Seaspace offers generic and bespoke training for social care organisations. We are happy to talk to local authorities; independent agencies and the voluntary sector about providing training that fits with the needs of their workforce. We can develop bespoke training for social work and social care staff and managers with organisations linked to the way training needs and CPD has been identified.
Seaspace has specialist courses, here are some examples:
This training includes neuro development during pre and postnatal periods of development and includes knowledge about the importance of attachment and play.
Very knowledgeable, sensitively addressed issues, really kind sympathetic presentation. Loads of literature to look at, well organised.
Teaching was very engaging, as it felt collaborative, and was not rushed.
Videos were pivotal in getting us to consider issues surrounding child observation.
One day training to introduce social workers; foster carers and allied professionals working with children and families to child observation methods and skills focusing on pre-school children.
It is a requirement for NQSW’s to gain skills in effectively using child observation. Local authorities commission this training as part of the NQSW training programme. Seaspace has been providing this training for Birmingham Children’s Trust for NWSQ’s from 2018 and this is planned until 2020. Dorset Council have commissioned the one-day training for family resource workers, social workers and foster carers, and also, the longer 6-month child observation training.
Department of Education Knowledge and Skills Statements for Children and Families social workers at newly qualified level-
No 6. Child and Family Assessment
Seaspace provides participants the opportunity to gain an understanding of why child observations skills are important and how this links to assessing and planning for children. Participants gain insight into the world of the child; have opportunity to observe young children using video and films; practice undertaking some basic recording during the day. The focus is to apply the learning to practice.
Excellent knowledge of an area that is often overlooked
The training was very relevant to the Child's Journey assignment and my understanding of attachment / neglect in children
I took away how important it is to put social work / assessment agenda to one side and get into the world of the child.
This consists of:
The trainer was very knowledgeable regarding child observation and how this can be used effectively within social work practice. The trainer was clear and was very engaging throughout the day.
Made me understand how fundamental to understanding a child to observe child in its context, without influencing it's behaviour.
Presenter delivered her knowledge via tasks and material that made us reflect and draw conclusions, which were then discussed. This allowed us to take ownership of the learning
Seaspace developed and delivered reflective practice groups for a local authority which had recognised that they weren’t performing well. The local authority had a vision of using relationship-based practice working with users of the service and understood that this required a whole system change to implement more open and responsive social work practice. This whole system change was supported by the Centre for Social Work Practice. As part of this process, Seaspace developed and delivered a model of RPG’s working with of heads of services; pod and team mangers and lead practitioners. Regular RPG groups were held over the course of a year.
See article in BASW’s Professional Social Work magazine (May 2019, p. 22-23) - focus is on the importance of relationship-based practice and how a local authority undertook a whole system change. Fiona worked with Brighton and Hove to introduce and deliver a model of reflective practice groups on behalf of the Centre for Social Work Practice for a year in the early stages of the whole system change. The RGPs were part of providing organisational, management and practitioner containment for the ‘felt aspect of the work’. View Article
"For CSWP Fiona McKinnon delivered a complex and intensive programme of reflective practice groups for a local authority Children’s Service Department over the course of a year. Feedback from many levels of the organisation was extremely positive and referred to Fiona’s level of skill, sensitivity, professionalism, creativity and resilience in undertaking this work. She has a strong commitment to a value base of transparency, inclusion, honesty and reflexivity, and was altogether a very professional and stimulating colleague with whom to work. The programme of work she undertook was evaluated by a professional researcher and the evidence indicated strong development on a variety of levels for the practitioners and managers with whom she engaged. The client organisation was very happy with her work, and CSWP would certainly employ her again." Professor Andrew Cooper Centre for Social Work Practice
Fiona’s style was very comfortable. She was very containing. There was a core group of individuals who attended the group and when others attended intermittently. Fiona enabled the group to function very well. She ensured that everyone had the opportunity to present an issue and that others had the opportunity to participate in this.
Insight into other people’s work lives. Shared common experience of being a manager grappling with similar issues. Fiona was gentle and calm and felt supportive.
Thank you for your wonderful support and smiling encouragement.
I found it useful to pool, experience, techniques and skills, particularly in facilitating RPG’s, but also in offering consultations. The group has helped me in defining and shaping the LP role. Thank you for all your help, support and enthusiasm – it has made a real difference.
Fiona’s style was comfortable. She was very containing. Fiona enabled the group to function very well.
Fiona is a skilled facilitator who is adept at listening and drawing out themes and critical thinking from what is being said. Her feedback is constructive and thoughtful as well as thought provoking. At the RPG I felt valued for the way I think and the work that I do, this has a big impact on me.
Fiona is warm and welcoming, calm and friendly. She has been very containing and her ability to bring out unspoken themes has enabled me and my colleagues to reflect in a deeper and meaningful way. She is supportive and nurturing. Fiona has modelled good practice.
Thought provoking, lovely, inspirational – really appreciate you and your work Thank you for your tenacity to keep going and persevere, your insights and your discretion in the face of difficulty!