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Creative ways to communicate with children & young people through play

29 Nov

Trainer: Sile O’Loughlin


 Creative ways to communicate with children and young people.


There is no doubt that social workers need to be skilled communicators to engage with children and young people often in times of crisis/chaos and about deeply personal perhaps painful issues.


Young children do not like being asked direct questions and regardless of age the adult may get an answer the child believes they want to hear. So, it’s incumbent upon social workers to be armed with a tool box of play and creative activities that engage children in a manner comfortable to them and enjoyable to their stage of development that enables the worker gain access to the child’s internal world.

Social workers often have to work with children to address difficult issues, through the use of playful/creative activities children can ‘tell’ us their stories via the context of a caring, safe and nurturing relationship. It’s our job to meet children where they are at and to facilitate communication.


Margot Sunderland (2000) stated; ‘Without communication through story, play or imagination some children have little hope of being able to say what they really feel……without having access to imaginative modes of expression, the deeply rich, inner worlds of too many children remain unshared’.


The workshop aims to fulfil the following objectives:

Participants will understand the theory behind creative methods of communication.

Participants will feel comfortable/confident using creative techniques.

Participants will have an increased awareness of the use of self in social work.

Participates will gain knowledge and skills that will be transferable to all parts of Social Work practice.


Important Information:

  •       Our funding restrictions are such that this training is only available to those who work/volunteer for a voluntary, charitable, faith or community-based organisation. Please ensure you meet this criteria before applying.
  •       Lunch will not be provided. You can bring your own lunch or order from Cafe Rojo (beside CiNI)
  •       While this is a free training event, if you cannot attend and do not provide notice of at least 2 working days your organisation will be charged a cancellation fee of £20 per trainee.
  •      Due to the high demand for this training we can only offer a maximum of 2 places per organisation. Please do not apply for more than 2 places.
  •       Please bring your ticket with you on the day, either printed out, or on your phone/tablet.
  •       Registration is at 9.45 for a 10.00 course start.


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*Please note, while this course is free of charge, if you cannot attend please email at least 3 working days in advance. Otherwise, your organisation will be charged a cancellation fee of £20.

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