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LB Lewisham (Family Thrive) Bespoke Training Course

The aim of the training was to support frontline staff to build skills to support children and families accessing support from the Family Thrive team. The sessions were attended by 18 front line members of staff. Bespoke case studies focused on direct practice relevant to the team and each themed session. Staff were supported to reflect on their own practice, areas of strengths and limitations to develop future practice.

Learning Outcomes

Session 1: Engagement and communication

  • Understand the values and principles that underpin work with children and families
  • Understand the nature of effective relationships with individuals and whole families
  • Ability to address barriers to involvement
  • Understand the concept of unconditional positive regard and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Understand worker resilience and self-management
  • Be able to build effective relationships within a trauma informed framework
  • Be able to reflect on own practice

Session 2: Assessment and Risks

  • Understand the process of an effective whole family assessment
  • Consider strengths-based and child-centred approaches
  • Understand why it is important to understand child development
  • Understand how to use assessment tools to identify risk and assess needs of families
  • Be able to reflect on own practice in completing a whole family needs assessment and family plan

Session 3: SMART planning and action-planning

  • Ability to create a family plan based on the assessment of needs.
  • Be able to hold appropriate multiagency conversations.
  • Be clear on multi agency partner’s responsibility and availability.

Session 4 : Supporting families towards independence and self-reliance

  • Understand the importance of supporting individuals and families towards independence and self-reliance.
  • Understand the reasons behind lack of opportunities such as education, learning, training and employment in individuals and families
  • Be able to reflect on own practice when supporting families towards independence and self-reliance.



Key learning from the training

  • I will use some of the new resources shown on training to support child’s voice
  • I will be more mindful about the impact of secondary trauma and vicarious trauma on me as a professional. Try to implement the skills learnt in my practice.
  • Use more motivational interviewing and trauma informed practise techniques.
  • Use new ways of working such as motivational interviewing- specifically with the open questions- this was very useful.
  • I will use the stages of change with the families moving forward. 

What will you do now differently as a result of attending this training?

  • Show the blank EHA form to families to get their understanding of the reasons the information I need for the assessment.
  • Try to be more assertive/delegate tasks in TAF meetings.
  • Try to be more reflective
  • I will look to embed this useful training and information into my practice