- Halliwell Fostering: Our new recruit
The Halliwell Fostering team have a new recruit, Denise Van Out ‘n’ About. She is friendly, approachable and full of information about fostering with Halliwell. Denise has been a real asset to the team, helping them make their way across Greater Manchester from Prestwich to Salford, Trafford to Didsbury and Stockport to Dunkinfield.
Yes, Denise is a van, all kitted up and ready to answer your questions about Halliwell Fostering. Have you seen her on your travels? If you do send us your photos to email@example.com and we will upload them to our Facebook page.
Want to know more about fostering? You can email: firstname.lastname@example.org, call: 07761830389 or join us on Facebook.
- Achieving Educational Outcomes for Looked After Children: A Halli
- Achieving Educational Outcomes for Looked After Children: A Halliwell Workshop
“There are ideas I can take into the training I deliver in schools which are applicable to mainstream education and understanding children.”
This week saw the inaugural educational orientated CPD event for Halliwell Homes; Applying the Restorative Parenting Model to become a more effective practitioner in an educational setting. Colleagues from across the health and educational sectors including Learning Mentors, Parenting Workers, Therapeutic Counsellors and Ofsted Inspectors attended the session held at the University of Birmingham.
The training day gave the delegates an insight into the Pillars of Parenting ‘Authentic Warmth’ Model of Care, exploring the traumas suffered by children in the looked after sector with reference to the works of Kate Cairns and Bruce Perry. This was shortly followed by a synopsis of how Halliwell put this knowledge and theory to effective use in an educational setting.
There was a positive atmosphere throughout the day as personal experiences were shared and discussed. One area of particular focus was that current statistics state only 17% of looked after children achieve A-C grades at GCSE compared to 60% of non-looked after children.
"Engaging, attentive and interactive. It was great to share the Pillars of Parenting theory and effective techniques on applying the model in educational settings with fellow colleagues. Our audience were forthcoming with their professional experiences, opinions and ideas about putting the psychological recovery of children into practice."Mathew Hargreaves, Head of Education at Halliwell.
For further information on our next CPD training event, Applying the Restorative Parenting Model to become a more effective practitioner in an educational setting, please contact email@example.com.
- Intensive CPD Training Opportunity
- Intensive CPD Training Opportunity
It's back! Halliwell's highly successful intensive training programme returns for 2014. This is your chance to take part in our highly sought after training course which gives you the option to complete the Framework for Professional Childcare.*
This course is the perfect opportunity for you to delve into each aspect of the Restorative Parenting Programme, examine and question theories and models in addition to meeting our experienced and knowledgeable speakers.
The training will run 24th – 28th February 2014 at the University of Salford’s THINK Lab, a truly creative and inspirational learning environment.
The five day course will run over a week with structured individual days if you only wish to attend a single day session.
The agenda will include:
The impact of Social and Parental Rejection
An Introduction to Parenting Styles
Attachment and supporting the development of relationships
Understanding Emotional Trauma
Primary Care and Protection
Developing Self- Management Skills
Developing Emotional Competence
Developing Personal and Social Responsibility
Guest speakers include Karen Mitchell-Mellor Practice Director at Halliwell, Judith James Head of Fostering, Georgina Williamson Head of Therapeutic Parenting and Vincent Davies Lead Therapeutic Parent
Please note there will be discounts for group bookings.
If you would like to book on to any of these dates please complete and return this form to: firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing from you.
*the five day course covers the complete taught element of the qualification; in order to complete there is a coursework requirement.
- And we are off
- “Thought provoking and informative, I am really looking forward to the next training session.”
Halliwell Homes and the Pillars of Parenting have joined forces once more for a series of CPD dates in 2014. This week saw the first instalment of the new programme with a session on ‘Implementing the Restorative Parenting Programme into Residential Practice’.
The training day delved into the positive psychology of the model, giving delegates a synopsis of each of the elements before bringing the theory to the forefront by explaining how this is put into practice. Attendees were put through their mental paces as psychological theories, research, and personal experiences were discussed and explored highlighting trends and differences across the childcare spectrum.
Speakers Karen Mitchell-Mellor and Andrew Constable, Directors of Halliwell, accompanied by Colin Maginn, Director of the Pillars of Parenting, used their in-depth of knowledge and experience to guide fellow sector colleagues through the day which included presentations, group activities and lively discussions particularly focussed on safeguarding.
“Speakers very passionate and believe in the subject, the day was motivational, positive and encouraging.”
For further information on our next CPD training event, “Applying the Restorative Parenting Model to become a more effective practitioner in an educational setting”, please contact email@example.com.
- Final call: Halliwell CPD at Birmingham University
Birmingham University welcomed Halliwell for the final CPD training event of 2013. The session centred on the Pillars of Parenting: Emotional Warmth Model of Professional Childcare which was presented by Colin Maginn, co founder of Parenting of Parenting. Andrew Constable , and Karen Mitchell-Mellor, Director and Practice Director respectively, co presented with discussions and presentations on putting the model into practice.
“A very inspiring day that the national care structure should aspire to.”
Halliwell is a social enterprise based in the north west of England with the objective to enhance the psychological wellbeing of young people within the care system. Delegates showed great interest in the model and were keen to explore concepts, research findings and their counterpart’s experiences within their own individual sectors.
“My expectations were exceeded and in a positive way left me wanting to learn / research more.”
“I really enjoyed today's event and would surely encourage my colleagues to attend in future similar events.”
For further information on our CPD training events please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Halliwell Fostering visit Salford City Radio
Judith James, Head of Fostering, met local DJ Howard Copitch of Salford City Radio this week to discuss our latest recruitment campaign. Halliwell Fostering are looking for foster parents in the Salford area for children like Isobel:
Isobel is sporty, loves animals and enjoys school. She would like to live with a couple who like bike riding, dog walking and generally being outdoors.
Could you provide a home for a child like Isobel? Can you help a child feel safe and secure as well as support them when they see their family?
If you are you interested in fostering? Whether you are a couple or single carer we are would love to hear from you: e: email@example.com or 07761830389
- Breaking news: Free training events 2014
Following our popular CPD training events over the past year, Halliwell are happy to announce further free training events for 2014. This training day is provider to allow professionals working with children to better understand the trauma caused by the perception of parental rejection. Previous attendees have included social workers, psychologists, health specialists, educationalists, professionals working with fostering and adoption and commissioners.
The sessions will take place across the country and focus on the Restorative Parenting Model and how it is applied in residential, educational and fostering settings. Each workshop will focus on achieving improved outcomes for children who have suffered parental rejection, neglect and abuse at an early age in the relevant section of the care system.
Dates are as follows:
7th January: Implementing the Restorative Parenting Model into Residential Practice - London, venue to be confirmed
18th February: Applying the Restorative Parenting Model to become a more effective practitioner in an educational setting - Birmingham, venue to be confirmed
18th March: Fostering Restorative Parenting – Integrating theory into practice, developing Foster Carer Skills - Salford, venue to be confirmed
Feedback from the sessions in 2013 have included:
“Interesting, thought provoking and well-organised day.”
“Concept [of the programme] is very good and I believe this is something that is needed to change the LAC system for benefit of the children”
- Halliwell returns to Manchester College
- Following a successful training session last academic year Halliwell were delighted to be invited back to Manchester College to provide a practical insight of the health care industry to students.
Karen Mitchell-Mellor, Practice Director at Halliwell, began the presentation with a background to public care and understanding why children are received into care prior to giving the learners case studies on working with the legislation in regards to the care of the children and young people. The enthusiastic group were keen to get involved and discover about the programme asking questions about recent current affairs stories, working with associated groups such as the police and social workers and how to engage with children suffering from trauma.
Students were keen to bring their existing knowledge and experiences to a series of workshops. The first discussed why children were taken into care with students quoting recent sexual exploitation cases and neglect of children like Hamzah Khan. The second discussed Maslow’s hierarchy of needs and questioned why love and nurture was not on the scale. The Access to HE Level 3 learners promoted the importance of promoting positivity and the negative connotations of labelling and how this effects the mentality of children in care.
“Great day, thank you for all the career advice.”
“Today has really made me think about different aspects of my course and how it applies in the real world.”
- Thought provoking CPD at the THINK Lab
- This week saw the latest CPD event hit Salford University as Halliwell introduced the restorative parenting programme to a host of health care professionals.
Colleagues from across the sector attended the training session to learn about the underpinning theory of the model and how it is put into practice. Colin Maginn, co-founder of the Pillars of Parenting, engaged with the audience on topics stemming from social and parental rejection to positive self-perception, creating a sense of belonging and personal and social responsibility. The thought provoking session then went on to discuss the approaches to living and working with traumatised children and young people.
Karen Mitchell-Mellor, Practice Director at Halliwell, followed the theoretical aspect of the programme with the processes and challenges faced when putting the model into practice in our residential homes, educational settings and fostering service. The enthusiastic group shared experiences, thoughts and insights with their peers who included social workers, educational psychologists and project workers.
“Very informative, I have learnt a lot today.”
“The best training session I have ever been on, thank you.”
Halliwell is a social enterprise which follows clinically informed practice endorsing a psychological recovery programme for children and young people on an early intervention process. Currently the organisation has three residential homes and schools in the North West of England; in Cheshire and Lancashire.
Halliwell run an extensive Continuous Professional Development programme with monthly events held across the country. If you would like any further information please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Halliwell attends graduate fair
Halliwell made a visit to Edge Hill University this week to partake in a graduate recruitment fair as we are looking to recruit new graduates as trainee therapeutic parents. At Halliwell we follow a restorative parenting programme in children’s residential units, providing an intensive therapeutic recovery programme to enable children with a high level of trauma to stabilise and educating them to understand how other people feel and what they can do to help themselves and others. This programme consists of eight pillars, known as the Pillars Of Parenting which support the recovery of the children and look at different aspects of their development, with an aim to achieve sufficient recovery after 18-24 months to enable the positive transition to a supported foster placement within our own Halliwell Fostering service. There were lots of interested graduates that in particular had qualifications in Psychology and health and social related courses.
If you are interested in becoming a Trainee Therapeutic Parent or Foster Parent or would like some further information then please contact, email@example.com
- The Woodlands is open
Halliwell are delighted to announce that our latest residential home and school, the Woodlands, is now open. We welcomed representatives from local authorities to come and view our lovely new ten bedroom home and adjoining learning facilities set in the heart of the Lancashire countryside.
“Fabulous house with all the facilities and set in a beautiful location.” Local Authority delegate
“The setting and position is conducive to child recovery” Local Authority delegate
“We’re proud to declare the opening of our new provision, The Woodlands, and anticipate it providing an ideal setting in which to deliver our recovery programme and improve the psychological well being of children in the looked after children’s sector” - David Sheffield, Head Office Manager
Halliwell have recently been awarded Outstanding for Quality of Care by Ofsted for our other residential homes, Ivy Cottage and Holly Lodge both based in Cheshire. Halliwell are now looking to build on the success of our application of the emotional warmth practice model in order to achieve psychological recovery for young people at The Woodlands.
“The effectiveness of this approach is evident in the progress young people make in achieving many of their personal goals” Ofsted Report, Ivy Cottage April 2013.
“Staff have high aspirations for young people and are passionate in ensuring they have the best care and opportunities to thrive and prepare for the next stage in their lives. Ofsted Report, Holly Lodge June 2013.Placements on the programme are limited so if you are interested please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 0161 437 9491.
- And we are off...
- Despite the torrential rain Halliwell’s first Intensive CPD training week has kicked off to a great start with delegates from across the sector attending the event at the University of Salford’s THINKLab.
With a full programme ahead of them colleagues from education, residential and fostering professions will complete a series of modules enabling them to complete the ’Framework for Professional Childcare’ Level 4 qualification. Each of these modules represents a key element of Halliwell’s restorative parenting practice model such as emotional trauma; signature strengths; primary care and protection; and personal and social responsibility.
“This training course provides an excellent opportunity for delegates to explore the foundations of the restorative parenting model, whilst gaining a qualification. Each aspect of the programme allows an in-depth examination of the theory, practical insight and discussion with fellow peers.” Karen Mitchell-Mellor, Practice Director