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Using brain science to help families thrive

Podcast Series

The perfect companion for any professionals looking to expand their knowledge

Family Support Podcast Series is designed to share the practical understanding of brain metaphors using the Brain Science Story to support Children Build Resilience for life. We have tailored our Podcasts to support professionals and help improve the practical understanding of brain metaphors.

Hosted by Family Support practitioners, we talk to a range of experts to share how we put brain science theory into practice and talk through our journey of how we have, successfully put this into practice.

What is brain science and why is it important? How do you create a trauma informed organisation? What is different about this approach?

Emma Best talks to Wendy Dormer and Peter Watt who were at the heart of creating a trauma informed organisation, about their practical advice for getting started.

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A deeper look at each of the six brain science metaphors, why they are important and how they can help parents, carers, and professionals to talk about children’s development and help them build strong brains.

Peter Watt hosts this podcast and discusses the metaphors with Ruth Ball (NSPCC trainer on secondment with Family Support) as well as practitioners in the field about their experiences using the brain science metaphors.

Any organisation undergoing change has a lot of work to do to create the environment which helps its desired culture and ethos thrive.

In this podcast John Geary talks to two Family Support staff practitioners to get their first-hand account of how this feels on the ground. Following the highs and lows of culture change, Giorgia Trevisanello and Ann Parry provide an honest view of what works and what doesn’t; helping other professionals see best how to create positive change in their workplace.

Family and children centres, early years settings and at home with parents and carers. This is where children will spend their formative years building their brains.

Experienced early years professionals Rosemarie Alphonse and Ann Parry talk to guest host Emma Best about how we can positively impact children’s lives during this time. This podcast covers engagement with all stakeholders as well as direct work Family Support has undertaken with children.

Adverse Childhood Experiences. Many people will have heard this term, either professionally or even through mainstream media. There are some very strong opinions about how best to use knowledge about ACEs to support families and this podcast explores some of these questions and challenges.

Emma Best hosts the discussion on ACEs with Wendy Dormer and Lynette Yeow. This podcast covers the basics of what ACEs are, building on to what the more advanced understanding of them is. It also focuses on how we might use our knowledge of ACEs to support families we work with and how, in some circumstances, it may be more helpful not to concentrate to heavily on them.

Earlier in the series we delved into the six metaphors. This podcast looks at how we extend that knowledge and share with organisations practically.

Learn more about our Sharing the Science course and how to utilise our successful virtual train the trainer sessions to help expediate your knowledge and practical application?

Allen Thompson is joined by Ruth Ball and Carol Sewell to discuss all the practicalities of extending the knowledge of the brain science metaphors in professional settings.

Host Allen talks to Ruth Ball from the NSPCC (on a secondment with Family Support) who delivers the Sharing the Science course on the brain development metaphors as well as Carol Sewell who has completed the train the trainer course and is now delivering courses too!

Discover more about our ‘Sharing the Science’ course here.

Family Support has played a key part in delivering DfE funded courses on parental conflict for professionals.

This programme is all about helping those working with families spot and address parental conflict and ultimately help build better co-parenting relationships which create more positive experiences for children.

Emma Best talks to the project managers for the course, Giorgia Trevisanello and Stephanie Brooks, about their experience of engaging professionals with the topic of parental conflict, how this course links to the course for parents themselves and how they are looking to integrate the brain science within this learning.

We know that permanent exclusion from school is not just a short-term punishment. The repercussions can last a lifetime with the majority of UK prisoners having previously been excluded from school.

As part of a project to reduce youth violence, Family Support launched its Transition & Resilience project which works intensely with children at key points in their school lives to make sure more pupils not only stay in mainstream education but also get the best out of their time at school.

Emma Best talks to project leaders Cat Miller and Meera Bhayani about the exciting journey they have been on bringing this project to life, how it works and why it is so important.

To find out more about our Transitions and Resilience programme click here.

The ninth podcast in this series discusses the importance of creating a school environment that asks ‘what happened to you?’ not ‘what’s wrong with you?’. Peter Watt talks to Wendy Dormer and Ruth Ball about their work creating trauma aware environments in primary schools and how this work has helped children thrive.

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Once everything is in place and learning complete the messaging around your organisation’s journey needs to be effectively communicated. It doesn’t matter how wonderful the destination; you still need to get everyone in (and sometimes outside your organisation) on the bus in order to get there.

Peter Watt talks to Family Support’s communications manager and operational director about how the brain science metaphors and trauma informed was effectively communicated throughout the organisation, to families and to professional stakeholders to create a lasting impact.

Evolving Case-File Audit Technology to Provide Better Outcomes for Families

Family Support feature on the latest Agilisys Podcast which focuses on the use of technology to drive continuous quality improvements of case audit management.

Listen here: The Agilisys Podcast: Developing an app to support and improve audit processes • Agilisys

Agilisys and Family Support worked together to develop a continuous quality improvement app called Family Quest, using Microsoft Power Platform, that can be implemented within social care settings to simplify case audit procedures and evidence a really high-quality process that includes continuous learning.  

In this podcast Cat Miller, Service Manager at Family Support, discusses how the Family Quest app has transformed ways of working for the organisation. 

Topics discussed include: 

  • The work of Family Support
  • The need for the Family Quest App 
  • How it was developed in partnership 
  • The problems Family Quest overcomes and how it supports the delivery of services on the frontline 
  • The App’s ability to increase efficiency, reduce cost and staff time, and streamline audit processes 
  • How Family Quest helped the organisations deal with the pressures and restrictions of Covid-19 
  • Tips and tricks learnt from the rollout of the App 
  • How organisations in a similar position to Family Support can utilise Family Quest. 

Further information on Family Quest can be found in a detailed case study – click here to download – and by visiting the Quest webpage here

Listen Here: The Agilisys Podcast: Developing an app to support and improve audit processes • Agilisys