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Understanding Attachment in Children’s Social Care Training

Part of BASW's Taught Skills Development Programme

This 1-day programme is aimed at workers who deliver frontline services to children, families and carers exploring how understanding Attachment, Poor Care, Separation and Loss is relevant to assessing need, care-planning and supporting both children and families using a whole family approach, in order to achieve better outcomes, focusing on understanding how attachment works and how children and young people experience Separation, Poor Care and Loss, how this may impact on Children’s behaviour and ways of working with it supportively.

Learning Methods:

This training is delivered using an online interactive classroom approach and all delegates will be expected to take part to ensure an effective adult learning experience. Using whiteboards and breakout rooms, a combination of learning methods will be used throughout the day, including trainer presentation and group work in the form of case studies and reflection dilemmas to support application to practice. Local templates and expectations will be embedded in the programme where required and appropriate.

Learning Outcomes:

This course will provide participants with the following learning outcomes:

• Knowledge of attachment theory in children and adults.

• Understand the impact of broken or disrupted attachments on child development including sibling attachment.

• Understand of how they can assess a child’s attachment capacity

• A greater understanding on how a child’s behaviour can be associated with poor care, separation and loss

• Confidence in being able to help children experiencing these issues.

• Awareness of how to explore ways of promoting a child’s identity and self esteem

Resources Required:

All delegates will need a laptop with a functioning Microphone and Camera to allow effective participation and a strong stable internet connection. Where possible delegates should be using the Microsoft Teams Desktop App and have ensured it is fully updated. Laptops should have an up-to-date Browser such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

Please note – for health and safety reasons it is not appropriate to access these courses from a mobile phone. Whilst tablets can be used; delegates will find a laptop is easier as functionality on tablets are still limited

Programme Outline:

9.15 Log-in – Check your connection, camera & mic (the get a cuppa)

9.30 Introduction to the session and the tech

9.45 Attachment Theory

o How attachment develops o Attachment styles

o How different attachment styles impact on relationships

o Parent/Carer–Child Attachments

o Sibling Attachments (competing, scapegoating, protecting, caring)

10.40 BREAK

11.00 Understanding the Impact

o Physiological and biological responses to trauma

o Triggers and behavioural responses to trauma o Immediate, medium and long-term impact of trauma

o The stages of grief (Shock • Denial • Anger • Guilt • Depression • Resolution)

12.00 LUNCH

12.45 Improving a Child’s Understanding – Communicating what happened

o Sitting with strong emotions

o Answering difficult questions

o Story-Boards

o Talking about interventions and decisions

1.45 Improving a Child’s Understanding – Communicating what’s happening now

o Child friendly understanding of attachment

o Child friendly understanding of emotions o Child friendly understanding of grief and trauma

2.40  BREAK

3:00 Supporting Parents and Carers

o Share your knowledge with carers

o The PACE model of Parenting (Playfulness, Acceptance, Curiosity, Empathy)

o Trauma-Informed Care (grounding, self-soothing, self-care, strengths-based)

o P.E.A.C.E Plans for Triggers (Plan, Enlist, Acknowledge, Control, Explain)

o Building attachment (Consistency, Openness, Security, Reframing)

o Identifying Protective Factors (Internal, external, informal and services) o Building Resilience (Carers and Child)

3.45 Supporting Children

o Alternatives to self-harm and destructive behaviours - informal and formal

o Control and choices, permission and acceptance

o Memory boxes, lifestory work and letters

o Celebrating positives

o Re-Authoring/Narrative approaches

4.15 Final Reflections and Self-Care

4.30 Close

The Trainer:

DCC-i's Co-Director, Chloe Whittall is a qualified SWE registered Social Worker who has been qualified for over 20 years and has held a range of therapeutic and managerial roles in both voluntary and statutory sector organisations. In addition to her Social Work Degree, Chloe holds the ILM Change Management and Leadership award, the Practice Teaching Award in Social Work, Certificate in Counselling, an AFT Advanced Diploma in Systemic Practice and a Level 3 ITG Award in delivering Adult Education.

Chloe has significant experience of coaching and mentoring in both the substance misuse sector and statutory children’s services, having undertaken the role of Practice Educator since 2006, Practice Educator/PEP’s Assessor since 2008 and ASYE Assessor since 2014. Since joining DBC Chloe has continued to undertake these roles in an off-site capacity supporting Social Work Students, NQSW’s and their assessors in both adult and children’s voluntary and statutory settings.

Since joining DCC-i Ltd, Chloe has also led on two significant pieces of evaluation and implementation project work relating to supervision and staff support. The first involved supporting 2 Local Authorities and 2 via the Teaching Partnership to evaluate 3 models of supporting Social Work Students on Placement. The second involved the evaluation of the Welsh national post-qualifying qualifications for Social Workers. Both pieces of work involved consulting with students, managers and educators to gain feedback on the most effective way of supporting students and staff and publishing reports with recommendations on a positive way forward.

Chloe’s particular area of interest lies in supporting organisations to connect with cohorts of staff to develop their skills and commitment to providing exceptional outcomes for service users underpinned by the values, ethics and working approach of the organisation.

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