October news round up



11th October 2019


Sue Penna

Welcome to our October news round up.

It’s been a busy start to Autumn for Rock Pool, with our team growing as well as the ongoing development of both our new and existing courses. 

Speaking of which, we’re delighted to be launching our brand new two day Exploited Children and Gangs training programme.

Exploited Children and Gangs 

There is a national epidemic of children being criminally exploited into gangs. An emerging body of robust evidence tells us that children and young people who experience adversity in childhood are significantly more at risk of various forms of exploitation and over the last few years the number of children being groomed for the purposes of criminal activity has grown significantly.

In response to this issue, Rock Pool have developed the ‘Exploited Children and Gang’ training to empower and inspire practitioners to take a trauma informed response.

This training programme is offered in two tiers: A two day Introduction and Awareness course and a further one day Practitioner course. 

Read more about Exploited Children and Gangs: Introduction and Awareness Training
Read more about Exploited Children and Gangs: Practitioner Training 

Lives changed in Manchester thanks to our Adverse Childhood Experiences training

Rock Pool were delighted to deliver this training last year. As well as staff at the Oasis Academy, we trained over 600 multi-agency professionals in Harpurhey.

A vice principal from The Oasis Academy primary school told a council meeting earlier this month: “It’s given people a real understanding of how our pupils and staff may have experienced trauma”. 

‘Well-being’ and ‘calm down’ rooms have been brought in to the school, while staff have been taught how to avoid traumatic ‘triggers’.

There has also been a move away from short term exclusions, and instead focus on working with the child who has been in crisis, she said. Read the full story here

>The Disguise of Trauma 

Trauma comes in all shapes and sizes, and certainly doesn’t present itself as ‘one size fits all’. 

For anyone working with, or spending time with, someone who has experienced trauma, it is crucial to be able to read between the lines and understand the often complex ways trauma can manifest itself in someones personality and behaviours. 

We’ve put together a simple but helpful infographic to help explain the Disguise of Trauma better.

Click on the image below or here to view and download our free Disguise of Trauma resource

Introducing Jo

We are really pleased to announce that Jo Majauskis has joined the Rock Pool team. Jo will be our lead trainer, supporting all of our Associates. She will also be developing new programmes including the new Trauma Informed Educators; an accredited modular programme that will give delegates an understanding of the prevalence and impact of trauma, provide them with the skills and information to enable them to advocate for trauma informed practice and advise on trauma informed work.

More about this programme coming soon!

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