Training and Workshops

Across the consortium, we provide some great free training for special guardians. You can attend training in any of the six consortium boroughs. Whether you are already an SG parent or are thinking about becoming one you can attend some of the training listed below. PAC-UK's sessions on educational difficulties, and one to one support through counselling are also great sessions to attend for existing SGO families.

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.

Likely to be Feb 2020, actual date and venue to be confirmed.

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. This training that is organised or promoted by the North London Consortium can be financed under the Support Fund for eligible Special Guardians - The Great Behaviour Breakdown (GBB), Mindfulness, Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) and Body and Soul - all delivered on a rolling programme.  

Mindfulness for Special Guardians - eight week course

New session has just started but new sessions will be confirmed in due course. 

Mindfulness can help with managing moods and thoughts, and becoming more resilient in the face of stress and challenges. In this eight week course, based on the book Finding Peace in a Frantic World by Mark Williams and Danny Penman, we will practice guided mindfulness exercises together and explore ways of incorporating mindfulness practice within everyday family life. Jo Temple is a mindfulness practitioner, trainer and Clinical Psychologist. She works with Looked After Children, young people, parents and carers within Hackney Children and Families Service. To book your place or to find out how the Support Fund can pay for your Mindfulness for SG course, please email [email protected]

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.

Date and venue to be confirmed.

Great Behaviour Breakdown

Aim of this training is to support families with therapeutic parenting skills for Special Guardians. Trainers Denise Golding and Zach Gomm will share their knowledge and experience.

Ask your SG team for new course dates. Every participant receives access to six webinars, monthly over six months.

Body and Soul

This is a social time that is fun, creative and trauma-informed groups for children and teenagers with additional support to carers. The groups are: Junior Explorers - children aged 5-7 years old, Explorers - children aged 5-7 years old, Teen Spirit - children aged 5-7 years old and Special Guardians Group.

Visit their website for more information.

Non-Violent Resistance (NVR) by PAC-UK

This training is for eligible Special Guardians when children and young people are presenting challenging, destructive or violent behaviour. Trainer Sue Dromey (Practice Manager/Integrative Child Psychotherapist at PAC-UK).

Dates are 23rd & 30 January 2020, 6, 20th & 27th February 2020, 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th March 2020 and 3rd April 2020.

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