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06/11/2021: Early Trauma

This is a hybrid course delivery of both fact to face at Apsley House and online. I was once asked: “How you can help with early trauma when by its very nature it is inaccessible to the client?” This is a great question and holds true for most trauma and in particular early trauma. I was also asked: “Is EMDR the only way to treat trauma and early trauma?”


16/10/2021: Understanding Addictions

A one-year CPD course, aimed at professionals who come across addictions in their line of work (counsellors, social workers, police, probation, health professionals, etc). The course will take place on Saturday per month for 9 months.


12/10/2021: Safer Recruitment Training

This Devon Children & Families Partnership approved awareness raising training has been specifically designed for organisations working in the voluntary and community sector and also private sector, and will cover important issues such as: Who needs DBS Checks? Effective Staff Induction, Supervision and Appraisal, Legislation and Policy, Reporting Concerns Best Practice


08/10/2021: #HelloYellow

Join thousands of schools, offices and communities on Friday 8 Oct by taking part in #HelloYellow and raising vital funds to support our work. Dig out your neon socks, custard scarf and banana hat – let’s show young people they’re not alone with their mental health!


08/10/2021: Child Protection Training – Group 5 (Designated Safeguarding Officer)

This Devon Children & Young Families Partnership recognised Group 5 training is for the not for profit children and young people’s workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to advising and supporting other staff (paid/unpaid) who may have safeguarding concerns, who have the responsibility to receive and refer safeguarding information. This also includes self-employed ‘stand-alone’ practitioners who do not work within an organisation (ie childminders, private tutors, etc). Online or Face to Face (to be confirmed)


29/09/2021: Child Protection Training – Group 2 (Awareness in Safeguarding)

‘Awareness in Safeguarding’ is to increase awareness and confidence building in respect of identification, responding, recording and reporting processes involved in child protection. This Devon Children & Families Partnership recognised training will also raise awareness of legislation, attitudes & values and blocks & challenges in safeguarding.


22/09/2021: Early Help: The key to recovery – policy and practice

Early help is crucial for children and families that would benefit from universal support as well as those at the edge of child protection intervention. Experiences from the past year have widened disparities between disadvantaged children and their peers, and affected young people’s emotional and mental health. As we emerge from the pandemic, early help is more critical than ever.


20/09/2021: ‘Get to Grips with Social Media’ training

This course is for Individuals and organisations who are already using social media to promote their enterprise but haven’t yet got to grips with how to use it effectively. It covers all the basics that you need to master, while considering what you want to be using social media for in the first place. It’s useful for beginners and intermediate users that want to go back to basics and be more strategic.


18/09/2021: A Psychoanalytic Approach to Understanding and Working with Children & YP

The day will first look at the Emotional and Psychic Development of Children and Adolescents.


31/07/2021: Treating Depression in Young People Workshop with Dr Penny Utton (2-Day)

Join Dr Penny Utton for this 2-day workshop designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills for working with young people. This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in the subject matter, wants to develop their skills and expand their knowledge. This workshop is particularly appropriate for training and practising counsellors, psychotherapists, counselling psychologists and other mental health professionals.


28/07/2021: Dire poverty in north-east England ‘driving many more children into care’

The 12 directors of children’s services in the north-east of England have warned that “shameful” levels of poverty in the region are driving dramatic rises in child protection intervention and the number of children in care. The north-east has the highest rate of referrals to children’s social care in the UK, significantly higher than the national average, according to a joint report by the directors of children’s services in the region.

Source: Guardian

28/07/2021: Call for police and crime commissioners to improve diversion among young adults

Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) have been urged to ensure local policing plans include proposals to support young adults away from crime. A 10-point plan published by Revolving Doors Agency alongside the Transition to Adulthood Alliance (T2A), with input from young adults with experience of the criminal justice system, calls for PCCs to “create a distinct approach to engaging and collaborating with young adults”.

Source: Children and Young People Now

28/07/2021: Children’s social workers to receive standards on autism practice

Capability statement for practice with autistic children will add to existing standards for adults’ practitioners, and follows concerns raised by chief social workers about how professionals work with families. Social workers will receive new standards on working with autistic children and their families, as part of the government’s revised autism strategy, published last week.

Source: Community Care

28/07/2021: Campaigners push to stop this being ‘the summer of online sexual abuse’ against children

Campaigners are warning teenagers and their parents about online grooming and sexual exploitation as schools break up for the summer. Campaigners are warning teens about online grooming and sexual abuse during the school summer holidays as a former top police child protection expert says the problem has “escalated” in recent years. The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), with support from tech companies including Microsoft, Twitter, Snapchat, and TikTok, is reaching out to teenagers to empower them to stand up to online grooming and child sexual abuse.

Source: Internet Watch Foundation

27/07/2021: MPs call for national register of home-educated children

A committee of MPs is calling for a national register of home-educated children in England, saying there is an “unacceptable level of opaqueness” surrounding the issue. The Commons Education Committee says it is important to “get a grip” on the number in home education.

Source: Children and Young People Now

27/07/2021: Instagram makes under-16s’ accounts private by default

Instagram has made new under-16s’ accounts private by default so only approved followers can see posts and “like” or comment. Tests showed only one in five opted for a public account when the private setting was the default, it said.

Source: BBC

27/07/2021: Crime plan invests in measures to tackle youth violence

Schools and hospitals in violent crime hotspot areas will receive additional funding to prevent youth violence under new measures announced by the government. The Beating Crime Plan, announced by Home Secretary Priti Patel today, includes £45m in specialist support for education settings to prevent violence, and an additional £17m for Violence Reduction Units (VRU) to divert those at greatest risk.

Source: Children and Young People Now

27/07/2021: Beating Crime Plan

The Beating Crime Plan sets out our strategic approach to cutting crime: cutting homicide, serious violence and neighbourhood crime; exposing and ending hidden harms; and building capability and capacity to deal with fraud and online crime.


26/07/2021: National Adoption Strategy: £48m to improve services in England

A new £48m National Adoption Strategy seeks to improve adoption services and help place more children with families as it launches in England. Thousands of families will benefit from better support when adopting children – ending a postcode lottery that many face, the government said. Education Secretary Gavin Williamson said: “There is no substitute for a loving, permanent family.”

Source: BBC

26/07/2021: More than 250 people have been convicted of child sex abuse while working with the Scouts, new figures show

More than 250 people involved with the Scouts have been convicted of child sexual abuse, it was revealed yesterday. There were 255 convictions for rape, indecent assault, voyeurism and offences related to sexual images among Scout leaders and others in positions of responsibility.

Source: Daily Mail