Troubled Families – Working to Welcome
Reaching troubled families is now a target for many working in Children’s Services- Education and Social Care. What fresh approaches can we design to enable more access to services and opportunities? The challenge is to get isolated people and families who participate little (and who are often the clients of Services) outside of the world of clients and services.
Behaviour and Relationships
Parents and Carers
What can we do to build connections with those on the margins of society? How can we reach out, welcome and build relationships with those parents and families that do not seem to want to participate in what we offer as a Centre?
Reaching troubled families is now a target for many working in Children’s Services- Education and Social Care. What fresh approaches can we design to enable more access to services and opportunities? The challenge is to get isolated people and families who participate little (and who are often the clients of Services) outside of the world of clients and services
Places, people and activities- what will it take?
Join us in this judgement and jargon-free day to explore how we can move beyond simply labelling and making assumptions about people to building the kinds of relationships that make it more likely people will participate.
This day is for anyone who sees the value of community building but isn’t sure how to get started. We recognise that people need ‘structures for participation’ and know that people are best connected on the basis of mutuality, not neediness; that a person must be an active contributor in order to foster relationships. This day will provide those attending with the tools and processes to enable them to get started on the intentional building of relationships.
In depth problem solving using ‘Circle of Adults’ as a central approach is informing work we are carrying out in Nottinghamshire and elsewhere with workers tasked with engaging with ‘troubled families’
The artwork was fabulous, great, easy to understand delivery
Overall an enjoyable course thanks
Excellent enjoyable day
Most interesting training I have undertaken in ages, both for new ideas and confirmation of my beliefs
Excellent day, well run, variety of activities and nice pace.
Thank you to you both, today has been very beneficial thank you.
Very relaxed atmosphere really enjoyed it.
Enjoyed it thanks
Very good presentations, very visual
Again brilliant art work
Informal delivery of presentation
Opinions of clients taken into consideration
New ideas such as the community circle
New style of learning
Different delivery styles, methods, ideas
Sharing experiences with other professionals
A relaxed group ended in sharing ideas
The whole day was interesting – all parts fitted together – several ideas I can implement
Relating real problems – how they effect all people, anyone can be in that position of isolation
- To explore how labelling and stereotyping jeopardise what we are able to achieve in our work with individuals and families on the margins
- To clarify vision, direction and goals for your Team as they work to create more inclusive settings and communities in the neighbourhoods they serve
- To learn radical different ways of thinking and strategies for engagement
- To explore the importance of ‘contribution’ as the starting point for community building
- To learn how to use ‘Solution Circles’ – a fast and lively Team problem solving tool for getting ‘unstuck’
- To learn how to set up and facilitate a ‘Community Circle’ in your setting.
Who Is It For ?
- Children’s Centre Managers, Deputies and Family Support Workers
- Outreach workers
- Social Care Practitioners and Managers
- Family Workers
- Local Authority Early Years Advisors and Consultants
* As with all our courses, follow-up support and guidance on putting the ideas into practice is always available by email after the training. Simply contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions or to share what you are learning.
The training will cover:
- Creating and facilitating Community Circles – this theme draws on our own work in Nottingham with Community Circle ‘NG3’ and on our work in two Children’s Centres in Walsall who are currently setting up Centre-based Circles for the communities they serve. This work is about community building and organising and not about trying to find a budget to create ‘another service’ – in short, using what you have to make what you need. It therefore has a much greater chance of being an initiative that can be sustained over time
- Understanding the role of ‘Community Connectors’
- Welcoming the ‘hard to welcome’ – thinking more deeply about what we mean by ‘Welcome’ and what we need to do (and undo) to strengthen the welcome our setting offers
- Creating a shared vision and goals for those we are trying to work with
- Solution Circles as a fast problem solving tool for your Team
- Circles of Adults – in depth problem solving
- From labels and stereotypes to empathy and connection – how an understanding our own circles of support enables us to stand in the shoes of those labeled ‘hard to reach’
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