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In Bromley, we’re serious about training and development. Whoever you are and whatever your role, you’ll find there are opportunities to continue learning. We’ll even give you three days per year, on top of your annual leave, to spend enhancing your skills and knowledge. So what can you expect?  
INDUCTION
 
Induction is mandatory for all new recruits. As a new starter, you will get an overview of the division, followed by a departmental induction where you’ll learn how Children’s Social Care unites with the borough’s Education Services. There’s also a special overseas induction for anyone joining us from abroad.
 
CHILDREN’S SOCIAL CARE TRAINING
 
Everyone here in the Children’s Social Care division (CSC) receives annual training. The training programme is closely linked to the findings and recommendations from the Social Work Task Force and Munroe Review, and gives staff the chance to identify the professional development areas they wish to target.

Our training is not just for qualified staff. It’s designed to benefit non-qualified employees as well as Foster Carers and has recently been tailored to suit specific roles. Training in Bromley covers the Assessment Framework; Child Protection; Abuse; Brief Therapy; Diversity/Equalities; and Looked-After Children. You can also choose to learn about Life Story Work; Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour; and Working with Stuck & Uncooperative Families.
 
MANAGERS
 
Managers in Bromley can take advantage of our management training pathway, which gives them the chance to develop their managerial knowledge and area of expertise. All social work managers are required to undertake mandatory reflective supervision training with the Tavistock.
 
SEMINARS
 
Everyone in our team is invited to attend seminars on a variety of topics, covering everything from child care legislation to child trafficking.
 
MULTI-AGENCY TRAINING
 
Bromley’s Safeguarding Children’s Board offers multi-agency training for all staff who deal with children at risk. It’s a full and varied programme that enables our professionals to maintain a consistent approach to safeguarding children
 
CAREER PATHWAYS
 
With so much training on offer, it’s important that our people can see at a glance which courses they need to attend. The Career Pathways document is a handy flowchart that shows exactly what training and qualifications are required to re-register or receive a promotion.
 
POST QUALIFICATION TRAINING
 
Post Qualifying Awards provide a valuable opportunity for social workers to develop and reflect on their practice, and to gain formal recognition of their training and learning.
At Bromley, we support our people to gain Post Qualifying Awards in three specialist pathways: Work with Children and their Families, Work with Vulnerable Adults, and Mental Health.
Courses are provided in partnership with local universities. We have particularly good links with Greenwich University, London South Bank University and Royal Holloway College – part of London University.
 
POST ENTRY SCHEME
 
If you want to study for a qualification-based programme – for example, a diploma in management or a certificate in counselling – our Post Entry Training Scheme (PETS) is the answer. The scheme takes place annually and offers staff an exceptional opportunity to gain new skills and qualifications.
 
NVQs
 
If you’re an unqualified member of our social care staff, you can opt to study for NVQs in Health and Social Care at levels 2 and 3. This opportunity is open to all staff working in the Adult sector and Children’s Services, Residential, Outreach Carers and Foster Carers. We also offer NVQ management training at levels 4 and 5, as well as a Registered Managers Award. Courses are delivered by a number of local colleges and assessment centres, with the aim of providing a tailored programme that meets the needs of each individual.
Please note that employees are required to meet the criteria for these courses.
 
PRACTICE STANDARDS FORUM
 
This forum is designed to take learning to another level. The workshops tackle the ethical and moral dilemmas faced by Assessment Teams and front line staff on a daily basis. And the aim is to take a close look at standards of practice, current research and evidence-based practice.
 
 
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  " Bromley’s Children’s Social Care includes a team dedicated to helping Looked After young people adjust to an independent life."