Developing a diverse child and adolescent workforce: an introductory course (CPD64)

Course Overview 

Are you a support worker? Are you wondering how to develop your potential?

NHS London is offering free places on a 10-week training course for unqualified support staff working with children, young people and their families in the voluntary, NHS, community, education or social care settings.

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Click here to download the application form.  Application Deadline: 17th July 2016

Start Date 
September - December 2016
Tavistock Centre
Who is this course for?

This course is designed for you if you are a support worker working with children in London. You might be in one of these roles, or something similar:

  • Social care assistant
  • Community support worker
  • Learning support assistant
  • Learning mentor
  • Nursery nurse
  • Play leader
  • Youth worker
  • Family support worker
  • Foster carer

You are particularly encouraged to apply if you don’t have formal education qualifications, and/or if you are from a minority ethnic group.

Course outline

The aim of this course is to enable support workers to develop their skills in working with children and young people in a multicultural context. The course will help you to develop your work skills, and may also lead to progression to further funded training opportunities in the field of child and adolescent work.

In workshops and work discussion groups, you will consider topics including:

  • Learning about observation
  • Direct work with children, young people and families
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Working in a multi-cultural context
  • Developing the theoretical framework needed to explore perspectives for working with individuals, couples, families, work groups and organisations
Criteria for Applying

To apply for this course, you must:

  • Be currently working with children within a London borough
  • Have no degree level qualifications in any subject area
  • DBS clearance (proof will be required)

You will also need your employer's permission to attend the course and to carry out nursery observations.


If you meet these criteria, we will interview you. Applications from those who do not meet the criteria will not be considered. Places are limited: we reserve the right to close the application intake once we have received sufficient applications.


Weekly on Monday afternoons (3.00pm-5.45pm) from 26th September 2016


What students say?


“This course was a gift that was given to me to fulfil my potential and goals that otherwise I couldn’t have…. “


“It was one of the best courses I have ever done, informal but very informative.  Hearing other people’s views was an eye opener - it really improved my listening skills.  My relationship with the young people I work with has improved and observation has really improved my memory. It also helped me progress in my work.” 


Anonymous feedback from past students.

Course organisers

Hilary Stonebridge, Manager Training Skills Escalator and Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist

Sarina Nyechoray Campbell, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Assistant Course Organiser and Course Tutor

Phillip McGill, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist and Course Tutor


Closing date for applications

17th July 2016
Applications may be considered after this date in exceptional circumstances.