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Aspiring to Leadership

Event/course Code EDU 20/474
Event/course type Training course
Event Introduction In these times of unprecedented change, the need for leadership has never been as important as it is today. Faced with the constraints of austerity and budget cuts, reshaped delivery models, political alliances and community challenges, the future is uncertain. Resourcing our leaders is a key step towards securing our future success.

Making the transition into a leadership role can be a complex and daunting move. So often staff are left ill-equipped and left feeling unprepared for the jump.
This programme will focus on giving staff with little or no experience in management/supervisory roles an insight into what it means to be a leader in a child focussed organisation. It will prepare delegates for their first step into a leadership role.

The Aspiring to Leadership course is a two-day course. The training days are not consecutive days, giving delegates an opportunity to apply some of the learned skills from day one before completing day two. This course is suitable for staff within AfC as well as colleagues from partner agencies and other authorities.
Event Content Stepping up to a leadership role within a children’s workforce requires successful personal and professional navigation of what might be new territory. This workshop will help both the aspiring and/or newly appointed leader negotiate this transition successfully by drawing upon evidenced based leadership theories and allowing participants to prepare their own transition plan.

Day One: Stepping into a Leadership Role: A Development Workshop
Stepping into a future leadership role is both an exciting and challenging transition to make. This workshop will focus upon how to make this transition a successful one for the team, the service users and other stakeholders.

Day Two: Developing your Leadership Style: The Relational Aspect of the Leadership Role.
Effective leadership within children’s services encompasses many facets, including the ability to engage and inspire others; think clearly; lead services and influence change. This workshop will provide aspiring/new leaders with an insight into their own leadership styles and how best to use their role authority to create and sustain meaningful change for staff and service users.

The sessions will be run by Richard Swann. Richard is currently an independent social care consultant and trainer. He has worked in the social care field for over 18 years as a practitioner, manager and trainer. He has specialised in investigative, assessment and therapeutic interventions with children and young people at risk of harm. Richard will ensure that these sessions are inclusive and valuable, regardless if you work in schools, social care or a health or early years setting. Delegates are expected to attend both sessions.

Delegates who have previously attended this training provided the following feedback:

‘The trainer was excellent and facilitated reflection in course attendees. There was a fair balance between delivery of course content and practice examples between the course attendees.’ (Business Support Officer)

‘It has given me some useful tools to use, which will help structure my thinking and practice, which will lead to better decision-making and supervising, which will in turn create better outcomes for children and young people’ (Participation Officer)
Event Learning Outcomes At the end of this course delegates will be able to:

Day 1
• Demonstrate the role that effective leadership has in influencing outcomes for vulnerable children and families, using key findings from SCRs, audit and research studies
• Utilise the theoretical and empirical base regarding making leadership transitions
• Explore, identify and utilise the stages required to successfully step up to (not off) a leadership role
• Map out an individual leadership transition plan

Day 2
• Be able to differentiate between contrasting leadership styles
• Complete an evaluation of their own leadership style
• Identify the relevance and influence of leadership within children’s social care
• Develop strategies to create and influence change within their teams
Trainers Richard Swann
Course categories Business Skills
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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 11 February 202110:00 - 16:00Home Study, N/A, N/A
Session 2Thursday 11 March 202110:00 - 16:00Home Study, N/A, N/A