What we do
Section 31 Training and Consultancy is a feeling focused training company. We want to stop children being moved from home to home by standing as an advocate for the “naughty kids” and promote a new perspective of care and give a new, deeper level of understanding.
We are passionate and professional trainers with a range of experiences, however our main goal is to promote the importance of stability and consistency in care. We provide a wide range of training sessions to social care workers, predominantly foster carers and social workers with a focus on the inner child, the feelings and the thoughts that drive children’s actions throughout their care journey. Focusing on the child's’ narrative. Sometimes it is easy for care givers and providers to overlook the emotional impact of the decisions they make on a daily basis, instead they just see the external shells of those around them and react accordingly. Therefore we carry a blame free ethos.
Why Choose Us
Section 31 Training is unique as it offers care experienced trainers with first hand knowledge and raw experience. We are more than just statistics and theory and really care; we are passionate about what we do as we have been there.
Feedback from foster carers shows that true stories and real life experience has a much deeper impact than other types of training, as well as professionals describing our courses as the nuts and bolts that brings everything together.
We believe that those who have had the worst experiences have the most to teach, however what commonly happens is that care leavers leave the system feeling that nobody cares, and nobody listens and so turn their back on the system meaning we lose these people and all the knowledge they have learnt.
Section 31 aims to bring these young people back and harness what they have learnt, support them to come to terms with what has happened and channel this into constructive teachings via either face to face or online training courses.
Where are you based?
Trainers are freelance, but director Scott King is based in Great Dunmow.
We have clients in Wales, Guernsey, Scotland, and throughout England. No distance is too far - please contact us directly to discuss.
Do you offer one to one work with children?
No distance is too far to work with professionals, however one-to-one work with children at this point can only be provided in Kent and Essex due to sustainability. We don't care about travel - but we care about sustainable relationships.
Will Scott and Ben be writing a book?
This has been in the works for some time, but it's something that can't be rushed so there will be a number of small self-help books and a biography in due time. Watch this space!
How many people can attend a face to face training course?
5 - 25 people is the best for a better training experience however exceptions can be made to this.
How much do training courses cost?
Face to face courses are set at a day rate. For quotes please email email@example.com.
Online courses vary (prices will be stated online on the course page).
How do care leavers benefit from becoming trainers?
Teachers are experts in certain fields and get paid to teach what they know. Somebody who has experienced trauma and who shares that knowledge is no different. Trainers are paid for their time, as well as having access to a community of other care leavers to support them.
1. Reduce the amount of placement moves children have
We recognise that most placement breakdowns are due to relentless misunderstood behavioural issues where children communicate via the language of trauma (often seen as challenging behaviour), leading to hostile placements and communication breakdowns. Through training, we aid understanding about why children behave the way they do. We teach carers new skill sets and build fresh mindsets to help them understand children's behaviour and respond better. This helps to result in stronger relationships, behavioural improvements and more stable placements.
2. Prevent more children coming into care
The number of children coming into care whose parents are from a care background is at an all time high. This is because cycles are repeated rather than broken. Through better care, we can help children to recover and break free from the cycle.
3. Provide children and young people with a platform to share their experiences.
We do this by running workshops for children and also supporting care leavers to understand the importance of speaking up about their experience and utilising this knowledge to help others. Those who experience trauma and hardship can often feel worthless and skill-less due to a life of being put down and misunderstood. We recognise that care leavers have a strong set of 'survival skills' - our goal here is help them realise they are highly skilled due to a having to survive this trauma.
Our vision is to improve the care system holistically by putting stability and consistency at the heart of everything. Children enter the care system for many reasons and one of the most common factors is emotional abuse. Children are expected to grow to love adults and that is then taken from them repeatedly which is by definition, emotional abuse.
The system is there to protect children and ensure they recover; our vision is to ensure that it does this and we hope that the stories of failed children can be a thing of the past. This care system can work, there are many examples of where it has, but too many examples of where it has not. The key is about changing mindset and attitudes.
We would like to become the place to go for trauma experienced people who are looking for a platform to be heard.