100% of participants said they had gained an increased knowledge about domestic abuse and violence. They also agreed they now felt more motivated and confident to engage in conversations with young people about these issues.
71% of course participants said they would change their practice as a result of the training course.
This course offers in-depth learning for foster carers and those working with looked after children on how to respond to children who have experienced domestic violence and abuse. Participants will develop their knowledge of the emotional impact of domestic violence on looked after children, and will gain confidence in discussing openly the impact of this with children. They will also have the opportunity to understand from the perspective of an adult care leaver how children may feel arriving at a new placement. We will focus on how children respond not only to new adult carers, but to the physical surroundings and how this may impact on settling in to a new placement. The course will also focus on the resilience of looked after children and the challenges faced by care leavers by examining common assumptions about domestic violence and abuse.
You will gain:
- Increased understanding of domestic violence and abuse
- The ability to identify barriers to a person leaving an abusive relationship
- Increased confidence to talk about violence and abuse
- Knowledge of the impact of domestic violence and abuse on foster care
- Understanding of the strengths of young survivors of abuse
- Understanding how domestic abuse and violence can affect settling into a new placement
- New knowledge about so called ‘attention seeking’ behaviour
Who should attend:
This course is designed to benefit any persons who work with looked after children and care leavers, including social workers, foster carers, youth workers, mentors, teaching staff, domestic violence workers, IDVAs, counsellors.