Quotation for Communicating with Children – Methods and Techniques Training

Quotation for Communicating with Children – Methods and Techniques Training

This training will be offered to Sefton Council employees working in Children’s Social Care, and Early Intervention Services.

Sefton Council
Quotation for Communicating with Children – Methods and Techniques Training
This training will be offered to Sefton Council employees working in Children’s Social Care, and Early Intervention Services.


The venue for this learning to take place is anticipated to be the Ainsdale Corporate Learning Centre. Actual dates for the whole year commencing 1st April 2015 through to 31st March 2016 are to be confirmed with the Learning and Development Officer, once procurement has been completed and identified commissioning has been agreed.


The training is to be offered as a 2 day training programme for frontline practitioners.


Duration2 full days.

Timing9.30am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Maximum Number of Learners per session25

Number of events required – initially 2 x 2 day sessions.


Details of the 2 day course as follows:


Communicating with Children – Methods and Techniques (2 days):


Aims and outcomes:

To increase participants’ knowledge about creative methods and techniques that can be used to enhance communication with children who have varied and sometimes complex needs, promoting the ability of all children to have their voice/s heard within the assessment, planning and potential court processes.

This needs to include advocating for the unborn baby, young babies, and toddlers, with attention equally given to the differing and developing needs of children of school age, adolescence, and entering into adulthood / independence.

To explore the ways in which we communicate, and look at practical / case examples of how we can improve, and promote positive engagement with the most vulnerable members of our society.

Be able to communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively using best evidence methods with children of different ages and abilities, their families and the professional system in ways which are engaging, motivating, respectfully challenging and effective even when people are perceived to be angry, hostile and resistant to change.


To promote the ability of practitioners to be able to support children and families flexibly in transition, including moving children from home to foster / residential care, moving placements, return back home, moving into adoptive / long term foster placements or into independence, and understanding the impact of separation, loss, trauma and change. Help children to separate from, and sustain, multiple relationships recognising the impact of separation, loss and change.


For participants to be able to develop their own communication skills, have an increased sense of confidence when talking to children of varying ages and abilities, about what can be very difficult and sensitive issues.


The purpose being to promote the ability of the voice of all children being heard. To ensure that they are listened to; their views, voice/s and lived experiences are portrayed and evident within the assessment and planning processes, and that children are informed of what is happening, as well as what is being expected of them / their parents / carers / family.


This training may also contain experiential, interactive elements, where participants are able to reflect upon and increase their knowledge about methods and techniques in communicating with children, by utilising the different methods and techniques to reflect on their own issues.


Learning points should be supplemented with examples, information sheets and research papers, where relevant.


By the end of the course delegates will be able to:

  • Have a full understanding of the ways and means that children communicate; via thoughts, feelings and behaviour. This will also include some increased awareness of children’s language; verbal / non verbal, cognitive, emotional, identity, and sexual development.
  • Understand the development of memory (pre verbal, schema and impact of trauma).
  • Be able to identify key evidence of abuse.
  • Identify key factors when considering what may silence or prohibit children from being able to communicate openly (blocks and barriers to disclosing abuse and neglect).
  • Recognise and apply 3 core concepts in relationship building (trust, honesty and mirroring).
  • Increase knowledge about using play to aid communication with children.
  • Increase knowledge about using art work to aid communication with children.
  • Increase knowledge about using drama to aid communication with children.
  • Understand differences in the types of support available to children / young people; such as various forms of counselling / therapy, so that the right services are accessed, and be able to identify the most appropriate and effective intervention.



Trainer requirements (e.g. qualifications, experience, skills)


–           Experience of delivery of the subject matter along with details of any qualification you

feel relevant (not necessarily a teaching / training qualification).


–           Current experience of developing and delivering training in the areas above.


–           Evidence of continuing professional development in relation to the above areas, broad

knowledge of the subjects, including current research developments.






*The Council has an indicative budget of £4,200 (inclusive of all associated costs) allocated for the above identified training.  The Council reserves the right not to consider any bid that exceeds the indicative budget. 


·             ;         Sefton Council reserves the right to award the contract/agreement on the basis of a single supplier

Mr Chris Magee
Email Address:
0151 934 4069
0151 934 4579
2nd Floor Magdalen House
Trinity Road
L20 3NJ
United Kingdom
Key Dates
23/04/2015 12:20
13/05/2015 12:00
Other Information
12 (months)
12 (months)
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