"Strength Based Approaches: Empowering Nottingham City Workforces to work with Children, Families and Adults"

This event was a series of Awareness Raising and Skills Development sessions over a week period open to everyone who works within the Children's and Vulnerable Adults Workforce in the City of Nottingham. The objectives for the event are shown below;

  • Understand what Strength Based Approaches are used within Nottingham City
  • Identify what's working well and what we need to do more of
  • Understand why putting the Children and Vulnerable people at the centre is key
  • Promote self-help and self-care to empower our citizens and workforce and support independence

Please find below the list of sessions that are on offer - click on the title to find out more information and download presentation when available. Also further information about Signs of Safety can be found here

Title/Speaker

Session Description

Dates & Time

Audience

Opening Seminar - Strength Based Approaches

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Facilitators

Katy Ball, Director of Procurement and Children's Commissioning, Helen Blackman, Director for Children's Integrated Services and Linda Sellars, Director for ASC Quality and Change,

Session will include;

  • Welcome to the start of the week of activity.
  • What is a Strength Based Approach
  • A shift in thinking- working in partnership with children and families to create positive change
  • Adults Perspective of Strength Based Approaches

"If we ask people to look for deficits, they will usually find them, and their view of the situation will be coloured by this. If we ask people to look for successes, they will usually find it, and their view of the situation will be coloured by this" Kral (1989)

8 Feb

09.30-12.00pm

Leaders and Managers of Children's Workforce. Open to frontline workers as well.

Introduction to Signs of Safety

Signs of Safety Information webpage

Facilitators

Colleagues from the Signs of Safety Leads group, NCC

Session overview: Will provide colleagues with an understanding of the Signs of Safety approach being embedded across Nottingham City and consider its use in practice.

Session Objectives

  • Explain the Signs of Safety approach
  • Explore how this approach can be used to involve parents, children and young people in assessing risk, needs and planning interventions.
  • Examine how judgements based on a balance of information regarding concerns and safety can be evidenced and improved
  • Identify the benefits of using this model in multi-disciplinary work and with partnership agencies
  • Use this approach to communicate effectively with families while working in partnership with them

8 Feb

1.30-4.30pm

or

11 Feb

09.30-12.30pm

Children's and Families Workforce

Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Practice

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Facilitators:

Nigel Brown and Rhiannon Hatton

Session overview:

Motivational Interviewing and Solution Focused Practice empowers citizens to take responsibility within their lives. This interactive session will develop an understanding of how to apply these theories in your working practices.

By the end of the session participants would have:

  • Gained an understanding of the Motivational Interviewing (MI) Approach and Solution Focused Techniques (SFT).
  • Considered MI's practical application within the change cycle
  • Explored practical tools for applying MI and SFT skills into day to day work practice

9 Feb

09.30-12.30pm

Children's and Families Workforce

Signs of Safety Group Process Mapping

Signs of Safety Information webpage

Facilitators:

Colleagues from the Signs of Safety Leads group, NCC

Session overview:

To understand how Signs of Safety mapping can be used within a group setting to develop skills in asking good questions to write danger statements and safety goals.

Session Objectives

  • Explore how this approach can be used within your team and multi-agency settings to facilitate critical thinking.
  • You will be able to describe SOS case mapping process and benefits to your colleagues
  • You will be able to use to implement this approach in your teams.

9 Feb

1.30-4.30pm

or

10 Feb

09.30-12.30pm

Children's and Families Workforce

Promoting Work Readiness amongst our Citizens

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Facilitators:

Katy Pearson, Rob Harrod and Monica Bryce, Priority Families Employment Advisers, NCC

Session overview:

Introduction to the role of Employment Advisers and how they contribute the Priority Families programme resulting in improving outcomes for our Citizens.

Session Objectives:

  • Psychology of work and how this can help people move closer to or into work.
  • Myth busting around benefit reliance

9 Feb

1.30-3.30pm

Children's and Families Workforce

Raising awareness of frailty and supported self-care

Facilitator:

Dr Dawn Moody, GP with Special Interest in Older People, Fusion48

Session Overview:

An innovative and interactive session designed to build understanding and empathy for older people with frailty. Learn about the frailty fulcrum, experience a virtual reality frailty simulation, and gain access to an online toolkit to enable supported self-care.

Session Objectives;

  • To introduce the context of frailty in Nottingham & Nottinghamshire;
  • To provide an understanding of frailty and its dynamic nature;
  • To build empathy for older people living with frailty;
  • To explain the principles of supported self-care and integrated assessment in relation to older people with frailty; 

  • To introduce and provide access to the Frailty Toolkit App.

10 Feb

09:30-11:30

or

12:00-14:00

or 14:30-16:30

All staff involved directly in the care of older people

Hands-on managers or team leaders who help others to develop skills to support self-care

Words and Pictures

Signs of Safety Information webpage

Facilitators:

Colleagues from the Signs of Safety Leads group, NCC

Session overview

To understand how words and pictures can be used in practice to;

  • Help children understand the events that are often difficult for adults around them to talk about.
  • Help adults to revisit and perhaps reconsider painful episodes from the past, in order to help their children.

Session Objectives:

  • You will be able to describe the structure and sequence of words and pictures.
  • You will able to explain the words & pictures process to children, their parents and professionals.
  • You will have the opportunity of developing a 'words and pictures' sstory board

10 Feb

1.30-4.30pm

or

12 Feb

1.30-4.30pm

Children's and Families Workforce

Evidence Based Interventions: Multi Systemic Therapy

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Facilitators:

Sebrina Turner, MST Supervisor and Tracey Nurse, Head of Service, Children's Social Care, NCC

Session overview:

Reducing the risk of children entering care: Introduction to Multi Systemic Therapy (MST) and Multi Systemic Therapy Child Abuse Neglect (MST CAN).

Session Objectives

• Increase awareness of MST and MST CAN including similarities and differences between the two teams

• Increase understanding of the referral pathway

• Opportunity to ask questions

11 Feb

09.30 to 11.00am

Children's and Families Workforce

'Transforming needs in to Capabilities'

http://clicknottingham.com/make-a-referral

Facilitators

Click Nottingham Members & team facilitation.

Session overview: A chance to meet real people, sharing their own experiences of transformation through being part of Click Nottingham. No Powerpoints, just real people.

Session Objectives

· Gain an understanding of Click Nottingham, it's ethos and work in the community

· See first hand how needs can be transformed into to capabilities and possibilities

· To inspire a change of mindset for the audience, to be more strength based in our approach and seek out peoples strengths and gifts, when faced with need.

11 Feb

2.00-3.00pm

Third sector

Health & Social Care

You get out what you put in -the art of asking good questions

Signs of Safety Information webpage

Facilitators:

Colleagues from the Signs of Safety Leads group, NCC

Session overview:

To provide a learning experience to identify good questions that can be used in meetings, reviews and home visits.

Session Objectives

  • You will have a toolkit of good questions that can be used with children and families.
  • You will be able to apply Signs of Safety principles to asking good questions
  • You will develop your skills and confidence to ask difficult questions
  • Will have had the opportunity to be creative and imaginative when asking questions.

11 Feb

1.30-4.30pm

or

12 Feb

09.30-12.30pm

Children's and Families Workforce

Looking After Each Other

"..... enabling and equipping citizens and communities to do more to support themselves and each other"

Session cancelled to be rearranged

Facilitators:

Kevin Banfield, LAEO Programme Manager and LAEO project leads

Session Overview;

Background to the Looking After Each Other (LAEO) programme, including a detailed and practical insight into some of the innovative approaches being piloted to try taken forward as part of this city-wide initiative

Session Objectives;

  • Understand what LAEO is, its purpose and what's happen so far with the programme
  • Hear, first hand, about the some of the exciting and innovative projects within the programme, including the "Bulwell Pilot", Social Prescribing and Community Navigators.
  • Give you the opportunity to think about how you can how you can be involved in promoting and embedding the looking after each other philosophy as part of your day to day work

12 Feb

09:30-11:30am

Children's and Adults Workforce

What does strengths based approaches mean for universal services?

No presentation available

Facilitators:

Nicola Whiteman, SSBC Workforce & Learning Coordinator, A Better Start Nottingham

Session Overview:

What does strengths based approaches mean for universal services?

Small Steps Big Changes (SSBC) has as its core strengths based approaches. This session will review where this has come from, discuss what it means for universal services and provide an overview of Triple P (positive parenting programme), one example of a strengths based aspect of the SSBC programme.

Session Objectives;

  • To discuss and identify what strengths based approaches can mean for universal services
  • To explain the evidence base around Triple P and how it fits with achieving the SSBC outcomes
  • To provide an overview of Triple P content and universal application for parents of 0-3 years olds
  • Exploring the principles of Triple P:

- having a safe & interesting environment;

- having a positive learning environment;

- using assertive discipline;

- having realistic expectations and taking care of yourself as a parent

12 Feb

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Children's workforce working with children 0-3 years

In the meantime if you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact lisa.hazell@nottinghamcity.gov.uk