Training for schools

Information about mental health and wellbeing training for schools staff and governors. Includes training courses and online, on-demand training. 

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Pooky KnightsmithThe Wellbeing Hub is excited to announce that we are working in partnership with Dr Pooky Knightsmith and Creative Education. This will enable us to offer school staff / governors in Cornwall FREE and FULL access to the ENTIRE library of Creative Education’s on-demand training; live learning and resources for up to 1000 Hub members between now and December 31st 2022.

At the heart of the offer is the fantastic wellbeing training / events and support created by Pooky. Many of you will know her work already.

As well as access to the Creative Education website. Pooky will be offering:

  • six live webinars (bespoke for Cornwall which Hub members will be able to help shape) 

    Save the dates: 4th March 2021, 29th April 2021, 17th June 2021, 23rd September 2021, 25th November 2021 and 3rd February 2021, all 4pm - 5:30pm.

  • Support for the development of a Mental Health Leads in schools Network and Cornwall’s support for a Whole School Approach to Wellbeing

To find out how to get involved, join the topic

Building on current trauma informed training and practice already being delivered across the county SPACE provides an accessible, flexible toolkit of high-quality resources for professionals, enabling them to work with groups of parents and carers.... read more

This free, CPD Accredited training course helps professionals use the Online Resilience Tool. Trainees will learn how to assess young people’s behaviour using the tool, explore how they would respond to the identified behaviours, and learn about the laws around young people’s online activities.

The training is suitable for any professionals working with children, young people and families, it aims to enable trainees to recognise online behaviours and differentiate between those which are normal for the age group and those which may represent unhealthy or harmful online activities; explore their own values and understand how they impact on decision making; and feel confident talking to young people about their online behaviours and link this to their safeguarding practice.

By the end of the training, trainees will be able to identify if a situation is Harmful, Potentially Harmful or Not Harmful using the Online Resilience Tool; describe how they would respond and how this links to their organisations safeguarding policy; and recognise their own values in relation to online activity.

The training consists of this e-learning and is followed up with a facilitated group video call, in which trainees can discuss case studies with other professionals. You can book onto the video call by clicking here.

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TISUK On demand webinars 

11 on demand webinars from TISUK for practitioners / school staff more generally. 

Free to access until July 2022

There is a lot of training available out there...

... we'll highlight a selection of training providers and specific courses that we come across and think are worth a look. 

Protective Behaviours

Protective Behaviours is a practical down to earth approach to personal safety. It is a process that encourages self-empowerment and brings with it the skills to raise self-esteem and to help avoid being victimised. This is achieved by helping individuals to recognise and trust their intuitive feelings (Early Warning Signs) and to develop strategies for self-protection. The Protective Behaviours process encourages an adventurous approach to life that satisfies the need for fun and excitement without violence and fear.

We are interested in PBs as another usefu; tool in Cornwall's Toolbox of Wellbeing (for example, in the context of our recent involvement in the Child Exploitation Awareness / County Lines work in Cornwall and the Resilience Framework (created by BoingBoing)

More information about PBs can be found on our website

Protective Behaviours Introductory Session

This is a short course designed to introduce people to the Protective Behaviours process. The course may be helpful  to gain an understanding of the Protective Behaviours process.  

The Protective Behaviours Foundation Course 

This is a 2-day course (currently split over 4 x 3 online hour sessions over 4 days) for anyone who lives and/or works with children, young people, or adults.  The Foundation course introduces the 5 elements of the PB process and provides opportunities to experience the 7 strategies in action...

Look out for dates / details for upcoming training in Cornwall.