The Families Going Forward (FGF) course is designed for outreach practitioners based in or linked to Sure Start children’s centres but may be suitable for anyone who works in a family outreach role.
It was developed in 2009 to meet the development needs of Sure Start children's centre outreach practitioners.
A set of learner resources have been produced to support the Families Going Forward training:
Has the training been evaluated?
Cordis Bright was commissioned to evaluate the impact of the training on outreach practitioners’ behaviours and practice. The evaluation ran concurrently with the delivery of the training programme and helped evaluate the intermediate impacts on children’s centre outreach practitioners’ behaviours and practice as a result of this training, based on evidence about what makes a difference to children and families.
Download the evaluation report here:
Covering introductions, expectations and common purpose.
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Covering key principles about families, layers of support and the nine C's of outreach support.
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Covering the principals and values underpinning the National Occupational Standards for Work with Parents and the principals of the partnership model of working.
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Covering the partnership model of working, the helping process, a strength based approach, recognising resilience and risk factors and evidence based practice.
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Covering difference and diversity, the frame of reference model, equality and anti-discriminatory legislation.
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Covering the importance of reflection, models of reflection and reflective practice.
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Covering preparing and planning first visits, potential barriers to engagement, the relationship building triangle, unconditional positive regard and emotional literacy.
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Covering good and poor communication, the key barriers to communication and reflective listening.
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Covering contracting skills, ways of introducing self and service, ways of creating expectations and boundaries and negotiating information sharing and confidentiality.
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Covering parenting capacity, key responsibilities of parenting and family function and well-being.
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Covering family strengths and areas for growth and development, helping families set goals and developing a step-by-step approach to reaching goals.
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Covering practitioner professional development, appropriate referral and signposting, local and national agencies and organisations and unhealthy and dysfunctional practitioner/client relationships.
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Covering coaching principles and helping families meet challenges and setbacks.
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Covering review and celebration and endings and closure.
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