of conducting this training only.

Who can attend this course?

This course is for Social Workers and Early Help Practitioners who have completed the 6 or 8 week Mindfulness Course in East Sussex

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Mindfulness in Focus, Mindfulness Follow up Session - Working with Difficult Thoughts and Emotions

These 2-hour Workshops are part of the ongoing programme of support for staff who have already completed the 6 or 8-week Mindfulness Course. Each workshop will offer you the opportunity to practice mindfulness live online with a group of peers and dig deeper into a practice theme.               

In this session we will consider how mindfulness can support us in working with the often-challenging thoughts and emotions that arise when working with children and families in need including:

  • formal mindfulness practice as a way of working with difficulty
  • recognising and responding to common thoughts
  • Mini meditations and practices to create spaces to respond, not react, to difficulty

We will look at the role of formal mindfulness practice and revisit and refresh on everyday mindfulness and mini-mindfulness practices relevant to this topic.

Additional Information

The trainer will contact participants in advance of the course to provide joining instructions and links to the online platform, which is Zoom. Therefore, the email address provided on the booking form will be shared with the trainer for the purposes of conducting this training only.

Who can attend this course?

This course is for Social Workers and Early Help Practitioners who have completed the 6 or 8 week Mindfulness Course in East Sussex

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Mindfulness in Focus, Mindfulness Follow up Session: Practising Self-Care – Resistance, Realism and Beginning Again

These 2-hour Workshops are part of the ongoing programme of support for staff who have already completed the 6 or 8-week Mindfulness Course. Each workshop will offer you the opportunity to practice mindfulness live online with a group of peers and dig deeper into a practice theme.               

In this session, we will consider how mindfulness can support us both directly and indirectly in looking after our own wellbeing including

  • Practising sustaining mindfulness practices in challenging times
  • Setting up a simple self-guided retreat at home
  • Self-compassion in the moment

We will look at the role of formal mindfulness practice and revisit and refresh on everyday mindfulness and mini-mindfulness practices relevant to this topic.

Additional Information

The trainer will contact participants in advance of the course to provide joining instructions and links to the online platform, which is Zoom. Therefore, the email address provided on the booking form will be shared with the trainer for the purposes of conducting this training only.

Who can attend this course?

This course is for Social Workers and Early Help Practitioners who have completed the 6 or 8 week Mindfulness Course in East Sussex

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Mindfulness Retreat

This in person mindfulness retreat offers an opportunity to experience an extended period of mindfulness in the company of others doing the same. The session is provided as an associated event to the 8 week mindfulness programme ‘Mindfulness for Resilience and Wellbeing’ that is currently available, but is equally beneficial for any previous 6 or 8 week mindfulness course participants as a support to on-going mindfulness practice.

You will be offered space and guidance to deepen and refresh your mindfulness practice.

The session includes guided meditations like the body scan, mindful walking, movement, sitting meditation and compassion based practices. Most of this session is spent in silence with guided meditation and movement throughout. There will be an opportunity to ask questions before we start and a short reflection space at the end.

Delegates' email addresses as provided on booking form will be given to the trainer for the purpose of conducting this training only.

Who can attend this course?

Delegates who are enrolled on, or have previously attended, a 6 or 8-week mindfulness programme.

Cost - £0

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.

Resilience for Admin and Support staff

This course is designed to support the resilience and well-being of business support and administrative staff and includes options to:

  • Use the 5 Ways to Wellbeing Framework to identify new ways to support your resilience
  • Try out mindfulness techniques that can help you cope with difficult situations, like tough phone calls or interactions
  • Explore a daily planning process to help you feel more confident in prioritising and enhance transitions between home and work.
  • Learn a step-by-step approach to taking care of yourself when times are tough.

Learning outcomes

  • Increased knowledge about a range of strategies aimed at promoting resilience and well-being.
  • Have the knowledge and tools to develop a personalised resilience plan, which can be adapted over time

Additional Information

Delivered in either a full virtual training environment or as blended learning with a face to face session. Please note that this course may change from face-to-face to virtual. If this happens delegates will be informed as soon as possible, and no later than a month before the training. 

Delegates' email addresses will be shared with the trainer for the purpose of sharing course materials and eLearning links.

Duration: 2 hours live + an e-learning module with video lessons and free downloads (1 hour)

Who can attend this course?

ESCC Admin and Support staff

Cost - £0

Late cancellation/non-attendance fee apply - see terms and conditions

This course is organised by the Workforce Development Team, if you have any queries about this course contact - Workforce Development Training Events Team 

Course dates, venue and times.
We currently do not have any dates scheduled, we regularly add courses to the programme so please look out for the weekly advertising or keep visiting these pages.