About this course

A relational approach puts relationships at the heart of every aspect of school life. They help to create an environment where everyone feels that they belong, are safe, cared for and valued.

Recent research suggests that relating to pupils in a caring and compassionate way without judgement, respecting their rights, beliefs and abilities, is of huge benefit to them.

On this course, we will learn more about the evidence behind the approach and explore ways to work towards a whole-school approach to prioritising positive relationships, whilst exploring potential barriers that may exist.

Who is it for?

This course is suitable for anyone looking to improve their setting’s relational approach to working with children and young people, for example, in a school, college or community setting. This could include:

  • School leaders
  • Teachers
  • Pastoral support leads
  • Support staff
  • SENCOs
  • Senior mental health leads
  • Learning mentors
  • PSHE leads

Learning outcomes

  • To understand the concept of ‘relational approaches’ with children and young people
  • To explore the impact of adopting a relational approach on pupils and wider school community
  • To reflect on your own practice and those within your setting
  • To understand the potential impact of trauma and adverse childhood experiences and the relational support which can benefit those affected

"The training was fabulous, the best training I had on the subject of mental health!" - MHAT attendee

"I recommend Anna Freud Centre training as it helped me better understand the mental health and wellbeing needs of my pupils." - MHAT attendee

9th November 2022
  • Online – live via Zoom (Joining instructions will be sent to the email address you booked on with at least one working day before the event)
  • 2 hours
  • 15:00 - 17:00 (UK time)

Training fee

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