Mediation for Social Workers

Course Overview

This is a one day course primarily designed for social workers working with families where children are placed away from their parents but remain within the wider family. This course is particularly, but not exclusively, relevant to situations where a Special Guardianship Order has been made. Whilst such placements are often welcomed by families, as time progresses it is not unusual for tension and conflict to escalate between parents, special guardians and other members of the extended family. The purpose of this course is to equip social workers with the skills and confidence to intervene effectively and constructively, with a view to decreasing unhappiness and promoting stronger relationships. The welfare and perspective of the children remains of primary importance.

Who is the Course aimed at?

Social Workers

How long is the Course?

1 day

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course, participants will have a strong understanding of the emotional impact upon parents and carers when children are placed within the extended family. They will have learnt specific skills in order to allow them to create the environment for well-managed, safe, family discussions and meetings. They will have learnt at least four different conversational approaches for reducing conflict and promoting wider family co-operation.

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