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Training

Alexander has a welcoming and accessible training style that mirrors what he hopes delegates will go on to provide for children, young people and families.  He is an experienced designer of learning and development packages that ensure there is opportunity for practitioners with a variety of needs to benefit from training.  He trains both virtually and in-person. 

Alexander oversaw the learning and development function of Cafcass, the largest employer of social workers in the UK, and led a team of specialist managers and external consultants that designed, delivered and evaluated training packages.  He is well-placed to offer meaningful, reflective and value-for-money training. 

Alex trains practitioners and leaders in schools, healthcare settings, faith communities, sports authorities, criminal justice environments and local authorities.  He has expertise in:

  • children’s safeguarding
  • reflective practice across the helping professions
  • the impact of parental separation
  • court based social work
  • supporting LGBT+ children and young people
  • unaccompanied asylum seeking children
  • the meaningful participation of children and young people in developing services
  • relationship based practice
  • recording keeping for children
  • professional kindness
  • direct work with children and young people including disabled children
  • deprivation of liberty
  • quality assurance
  • supervision and support to practitioners in the helping professions

Alex has particular success in training managers and leaders to develop, stablise and motivate teams.  He draws on leadership theory and his unique blend of personal experience of the care system and senior leadership including as Her Majesty’s Inspector of children’s social care.     

To have a chat about how Alex might be able to support your organisation, please contact Ellie at Speaking of Books.

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