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Connected Practice Leadership Programme for Heads of Service - Postponed

Faraday House, 1 Faraday House
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Target Audience
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Course Types
Programme, Course
Course categories
ESCC Staff
Connected Practice / Leadership, Management and Supervision
Course description

Important note. This event resumes with four workshops and a short action learning set on each date.

This six month bespoke programme has been developed for Heads of Service and is comprised of two key elements. Firstly, a series of workshops run on a monthly basis which focus upon key elements of Connected Leadership. Secondly, participation in an action learning set designed as the collaborative opportunity for Heads of Service to engage in critical reflection and peer learning.

Training objectives

Our ‘Connected Practice’ model of relationship based practice focuses on developing trust, security and respect in all relationships. This is as necessary for the practitioner in the work environment as it is for the child during a home visit with a social worker. The social worker needs to feel connections to the team and the organisation, the practice manager needs to feel this right up to the CEO, ie 'Connected Leadership'. 

The programme will begin with three workshops covering:

  • Workplace Resilience

  • Developing and sustaining a critically reflective service

  • Humanising Leadership

Followed by three topic based workshops:

  • DMM model of attachment

  •  Domestic abuse

  • Trauma Informed practice

Each workshop will be followed by an action learning set.


Learning outcomes

Workshop 1: Workplace Resilience.

Establishing meaningful relationships which facilitate change with vulnerable populations is both cognitively demanding and emotionally laden. This workshop focusses upon the what builds and dilutes professional resilience and considers the implications for senior leadership.

Workshop 2: Developing and sustaining a critically reflective service.

Collecting, collating and attributing meaning to information is a central component of the effective assessment of need, risk and/or vulnerability. This can only occur if the practitioner, team and service create and sustain critical reflection. This workshop will focus upon how senior leadership influences how critical reflection is developed, and maintained within children's services.

Workshop 3: Humanising Leadership.

Adherence to timescales, the setting, monitoring and achievement of performance targets and a focus on throughput and output are all necessary elements of leading a modern children's service workforce. This workshop focusses upon the relational and emotional dimensions of contemporary leadership. It will include the contribution of neuroscience to leadership and the implications this has for the Connected Practice model.

Workshop 4: DMM model of attachment - Clark Baim

In this session, Clark Baim will present an introduction to the Dynamic-Maturational Model (DMM) of Attachment and Adaptation. After explaining the model, Clark will address issues pertaining to management, supervision, and practice - including assessment, individual case conceptualisation, family-systemic formulations, intervention approaches, and case management issues.

There will be time for questions and consideration of specific issues of concern to participants. We will consider how managers can give system support for the DMM approach in East Sussex.


Workshop 5: Domestic Abuse - SWIFT

 Covering the new DA bill, and giving you 'highlights' of the DA training for practitioners, including what makes a good safety plan and the importance of safety planning with the perpetrator.


Workshop 6: Trauma Informed practice - Kristi Hickle

In recent years, there has been an increased awareness that traumatic experiences are common among children and families interacting with children’s social care, and addressing trauma is essential for their health, safety and recovery. However, professionals often feel ill-equipped to understand and effectively respond to trauma in a way that promotes safety, resilience, strength, and hope.

In this session Dr Kristine Hickle will inform you about the two-day training she delivers to introduce practitioners to contemporary trauma theory and principles of trauma informed practice that can be applied across a range of professional roles. She will focus on how to support your teams through management, trauma-informed supervision, and practice.

Additional Information

Preparation and Follow up

Please print and bring with you any materials attached to the course.

Refreshments are provided but lunch is not.

Workshops will run from 9:30am to 12:30pm. Action learning sets will run from 1:15pm to 2:15pm.

Start Date
Tuesday 4 February 2020
End Date
Friday 8 January 2021
Closing Date
Monday 20 January 2020
09:30 - 16:30
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