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Working Effectively with Young People – Understanding Adolescent Development and Contextual Safeguarding in Families

In our work across the Country we see concerns and issues around:

  • Lack of provision/skills/support that enables practitioners to feel confident to manage adolescent risk.
  • Local authorities spending huge amounts of money on out of area looked after placements for adolescents where the family unit has broken down.
  • An increase in Childhood Sexual Exploitation (CSE), Criminal Exploitation (CE), substance misuse, adolescent on parent violence and mental health issues.
  • Decreased services available for young people in the community to meet adding pressure on family services.
  • Staff sharing that it is increasingly difficult to engage the young people/adolescents as part of a wider family plan.

The risk factors for young people are spiralling. Practitioners are telling us that they are not feeling confident in how to respond. Systems and processes are not in place to support the response to contextualised safeguarding issues.

We have created a range of training packages and consultancy support options.


We have created a 3 day programme:

Day 1 – The foundations – Understanding young people, adolescents and risk.

Day 2 – Understanding and managing risk.

Day 3 – Theories, Tools and Practical Application to support intervention.

Consultancy Support

We also have a highly experienced team who are able to support systems, processes and leaders around contextual safeguarding.

Contact us for more information.

Read more about our working with young people programme

  • All courses are offered on a Face to Face or Virtual basis.
  • Bespoke & Open Training Courses Available.

Case Studies

  • Westminster Family Hub ILT Support

    We provided support for the creation of Family hubs including working with a range of leaders across local areas around their local the vision and the creation and ongoing support of integrated leadership teams.

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  • FACT 22 Crewe C Change

    C-Change is a structured, evidence based approach to assessing parental capacity to change in situations where the parenting is likely to be causing harm to their children. The FACT 22 team felt they would benefit from a structured approach to assessing a parent’s capacity to change that worked alongside their solution-focused, strengths-based approach.
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  • City and Guilds Working with Parents Level 4 – LB of Tower Hamlets

    LB of Tower Hamlets wanted to embed an accredited program into their whole family working framework. This training was to coincide with changes in the authority and a will of LBTH to invest in their staff.
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  • East Sussex ATHE Level 4 Working with children, individuals and families

    East Sussex commissioned an inhouse cohort of family workers to complete the qualification following the success of a small number of staff attending our open level 4 offer.
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Cancellation Policy

We are very flexible and will do our utmost to rearrange training should the need arise, but our trainers obviously commit themselves to the training days agreed and so if you need to cancel at short notice we will need to charge a cancellation fee to cover their time.