An event organised by Sefton Council for carers, adopters and professionals working with children in Sefton has been hailed as inspirational and excellent by attendees.

Taking place at Southport Theatre and Convention Centre earlier this month, the event saw leading professional in child psychotherapy, Dr Sunderland, present to 270 guests on the subject of supporting traumatised children in school.

Dr Margot Sunderland, Director of Education and Training at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London, has over thirty years’ experience of working with children, teenagers and parents.

During the event, participants were challenged to empathise and connect with young people before they embarked on correcting behaviour, with the message, ‘it is never too late to change unbearable feelings into thinkable thoughts.’

Through bringing together professionals from different fields in social care, the training sessions were able to build a shared understanding and promote positive working.

It is hoped that the linked training method will help develop wider networking within the social care teams.

The event, organised By Sefton Virtual School for Looked after Children and Adoption and Fostering Service, has already had a major impact on practice with many adoptive families positively applying the knowledge.

To find out more about training opportunities for foster carers and adopters registered with Sefton, contact the Fostering and Adoption service on 0800 923 2777.


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