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Cultural Competence in Working with Children & Young People

This one day course is for social workers and other children’s services staff including IPEH.

The Children Act, 1989, Working Together to Safeguard Children, and other national and local policies requires you when working with children to have due regard for their cultural needs, including religion, ethnicity, language and background.

In order to improve outcomes for this aspect of your work with children and families, you, as a practitioner, need to be aware of the concepts of culture, identity, discrimination, self-concept, and culturally sensitive practice.

You need to be aware of your own internal processes of “constructing” the child or family’s culture, what factors help or hinder, and the importance of supporting families in creating and communicating their own identity in a variety of situations, whilst ensuring the child’s welfare remains paramount at all times.

The course has been designed in a way that the learning can be immediately applicable in practice and enhanced on an on-going basis as attendees gain experience.

This course provides the opportunity for you to engage in active learning and planning so that there is an identifiable impact on your practice.

Residential staff and foster carers, please note: Those who have completed the course Equality, Diversity and Anti-Discriminatory Practice in Working with Children (Foster Carers) need not apply for this Cultural Competence course.
The aim of this course is for you, as a practitioner to analyse, discuss and demonstrate your understanding of the complex factors involved in culturally sensitive work, to recognise your own role in constructing the identity of others, and what external factors influence this process.

You will develop strategies to apply to a variety of situations in daily practice, use tools to support these strategies, and ensure that cultural competence is demonstrated in your written work and records.
If you apply what you have learned on the course you will be able to;

  • Describe the dynamic connotations of the concepts of “culture”, “identity” and “cultural competence”.
  • Recognise and assess the impact of cultural insensitivity and discrimination on children and families.
  • Identify the impact of personal, internal or external factors on the “construction” of the identity of service users and seek their voice.
  • Apply tools and strategies for enhancing cultural awareness, humility and respect to a variety of practice situations.
  • Integrate cultural sensitivity into written work and recordings.
  • Children and Young People
    Children Services
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    Rahul Chacko
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    SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueRoom NameMap
    Session 1Thursday 5 March 202009:30 - 16:30Worthing - Centenary HouseFestival
    SessionSession Details
    Session 1
    Thursday 5 March 2020

    09:30 - 16:30

    Worthing - Centenary House