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Training Needs Analysis: TA Blog Series (4/4)

This blog is the final of a four-part blog series on training approaches. Our previous blog was on: what makes a good quality training workshop? Now, we are discussing how you can conduct a training needs analysis.   It depends on how your organisation works but identifying training needs is crucial in targeting the right […]

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Good Quality Training Workshops: TA Blog Series (3/4)

This blog is the third of a four-part blog series on training approaches. Our previous blog was on the pros and cons of face-to-face training courses. Now, we are discussing what can make a face-to-face training workshop good quality.   We all have had different experiences of attending external training. However, I think we can […]

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Face-to-Face Training Pros & Cons: TA Blog Series (2/4)

This blog is the second of a four-part blog series on training approaches. Our previous blog was on the pros and cons of e-learning training courses. Therefore, we are discussing our pros and cons of face-to-face training in this blog. Continuing Professional Development Employees working with children and young people should be given opportunity to […]

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E-Learning Pros & Cons: Training Approach Blog Series (1/4)

This blog is the first of a four part blog series on training approaches. We are discussing our pros and cons of e-learning in this blog. Mandatory Training All employees working with children and young people need to have the same basic knowledge so that they can fulfill their role. Therefore, mandatory training is necessary […]

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Safeguarding Children in Sports: What needs to happen

The Current Situation Football and sports clubs are facing increasing scrutiny regarding their safeguarding procedures. This is because of recent media coverage of the Football Sexual Abuse Scandal and Operation Hydrant. As it stands, 340 football clubs have been referenced. 300 alleged suspects and 849 victims have been identified. This spans all tiers of football, […]

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Reflective Practice and Why It’s Important

What is reflective practice? Reflective practice is the process of reflecting on past experiences with the view to improve or cope better in the future. This can be a group or individual process. Reflective practice is a great method to engage in after you have experienced challenging situations at work or in your personal life. […]

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Exciting News: We are a CPD accredited provider

Matter Ltd. can proudly announce that we are a CPD accredited provider through The CPD Accreditation Group. The CPD Accreditation Group consists of academics, industry bodies, awarding organisations, employers, and individual learners all sharing their expertise. What does it mean to be an accredited provider? Being an accredited provider involves an audit process of our […]

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How is it Possible to Reduce Challenging Behaviours in Children With EBD?

Just over a month ago, Joe Rafter, Director and Principle Trainer at Matter UK wrote a blog about the Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) of children and adolescents in a residential children’s home environment. In the blog, he focused on the fact that most residential homes in the childcare industry are managing the behaviour of children […]

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Why Compassion Focused Care is Essential in the Childcare Industry

Before we can address why compassion focused care is essential in the childcare industry, it is prudent to explain what compassion is. In my opinion, the concept of compassion is best articulated through the teaching of the Dalai Lama XIV. The Dalai Lama stated in The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living that “If […]

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Leadership and Management in Children’s Residential Social Care

Those who dare to take on the role of managing a children’s home are some of the bravest managers out there in the workplace. That’s a bold statement to make some of you may be thinking, so I’ll justify my view by outlining exactly what they have to do and more importantly what they are […]

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