Mentor has joined forces with Grandparents Plus, 4Children and the Childhood Bereavement Network to develop an exciting new FREE training package for professionals who are supporting kinship carers – grandparents and members of the wider family who are raising a relative’s child – with funding from the Department for Education.
The partners have developed an Early Help Model which includes three specialist training sessions for professionals who may support kinship carers through their work, such as teachers, children’s centre staff, social workers and others working with families and children.
Mentor has developed a session to focus on the support and information kinship carers could need if they are caring for a child because of parental drug or alcohol misuse. Separate sessions are also available which cover general kinship care issues, delivered by Grandparents Plus, and supporting kinship carers and children following bereavement, by the Childhood Bereavement Network.
Across the UK an estimated 200,000-300,000 children are living with kinship carers, often because of very difficult family circumstances including drug or alcohol misuse, bereavement, imprisonment, parental illness or disability. We hope that the Early Help Model will raise awareness and understanding of the issues facing kinship carers among professionals, help service providers identify family and friends carers at an early stage, and give them relevant information for signposting so that kinship carers are able to access vital help and support.
Workshops are taking place between January and March 2016. For more information about Mentor UK’s training please email or call firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7553 9920.
In addition to the events taking place at the Mentor UK offices in London, free in-house training can also be organised. The minimum number of participants is 10.
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