Developing a diverse child and adolescent workforce: an introductory course (CPD64)

Course overview

Are you a support worker? Are you wondering how to develop your potential? Health Education England is offering free places on a 10-week training course for support staff without university degrees working with children, young people and their families in the voluntary sector, the NHS, community, education or social care settings in London.

Please note: Applications will close on Monday 22 August 2022 and any successful applicants will be interviewed shortly after.

The aim of this course is to enable support workers to develop their skills in working with children and young people in a multicultural context. The course will help you to develop your work skills, and may also lead to progression to further funded training opportunities in the field of child and adolescent work.

In workshops and work discussion groups, you will consider topics including:

  • Learning about observation
  • Direct work with children, young people and families
  • Child and adolescent development
  • Working in a multi-cultural context
  • Developing the theoretical framework needed to explore perspectives for working with individuals, couples, families, work groups and organisations.

This course is designed for you if you are a support worker working with children in London. You might be in one of these roles, or something similar:

  • Social care assistant
  • Community support worker
  • Learning support assistant
  • Learning mentor
  • Nursery nurse
  • Play leader
  • Youth worker
  • Family support worker
  • Foster carer.

This course is funded specifically for people who do not have a degree level qualification in any subject and are working with children within a London borough (you may live outside a London borough but must work in one). 

To apply for this course, you must:

  • Be currently working with children within a London borough (you may live outside a London borough but must work in one)
  • Have no degree level qualifications in any subject area
  • Have an Enhanced DBS clearance certificate (proof will be required)
  • Have your employer's permission to attend the online course and to carry out nursery observations.

In order to apply, please click the 'Apply' button on this course page to start your application in our online admissions system, MyTAP.  Please read further information about how to apply or contact us if you need assistance.

If you meet the above criteria, we will interview you. Applications from those who do not meet the criteria will not be considered. Places are limited and we reserve the right to close the application intake once we have received sufficient applications.

Please note: Applications will close on Monday 22 August 2022 and any successful applicants will be interviewed shortly after.

“This course was a gift that was given to me to fulfil my potential and goals that otherwise I couldn’t have…. “

“It was one of the best courses I have ever done, informal but very informative.  Hearing other people’s views was an eye opener - it really improved my listening skills.  My relationship with the young people I work with has improved and observation has really improved my memory. It also helped me progress in my work.” 

The next cohort of this course will begin on the 19 September and run until 28 November 2022. There will be no seminar during the reading week of 24 October. The classes on Monday will run from 3pm - 6pm.

The course will be a mix of face to face and on zoom (some weeks face to face, some weeks on zoom) but please be prepared to travel to the Tavistock Center and attend all seminars.

Felicity Tyson

Felicity Tyson is the course lead for the Developing a Diverse Child and Adolescent Workforce and as Training Skills Escalator Manager, she supports the progression of students learning and development from this course on to other training and learning at the Tavistock and Portman. 

Since 2018, she has taught on two courses at the Tavistock and Portman: the Emotional Care of children, young people and families (EC1) and Working with Children, Young People and Families: a Psychoanalytic Observational Approach (M7). 

Felicity completed her doctoral training in child and adolescent psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Tavistock and Portman and the University of East London. During her training, she worked therapeutically with children and their families in the Child and Family Department at the Tavistock clinic and the Brent Centre for Adolescents. She has specialist clinical and research interests in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children under-five and their parents. She is currently completing a research study into the contribution of child psychotherapy in supporting the mental health needs of parents and infants in GP practices and community settings. 

Felicity has set up and run child psychotherapy services for young children and their families in the NHS, schools, children’s centres and community health services. She currently works directly with and supervises the clinical work of therapists working with children and families affected by early trauma, parental mental health, disability and neurodevelopmental needs. She works in private practice and supervises the clinical work of psychotherapists working with adults and children with learning difficulties in the voluntary sector.

This course is free of charge to eligible participants. 

Certificate of attendance
Course length:
3 months
The Tavistock Centre, London
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Course lead:
Felicity Tyson

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