Protective Behaviours Training

Protective Behaviours (PBs) is a multi-faceted framework and easy-to-use “toolkit” that teaches us how to keep ourselves feeling safe as well as develop a protective culture that helps others to feels safe with us. It promotes safeguarding, develops resilience factors and emotional safety, including

  •  Increasing our self-awareness and the appropriate expression of feelings
  • Developing good support networks based on trust, openness and respect
  • Developing problem solving skills that help us manage the tension between risk and opportunity thereby encouraging us to take healthy action and avoid becoming a victim
  • Facilitating team building and multi-agency working by creating shared meaning through a common language of safety.

We know that our deepest learning comes from that which most closely links to our own personal experience. The Protective Behaviours framework helps hitch our cognitive understanding of policies and procedures to our personal experience. By exploring our feeling and thinking we increase our awareness of our unconscious or habitual patterns of behaviour. In turn, this enables us to consciously choose responsive behaviour rather than default to unconscious reactive behaviour.

Through this process Protective Behaviours helps transform “the words on the page” into a lived experience of feeling safe for both vulnerable children and for those adults charged with the responsibility for keeping children safe.

This 1 day course meets the requirements of the Training, Support and Development Standards for foster care:

1.1 Principles and Values, 1.2 Equality, Inclusion and Anti-Discriminatory practice, 1.3 Person-centred Approach, 1.4 Confidentiality and Sharing information, 2.1 Fostering Role, 2.2 Legislation, policies and Procedures, 2.3 Relationships with Parents and Others, 2.4 Team Working, 3.4 Personal Safety and Security, 4.2 Knowing about Communication, 5.1 Understanding Development of Children and Young People, 5.2 Understanding Resilience and Self-Esteem, 5.5 Supporting Educational Potential, 5.6 Understanding Contexts, 6.1 Legislation, Policies and Procedures, 6.2 Keeping Children Safe, 6.4 Working with Other Agencies, 7.1 Understanding the Role and Approval of a Foster Carer, 7.3 Using Support and Supervision to Develop as a Carer, 7.4 Meeting Learning Needs as part of CPD