Developing Skilled and Vibrant Professionals

Established in 2007, Strengthening Practice is a specialist social care training company with a broad UK client base. Our training programmes are recognised nationally for their excellent quality and practical tools that in turn help social care practitioners and managers deliver positive change for children and their families. 

Child Centred Practice is dedicated to providing innovative training and technology solutions to help practitioners and managers who work with children achieve levels of excellence. Call us on 01900 822458 to discuss your individual requirements. 

Strengthening Practice Programme

"The programme has an emphasis on supporting practitioners to draw on practice wisdom, knowledge and critical thinking to identify and deliver helpful interventions to service users." 


The Strengthening Practice Programme was developed by practitioners from Children's Social Care over a number of years. Its purpose is to offer post qualified staff working with children, adults and their families access to up to date knowledge and research that can be applied in a practical way day to day. The overall aim of the program is to be helpful to practitioners and their management in carrying out their roles.

Each module is informed by the service user pathway and by the day to day tasks of the practitioners.  The modules are built to re-inforce and compliment each other so that the commissioning organisations key messages and skill requirements are re-inforced over the programmes' life. 

The modules include: 

  • Strengthening Assessment
  • Strengthening Planning
  • Strengthening Parenting Capacity
  • Strengthening Supervision
  • Strengthening Communication
  • Strengthening Attachment
  • Strengthening Recording
  • Strengthening Interventions 

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The Strengthening Managers Programme

The programme has been run successfully with participants from both children and adult services with more than authorities staff participating. It can also be run for specific groups within one authority. 

The Strengthening Managers Programme was developed for children's and adult social care managers in partnership with Effective Practice. The Strengthening Managers programme is aimed at supporting staff responsible for case holding practitioners to think of their role systemically in terms of their own behaviour and skills; the behaviour and skills of their staff; and the organisation and the environment into which they deliver the services. 

Outcomes of Programme  

Managers lead, model and themselves deliver:
  • A focus on children, adults and families in the region 
  • Clear expectations and accountability 
  • Work that is based on outcomes, not on outputs 
  • Professional judgement through critically reflective practice 
  • Defensible decision making 
  • Flexibility, prioritising and proactive self-management in a changing environment Constructive challenge and support for improvement.

"As a result of the learning development programme...workers are developing into a confident workforce. This positive change has been noted in recent Ofsted inspections." Hartlepool Council

Strengthening Practice is a member of the UK Register of Learning Providers

We now have a purpose-made training room in our head office suitable for small groups up to 12 people.

Latest news...

Phil Rigotti is our new full time trainer and he will be involved both in delivery and development of materials.  

We are really pleased to welcome him on board. He brings a lot of experience and warmth to the role and I know that you will enjoy having a new face as part of the team.

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