Domestic violence workshop supports multi-agency working
London Borough of Camden asked Research in Practice to support the launch of family group conference services with families experiencing domestic violence.
“We are currently piloting the DOVE Family Group Conference (FGC) model. A DOVE FGC aims to act against the secrecy of domestic violence by enhancing knowledge and the number of people who know what has been happening.
Offering this workshop to staff alongside the launch of this pilot project was fantastic as RiP were able to tailor the training to meet this purpose. The group was made up of practitioners across agencies working with children, young people and their families…the workshop was fantastic in providing a multi-agency learning experience.
Those who attended the session found the workshop highly valuable... Many also found the practical tips for workbooks and tools to use with children and families and time to reflect on practice very helpful.”
Nataleigh Strasburg, Senior Clinical Practitioner at LB Camden
Early brain development for foster carers
Reading Council approached us with a request to design and deliver a workshop that would build understanding around the practical implications of this issue for foster carers.
With so much focus in the media on what neuroscience can tell us about children’s development in the early years, Reading wanted a balanced presentation of the evidence - delivered in a way that makes practical sense to non-experts.
Contrary to some interpretations of the evidence; the research demonstrates that the early brain is highly adaptable, remarkably resilient and flexible, and can make strong recoveries from early developmental delays. There is a good deal that foster carers can do to promote this recovery in the infants they care for.
The session was designed to run within school hours to support carers’ participation. It balanced interaction, skills sharing and the use of video to explain complex evidence.
You can find an online version of this material on the Fostering and Adoption website developed by Research in Practice for the DfE.