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Early Help and Graduated Pathway Training

Early Help Advice, Guidance, & Support training can be booked HERE

There are two strands of training; these are Awareness and Practitioner training. The training offer has been designed in this way to reflect training that is relevant for different Early Help partners in our community and for those directly supporting families.

Awareness Training Modules

Awareness training modules offer an overview of Early Help and support as well as introducing further training available.  Training courses in this area suitable for anyone working with children, young people and families requiring an introduction and awareness around the following topic areas: 

  • Early Help Awareness

An introduction to Early Help in Gloucestershire.  ‘Early Help’ is an umbrella term that describes the work of many agencies engaged with children and families including health services, schools, learning providers, local authorities, voluntary sector, children and family centres, police, housing providers and many others.

We are all engaged to a greater or lesser extent in work that seeks to avert a problem developing and preventing difficulties from escalating or the deterioration of circumstances which could adversely affect children, young people and families.

Participants will gain an understanding of the model of what Early Help for children, young people & families in Gloucestershire and gain an overview of the supportive tools & resources available and know where to gain advice, guidance, and support for children, young people & families.


Practitioner Training Modules

These are subject specific training courses designed to support those working directly with children, young people & families.  This is integral learning for all practitioners supporting families using the Graduated Pathway of Early Help & Support. This is Gloucestershire’s model of early help assessment and planning process which provides an integrated and holistic framework to support all practitioners working with children and young people and families.

Practitioner training modules have been developed for practitioners working directly with children, young people, parents and carers. The modules have a focus on a particular area of Early Help and link together to improve a learners knowledge & practice.

 Course details:

  • The Graduated Pathway of Early Help & Supporting Children & Families

This training is designed to upskill practitioners in using Gloucestershire’s Graduated Pathway of Early Help and Support to make a difference for Children & Families.

Participants will gain an understanding of Informed Consent in Early Help support; understand and gain confidence in using Gloucestershire’s Graduated Pathway to support children & families; understand how the pathway links with Gloucestershire’s Levels of Intervention guidance and how to use them to inform our response. This will also focus on the importance of working together with other agencies and professionals and understanding the role of the Lead Practitioner as well as escalating concerns, when necessary, within the pathway.

  • Assessment & Analysis: Making use of Information

This training will focus on gathering and making sense of information around the needs of children, young people & families.

Participants will gain an understanding of how to gather relevant and useful information to inform our supportive work with children & families.

Participants will leave training with the tools to be able to complete good quality assessments in conjunction with multi agency partners; and to make sense of this to produce a robust, strength-based analysis reflecting the families’ situation that inform the actions needed to improve outcomes.

  • Team Around the Family (TAF) Meetings

Training will give participants strategies to plan, prepare, deliver, and develop robust Team Around the Family meetings, which support families to explore their lived experiences.

Participants will discuss how to get the most from multi-agency meetings; facilitating in-person, virtual or hybrid TAF meetings; managing conflict and acrimonious relationships whilst keeping child at the centre of the process.  The training will also focus a restorative approach in TAF meetings, in which high challenge/high support is a feature.

  • Writing & Reviewing a My Plan

 This training will focus on creating a simple, meaningful plan to support children & families to make and maintain sustained change.

Participants will be able to write a Plan/My Plan which identifies needs and achievable outcomes when supporting children & families; including single or multi-agency involvements; understand how Needs, SMART Outcomes, Actions, and Resources form a Plan; identify sustainable Resources; and to facilitate a Review process that identifies progress for children & families.

  • Listening to and engaging with Children & Young People.

Participants will learn a variety of ways to gather the Voice of the Child and keep children & young peoples’ views at the centre of supportive working. The module is co delivered with the Ambassadors - young people employed by GCC who help to inform our practice to ensure we involve children in the way we work. Participants will explore the tools that have been developed by the Ambassadors and other practitioners to support writing assessments and plans and importantly, to understanding the child’s lived experience. 


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