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Central Bedfordshire Council - Capacity to Change Training

We are the national training provider for this approach having partnered with the The University of Bristol.

C-Change focuses specifically on parental capacity to change, with the aim of improving practitioner skills and better informing future planning and decision-making for children.  

Central Bedfordshire were the first Early Help team to be trained in this approach. 20 participants were trained in this model to aid clarity on complex stuck cases, to devise clear plans of intervention, and to evidence change within the family system. In addition, the participants wanted help to identify and evidence when change hasn’t occurred and therefore stop ‘drift’, ensuring that children’s safety is paramount.

The Bedford Early help teams completed the 2-day C Change training, and 1 day follow up specifically targeted to the needs of the team.

The content of the follow up day included:

  • Enhancing practitioner observation skills to evidence actual change using the C change model.
  • To identify meaning in infants, young children and teen behaviour in the context of their relationship with their parents/carers
  • Using C Change when working with teenagers.
  • The use of case material vignettes and video to aid learning and discussion.
  • Mapping of participant live cases using the C Change materials.

 Feedback from learners included: 

  • “ I think it allows you to slow down and re-think the case in a different way, noticing things you may have pushed aside during your work. This will allow you to re-establish their ability and set small achievable goals.”
  • “This will definitely support ‘stuck’, ‘edge of social care’ cases, to inform where support should be - EH/SC. Informed evidence based decision.”
  •  “I feel this has enormous capacity to inform and change my assessments.”
  • “It will definitely help with the cases where there are a lot of presenting issues and making more specific, straight forward goals for change, with the voice of the child and the forefront.”
  • Give more attention to observation when reviewing cases, and seek evidence through observations.

 100% of the participants said they would recommend this training to a colleague working with children and families.

See more on the approach here.