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Responsive Training Update 9th – 23rd March

What behaviours and challenges are the young people being refereed to us facing…

  • Self-harm & Suicidal ideation
  • Criminality
  • Missing incidents
  • Children coming into placement from hospital

Below are a list of online courses and resources such as videos, podcasts and further reading for each of these areas


Self-harm & Suicidal Ideation
& Children coming into placement from hospital

This month in placements, we are seeing lots of young people with Suicidal Ideation and this can be a daunting challenge for those around the young person, as you naturally want to keep them safe. We run self-harm awareness training, but this will be later in the year, so what can you do now to make you feel more confident in caring for a young people with Suicidal and self-harm thoughts


Psychological First Aid

As stated above, we are seeing lots of young people being referred to us straight from hospital for a range of reasons and this course looks at providing psychological first aid for young people

PFA is used to support people during emergencies and assesses the concerns and needs of an individual by providing support when they are suffering. We have all been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of us will have noticed the effects it has had upon our mental health. This course will explore how mental health has been affected due to COVID and how you can help children and young people who are in need of support.

By completing the course, you will learn:

  • What psychological first aid
  • To be aware of the four stages of PFA
  • To understand children’s cognitive development and responses to stressful situations
  • How to assess and identify additional needs in children and young people
  • How to engage in effective conversations and use an active listening approach
  • Grounding techniques that children and young people can use to help them feel safer and calmer


Self Harm Behaviours

This course will look at the stereotypes, myths, and reality of self-harm and also examine young people’s experiences, the assessment and management of risk, and building resilience in practice.

By completing the course, you will learn:

  • To recognise what might cause children to self-harm
  • To be aware of what can be done to help and support people who self-harm
  • How to manage the impact of self-harm as an individual
  • Useful interventions for working with young people who self-harm, and promoting empowerment


Ligature Training

Ligature is a method used in suicide. A ligature is something which could potentially be used or has been used for self-strangulation.

By completing the course, you will learn:

  • ­Practical tips on what to do if you find a young person has attempted suicide by strangulation.
  • What happens when a ligature is used
  • To be aware of the causes of asphyxia
  • To know the standard operational procedures
  • To be aware of first aid and help

Positive Risk Taking

Part of “getting back to normal” and building resilience, is learning and knowing how to take positive risks. This course will help you to empower young people to do this and why positive risk taking is so important

By completing the course, you will learn:

  • How to raise “risk competent” children
  • Why raising risk-taking children is essential for their development
  • How to respond when a child chooses to take risks To learn how to consider a risks potential payoff versus its real danger

Click here Enrol in any of these courses


List of apps that can help a young person who might self harm

Understanding CAHMS Guide for young people

How to cope when supporting someone who self harms

Podcast: Looked-after children and self-harm

Criminality & CCE

We are also unfortunately seeing a lot of referrals for young people who have been victims of CCE. The below will help you to understand what CCE is and what you can do about it

Criminal Exploitation and County Lines Fostering

As we have seen over the past few weeks, there are referrals coming to us for young people that are involved with criminality in some way and this course will help you to understand the risks of that but also what you can do as a foster carer to help stop a young person engaging in this behaviour


This spread of serious criminality into new rural markets represents a difference in patterns of criminal behaviour and of an expansion of drug use into previously minimally affected areas. This course will explore the different County Line models and of the behaviour of the offenders as they spread their markets. It will also look at victims and how they can be coerced into assisting the offenders to develop their business outside of their traditional urban marketplace.

By Completing this course, you will learn:

  • The context of criminal exploitation
  • To understand vulnerabilities and indicators
  • The barriers to engagement
  • The importance of language
  • An awareness of the services available nationally

Missing incidents

Young People continue to go missing and therefore potentially placing themselves at risk. As Foster Carers this can be a worrying time but the course below and the resources will aid you in your goal of keeping that young person safe

Advanced Missing from Care Training

This Advanced course covers legislation and local/regional protocols, promoting well engaged relationships and prevention techniques. It covers why young people run away, what action you need to take to minimise the risk.


By Completing this course you will learn:

  • Why some young people run away
  • An understanding of trauma and Stockholm syndrome
  • The missing from care categories and police definitions
  • To know who is vulnerable
  • How to manage young people going missing
  • The legislation and statutory guidance
  • To be aware of the Runaway and Missing from Home and Care (RMFHC) protocol