Training and Workshops

Training for SGs on Contact with trainer Julia Davis

Date: Friday 8 February 2019

Venue: Hackney, E8 (full address available on booking).

This course provides Special Guardians with information about Contact and opportunities to discuss Contact issues, and how best to support their children having contact.

Trainer Julia is a play therapist and social worker with 30 years of working with children who have experienced trauma and have attachment difficulties. She works as an independent therapist/trainer with carers and their children.

Across the consortium, we provide some great free training for special guardians. You can attend training in any of the six consortium boroughs. If you are already an SG parent, you can attend 'Being a Special Guardian' training.  PAC-UK's sessions on educational difficulties, and one to one support through counselling are also great sessions to attend.. 

Preparation for Special Guardianship

This is a half day preparation workshop for those thinking of becoming a Special Guardianship carer or Special Guardians currently in assessment.

Being a Special Guardian

If you are a newly or recently approved special guardianship parent, this one-day workshop is for you. The sessions are run by social workers and special guardians and provide an opportunity to learn more about:

  • the law and parental responsibility
  • planning and support available for special guardians
  • the issues around contact with birth families, the effects of trauma and how your child's history impacts on their behaviour and development

The training sessions will run monthly in each of the Consortium boroughs. For details of the actual day, time and venue, please contact your special guardianship support team for details and how you can book your place.

Training for Special Guardians

These workshops are for existing (approved) special guardians in the Consortium. We'll add the next event when we have more details.

Generally the workshop will cover a range of topics, including legal issues and parental responsibility, planning and support and family contact. The workshop will also address the effects of trauma and the child’s history on their behaviour and development and talking to your child about what has happened to them. 

There is also training on topics guardians may find useful, now and in the future: 

Theraplay with trainer Julia Davis

Theraplay uses play and activity to build stronger more secure attachment relationships between children and their carers and why building attachments might be difficult for them.

Telling Difficult Stories with trainer Judith Ellis

This session will help you find the words to help your child understand why they no longer live with their parents; the past and why they now live with you.


We'll provide you with information on contact and the issues that can arise. You'll get tips on how to best support your child before, during and after contact.

Contact your support team for more information and to book your place.