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Children and Young People

When working with children and young people we all come across those who have additional needs and face daily challenges.

As Foster Carers we believe that all those caring for and working with children and young people should strive to update and enhance their knowledge. 

We aim to provide access to low cost, practical training.

 

This  will enable you to deliver the best service you possibly can for those in your care.

We look forward to working with you.

About Our Work

Knowing Me, Knowing You, Attachment and Building Relationships

Different attachment styles will fit together differently.  Therefore, when working with children and young people, knowing your own attachment style and having an awareness of this and other styles is crucial to build and maintain a relationship with the child or young person. 

This course aims to provide learners with a brief history of attachment theory, an understanding of attachment styles, their own attachment style and how this might impact their relationship when working with a child or young person. 

TSD Standards 1(1,2,3) 2(1,3,4,5) 3(1,3,4,5) 4(1,2,4,5) 5(1,2,3,4,5,6) 6(2,3) 7(1,3,4)

There are many reasons why children and young people steal and the first step to changing this behaviour is to find out the reason why your child or young person is stealing.

This course aims to equip care givers with the knowledge of reasons why children steal, and to provide practical ways to tackle this behaviour.

Stealing

Caring for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller Children and Young People

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children are three times more likely to be taken into foster care than any other child. Between 2009 and 2015, there was an increase of 733% of Gypsy children in foster care and 200% of travellers. This resource tool provides information, guidance and support for those caring for Gypsy, Roma and Travelling children and young people.

The digital world has created a lot of opportunities for children and young people for socializing, exchanging pictures and messages with family and friends and keeping up to date with current events. 

 

However, not all digital communications are positive for children and young people.  Unfiltered social media, access to pornography 24/7 and sexting are all impacting on children and young people’s development.

This course looks into the impact of pornography and sexting on children and young people in regard to their development, relationships, sexual and mental health. It covers laws relating to sexting and pornography and provides those working with or caring for children and young people, tools to address the issue and to support the children and young people.

TSD Standards 1(1,2,3,4) 2(2,3) 3(1,3,4,5) 4(1,2) 5(2,3,4,6,7) 6(1,2,3,4,5)

Pornography and Sexting Awareness

Play Therapy

Play therapy is a way of meeting and responding to the mental health needs of children and young people that is extensively acknowledged by experts as an effective and suitable intervention in dealing with children's brain development.

This resource looks into what is meant by play, how play is labelled and definitions of play.  It considers theory and research on the impact of play on the devloping brain and provides an observation tool for your work with children and young people.

What do you think of when you hear the word art? 

For many people the term conjures up images of dance, theatres, museums and art galleries.  But the arts are so much more than that, they have been an essential part of the cultural and social evolution of human beings since the beginning of time. 

The creative process involved in expressing one’s self artistically can help people to resolve issues as well as develop and manage their behaviours and feelings, reduce stress, and improve self-esteem and awareness.

TSD Standards 1(1,2,3) 3(3,4) 4(1,2,3) 5(1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) 6(3) 7(4)

Art Therapy

Autism Awareness

Autism is not a single disorder, rather a wide range of complex disorders that affects children's abilities to communicate and interact with others.

 

Autism awareness is important in order to ensure that there are programs in place to support all children with autism. Also,  it promotes acceptance and inclusion among everyone.

This  Resource provides an overview of the history of autism, looking into what autism is, how to identify the signs and symptoms, understand diagnosis and screening procedures, and how you can advocate for autism.

Anxiety Management Children and Young People

1 in 8 children suffer from anxiety or excessive worry, when feelings of anxiety are constant, overwhelming or out of proportion to the situation this can affect a child or young person’s daily life. The good news is there are plenty of things you can try to help them to cope with anxiety.

This course helps learners to gain an understanding of how anxiety affects children and young people also to develop strategies to help children and young people to recognise their triggers, understand what is happening and find ways of coping that work for them.

TSD Standards 3 (3,4) 4 (1,2,4,5) 5 (2,3,4,5,6) 

Autism Challenging Behaviours

All children and young people display behaviours that parents, carer’s and others can find difficult to manage.  Children with autism are more likely to display more challenging and severe behaviours due to reasons such as frustration and distress or by triggers.  This can present considerable challenges for parents, carers and others working with the child or young person. 

Understanding what causes your child or young person to display these challenging behaviours can help you, to help them, to develop ways of managing these behaviours.

TSD Standards 1(2,3) 2(5) 3 (3,4,5) 4 (1,2,3,4,5)

5 (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8) 

Caring for a Child or Young Person with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is a group of health problems that a child is born with following exposure to alcohol.  These can be characterised by physical and mental abnormalities, also behavioural and learning difficulties.


This resource looks at the impact of alcohol on the developing foetus, at birth and throughout childhood into the teenage years.  It looks at behaviours you might expect and ways of managing the environment to counteract these behaviours.

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