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Strengthening Families Programme - Dorset Youth Association
18 Sep
Find out more about how you and your child can understand each other better and build a stronger relationship for the whole family. Schools - please let you parents know ... The Dorset Youth Association (DYA), with funding from with the Royal British Legion, are running several FREE parenting support sessions in September and October in Bovington. The sessions give parents and their children a safe, supported space to build their relationship by learning skills and coping techniques for difficult situations. They provide help to recognise good choices and healthy ways of managing those more difficult and challenging times together. The sessions are FREE and lunch/refreshments will be provided. They will be held at at the Royal British Legion Club, King George V Road, Bovington BH20 6JQ This programme is open to all families with 6-10 year olds. Parents or young people can refer themselves onto the programme by contacting DYA or by speaking to the school practitioners they are already working with. To join in with your child and make sure you don’t miss out on your FREE place, just ring or email for a booking form and take that first step to making yours a STRONGER FAMILY. It may be possible to assist with childcare or transport costs. Specific requirements will be looked at on a case by case basis. More information is on the Dorset Youth Association website including: Family Application Information Programme Training Dates Session Guide Family referral form Family referral information form If you have any questions please contact Lynne Rockey on 01305 262440 or email
Children’s clothes and toys swap event
17 Sep
Dorset’s Family Information Service are holding a children’s clothes and toys swap event on Saturday 12 October at the Dorford Centre, Dorchester. We’re asking families to have a clear out of anything they no longer use and pick up some pre-loved goodies for free! We’re hoping it will benefit Dorset families, and of course it’s great for the environment! If possible, we’d be grateful if you could help us spread the word to local families by displaying the downloadable poster on the right to parents. More details on the event can be found using the link, if you’re able to share this via social media or email, we’d really appreciate your help:
FREE COURSE - Understanding, Recognising and Supporting Parents in Conflict
17 Sep
There is strong evidence that conflict between parents – whether together or separated – can have a significant negative impact on children's mental health and long-term life-chances. Not all conflict is damaging, but where this is frequent, intense and poorly resolved it can harm children's outcomes. To recognise the signs of parental conflict at the early stages. It highlights how to support parents in finding constructive outcomes which are shown to provide positive lessons for children to learn such skills as negotiation and compromise To discuss parental conflict with parents. It focuses on practising the skills of handling conversations with parents in conflict using tools and techniques to enable parents to resolve destructive conflict with positive outcomes To view dates and book a place please click here
Dorset School Improvement Workshop - Free event
10 Sep
Opportunity for Headteachers to influence how Dorset school improvement works in the future. During the day we will discuss the following issues; What values do we all share and what is our collective aspiration for the future? Discussion and development of a free to access school to school model for school improvement. What are the commitments we will all make? By the end of the day we hope to achieve the following; Establish a protocol for school improvement services in Dorset Be clear about how we will identify priorities for school improvement across the county Ensure transparency Ensure actions are appropriate and have impact Identify the things that we might start, stop, carry on or change Book your place here.
FREE Person Centred Approaches Workshops for people who work or support those with SEN and Disability
20 Aug
Do you work or support those with SEN and Disability as part of your role? Are you Involved in ECHP Process? Dorset Council Children’s Services, are expanding their person-centred approaches training to all its partners and agencies that work with children and young people with SEN and Disability (0 – 25 years). Participants will work with multi-agency colleagues lead by an educational psychologist on the framework for Person Centred Approaches in Dorset and tools to promote PCA within their service. Places are FREE to all agencies Person Centred ApproachesTraining: For all those who may contribute to the Education, Health and Care Plan process. The training is designed to equip key team members with knowledge and skills to promote DCC person centred approaches in their services and agencies: - Introduction to a shared framework for Person Centred Approaches in Dorset - Person Centred Approaches in the EHCP process - Opportunities to practice skills and to plan implementation - How to genuinely gain children and young people’s views in different ways - Preparation for children, young people and their families for person-centred approaches - Troubleshooting around potential issues that might arise - Recognising and sharing examples of good practice including local examples
!!DSL Dates for your Diary Autumn Winter 2019 Spring 2020!!
13 Aug
Twilight sessions for DSL’s and Deputy DSL’s … keep an eye on the Nexus Training calendar for more information and to book yourself on. DSL twilight local networking sessions – £30 per DSL 4-5.30pm Venues TBA NB free for those who have purchased the annual package and maintained Schools Dates Areas Advisor(s) 7th Oct Dorchester LD & AS 14 Oct, 15th Jan, 30th April North Dorset AS 11th Nov,14th Jan, 29th April West LD 4th Nov, 5th Feb, 11th May Dorchester AS 25th Nov, 4th Feb, 13th May Wimborne & Ferndown LD 9th Dec, 5th Mar, 2nd June Chesil AS 2nd Dec, 4th Mar, 3rd June Purbeck LD Termly DSL twilight targeted sessions on relevant safeguarding topics – £90 per DSL for all 3 sessions 4pm - 6pm Venues TBA NB free for those who have purchased the annual package and maintained Schools Dates Areas Advisors 1st Oct Purbeck Wimborne border LD & AS 18th Nov Chesil West border LD & AS 16th Dec North Dorchester border LD & AS 21st Jan Purbeck Wimborne border LD & AS 25th Feb Chesil West border LD & AS 10th Mar North Dorchester border LD & AS 21st Apr Purbeck Wimborne border LD & AS 19th May Chesil West border LD & AS 9th Jun North Dorchester border LD & AS