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Core Skills in Youth Work and Children's Work

This 2-day training course or 4 session has been created and designed to equip all those people working with children and young people with the foundational/core/key skills and knowledge needed to be able better serve the young people and children they have been called to journey with.

Run over two days, this short course is suitable for those new or with some experience of youth work, combining face to face training with exercises to do within their placement. The course will provide a supportive environment, offering participants the opportunity to explore and develop the basic skills and knowledge that will enable good youth work practice.


The Culture of Children and Young People

Child and Adolescent Development: Theories

  • Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

  • Pringle’s Theory

  • Faith Development Theories

  • David Hay’s Theory

Working as a Team:

  • What’s important in a Team? And Who’s in a Team?

  • The Perfect Youth and Children’s Worker

  • What’s Your Role? - Belbin Team Roles Questionnaire

Programme Planning:

  • VARK (Visual, Auditory, Reading and Kinesthetics)

  • NAOMIE – A guide to planning a session

  • Reflecting on and learning from programmes planned

  • Using Questions Well and Using Play

  • Resources Available

  • The ‘Practical’ Activity

Participation – Hart’s Ladder

Listening Skills

Pastoral Awareness:

  • Misusing Power

  • The Basics of a Positive Session

  • Bereavement

  • Bullying

  • Health and safety / Risk Assessments

This course is also available as a 4 session webinar series.