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2 Day +ProActive Approaches Course (Fostering Edition)

Empowering Carers to Support Children Towards Recovery

The 2 Day +ProActive Approaches Fostering Course is designed to assist Foster carers to identify, understand and respond confidently to behaviours of concern using a wide range of child centered strategies and techniques.

The 2 Day +ProActive Approaches Course (Fostering Edition) has been specifically developed for Foster Carers supporting children and young people with behaviours of concern (SEMH and SEND).

The 2 Day +ProActive Approaches Course (Fostering Edition) uses video, case studies and group work to explore the substantial impact of childhood trauma and how unmet attachment needs are likely to significantly affect children’s responses (behaviour). The course teaches effective de-escalation techniques through fun and engaging experiential activities. The course also incorporates the principles of PACE and explores post-crisis support (including understanding sympathy & empathy) and makes the links between shame & guilt.

  • The modules outlined below can be delivered during INSET days or twilight sessions.
  • The course content is modular and comes with an assessment tool to show you clearly where to start to make the biggest impact.
  • The course enables one of your own staff to qualify as an ‘In House’ trainer and deliver our tried and tested 5-step system for effective behaviour change.
  • The course will assist staff in identifying, understanding and responding confidently to behaviour using a wide range of proactive strategies and techniques. See below for the course description and overview.

Effective Behaviour Support relies on Empathy. a Healthy Culture. Consistency. Effective Communication. Great Team Work. #AimingForZero

The philosophy behind +ProActive Approaches is one of understanding, empathy and adopting a proactive mindset in relation to behaviours of concern. Through empowering staff members to become inquisitive about behaviour and consider it from a context of either being an unmet need, frustration, anxiety, trauma & attachment issues, environmental factor or communication difficulties, they will be able to understand the behaviours correctly and subsequently develop the correct support plans that will limit the likelihood of behaviour in the first place. This approach will ensure that your service effectively focuses on supporting young people rather than trying to manage them.

The +ProActive Approaches courses draw heavily on contemporary research, PBS (Positive Behaviour Support) principles and direct practice experience. All courses will allow you to confidently meet Ofsted requirements.

Course Overview

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Course Content

The 2 Day +ProActive Approaches Course (Fostering Edition) gives Foster carers a clear insight into the reasons for behaviours of concern. During the course, they will gain significant benefit from the dynamic nature of the interactive learning, as well as the positive impact on understanding and information retention from the experiential exercises and video case studies.

The course covers the following:

  • Introduction & welcome (setting the scene).
  • Understanding recovery (and resilience).
  • Therapeutic parenting.
  • Re-defining ‘Challenging Behaviour’ to ‘Behaviours of Concern’ in the context of child development, understanding children’s lived experiences.
  • Re-framing descriptions such as ‘demanding’, ‘controlling’ and ‘manipulative’ as survival strategies.
  • Establishing healthy ‘values’ and a robust therapeutic foundation for practice.
  • Child Development in a context of understanding responses (behaviour).
  • Trauma & Attachment informed practice.
  • Understanding the effects of repeated stress activation and the survival loop so that carers can more effectively support children.
  • House Model of Parenting and incorporating PACE into behaviour support.
  • Recognising types and causes of behaviour and use these to develop pro-active and preventative strategies when responding to children.
  • Understanding the ‘arousal cycle’.
  • Developing a robust set of ‘De-Escalation’ skills and choosing the correct response (includes PACE based ‘help scripts’).
  • Understanding the different forms of aggression.
  • Consider behaviours for adults to avoid when supporting children in crisis, becoming a ‘trusted adult’ and therapeutic responses to crisis.
  • Developing individualised support plans that will support children in relation to their behaviour (lowering stress & anxiety, #CalmingMinds).
  • How to include children and young people in behaviour planning (promoting inclusion, choices and considering a therapeutic approach to behaviour plans).
  • Improving sensory processing
  • Therapeutic post-crisis support and re-attunement (including understanding sympathy, empathy, shame & guilt).
  • Understanding positive reinforcement, rewards and punishment.


Q: How long does the course last?

A: 2-Days.  The usual start and finish times are 9.30 am – 15.00 pm, however, this can be flexible depending on your needs. There will be a mid-morning & mid-afternoon break as well as a lunch break. Lunch not provided.

Q: Where are the courses run?

A: Face to Face or Virtual. For Face to Face courses, the venue will be supplied by yourselves – we come to you! We will supply you with a detailed venue specification to make a venue easier to source. For Virtual courses, we can use either Zoom or Teams.

Q: Is the course certificated?

A: Yes, all delegates will be issued with a certificate as part of the course fee. 

Q: Is the theory part of the course just Powerpoint?

A: Absolutely NOT! The course utilises a unique blend of video, case studies, group exercises, personal reflection, experiential exercises to effectively impart the required knowledge and skills in order to empower staff to support children and young people effectively.

Q: How many delegates can attend?

A:  12 people with 1 Trainer, up to 18 people with 2 Trainers. These ratios are in line with the RRN Training Standards.

Q: How much does it cost?

A:  Click on the ‘Download Info Packbutton below to receive your copy of our PDF Info pack (delivered instantly via email). The pack includes full course details and costs.

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