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Engaging with Children

Sanctuary Training

Engaging with Children


Course Length:

1 Day

Course Trainer:

Linda Helliar

About the Course:

This one day course is designed to support social workers and child care practitioners to effectively communicate with children and young people.

The course will assist practitioners to improve their engagement and communication skills and develop confidence to creatively use a range of tools and methods that support communication and assist children and young people to tell and understand their stories.

Delegates will receive a full training pack with all course material.

Who is the course suitable for?

The course is suitable for anyone that undertakes direct work with children and young people as a multi-agency professional i.e. social workers, teachers, health and early help practitioners.

Learning Outcomes:

The course aims to support participants to achieve the following:

  • To understand the importance of effective communication with children and young people.
  • To be advised of the legal context and principles of good practice for communicating with children and young people.
  • To be able to identify the core skills that practitioners need to enable effective communication.
  • To have an increased understanding of different methods of communication including “open” and “closed” questioning techniques.
  • To develop skills for interview planning, including SMART working and planning for endings.
  • To develop skills and confidence in the use of a range of communication tools including “words and pictures” to creatively provide and elicit information and to assist children and young people to tell and understand their individual stories.

Training delivery methods:

  • Individual tasks
  • Small and whole group activities
  • Case studies and best practice examples
  • Group discussion
  • Handouts and other printed information
  • Power point presentation

Evaluation and Learning:

  • Questions and answers
  • Revisit, review and ensure completion of objectives
  • Group and individual discussions
  • Evaluation and feedback form

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