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Cultural Awareness

Event/course Code EDU 21/034
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction Culture can describe beliefs, behaviours and traits of an ethnic, social or age demographic. The cultural background of any individual will impact on how they interact with others.

A number of recent Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) have highlighted that professionals working with families may benefit from being upskilled in their knowledge and understanding of working with families from different cultural backgrounds. Learning from these reviews will feed into this course and in doing so the facilitator will aim to build on delegates' understanding of how cultural background will influence the work they undertake with children and families.

This course is designed for professionals working with children and families to increase their awareness of how the cultural background of service users and themselves may affect their work. It is appropriate for all those who work with children, young people and their families.

By the end of this session delegates will be better placed to consider how sensitivity, awareness, responsiveness and confidence can enable them to better meet the needs of service users. This session is open to a multi-agency audience.

Please be advised that this session will take place virtually. Joining instructions will be emailed to confirmed bookings 24 hours before the course start date.
Event Content This session on Cultural Awareness will be based on learning from Serious Case Reviews (SCR’s) around ‘cultural relativism’ and the need to be sensitive and curious while not losing sight of children’s voices in safeguarding practice.

Delegates will be in a safe learning environment, conducive to promoting and challenging personal and professional change, in order to enhance improved outcomes through assessment and intervention. This is a reflective based learning course that challenges the unconscious consciousness around how we make decisions based on our own values, beliefs and experiences.

The day will cover:
• What is inclusion & cultural awareness?
• Creating inclusive & culturally aware practice
• Unconscious bias & its impact on assessment decisions
• Exploring our values and their impact on our practice
• Exploring cultural risks
• Action Planning

This workshop will be delivered by Lydia Hughes, who is an experienced trainer with over five years experience on the frontline as a youth worker, manager and course developer across multi-cultural settings. Lydia has an extensive knowledge of issues young people face today, psychologically, physically and culturally. She has developed programmes in coaching, mentoring and youth work with outstanding results. She has vast experience of delivering training on engaging with young people to adults in all settings, from education, youth work to corporate businesses.
Event Learning Outcomes By the end of this session, delegates will be able to:

• Define key terms, including: equality, diversity, inclusion, cultural awareness and cultural competence.
• Inform and challenge their own thinking around cultural background and cultural aware practice.
• Apply knowledge of the impact of cultural background, values & beliefs and unconscious bias in assessments to their practice - in particular safeguarding.
• Identify key elements/good practice of inclusive and culturally aware practice.
Trainers Lydia Hughes
Course categories Practitioner Processes (recording, analysing, reporting)
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Monday 18 January 202109:30 - 15:30Home Study, N/A, N/A, N/A