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Guidance and training for Jersey's Children First

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Find support for a child or young person

If a child or young person is at immediate risk call the Police on 999.

For other safeguarding or wellbeing con​cerns, contact the Children and Families Hub:

Training available

All of the Jersey's Children First training has been updated to reflect the statutory guidance supporting the Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 2022. Even if you have completed Jersey's Children First training previously, it is recommended that you complete one of the updated online learning programmes to understand how the Jersey's Children First framework supports you to work with the statutory guidance. 

There are 2 online learning programmes:

  • introduction
  • essentials

Select the course that is right for you dependent on your role. You only need to complete one of them.

Once you have completed your online learning, there are 3 face to face courses available.

A set of four online training modules and 3 toolkits have also been developed to explain key areas of the statutory guidance that supports the Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 2022​. They explain how to carry out duties and responsibilities under the law.

Information about the Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 2022 is available here. Details of the statutory guidance training resources are provided below. 

The matrix will help you decide which levels of training are right for you.​

Jersey's Children Fir​st Training Matrix

Course title​

​Course details
​Jersey's Children First Essentials

Online
​This programme is suitable for everyone who works regularly with children, young people and their families. 
There are​ eleven bite sized modules to complete to equip you to use the practice model in your day to day work with children, young people and families. By the end of the course you will: 
  • understand Jersey's Children First shared values, principles and language 
  • understand the complex process of transition to engagement in children and families' experiences 
  • understand our shared qualities and what they look like in practice 
  • understand the 5 Questions and the Wellbeing Indicators and how these can be used to help understand when and how to provide support for a child and family 
  • know how to complete a wellbeing assessment using the shared templates and tools and how to plan intervention​
This programme will take approximately 3 hours to complete.
​Jersey's Children First Introduction

Online
​This programme is suitable for people working primarily with adults who may be parents or carers, or whose work does not regularly involve direct contact with children and young people.
There are six bite size modules to complete. By the end of the course you will: 
  • have an overview of the Jersey's Children First practice model 
  • understand Jersey's Children First shared values, principles, qualities and language  
  • understand it is everyone's responsibility to ask questions when they think a child is not okay 
This programme will take approximately 1 and a half hours to complete.
​Completing an Early Help Wellbeing Assessment

3 hours in person

​This course develops participant's understanding of how to complete an early help wellbeing assessment. It covers tools that can be used to ensure the voice of the child is heard and how to ensure that all family members and carers can contribute effectively with consent. The course provides examples of a completed assessment.​

Participants are required to have completed the Essentials training within the past 12 months.

By the end of the course participants will:
  • be confident in completing early help wellbeing assessments using shared templates and tools
  • understand the assessment process and timescales
  • understand the importance of analysing the information gathered
  • capture the voice of the child taking into account their individual needs
  • consolidate Jersey's Children First shared principles, values and language
​Role and Responsibilities of the Lead Worker

6 hours in person
​This specialist course builds directly on the Essentials course to examine the role and responsibilities of the Lead Worker and the members of the Team around the Child in creating, monitoring and reviewing an early help wellbeing plan.

Participants are required to have completed the Essentials training within the past 12 months.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • understand the shared responsibilities of all members of the Team around the Child
  • understand the role, main tasks and skills of the Lead Worker
  • be confident in chairing a planning meeting
  • understand how to monitor and review the Child's Plan
​Using and Sharing Chronologies

3 hours in person

​This course looks at both single and multi agency chronologies in detail:

  • their purpose
  • their construction
  • their use in working with children, young people and families

Participants are required to have completed the Essentials training within the past 12 months.

By the end of the course participants will:

  • understand when to consider a chronology
  • understand what information needs to be considered in a chronology
  • be aware of what information is appropriate to share across agencies
  • be able to consider the impact of the patterns of information in a chronology in conjunction with a child's assessment to improve a child's circumstances
​Children and Young People, Statutory Guidance: Introduction

Online

​This module should be completed by everyone in organisations (including volunteers) that work with and provide services to children, young people and families including organisations defined as corporate parents under the Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 2022.  ​

​During this module, participants will:  

  • explore elements of the statutory guidance that accompany the Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 2022  
  • discover how the Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 2022 and its accompanying statutory guidance build on and work in conjunction with the Jersey's Children First's framework 

This module will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. 

​Children and Young People, Statutory Guidance: Working together

Online

​This module should be completed by all employees and volunteers that provide services to children, young people and families and organisations defined as corporate parents under the Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 2022.

During this module, participants will:  

  • identify the shared vision for working together to promote the wellbeing and safeguard the welfare of children and young people   
  • explain the purpose of Jersey's Children First framework    
  • explain the importance of early intervention   
  • define the Working Together Principles and provide examples of how they might apply in context   
  • identify who must fulfil the additional five responsibilities when discharging their functions under the Law    
  • identify the five additional responsibilities and what they mean for practice 

This module will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

A toolkit has been developed to supplement this online learning module (see Resources and tools)

​Children and Young People, Statutory Guidance: Information sharing

Online

​This module should be completed by all employees and volunteers that are likely to share information about children, young people and families as part of their role and organisations defined as corporate parents under the Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 2022.

During this module, participants will:

  • recognise the importance of sharing information to promote the wellbeing and safeguard the welfare of children and young people   
  • identify the data protection and human rights principles and how to share information in line with these principles.   
  • recall the questions you should consider when deciding whether to share information   
  • be aware of how review and audit of information sharing arrangements and decision making can drive continuous improvement 

This module will take approximately 1 hour to complete.

A toolkit has been developed to supplement this online learning module (see Resources and tools)

​Children and Young People, Statutory Guidance: Corporate parenting

Online

​This module should be completed by corporate parents defined under the Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 2022.

During this module, participants will:  

  • identify the six responsibilities of corporate parents    
  • recognise your responsibilities when preparing, publishing and keeping under review a plan on your role as a corporate parent   
  • list the information that you must and may include in your plan   
  • recognise your responsibilities to publish information on the services you offer to looked after children and care leavers  
  • identify your responsibilities in respect to collaborating with other corporate parents    

This module will take approximately 1 hour to complete. ​

A toolkit has been developed to supplement this online learning module (see Resources and tools) 














How to access the online training

The Jersey's Children First Introduction and Essentials online programmes and Statutory Guidance training is all available on both Connect People and the Virtual College platforms.

​Access as a Government of Jersey employee and have a Connect account

If you're an employee of the Government of Jersey, you can access the courses through Connect People:

  1. go to the MyStates homepage
  2. select 'Connect People'
  3. select 'My Learning' tile
  4. type in 'Jersey's Children First' or the name of the statutory guidance training you would like to complete into the 'Find Learning' search box
  5. select the programme or course and click 'Start course'

​Access as a Government of Jersey employee and don't have a Connect account​

If you work for the Government of Jersey but you don't have access to a Connect account because you are an agency worker, you can access the courses by logging into Virtual College:

  1. go to the Virtual College platform
  2. enter your email address and password. If you are having any access issues, email ODteam@gov.je
  3. select the 'Learning' icon at the top of the page of the learning platform
  4. type in Jersey's Children First or the name of the statutory guidance training you would like to complete into the search bar
  5. select the programme or course you wish to complete and begin

​Access as an employee from another organisation​

If you're an employee or volunteer from another organisation, you can access the courses using this link:

Virtual College

You'll be sent a welcome email inviting you to register with a password protected account. You'll then be able to access the course you have requested.

In person training dates and how to book

To book a space, email jerseyschildrenfirst@gov.je specifying the course title you would like to attend, our role and your preferred date.​

​Course​ title

Training dates

​Completing an Early Help Wellbeing Assessment

This course is 3 hours

9.30am to 12.30pm

​13 March 2024

22 May 2024

17 July 2024​

11 September 2024

20 Novembe​r 2024


​Role and Responsibilities of the Lead Worker

This course is 6 hours

9.30am to 4pm

​20 February 2024

19 April 2024

14 June 2024

8 August 2024

18 October 2024

5 December 2024

​Using and Sharing Chronologies

This course is 3 hours

9.30am to 12.30pm

​​​22 March 2024

17 May 2024

12 July 2024

20 September 2024

15 November 2024​











Resources and tools

Toolkits for Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 2022 Statutory Guidance​

Children and Young People (Jersey) Law 2022 Statutory Guid​ance

Statutory Guidance Toolkit Delivery Notes

Statutory Guidance Working Together Toolkit

Statutory Guidance Information Sharing Toolkit

Statutory Guidance Corporate Parenting Toolkit

Statutory Guidance 7 minute briefing​

The foundations of the Jersey's Children First approach

Introduction

Diversity Statement

Executive Summary

Using the Jersey's Children First Guidance

Our Values, Principle and Qualities

Ten Aims

Understanding the Continuum of Children's Needs

Roles and Responsibilities

Sharing Information

Putting Jersey's Children First into practice

When to Start a Child's Assessment and The Five Questions

Wellbeing Indicators

Ensuring Children Get the Right Help at the Right Time

Knowing the Child

My World Triangle

Exploring Each Assessment Domain

Chronology of Significant Events

Resilience and Vulnerability Tool

Working together as a team around the child

Working Together

The Role of the Lead Worker

Main Tasks of the Lead Worker

Identifying the Lead Worker

Skills of the Lead Worker

Change of Lead Worker

Workforce Requirements

Outcomes Based Accountability: Jersey's Children First

Tools, templates and supporting documents

Responding to Need toolkit: Jersey Children First

Team Around The Child Planning Checklist

Child's Chronology Template

Chronologies Guidance

Child and Family Assessment (Early Help) Template

My World Triangle Supporting the Child's Assessment

A Day in My Life Tool

Resilience and Vulnerability Tool

Team Around the Child Member's View for Meeting Template

Child and Family Plan (Early Help) Template

Child and Family Review Template

Change of Lead Worker Terms of Reference

Change of Lead Worker Hand Over Actions

Child and Family Participation Toolkit

Escalation and Resolution Pathway on the Safeguarding Partnership Board website

Multi agency Supervision Statement on the Safeguarding Partnership Board website


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