We offer a range of expert training courses for professionals working with kinship carers and children in kinship care. Find out more about our programmes below, or call 020 8981 8001 to discuss your specific needs.

Early Intervention Programmes

The Early Help Model is essential training for all professionals who may come into contact with kinship families, such as staff at children’s centres, teachers and staff working in children’s services.  We aim to raise awareness and increase understanding of the issues that kinship carers may face, as well as to make professionals aware of the support and advice that could make a vital difference to kinship families’ lives. It promotes peer learning and opportunities to share knowledge and experience with other professionals working with kinship carers.  The development of the model was funded by the Department for Education and its aim is to reach more kinship carers at an early stage, giving them access to vital information and support. 

Bespoke and needs based services

We identify the needs of local authorities and carry out in-depth research in order to assess the needs of your staff and tailor our services accordingly.  An evaluation survey will be conducted at the end of the half-day session to check that the session met the needs of the participants.

Meet our trainers

Dawn Jenkins: Dawn is the Programmes Manager – Kinship Care based in our Newcastle office.  Dawn manages our Relative Experience; Supporting Kinship Carers, Supporting Kinship Children (Teesside); and Raised by Relatives programmes.  She joined Grandparents Plus in 2014 and has comprehensive experience of supporting children, young people and their families from roles in the education, voluntary and statutory sectors.  Dawn is a qualified social worker and has worked in frontline children’s services teams in the Northumberland and Newcastle areas.  Dawn currently sits on the service user involvement committee at Northumbria University and has delivered workshops to undergraduate and postgraduate social work students around kinship care.

Ancha Stoodley: Ancha is a Project Worker on our Relative Experience programme supporting kinship families.  Before joining Grandparents Plus Ancha spent five years as a Parenting Worker for Northumberland Youth Offending Service, supporting families where a young person had committed an offence.  She also has extensive experience in the drug and alcohol field, spending six years as part of the Therapeutic Care team at Phoenix House residential drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in South Shields, and a further three years experience working in drug and alcohol services in Worcestershire and Birmingham. Ancha holds a BA (Hons) in Sociology.

To find out more about our training programmes for professionals contact Kate O'Brien (kate.obrien@grandparentsplus.org.uk) or call 020 8981 8001.