Residential child care e-learning course
Published: 2008 | Free to use | Learning Management System compatible
These e-learning resources are freely available to all users and, through audio, video and interactive uses of technology, will provide the user with an engaging introduction to different residential care settings, the needs that children may have in care, young people's own concerns, interpreting and acting on children's behaviour, helping children meet the outcomes of 'Every child matters', key legislation and managing challenging behaviour.
This e-learning course has not been updated since 2008. It remains available under SCIE’s commitment to share knowledge and information but please be alert to changes in policy or practice since publication.
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An introduction to residential child care Open
An interactive exploration of the fundamentals of residential child care.
In this resource:
- You will first learn about the number of children in care and the proportion of these in residential child care.
- You will then look at three broad profiles of children in need, a range of care environments and three short case studies.
- In the next section we will look at positive and negative perceptions of residential child care and you will have to reflect upon your own views.
- In the penultimate section we will examine children's legislation and rights and you will have a chance to test your knowledge as well as consider your own views.
- Finally, the conclusion contains a summary of the main points.
Meeting the needs of children in residential child care Open
A series of practical activities and downloadable worksheets.
In this resource:
- We will first reflect on how traumatic and challenging entering residential child care for the first time may be for children/young people.
- We will then hear from young people themselves.
- For the rest of the resource we will consider how we can meet children's/young people's needs and achieve the outcomes set out in Every child matters. You will have the opportunity to explore each of these outcomes and work your way through exercises, and to pick up ideas for activities that you can use in your care setting.
- Finally, in the conclusion, we will round up the main points and there is a small reflective task that you can print out.
Managing challenging behaviour Open
An interactive exploration of the key aspects of challenging behaviour.
In this resource:
- We will look at communication in its many expressions, some case examples and ways of assessing and planning to support positive behaviour.
- We will then examine in detail the notion of behaviour as communication.
- In the next section we are going to look at how you can manage challenging behaviour in a planned way.
- In the following section you will be able to explore the topics of conflict resolution, diverting and de-escalating challenging situations and restraint. You will be presented with a series of tools you can use in your own care setting.
- In the penultimate section we will look at the key phase of debriefing.
- Finally, there is a small reflective task that you can print out and show to your supervisor.
Who they are suitable for Open
These resources are particularly suitable for staff new to this area, who may be residential child care frontline staff, direct carers, managers, providers, field social workers, advocates, independent visitors, inspectors, regulators and policy makers.
These resources may also be relevant to foster carers, commissioners, trainers and children, young people, parents and family members.
All material in these resources, including text, graphics, photographs, video and audio is copyright of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), unless otherwise stated. Use of these resources, and import of the resources into Learning Management Systems for educational purposes is freely permitted, but commercial use of any of SCIE’s learning resources is not authorised unless permission is first obtained in writing.
Please note these courses are provided free of charge on an ‘as seen’ basis. Although SCIE’s courses have been used over many years with almost no reported problems, SCIE cannot provide technical support for their implementation or to investigate or fix any reported technical problems, nor does it warrant that they are fully compliant with all or any technical platform.
Any known issue with an individual course is noted on the opening page of that course.
This course was developed using a technology called Adobe Flash, which is not compatible with any Apple/Android platform, and may not work on any mobile device.
Learning Management System compatibleOpen
This course is fully SCORM compliant. That means they can be loaded into a Learning Management System (LMS) or Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), such as WebCT, Blackboard or Moodle, and accessed locally.
Please note that this course was not designed to export any scores or track progress throughout the resource. Therefore, this course can be freely accessed by users, but there will be no tracking or grading functionality.
To obtain the SCORM-compliant version of this course, please contact us.