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 unqualified support staff working with children, young people and their families in the voluntary, NHS, community, education or social care settings.  

Please note: the next session of this course is due to start in January 2021 and, due to the current pandemic, the dates of the course are under review.  Please email us at for further information.

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

Applications are now open and the course can be applied for, online, via our MyTAP student portal.  Please click the 'Apply' button on this page.  

If you require any assistance with the application form, or would like the application in a Word format that you can email back to us, please email or call 020 8938 2214 . 

To apply for this course, you must:

  • Be currently working with children within a London borough
  • Have no degree level qualifications in any subject area
  • DBS clearance (proof will be required)
  • Have your employer's permission to attend the course and to carry out nursery observations.

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

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

You are particularly encouraged to apply if you don’t have formal education qualifications, and/or if you are from a minority ethnic group.

“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 course will be held on Monday afternoons between 3pm and 5.45pm at the Tavistock and Portman.

This course is free of charge to eligible participants.

Certificate of attendance
Course length:
3 months
The Tavistock Centre, London
Admission status:
Course lead:
Mel Serlin

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