Training opportunities for designated teachers and school staff supporting children in care and previously looked after children


Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder training

Please find below a training opportunity for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – this is being delivered by Louise Coates-Black, Virtual School SENDCO and Specialist Teacher for Children in Care.


The training will be delivered virtually:

24th June 2021 1.00pm - 4.00pm


Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental condition with lifelong cognitive, emotional and behavioural challenges. In addition to effects on the brain, FASD is a full-body diagnosis that can include more than 400 known conditions.

“FASD results when prenatal alcohol exposure affects the developing brain and body. FASD is a spectrum. Each person with FASD is affected differently. While more than 400 conditions can co-occur, FASD is at its core a lifelong neurodevelopmental condition. All people with FASD have many strengths. Early diagnosis and appropriate support are essential, especially for executive functioning.” (Source: FASD: Preferred UK Language Guide, Seashell Trust/National FASD, 2020)

Although alcohol can affect the development of all cells and organs, the brain is particularly vulnerable to the effects of alcohol exposure.

As a result, children and adults with FASD often experience difficulties in dealing with information. They may find it hard to translate hearing into doing, thinking into saying, reading into speaking or feeling into words.

They may also have difficulty in applying specific learning to new experiences or situations and in perceiving similarities and differences. This means they may not be able to see patterns, predict events or make judgments.  (NOFASD, website)

Due to the above needs, children and young people with FASD often find education settings difficult to navigate. This training will look at what causes FASD, how FASD effects children and young people and how schools can support the needs created by FASD.


This training is being funded by the Virtual School for Children Looked After.

To book please contact Yvett Green


DT Termly Update

The next DT summer termly update meeting will be held on the 16th June from 1.00pm until 3.00 pm. This is going to be delivered on a virtual platform. If you would like to book a place, please contact Yvett Green –


The agenda for the meeting includes:


  • Virtual School update
  • Proposals for a revised PEP process
  • Julie Pocklington (from One Adoption) will speak about Previously Looked After Children and how to support them
  • SEND update and how this affects Children in Care
  • New VS inclusion protocol for CiC
  • Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed Schools – next steps







Other training courses

Attachment and trauma

Building the bonds of attachment – awakening love in traumatised children:

THE SCIENCE OF LOVE. CHANGING LIVES: THE NEUROSCIENCE OF CONNECTEDNESS, TRUST AND FEELING SAFE (2-day live stream event, UK time zone) with International Experts Dr Stephen Porges and Dr Sue Carter :

HELPING CHILDREN WITH BEREAVEMENT AND TRAUMATIC LOSS with Dr Margot Sunderland and Stacey Hart (live stream event, UK time zone): 


Previous webinars which are available to view – many are linked to trauma and attachment:

3 webinars on trauma informed practices in school and beyond: 

Trauma Circles: Workshopping Your Hard Cases - A Three Part Series:

Mentoring lives impacted by trauma, and the bridge to success:

Child victims of trafficking and modern slavery webinar:

Trauma Informed Teaching: Considerations and Resources for Student Support:

The rupture-repair cycle: with Dr Suzanne Zeedyk:


Trauma-Informed Yoga in Schools:

Supporting children and young people who internalise their distress:

'Hygge' Therapeutic Play Workshop Online:

Anxiety in Children:

Coping Skills Webinar: Healthy Expressions of Anger:

Trauma Informed Practices- Module 100, An Overview of Trauma:

Understanding the Impact of Vicarious Trauma in the Face of COVID-19:

Brain Story Certification - Learn the scientific underpinnings of the Brain Story from leading experts:

Video clips around the following themes: Navigating Issues with Behaviour, How to Enlist Help, The Science Behind Behaviour, Maturation & Motivation Demystified and The Power of a Growth Mindset:




Dr Dan Hughes in conversation with Dr Margot Sunderland:

You tube videos by Daniel Hughes



ACEs - Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences:

Understanding ACES in the Face of COVID-19:

ACEs training online:




Introduction to Dyscalculia (Free online CPD taster session):

Anxiety and the child with an autism diagnosis:

Autism and Early Years:

Responding to Challenging Behaviour:


Autism and Puberty:

Introduction to ADHD:

Autism in Primary Years:

Autistic Girls:

Autism in Secondary Years:

Emotion Regulation Skills for 6-8 year olds:

Understanding PDA webinar:

Autism, Anxiety and Meltdowns:

How to use emotion coaching with your children during COVID-19:

Executive Function and Challenging Behaviour: A New Approach and Mindful Emotion Regulation Strategies for Early Educators and the Children With Whom They Work, by Troy Byer :


Pathological Demand Avoidance:



Online training coming soon but the website has a wealth of resources and reading available currently :

FASD -Presenter: Dr. Jeff Wozniak of the University of Minnesota: - free

My brain, Me and FASD:


FASD Online Training Course:


Mental health

Mental Health Aware course:

Psychological Effect of Social Distancing and Quarantine on Children:

Supporting children and young people who self-harm:

Webinar for Educators: What Is Resilience and Why Does It Matter?:

BRAINCALM (Certified) Foundations 4 Live Webinar:


Website includes many useful resources and a wealth of information:


A useful video that explains how early experiences affect brain development and how this impacts on behaviour.


A thought-provoking TED talk about how children 'do well if they can'



Lockdown digital safeguarding for carers of secondary age children:

Hints and tips on how to strive, survive and thrive during the pandemic:

Lockdown digital safeguarding for carers of primary age children:

Introduction to Safeguarding - Online Session:

Compassion Fatigue and Self-Care in Fostering:



What to Expect - Returning to EY Settings :

The teenage brain: implications for behaviour and learning:

Coping Skills Webinar: Exploring & Managing Emotions:

Webinar: Children with Problematic Sexual behaviour:

Coming Back After COVID-19: Ways to Hold What Children Bring to School:

LGBT+ Awareness Training - Online session:






Training for New Designated Teachers for Children Looked After 27th September 2019 - Presentation

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