Having Difficult Conversations with Children and Young People

Course Aim:

The aim of the course is to build knowledge, skills and confidence for social care staff to carry out conversations that may be difficult for children and for workers

Pre-Requisite: The Direct Work with Children course is a pre-requisite to this Having Difficult Conversations with Children and Young People course.

Course outcomes: 

Participants will be offered the opportunity to:

  • Understand the process and dynamics of communication between child and worker
  • Develop reflective and reflexive skills to help managing difficult conversations
  • Recognise the times, places and topics where conversations are more likely to feel difficult
  • Reflect on why specific conversations may feel more difficult than others
  • Apply trauma theory and attachment theory to understand and improve communication skills
  • Develop mind mindedness / reflective functioning skills
  • Apply systemic theory to tools to ease conversation difficulty.