Since 2007, Strengthening Practice has worked with practitioners across a wide range of service areas and local authorities, supporting continuing professional development within the workplace through coaching, action learning sets, seminars and workshops on core skills, developing policy and procedures, and capturing information about what matters most for children and families.

Training and practice improvement in the social care sector is the principle focus of Strengthening Practice. We design and provide customised training programmes guiding staff through legislative and conceptual frameworks in order to understand how this knowledge applies to: the practical daily activities within the context of their organisation; their local policies and procedures; and the children, young people and families they support. We do this by providing practitioners with an opportunity to reflect on and strengthen their core skillset based on the overarching PCF framework, social work knowledge and skills statements, legislation and evidence-based practice – each topic building on the last.

Whilst seminars and workshops are important traditional training methods, our aim is to help build excellence within the workforce. We supplement the classroom learning with an additional tool kit comprising: case clinics; coaching sessions; action learning sets; learning diaries and action logs; and networking tutorials. All participants receive high quality, comprehensive handbooks and practice tools.

Strengthening Practice is a member of the UK Register of Learning Providers. All trainers are registered social workers with the HCPC and have recent practice experience in the field. Three of our trainers - Jo Fox, Gerry Nosowska and Fareena Shaheed - are associates of Research in Practice (RiP).

We offer two successful and well-received workforce development programmes:

 These programmes are available in both Children’s Social Care and Adult Social Care.  

"As a result of the learning development programme...workers are developing into a confident workforce. This positive change has been noted in recent Ofsted inspections." Hartlepool Council

Strengthening Practice is a member of the UK Register of Learning Providers

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