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Our Training Offer

Our training sessions have been developed to offer flexibility to you, the learner.  As such, we have developed a number of accredited, non-accredited and bite size learning packages in a variety of different areas to serve practitioners from a range of backgrounds.  These areas are:

  • Compliance training
  • Practice based training
  • Awareness training

Our training sessions include

Independent Advocacy

Face to faceAccredited or non-accreditedPractice based training

Our level 3 accredited independent advocacy training takes place through face to face training over two days in central, accessible venues in England and Wales (non-accredited routes may also be available on request).  Practice based, the main focus of our advocacy training is around developing professionals to become qualified advocates who can then go on to support children, young people and vulnerable adults through advocacy practices.  The training includes ongoing assessor support to complete an accredited workbook.

The training is also relevant to social workers, participation workers and children’s rights officers who would like to gain an additional award as well as build on their existing advocacy skills.  We focus on a number of areas in the training, including:

  • Understanding what advocacy is.
  • Considering the roles, processes, ethics and principles of advocacy.
  • Exploring the cornerstones of advocacy: child led, independence, confidentiality and equality of access.
  • The rights of children, young people and vulnerable adults.
  • Practical challenges and dilemmas.

This accredited course is also available for agencies to ‘buy in’ for your staff.  Organisations who take this option can benefit from tailoring the course to reflect your own local issues or training needs; for example you may wish to include more emphasis on working with disabled children and young people or request more time looking at confidentiality and complaints.

To arrange in-house or bespoke training, please discuss this directly with the national training manager
via 0151 649 8700 or training@nyas.net

Certificate in Independent Advocacy

Face to faceAccredited  – Practice based training

We are pleased to be able to offer advocates the choice of taught elements of the specialist units of the City and Guilds menu (units 306, 307 and 309).  This qualification is for advocacy practitioners, with a focus on work-based learning; it is supported by distance learning through workbooks, workshops, line management and assessor support.

Specialist units offered by NYAS:

306              Independent mental health advocacy

307              Providing independent advocacy management

309              Independent advocacy with children and young people

Please note that we can offer the core units via distance learning; please call out training team to enquire further.

For further information please contact the training department on 0151 649 8700 or training@nyas.net

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC)

Face to faceNon-accreditedPractice based training

We have developed our unaccompanied asylum seeking children (UASC) training with a focus on understanding the specific needs of these children and young people; and specifically how advocates can support them in a practical sense.  The training includes:

  • Understanding the role of the advocate/the appropriate adult in the age assessment process.
  • Ensuring the child is at the centre.
  • Focusing on relevant legislation, legal aspects and protocols including age assessments and disputes and home office decisions.
  • Exploring the journey of the child before arriving in the UK; and the impact of trauma.
  • Considering the different terminologies used to refer to UASC.

For further information please contact the training department on 0151 649 8700 or training@nyas.net; or to view available courses, please check the training calendar.

The Child Protection Process

Live Webinar – Non-accreditedPractice based training

Our child protection process training has been developed to provide learners with an understanding about the specific role of the advocate throughout this process.  Through delivery methods such as provision of information, case studies and spot questions, learners are able to explore and develop their understanding around the following areas:

  • Understanding the child protection processes.
  • Considering why referrals are made into the child protection process.
  • Understanding the key parts of the process, particularly the child protection conference and core group meetings.
  • Exploring the advocacy role throughout the child protection process.

For further information please contact the training department on 0151 649 8700 or training@nyas.net; or to view available courses, please check the training calendar.

Age Assessments (Working with Age Disputed Young People)

Live Webinar Non-accreditedPractice based training

This webinar has been created to provide learners with an understanding about working with young people who are age disputed through the age assessment process.  Specifically there is a focus on the role of the independent adult (sometimes called appropriate adult or advocate).  Through delivery styles including working through extended case studies, focused questioning, group discussions and provision of information the learner will develop a practical understanding of the independent adult role.  This session focuses on the following areas:

  • Ensuring the child is at the centre of the process.
  • Understanding and application of related terminology and legislation.
  • Considering why age disputes occur and their impact on the young person.
  • Exploring who the independent adult could be and what their role is in the context of the age assessment process.
  • Looking at and understanding the rights of the young person during the process.

For further information please contact the training department on 0151 649 8700 or training@nyas.net; or to view available courses, please check the training calendar.

Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults

Live WebinarNon-accreditedCompliance training

This compliance training focus on exploring the reasons children, young people and vulnerable adults may need to be safeguarded.  During the training, there is also exploration about how safeguarding is also about the promotion of the welfare of the child, young person or vulnerable adult.  Delivery methods for this training  include provision of information, interactive exercises and case studies; and includes the following:

  • Exploration of relevant legislation.
  • Discussions around why inter agency working is so important, including exploration of the different roles and responsibilities of different services.
  • Consideration about when it is appropriate to share information; and with whom.
  • Knowing what to do if you have a serious safeguarding concern about a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

For further information please contact the training department on 0151 649 8700 or training@nyas.net; or to view available courses, please check the training calendar.

Return Interviews

Live WebinarNon-accreditedPractice based training

Statutorily when children or young people run away or go missing, they should be offered an independent return interview (DFE, 2014).  Our return interview training sessions focus on the role of the independent return interviewer in this process utilising training delivery methods such as provision of information, focused questioning and discussions; and consideration of particular approaches and methods.  Within this training, we focus on the following areas:

  • Gaining an overview of what happens when a child goes missing in the context of return interviews.
  • Keeping the child or young person at the centre.
  • Thinking about specific approaches to use in return interviews.
  • Sharing good practice including recognition of transferable skills from other roles.

For further information please contact the training department on 0151 649 8700 or training@nyas.net; or to view available courses, please check the training calendar.

Residential Visiting Advocacy

Live WebinarNon-accreditedPractice based training

A residential visiting advocate (RVA) is a regular independent visitor to residential unit who helps to raise awareness about advocacy and children’s rights to be involved in decisions being made for and about them.  Within this session we focus specifically on the role of the RVA including exploring what their role is and what they should and should not do.  Learners are able to engage with this session through deliver methods including group discussions, provision of information and case studies; and focuses on the following themes:

  • Providing an overview of the RVA role.
  • Thinking about what legislation is relevant to the role of the RVA.
  • Considering what advocacy skills can be transferred into RVA practices.
  • Lone working and staying safe.
  • Generating tools and options for initial and ongoing visits.

For further information please contact the training department on 0151 649 8700 or training@nyas.net; or to view available courses, please check the training calendar.

The Role of the Independent Person in the Secure Accommodation Review Process

Live WebinarNon-accreditedPractice based training

When children and young people are in secure accommodation, there is a statutory obligation for reviews to take place; and for there to be an independent person on the panel.  This training has been developed to provide greater practical understanding of the role of the independent person; and develops that understanding through a range of methods including reflection, focused questioning, provision of information, quizzes and case studies.  The training focuses on areas including the following:

  • Understanding the nature and purpose of the secure accommodation review panel.
  • Looking at the legislation, guidance and best practice around secure accommodation reviews.
  • Exploring processes and procedures.
  • Considering the different roles carried out by the different panel members.
  • Thinking about children’s rights in relation to secure accommodation review panels.

For further information please contact the training department on 0151 649 8700 or training@nyas.net; or to view available courses, please check the training calendar.

Data Protection and Information Security

E-WebinarNon-accreditedCompliance training

This compliance training focus on understanding the need to keep data and information secure, particularly when working with children, young people and vulnerable adults who may be more at risk.  The training is delivered utilising a variety of methods such as self-reflection, quizzes, case studies and provision of information.  The key areas focused on during this session includes:

  • Understanding why it’s so important to protect data and keep information secure.
  • Looking at relevant legislation such as the Data Protection Act 1998.
  • Exploring the eight principles of the Data Protection Act and considering their relevance.
  • Understanding more about subject access requests.
  • Considering how data protection and information security affect you in your working role.

For further information please contact the training department on 0151 649 8700 or training@nyas.net; or to view available courses, please check the training calendar.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

E-WebinarNon-accreditedCompliance training

This compliance training looks at why it is so important to operate in a way that is sympathetic to others from a moral, legal and business perspective with regards to equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI).  The session also examines unconscious bias and encourages learners to be self-reflective.  Delivery is through methods such as focused questioning, group discussion and quizzes; and includes a focus on areas such as:

  • Developing an understanding of the legal framework around EDI in the workplace.
  • Creating and promoting a culture where the differences people have are valued and any threats, challenged.
  • Considering what unconscious bias is and why this is relevant in the workplace.
  • Understanding your own role with regard to challenging inappropriate behaviours and the impact you can have on changing the culture within your workplace.

For further information please contact the training department on 0151 649 8700 or training@nyas.net; or to view available courses, please check the training calendar.

Compliance training

Our compliance training includes sessions that learners working with children and young people are expected to undertake as part of their working role, for example safeguarding, data protection and information security and equality, diversity and inclusion.

Practice based training

Our practice based training includes sessions that learners can access to further their learning within the practice arena and from a practical perspective.  Sessions will help the learners by informing their practice; such sessions may include the child protection process or residential visiting advocacy sessions.

Awareness training

Our awareness training sessions focus on particular pieces of legislation, primarily new and updated statutes or bills.  Our awareness training sessions can be tailored to develop the learning and understanding of your workforce; with specific focus on legislation that’s important for you.

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