Shut off, sad, hurt and angry: Behaviours that challenge


Children and young people living in out-of-home care often present with a range of behaviours that can challenge those that are doing their best to support them. The question is, what lies beneath these behaviours and what can we do to help?

This workshop has been designed specifically for therapeutic residential youth workers, supervisors and managers or anyone working in out-of-home care. The session is informed by the latest research and best practice regarding children and young people and the behaviours that challenge all of us in therapeutic residential care. During the session we will look at why the behaviours happen and how we might better support these children and young people in a trauma-informed and practical way.

The key learning objectives for this session include: 

  • Define and understand the term ‘behaviours that challenge’
  • Gain a greater understanding of why children and young people display behaviours that challenge
  • Explore new ways to make meaning of the behaviours
  • Discover useful and practical strategies for intervention

About the Facilitator: This training is facilitated by Glenys Bristow, who is the Residential Care Consultant for the Centre for Excellence in Therapeutic Care. Glenys has over 35 years of experience as a therapeutic residential worker, manager and trainer across a wide range of statutory and voluntary out of home care with children young people and families.

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