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Code: BFS/21/4 Building Relationships & Effective Communication when Working with Families- Fully Booked (EVENT FULL)

Effective communication provides the bedrock for any meaningful engagement and assessment with children, young people and families. The wishes and views of children & young people should contribute both to individual case decisions and to service improvement. ( Working together 2015; UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989).

Establishing meaningful professional relationships is the key to engagement (Munro 2011) Using knowledge & techniques from a variety of evidenced based approaches the course focuses on enhancing the practitioner’s toolkit of skills.

 It is also linked to Signs of Safety practice and Barnet's working practices.




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1 09 February 2021 09:30 - 13:00 Online Map

Code: BFS/20/134 Signs of Safety Practitioner (2 day course)

Resilience Based Practice: Signs of Safety Training

Barnet Family Services vision is focused on making Barnet an event better place to live for all families through our Family Friendly Barnet: Resilient Families, Resilient Children approach. Using our resilience based practice model it is our ambition to make sure all children are safe, develop and thrive. Our model is underpinned by a clear set of values that drive our work and we are making sure that practitioners have the right “tool kit” to improve outcomes for children. This will be delivered via a clear practice framework using a variety of evidence based interventions that will build on family strengths enhancing resilience.

The Signs of Safety approach has been chosen as an important part of our practice tool kit and a structured implementation process is now commencing. This includes providing a programme of training for Family Services staff and partners, followed by delivery of work place based support for social workers.  This will ensure application in practice with families and encourage embedding of the model.

 What is Signs of Safety?

Signs of Safety is a whole system/service approach intended to help practitioners with risk assessment and safety planning in particular with child
protection cases. It is an innovative, strengths-based and safety-organised approach to casework which puts the participation of families and front line practitioners at its heart. Initially created in Western Australia by Andrew Turnell and Steve Edwards Signs of Safety is now widely used internationally and forms part of the UK governments innovation approach to children’s social care.

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Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 09 February 2021 09:30 - 16:30 Virtual Learning Map
2 10 February 2021 09:30 - 16:30 Virtual Learning Map

Code: BFS/21/88 Solution Focused Practice Level 2 (EVENT FULL)

Solution Focused Practice refers to a conversational process for generating positive change. It can be used as therapy, coaching, team building, in fact, in any situation where improvement is being sought. The BRIEF Certificate course will focus primarily on therapy and coaching but will be flexible enough to stretch to other arenas in order to meet course members individual needs.

Solution Focused Practice can be summarised as four questions each of which is the starting point for a series of supplementary questions which, put together, make a Solution Focused conversation.

1. What are your best hopes from our talking?
This part of the conversation is intended to clarify the client’s desired outcome and until this is agreed no further questions are possible.

2. Imagine that you wake up tomorrow and all your hopes from our talking have been realised what will be different in your life?
This part of the conversation seeks to draw out as detailed a description as possible of the client’s life if the desired outcome is achieved.

3.Let’s have a 0 – 10 scale where 10 = your desired outcome has been achieved and 0 = the opposite where would you say you are now?
This question begins that part of the conversation aimed at discovering what the client is already doing or has done in the past that might prove helpful in achieving the hoped-for future.

4.What’s better?
This is the question we ask at the beginning of second and subsequent sessions. It seeks to discover and build on anything the client has done which might be seen as part of the desired future.

Essential Information
Session Session Date Session Time Session Venue Map
1 09 February 2021 10:00 - 16:00 Virtual Learning Map
2 10 February 2021 10:00 - 16:00 Virtual Learning Map