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Cultural Awareness

Event/course Code SFVSS 19/161
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 from different cultural backgrounds would benefit from a skills and knowledge refresher. 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 will affect their work. 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.
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 but not lose sight of children’s voices in safeguarding practice. Research over the last 6 years has highlighted that a lack of trust and understanding between the family and the professional hindered the correct support. Families in these situations believed that staff turn-over had a negative impact, resulting in professionals unable to develop the necessary cultural knowledge.

During the day, 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 but one 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 of assessment decisions.
• Power of words & language.
• Respect at work & within practice settings.
• Power & discrimination in practice.
• "Yourself to Work"- exploring our values.
• "Impacted Stories"- what works re cultural awareness in safeguarding children.
• Putting the learning into practice.

This day will be delivered by Barnardos BTC Service who have extensive experience designing and delivering a range of Equality, Diversity and Safeguarding based training, both internally & externally. The trainer has over 20 years experience delivering equality & diversity-based training, including the delivery & design of Barnardo’s national programme.

This session will be appropriate for all those who work with children, young people and their families. It is imperative that all organisations working within children’s services ensure that all staff have appropriate training in cultural competence. Being able to demonstrate an understanding of the personal care and social care needs of the communities they are working in ensures that we are best placed to support our local families.
Event Learning Outcomes At 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 Sarah Clay
Course categories Practitioner Processes (recording, analysing, reporting)
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0 - 5 yrs No 5 - 7 yrs No 7 - 11 yrs No 11 - 19 yrs No 19 yrs No 
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SessionSession DateSession TimeSession VenueMap
Session 1Thursday 23 January 202009:00 - 16:30King Charles Centre Surbiton, Hollyfield Road, KT5 9AL