Children's Social Care modules including: Physical Abuse, Multi-agency Forums, Adults Working with Children, Young Carers awareness and more.

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A series of bitesize sessions are being rolled out to a target audience of Signs of Safety Practice Champions, Team Managers and Advanced Practitioners.

The aim is to create consistency in using signs of safety, further develop your understanding of the model to enable you to cascade to your teams, improving practice, and support you with embedding the model and quality assuring work completed by practitioners.

The sessions will provide you with:

  • Learning/Recapping element of the topic
  • Use practical/group supervision method and case examples to embed the learning
  • Reflection and sharing practice since the previous sessions
  • Guidance/Support on delivering the topic  to your teams

This half day course from LGSS is suitable for Practitioners working directly with Children, Young people and Families including district Family Workers, Young People’s Workers, Children Centre staff, Hub Workers and Contact Workers who wish to:

•             Be able to outline the stages of child and adolescent development

•             Be able to identify factors that affect development

•             Be able to explain the impact of these factors on development

There are no entry requirements for this course.

 [£40-00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

This 1 day course from LGSS Learning and Development is aimed at front-line practitioners from across Children First Northamptonshire who will use assessments to work collaboratively with families to intervene and review support effectively.

Learning outcomes:

  • To understand the national and local contexts that informs the need for applying analysis and critical thinking into assessments.
  • To introduce the three steps for a good assessment and how to apply them in practice.
  • To be able to apply the principals of fast and slow thinking.
  • To explore the ways in which evidence-informed practice impacts on outcomes for children, families and practitioners.

[£150.00] Advertised price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancellation/non attendance.

This half  day course from LGSS is suitable for Professionals who will be required to undertake a Lead Professional role with a family in Cambridgeshire and who wish to:

•             Understand whole family work and its benefits

•             Understand the role of a lead professional and feel confident to take on the role

•             Be able to coordinate and construct support packages

•             understand how to empower families in decision making

There are no entry requirements for this course

 [£55] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

This half day course from LGSS is suitable for staff within Childrens Services Staff who are new to or who lack confidence in chairing meetings and wish to:

•             Understand the role and responsibilities of the chair person

•             Explore what makes meetings effective

•             Examine requirements for opening and closing meetings

•             Understand the importance of identifying clear SMART actions within meetings

•             Explore the skills needed to effectively manage the meeting and deal with difficult situations

There are no entry requirements for this course.

 [£40-00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

This half day course from LGSS is suitable for practitioners who are new to or lack the confidence in undertaking 1:1 sessions  and who wish to:

•             Know how to plan and undertake effective 1:1 sessions with children, young people and families

•             Know how to structure 1:1 sessions

•             Develop skills required to engage effectively with children, young people and families

•             Understand the importance of establishing and maintaining boundaries in 1:1 sessions

There are no entry requirements for this course

 [£40.00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

This 1 day course from LGSS is suitable for Child Care Practitioners who work directly with children. The course aims to:

  • Engage the Children’s workforce in creating a listening culture so that Children’s practitioners are routinely and meaningfully seeking the view and wishes of children.
  • Encourage practitioners to take on board the lived experience of Children and Young People who have been involved in statutory services. Review how they can improve practice to ensure all interventions are planned and carried out using a child focused approach.
  • To develop the skills and knowledge of the Children’s workforce in capturing and seeking the view and wishes of all children they work with.

There are no entry requirements for this course.


(£150.00) Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

Provides those with supervisory responsibilities the opportunity to reflect on, and enhance their skills and knowledge to deliver critically reflective supervision.

Who it is for
All members of staff with line-management supervisory responsibilities within Early Help; Children’s Social Care and Adults Social Care Services.

This course will meet the Knowledge and Skill Statement 7, ‘Emotionally intelligent practice supervision’ for Practice Supervisors.

What you can expect to learn
By the end of the course you will:

  • Be able to identify factors that contribute towards effective supervision
  • Be able to use tools and strategies to develop and maintain effective supervisory relationships
  • Be able to describe feedback methods that support the improvement of performance
  • Be able to apply critically reflective supervision in practice
  • Be able to identify different approaches to use within supervision to support emotional resilience

This 1.5 hour course from LGSS is suitable for front line staff (everyone – on line) who work with the public and may come into contact with the military community, their children and families. It is designed to give all staff an awareness and knowledge of the Armed forces covenant and the community for which it serves.
By the end of this session, you will able to:

  • Awareness of Military life and the wider Military community
  • Knowledge of the Covenant obligations, aims and administration
  • Knowledge of differences and difficulties with the transitions from Military to Civilian (civvi) life.
  • Northamptonshire context for the covenant and Partnership commitment.
  • Correct signposting for military community

No course entry requirements are required.
[£50.00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

Child Development

Who it is for

This course is suitable for practitioners working directly with children beneficial to Early help and residential care  and social work colleagues.

What you can expect to learn

By the end of the course you will:

• Be able to analyse the Importance of Attachment and Brain Development

• Be able to identify Internal and external factors affecting child development.

• Explore  the impact of culture  competency.

• Understand the impact of  abuse, including neglect,  can have on children’s development

• Understand the importance of linking & analysing  theory to evidence based practice in order to improve outcomes for children.

Emma Hopper  Workshops with Signs of Safety trainer for practice champions who have completed the 5 day Signs of Safety training

Workshops to deepen your knowledge of all the aspects of Signs of Safety. Each workshop will focus on a specific area such as group supervision, case mapping, collaborative case audit and appreciative inquiry, which you will then work through with your teams between each workshop.

You will need to book onto one of the half day workshops in September 2020 and November 2020–

For dates scheduled in Jan 2021 and March 2021 – Please book on the face to face training Signs of Safety Practice Leader Workshops and we let you know nearer the date if they need to be delivered via virtual training.

7th and 8th Jan and 4 and 5 March


This half day webinar from LGSS is designed to support practitioners in the use of Risk Assessment tools to be used when working with families experiencing Domestic Abuse and to help them plan for safety.

The learning objectives for the session :

  • Build on previous knowledge of DV to identify risk factors in relation to Domestic Abuse
  • Identify high risk cases of Domestic Abuse, stalking and honour-based violence
  • Explain how to complete the DASH risk checklist
  • Outline the role of IDVA’s & MARAC
  • Identify the key principles of safety planning with victims of Domestic Abuse
  • Identify the support and safety options available for victim/survivors

This half day webinar from LGSS is suitable for front line staff working with children, young people and families in Cambridgeshire.

The learning objectives for the session;

  • Explain what Domestic Abuse is, including recognising what Coercive Control is
  • Outline the relevant legislation and guidance

  • Explain the impact of Domestic Abuse on the adult victim/survivor

  • Explain how Domestic Abuse can impact children and young people


The session will support professional practice and confidence in undertaking assessments of need in relation to children, young people and families.

This training aims to set out, in an accessible format, the issues identified in practice as essential to support the kind of thinking needed to produce sound, analytical assessments that lead to plans and interventions capable of making a real difference to the lives of children and their families. It identifies some of the key features of good assessments undertaken in a range of circumstances and settings, and provides a framework to support effective thinking in practice by focussing on the skills associated with analysis and critical thinking


By the end of the course you will:


•      Have an understanding of the stages of an analytical assessment;


•      Be able to apply analytical skills and other thinking process to assessment


•      Be able specify SMART outcomes


Cultural Competance

This interactive online session will be delivered by The Equality Academy in 3 x 90 minute sections with 2 x 30 minute breaks. It is adapted for a remote audience from the 1 day face to face training previously delivered in PCC.

The training will provide an opportunity for frontline staff to explore how to work confidently with all aspects of a person's identity in order to promote positive outcomes for all service users.

By the end of the course you will:

  • Better understand cultural diversity/ understand and appreciate cultural differences, using a competency framework

  • Identify the impact of different cultures, values and choices upon the delivery of services

  • Promote best practice which takes into account people’s cultural beliefs, behaviours and needs

This half day course from LGSS is suitable for Practitioners within Childrens Services who work with childrens and their families on a regular basis and undertake assessments who wish to:

• Explore actions to be taken in cases where neglect is a significant factor within a child’s home situation

• Be able to use the new format Graded Care Profile to assess the extent of neglect, and to monitor evidence of any improvement or    deterioration

• Understand the evidence that the Graded Care Profile could provide within a referral or court setting

• Understand how to work with families to address concerns around neglect and support with sustainable changes

• Understand how to identify when progress is not being made and the possible reasons for this

There are no entry requirements for this course.

 [£40-00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.

This live online training course from LGSS in partnership with Aquarius is aimed at experienced practitioners from across Children First Northamptonshire who want to increase their skills, knowledge and confidence on the particular risks of alcohol and drug use, including prescription and over the counter medication. This course is designed to enable delegates to develop a good understanding of how substance use relates to adult and children’s safeguarding.


[£0.00] Advertised Price where not included in a Service Level Agreement and cost for cancelation/non attendance.


This training will be delivered over 4 Zoom sessions as you will be required to complete pre-learning prior to attending see pre-course activity section.

2 day Introduction to Signs of Safety Training course this is for all Children First Northamptonshire staff that work directly with children and families.

This training explores:

• The principles, disciplines, tools and processes of Signs of Safety practice;

• The application of Signs of Safety practice through end-to end case examples;

• Signs of Safety application to an agency case; and

• The implementation framework, with emphasis on learning methods that support the practice methods.

Participants in the two-day programme should come away with a basic understanding of the Signs of Safety practice methods:

• Network Building (Family Finding)

• Trajectory Case Planning

• Questioning

• My Three Houses

• Mapping

• Safety Planning

• Participatory Conferencing

• Words and Pictures

Objectives of the session :


  • Understand the dynamics of Domestic Abuse

  • Identify high risk cases of domestic abuse, stalking and honour-based violence

  • Outline the impact domestic abuse has on victims

  • Understand how to complete the DASH risk checklist

  • Understand the key principles of safety planning with victims of domestic abuse

  • Understand the support and safety options available for victim/survivors


This one day face-to-face course from LGSS is suitable for Cambridgeshire-based social care Support Workers who will be administering medication in domiciliary care settings, day services, supported living services and extra-sheltered services based in Cambridgeshire.

Delegates would wish to:

•          Understand their responsibility to follow the Care Plan and ensure they are trained and competent to do the task

•          Understand the medication policy, the risk assessment and ‘The six rights’

•          Understand the appropriate storage of medicines including storage requirements,temperatures and the process of checking medicines in/out of the home

•          Understand how to safely administer medicines including recording using a MAR Chart.

•          Understand the importance of hygiene, when to wear gloves and a safe no touch technique

•          Understand what to do if a mistake is made

•          Understand different forms, uses and routes for medication administration

•          Understand the safe disposal of medication including record keeping

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