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Early Help guidance for professionals

Early help training and events

Worcestershire County Council also provides a dedicated training programme for practitioners working with children, young people and their families in Worcestershire. More information can be found on the page Children and Young People's Workforce Development and Vocational Qualifications

There is also specific training for the safeguarding of children and young people which includes courses on Female Genital Mutilation, Child Sexual Exploitation and Safe Recruitment.

Early Help in your Community events

We are running 6 Early Help in your Community events across Worcestershire during February and March 2023. These events are taking place in venues in the following districts – Bromsgrove, Malvern, Redditch, Worcester, Wychavon and Wyre Forest.

We all know that Early Help and support is of key importance in working and supporting children, young people and their families, helping them to achieve their best now and into their future.

These events are an exciting opportunity to bring together a wide range of organisations and groups who work in your community and county wide who offer support, advice or services to children, young people and their families locally.

There will be a number of organisations represented such as Mental Health Support, Finance Support, (etc) with lots of information available and an opportunity to ask questions and find out more. This is a fantastic opportunity to network and build relationships and knowledge within the local community.

Please see below for the date and time of each event. These events are free but you must book a place on the event you would like to attend – this can be done by emailing earlyhelppartnership@worcschildrenfirst.org.uk and we will then send you the booking link with details of the venue each event will be held at.

Worcester – Tuesday 7 February 2023, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Wychavon – Thursday 9 February 2023, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Bromsgrove – Wednesday 15 February 2023, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Redditch – Redditch Wednesday 8 March 2023, 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Wyre Forest – Tuesday 28 February 2023, 4:00pm to 5:00pm (please note earlier finishing time than the other events)

Malvern – Thursday 2 March 2023, 4:00 – 5:30pm

Early Help bitesize online training

The first session will explain what Early Help is and how this looks in Worcestershire. The training will be delivered four times a year by key partners including the Police, education and health. The dates for the training are as follows:

How to creatively gather the child’s voice - Tuesday 18 October 2022 from 11:00am to midday book onto How to creatively gather the child's voice

What is Early Help? - Friday 25 November 2022 from 11:30am to 12:30pm book onto What is Early Help?

Completing an Early Help Assessment (EHA) - Friday 13 January 2023 from 11:00am to midday book onto completing an Early Help Assessment (EHA)

Holding a Team Around the Family (TAF) - Friday 31 March 2023 from 11:00am to midday book onto holding a Team Around the Family (TAF)

Please note when completing the booking form: When booking if you are asked do you have an account select no thanks. The course is free so click on public in the course price section. When asked to select organisation from dropdown box choose public, then enter your address.

Reducing Parental Conflict training

Harmony at Home is Worcestershire’s approach to the Reducing Parental Conflict (RPC) initiative in partnership with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and organisations from our multi-agency Reference group.

This training will cover parental conflict, which can range from a lack of warmth and emotional distance, right through to swearing and shouting, and is known to be a risk factor for poor child outcomes, particularly when conflict is frequent, intense and poorly resolved. There is growing understanding and awareness of the need to address and reduce parental conflict that sits below a domestic abuse or violence threshold.

Book a session

Young Carer Aware e-learning programme

Young carers are any young people who have a caring role at home. The caring role could be for a parent, a sibling or a grandparent due to illness, disability, physical or mental health difficulties or substance misuse. The Young Carer Aware e-learning programme will help you and your workforce to learn about young carers and how to support them.

Signs of Safety Partnership Training

Please click on the link below to see the next available sessions.

Book onto Signs of Safety Partnership Training

Course booking instructions:

  1. do you have an account – choose 'no thanks'
  2. course price - click in public circle
  3. select organisation from dropdown box – public
  4. put in your address
  5. then click book course

Fuel Debt Advice in the Community

City & Guilds Level 2 Award in Fuel Debt Advice in the Community 6281-16.  

  • funded places available
  • delivered by National Energy Action (NEA)

Delivered across three webinars this course aims to provide an understanding of the causes of fuel debt, issues householders may face with meters, fuel statements, payment and tariff options. It also considers consumers, private landlords and fuel suppliers obligations, as well as complaints procedures and support available for low-income and vulnerable households.

For more information and to book on to these webinars visit Training Diary - National Energy Action (NEA)

Fabricated and Induced Illness/Perplexing Presentations adults and children training

Another 4 dates for this course throughout the year have now been confirmed.

Please go to Herefordshire CPD online, register if you don’t already have an account, and you can book a place from there – the new dates are confirmed as:

  • Tuesday 3 May
  • Thursday 16 June
  • Tuesday 18 October
  • Thursday 10 November

Don’t be put off if you are Worcestershire based – Herefordshire have agreed to host the booking arrangement across both counties. There are limited places for each date so please do book soon if you wish to attend.

Herefordshire Safeguarding Partnership - Learning Management System (herefordshirecpd.co.uk)

It is an all-day training event which is FREE for you to attend but you must ensure you have the full day free to attend and note it into your diary please. There may be a cancellation fee for non-attendance without prior cancellation due to the limited places

Domestic Abuse Training

Please find below the next phase of domestic abuse training dates in Worcestershire.  This (recently updated) training has been running since February 2019 and below you can find the modules and dates available between January – March 2023.  This training  has been commissioned by Worcestershire County Council (Public Health) and due to the current public health situation this training is taking place online via zoom.  The provider of this training is Sarah Wigley Associates who have experience of designing and delivering training both nationally, within local authorities and to a range of agencies. 

The feedback received from delegates so far has been exceptionally positive and highlights not only an increase in knowledge but also an increased confidence when applying the learning to professional practice.

There are three modules of training and the learning outcomes can be provided upon request.  This training is free.  Your delegates feedback is important so we can continue to evaluate the training to ensure it meets our collective needs.

Module 1: Understanding and Responding to Domestic Abuse, 

  • 4 Jan 2023 
  • 12 Jan 2023 
  • 17 Jan 2023 
  • 1 Feb 2023 
  • 6 Feb 2023 
  • 14 Feb 2023

Time of module courses: 9:30am to 4:00pm

Module 2: Working wi Domestic Abuse within the context of Multi Agency Working – promoting critically reflective practice:

  • 24 Jan 2023 
  • 25 Jan 2023
  • 27 Feb 2023 
  • 1 Mar 2023 
  • 6 Mar 2023 
  • 8 Mar 2023

Time of module courses: 9:30am to 4:00pm

Module 3: Understanding and Working with Perpetrators:

  • 9 Feb 2023
  • 13 Feb 2023 
  • 9 Mar 2023 
  • 15 Mar 2023 
  • 17 Mar 2023 
  • 21 Mar 2023 

Time of module courses: 9:30am to 4:00pm

To apply for a place please email: bookings@sarahwigleyassociates.co.uk

Raising Awareness of Exploitation and Vulnerability

A Professional Briefing on Exploitation and Vulnerability from West Mercia Police working in collaboration with Worcestershire Children First

Free 2 hour online training via Microsoft Teams. Please click on the attached document for more information: Briefing on Exploitation and Vulnerability

Energy Advice Training for Frontline Workers

Are you a frontline worker who works with vulnerable clients? Has the recent cost of living crisis worried you or your service users?

The pressures in the last 2 years have left more households than ever struggling to pay their energy bills. Having a better understanding of fuel poverty and what steps can be taken to tackle it could help you support those most in need.

This FREE training session will cover:

  • what is fuel poverty and its impact
  • understanding the Energy Crisis, including a global and UK perspective, the price cap and why this is happening
  • what help is available now
  • longer term solutions

To view and book on to planned dates please click on the following link:

Energy Advice Training

Alternatively, if you would like personalised in-person training for your whole team please email administration@actonenergy.org.uk (please note this will require a minimum of 10 staff).