The presence of children during adult-related crises is often overlooked. Every day, children are witness to criminal activity or police intervention, but don’t always understand what they are seeing. This can lead to incorrect perceptions of what they witness – be that criminal activity or the behaviour of attending authorities.
This course has been specifically designed to support front line police officers with their interactions with children and young people. The aim of this course is to equip officers with increased knowledge and awareness around the impact police intervention has on children and young people, and how to communicate appropriately with them so that they feel heard, understood and cared for throughout investigations into incidents of crime where they are involved, either directly or indirectly. Trauma, uncertainty and distress are minimal, and a positive image of the Police is maintained.
Participants will leave this training having achieved the following:
- Demonstrate understanding of child development across the age ranges, particularly concerning psychological development and the impact of trauma.
- Demonstrate ability to recognise the different communication needs of children at varying stages of development and apply specific ways of working according to individual need.
- Demonstrate understanding of ‘self’ in relation to empathy, engagement and impact on others, specifically children and young people.
- Obtained skills and tools for communicating effectively with young people that can be applied quickly and easily, with minimal impact on role requirements.
Participants will receive certificates of attendance, workbook containing summary learning points and personal reflections plus all relevant hand-outs and learning materials.
Cost of course
£75 per head, (based on 30 delegates) plus VAT, including all learning resources.
This course can be delivered in-house or off-site at our dedicated Oldham training centre (refreshments included at our training centre). Buffet lunch can be provided if accessed off-site at an additional cost of £4 per head