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The following training is available for free to all staff in HeadStart schools or those working in community settings including Early Help Workers, Youth Justice Workers, SCS Workers and Voluntary and Community.

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Courses available

Introduction to HeadStart and Resilience Domains

This training is for Whole School/organisation staff. Aimed at informing participants of the aims of HeadStart and introducing them to the Domains Based Approach.

To book this training please email headstart@kent.gov.uk.

Building resilience: promoting domains-based conversations

This training which aims to increase the knowledge, skills and confidence of practitioners working with children and young people aged 10-16 in Kent to use conversations based on an awareness of these six Resilience Domains to support the children and young people to build their resilience, and to track the impact of this.

Who is it for?

  • School staff – support staff and teachers
  • Practitioners in the community (including refuge workers)
  • Early Help and Preventative Workers (Youth Justice staff, youth workers, attendance and family workers)
  • Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) supporting parents and/or young people
  • Service providers responsible for the emotional wellbeing of young people
  • Young people (Speak Out @ HeadStart Kent).

Find out more and book through our partners Kate Cairns Associates

Mindfulness Awareness Training

Who is it for?

  • Whole school/organisation

To ensure that the workforce understands the academic basis of mindfulness, the evidence base, how it can benefit the individuals in receipt of the awareness session and how it can enhance the setting in which the training is being delivered and basic mindfulness skills.

Intensive Mindfulness Training

Who is it for?

  • School staff – support staff and teachers
  • Practitioners in the community (including refuge workers)
  • Early Help and Preventative Workers (Youth Justice staff, youth workers, attendance and family workers)
  • Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) supporting parents and/or young people
  • Service providers responsible for the emotional wellbeing of young people
  • Young people (Speak Out @ HeadStart Kent).

Participants will learn about Mindfulness in depth, become practitioners and develop skills to use and deliver mindfulness interventions/practice within their setting, including courses endorsed by the Mindful Nation UK report.

Duration: This course is delivered in half days over an 8 week period.

Provided through our partners MindfulKent

Mental Health First (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course, designed to teach people how to spot the signs and symptoms of mental ill health and provide help on a first aid basis.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Lite

An introductory course designed to increase awareness of young people’s mental health and some of the issues that affect young people aged 8-18.

Who is it for?

YMHFA Lite Training will take place in the appropriate local setting. The Lite course is 3 hours in duration. This will be free of charge in HeadStart districts and is available to anyone.

Two Day Comprehensive YMHFA training

Provides a more in depth understanding of specific mental health issues and is delivered in four manageable chunks:

  1. What is mental health?
  2. Depression and anxiety
  3. Suicide and Psychosis
  4. Self harm and eating disorders

It focuses on the issues faced by young people today, such as cyber bullying and substance misuse, and teaches how to promote protective factors and good parenting. Completing the two day course qualifies you as a Youth Mental Health First Aider.

Who is it for?

  • Practitioners in the community (including refuge workers)
  • Early Help and Preventative Workers (Youth Justice staff, youth workers, attendance and family workers)
  • Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) supporting parents and/or young people
  • Service providers responsible for the emotional wellbeing of young people.
  • Young people (Speakout@HeadStart Kent)
  • Parents

Find out more and book through our partners Maidstone and Mid Kent MInd