Kisimul Care Training

Top-quality vocational training

As a holder of the Investors in People Award, we give high priority to the training and development of all staff. All new staff undertake a period of essential induction training prior to commencing work with the children and young people, or early on in their employment. Following this dedicated induction, all our care staff receive a full day’s training every three weeks (17 training days a year) in our in-house, accredited training facility.

All staff undergo an enhanced disclosure check (includes checking against the POVA list, for our adult service) with the Criminal Records Bureau to ensure their suitability to work with our children and young people.

"Resources are allocated to learning and development, including a training team and premises to ensure activities are constantly delivered and people remain current in their practice. Kisimul invests heavily in the provision of learning and development opportunities, for example, three weekly training for care teams, specific activities for night staff, in-set and twilight shifts for education."

(3.1 Taken from Investors in People Report March 2014)

School training

Education staff receive the equivalent of five full days of in-service training per year, some of which is organised as ‘twilight sessions’. Education training consists of core refresher training on compliance areas such as child protection, recording information, behaviour management and health and safety, as well as more education-specific training based around teaching and learning. Much of the training delivered by Kisimul is common to both care and education roles, to ensure consistency and excellence in the delivery of our services.

Essential training

Induction programme (role-specific)

Induction programmes can vary in length from one to six weeks depending on the department and the complexity of the position. School staff and Residential Support Workers receive a six-week induction covering all aspects of the role.

Child/adult protection

At Kisimul Lower and Upper Schools in Lincolnshire, child protection training is conducted by in-house care managers all of whom have attended the Lincolnshire Area Child Protection Committee four day course. At Woodstock House, our Surrey site, the registered manager and head teacher have attended their equivalent local course and are responsible for staff training on site.

Epilepsy training

Training in dealing with epilepsy is for all staff working directly with the pupils. It is delivered by nurse practitioners from Lincolnshire United Healthcare Trust and staff have regular refresher training.

Autism awareness training

Autism is a complex developmental disability that typically appears during the first three years of life and is the result of a neurological disorder that affects the normal functioning of the brain, impacting on development in the areas of social interaction and communication skills. Both children and adults with autism typically show difficulties in verbal and non-verbal communication, social interactions, and leisure or play activities.

We have many senior staff experienced in working with pupils and residents with autism and they are often called upon to lead training sessions about the specifics of autism. The large team of Assistant Educational Psychologists, who work under the guidance of a full time Child and Educational Psychologist, deliver a ground-breaking training programme called ‘Understanding the Needs of Our Pupils/Adults’ annually to all education and care staff.

TIMIAN training

At Kisimul we have five Timian-trained trainers who deliver the full three-day course to all staff working directly with the pupils and residents. Staff also receive refresher training of at least one full day per year.

TIMIAN is the Greek word for beloved and is concerned with:

TIMIAN is accredited by BILD (The British Institute of Learning Disabilities) Physical Interventions Accreditation Scheme developed by the Department of Health and Department for Education and Skills, and supported by Section 7 Local Authority Guidance.

Equality and diversity training

Staff are made aware that they should set the example to pupils by abiding by equal opportunities principles and by firmly encouraging respect for all in the school. The school ethos reflects this to ensure that every pupil and member of staff feels equally valued and safe.

Risk assessment training

Our in-house Risk Assessment training covers the basic principles behind risk assessment, explains the requirements of the law and how to achieve compliance, and uses case studies to show how the different elements of risk assessment can be brought together to achieve real health and safety improvements.

Makaton and communication skills

Not being able to communicate is as if you were in a foreign country and couldn't speak or understand the language. You would probably begin to gesture to explain what you wanted, and hope that others would understand your gestures and would gesture back. You might also start to draw pictures and diagrams to help get your messages across.

'Makaton' combines all these elements in a highly successful teaching tool.

A research project identified the words that we all use most frequently and need in everyday conversation. Then signs from British Sign Language, used by the deaf community in this country, were matched to these words, so that as you speak you sign and speak at the same time. Signs are often pictorial and convey the meaning more easily than words, which are more abstract.

Makaton users are first encouraged to communicate using signs, then gradually, as a link is made between the word and the sign, the signs are dropped and speech takes over.

You might think that signing would prevent speech developing. But research suggests very strongly that this is not the case. In fact the opposite occurs, as signing seems to positively encourage speech development. Many hundreds of thousands of children and adults have been helped significantly in this manner.

Visual symbols support the written word, in the same way that signs support speech, and have been specially designed. Most of them are black and white pictures illustrating the important meaning of the words we use. Children and adults who cannot read or write can now have, for example, stories, instructions to carry out tasks, timetable events, shopping lists, letters and messages, all written in symbols. We can use photographs and other visual representations as appropriate for the same purposes.

Furthermore for some children and adults, combining symbols, signs and speech together is proving to be an effective way of developing literacy skills. Makaton is an internationally recognised communication programme, used in more than 40 countries worldwide.

Most Makaton users are children and adults who need it as their main means of communication. But everyone else who shares their lives will also use Makaton. These include the families, carers, friends and professionals such as teachers, speech and language therapists, social workers, playgroup staff, college lecturers, instructors, nurses, and psychiatrists.

PECS - Picture Exchange Communication System

The Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) (created by Pyramid Inc.), when introduced correctly and practised rigorously, is very useful as a tool for developing communication, particularly in children with autistic spectrum disorders.

When a child reaches for something they want, a picture is introduced in between the child and their reached-for, desired object or activity. When the child then gives the adult the picture, the adult immediately gives the child the object (or activity) they want. This exchange can take place very quickly, particularly when a child is not physically disabled. The process works with all kinds of communication, from a simple request to the use of complex sentences (in pictures and/or words) and is always based on the exchange principle.

"We found that the home had worked hard to understand people's individual communication needs and to equip staff with the skills to communicate effectively with them. For example staff had obtained the input of a speech and language therapist to develop individual communication strategies using the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) and had attended training in Makaton, a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate."

(3.2 Taken from Tigh Grianan CQC Inspection Report Nov 2013)

Training in care planning

All of our pupils and residents have a written care plan, called an Individual Pupil Care Plan (IPCP), which is developed and reviewed on a regular basis. The process is monitored by our Psychology team and the care and education staff all have input during training sessions.

ASDAN training

ASDAN creates the opportunity for learners to achieve personal and social development through the attainment of ASDAN Awards and Qualifications. These enhance self-esteem, aspirations and provide opportunities for individual contributions to local, national and global communities.

There are a wide range of ASDAN awards, and for young people of all abilities. The awards recognise and reward skills as young people complete personal challenges in such areas as sports, healthy living, community involvement, work experience, expressive arts, relationships, citizenship, personal finance and enterprise.

Kisimul is an ASDAN accredited centre and members of staff are given comprehensive training on the programmes we offer.

Statutory training

All staff are required to complete certain statutory training and full records are kept. Refreshers and updates are also given where necessary.

Statutory training is in the areas listed below.

Advanced Training

Skills for Care - Common Induction Standards (CIS)

The CIS are worked through in the first twelve weeks of employment and run alongside the in-house induction.

NVQ Level 3 Management (senior staff)

It is a requirement for all team leaders and deputy team leaders to complete this award. It is delivered by external training providers.

NVQ Training

Kisimul is an accredited centre, registered with Edexcel to deliver NVQ awards to staff.

There is a dedicated team of in-house Assessors and Internal Verifiers who ensure that the awards are delivered to meet all of the requirements of the QCA (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority) Code of Practice.

The awards offered are:

External Verification (EV) Inspections.

The centre is monitored twice a year by an Edexcel EV to check the quality of the system in operation.

"The centre is proactive in developing their delivery and assessment strategies - they are committed to continuous improvement. Sound support for candidates by all members of the team."

(Quote from our EV report.)

Experienced, accredited, in-house trainers

The training team delivers the majority of Kisimul's in-house courses. We have skilled and accredited trainers able to deliver a full range of courses suited to the specific needs of the staff. We also have links with local training providers and colleges to meet more individualised training needs.

We keep complete records of all training achievements to ensure that high standards are maintained, and that all members of staff undertake regular refresher training courses.

Training has always been a vital element in the success of Kisimul, and as the organisation has developed further the training department has grown and flourished to the benefit of staff and pupils alike.

If you would like to know more about our training department please contact Russell Brown, Training Manager, on 01522 507201 or use our contact form.