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AUGUST 27th 2021
Coming soon! New training opportunities in BCP Children's Services.

We have a number of new training opportunities for our BCP Children's Services workforce coming up soon between September 2021 and March 2022. Please see below the information for these courses and how you can apply for a place. 

09 November 2021 -

Social Services Support for Families with No Recourse to Public funds

Facilitated by Henry St Clair Miller from the NRPF Network, this course will provide an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills to effectively respond to requests for accommodation and financial support made by families who are unable to access benefits and housing assistance due to their immigration status. During this course, you will learn to understand how immigration status affects entitlement to services, be able to establish when accommodation / financial support can be provided to a family with no recourse to public funds under the Children Act 1989, know when and how to undertake a Human Rights Assessment and identify an appropriate exit pathway and how to support a family to achieve this.

This one-day course, starting at 9.30am and finishing at 3.30pm, will be hosted via Microsoft Teams.

You can request a place via CPD Online here. The full course outcomes can also be seen on the CPD Online event. 

This course is for Children's Services staff working with individuals or families with no recourse to public funds only.


03 March 2022 -

Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity 

Facilitated by Charlotte Hudson, this course focuses on sexual orientation and gender identity of children and young people. The development of our sexual orientation and gender identity can be a confusing time as we discover who we are. Some of our development is the same no matter who we are, where as other parts of our development are part of our individuality. Stonewall estimate that between 5% and 7% of the population identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bi. Stonewall estimate that 1% of the population might identify as trans. What is the impact of sexual orientation and gender identity on children and young people? How do they define their sexual orientation and gender identity and how can you support them? 

This course is a 3 hour session, will be facilitated virtually via an online video link and is available to all Children’s Services staff.

This course content covers:

  • Understanding biological sex, sexual orientation, gender expression and gender identity.
  • How can you talk to a young person about their sexual orientation?
  • What emotional issues face LGBT+ people?
  • How to respond and support people who come out.

You can request a place via CPD Online here


October 2021 to March 2022 -

Working with Sexual Abuse

We have commissioned a new course which comprises of four individual sessions focusing on working with sexual abuse. These four sessions are currently being confirmed to run from October 2021 to March 2022 and will be available to all Children's Service staff. The content includes: 

  • Working with child sexual abuse 
  • Working with adult sexual abuse
  • Working with children and/or adolescents who display harmful sexual behaviour
  • Working with parents of victims, parents of offenders and families of children/adolescents who sexually harm 

The full course aims and objectives can be seen on the CPD Online events shortly. Each course is an individual session and staff are welcomed to attend as many out of the four courses as they wish. 

There is a limited amount of places on these courses so please ensure you keep an eye out for the advertisement email and book a place quickly to avoid disappointment. There will be other dates available later next year.

These courses will be hosted in person at Queens Park Early Years Centre or via a virtual training room. This will be confirmed once the events are available to book. 


November 2021 to January 2022 -

Aspiring / New Managers Programme 

Our new Aspiring Managers Core Training Programme will be launching this Autumn for Experienced Social Workers aspiring to lead a team (3+ years’ experience) and new Team Managers and Assistant Team Manager’s (ATM). The aims of this course are:

  • To prepare non-managerial staff for team management roles. The programme supports both continued professional development and progression within the organisation through an introduction to teambuilding, supervision and managerial skills for those who aspire to become, or have recently become, an Assistant Team Manager/Team Manager.
  • Offer a mixture of formal and informal training and self-learning opportunities. The programme is also applicable, as a priority, to team managers who have had no formal team manager training. The programme constitutes delivered sessions specific to service requirements and e-learning modules which support Children’s Social Care on the DfE Post Qualifying Standards ( KSS) for Child and Family Practice Supervisors and core people management skills for leaders and managers.
  • To support ongoing learning and development, 1- 1 coaching and mentoring, and group Action Learning Sets will be offered to those who complete the programme and move into a management role.

The programme is a combination of social work focused management responsibilities led by the Children’s Services Partnership Academy and core leadership and management skills and responsibilities led by our BCP Corporate HR Learning and Development Team.

Places on this course will be a maximum of 8-10 people by nomination of Service Managers. 

The course will be delivered via 12 half-day sessions over a course of 3 months. A full breakdown of the session content and guest speakers can be viewed in our Training Programme here

Full dates and times are to be confirmed shortly and will be made available to those eligible to apply. 


Thank you and we look forward to seeing you on one of the opportunities above soon. 


Best wishes,

The Partnership Academy Team.

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