Chinara Enterprises launches brand new learning and development portal

Chinara Enterprises launches brand new learning and development portal

At long last we are proud to be launching our brand new website and learning and development platform !

So what’s new?

We wanted to improve the user experience on the platform, so if you want to find something on the site, we have a new search function where you can type in the item you are looking for, and it brings up your search results.

Events page with  discounted rates for members

We have built our own online event platform, so you can buy direct from our website without paying the extra booking fees you incur from other sites such as Eventbrite, giving you more choice on how you book.

All purchases are made through our secure online payment system and you can also cancel tickets if you need to.

Click on the latest events section of the website to see details of other events and to book your place.

To access the discounted rate, you will need to enter the email you log in with and enter a discount code issued to members. The code can only be used by each member, once per event

The discounts do not apply to any of the MRC events, as they are already discounted. If you are not in one of our members areas this code will not work.

We are pleased to be working in partnership with the Making Research Count Team, part  of King’s College London, to bring you exclusive access to their open programme of events.   You can only access this rate if you book through our events page or on Eventbrite

Free members events

Throughout the year we will be hosting free events for members on a range of topics.  If you have any suggestions for a topic or would like to facilitate  a session get in touch share your skills and knowledge.

Brand new membership portal

If you are already a member in one  of our learners areas such as Return to Social Work or Social Work Together Essentials, you are given free access to the learning and development resources and discounted rates for our events and services.

Access to useful resources

In the resources section some of the free content is restricted to members only, to access locked content you will need to be logged into the site.

Free access to the Golden Blues 

The Golden Blues is a broker who are able to negotiate special offers on a range of insurance and financial products. For example through the Golden Blues I was able to access private healthcare , and i receive regular rewards that sometimes cover the cost of my monthly premium ! So I end up getting  free private healthcare.

Unlimited access to free e learning

We are creating more e learning courses for you to access.

Discounted rates on 1-1 services.

For example on coaching, mentoring or reflective supervision

CPD hot topic !

We are really pleased to be launching an important seminar on the Liberty Protection Safeguards.

This is an essential briefing to gain an insight into the key legislative changes regarding mental capacity.

We have one of the leading lawyers Tim Spencer Lane,  speaking at this seminar, with a Q and A.

Date: Tuesday 20th April 2021

Time: 6pm-7.30 pm

In July 2018, the government published a Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill, which passed into law in May 2019. It replaces the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) with a scheme known as the Liberty Protection Safeguards 

This seminar will provide an overview of the following:

  • Background to the LPS – why they were introduced and key principles
  • What types of arrangements can be authorised and by whom?
  • The authorisation process
  • The key safeguards – including rights to advocacy and the Court of Protection
  • Other features of the LPS – including interim authorisations and the Mental Health Act interface
  • Next steps – the public consultation on the Code and regs, and transitional arrangements

Facilitator: Tim Spencer Lane

Tim is a lawyer who specialises in mental capacity, mental health, and social care law. He works for the Government Legal Department (Department of Health and Social Care) where he advises on mental capacity and mental health law.

At the Law Commission, Tim led the review of the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. 

The fee is £25 + VAT for non members

£15 + VAT for members

Click here to book

The website also has information about our business services for organisations, read more about what we offer and some of our achievements.

We hope that you will find the website refreshing, and if there is anything you would like to see then  email us info@chinaraenterprises.com

We look forward to seeing you at one of our events very soon !

BASW Mentoring Review

BASW Mentoring Review

BASW Mentoring Review

The Challenge

The British Association of Social Work (BASW) England, the largest professional association for registered social workers in the United Kingdom, wanted to undertake a review of their mentoring scheme to find out ways in which they could improve the mentoring service.

The BASW mentoring scheme was launched in 2011, following requests for support for newly qualified social workers (NQSW’s) with finding work and with settling into their first social work role.

The scheme has been accessed by other social workers who needed support and guidance on finding work and continual professional development (CPD).
Those who accessed the service included overseas social workers seeking advice and guidance on working as a social worker in the UK; social workers who had been out of practice seeking advice and guidance on returning to social work.
The scheme had been subject to several reviews, the first one in 2014 which resulted in revised guidance on the scheme, published in February 2015.

BASW received feedback from some of the mentors and mentees on the scheme in 2017, the feedback received helped inform a decision for a wider review of the scheme to ascertain if there was still an appetite for a mentoring from members, also to review what other forms of mentoring support there is for social workers.


BASW are seeking the views of members in England about whether there is a need for a mentoring scheme managed by BASW, and if this is still needed what members would like from a mentoring programme, for example supporting more experienced social workers at various points of their career.

BASW

The Solution

Chinara Enterprises was selected to undertake this review on behalf of BASW, and an essential aspect of this projects approach, was the holistic involvement of BASW throughout the project development and delivery, ensuring that BASW would be able to take ownership of any revised approach to the mentoring scheme, along with being able to continue to make use of any materials developed. 

To ensure the mentoring review would provide clear results, it was important for Chinara Enterprises to establish with BASW the aim of this review.

The review sought to:

  • Review the existing mentoring services against best practice models
  • Make recommendations for a revised mentoring service
  • Provide recommendations on an infrastructure for the mentoring service

 

We used a mixture of research techniques, which helped with developing the recommendations.

The approach to the review included the following: 

  • Definition of mentoring: In undertaking this review, it was important to have a clear understanding of what mentoring was and the difference to coaching, as the two are often used together due to similarities in the purpose and skills required.
  • The characteristics of a mentor and mentee and the factors that contribute to a positive mentor/mentee relationship: This would help in terms of any recommended revisions to the scheme and any subsequent guidance.
  • The benefits of mentoring on social work practice:
  • Obtaining feedback from social workers, employers, and recruitment agencies: A crucial part of this review was to ascertain the views of these groups to assess both the need, as well as to gain an overview of what sort of service they would like.
  • A review of the current infrastructure, processes, guidance and templates

The Results

What was evident from this research and evaluation, was that if BASW wished to continue with a mentoring service, they needed to have a solid infrastructure around their service, so that their mentees and mentors could gain maximum benefit from their services and contribute towards enhancing the quality of social work practice.

 

Having consulted with representatives in BASW as well as feedback from the surveys, it was very clear that there was a strong desire for BASW to continue with a mentoring service.

The research undertaken, enabled Chinara Enterprises to draw several conclusions which helped to inform recommendations for a revised and improved service, which were:

 

  • A clear definition of what mentoring is, so that all who wish to access the service in the future are clear about what the service can and can’t offer.
  • Clarity about who the service is for and any exclusions
  • The models of mentoring applied
  • What BASW is looking for in its mentors, eligibility and how to apply
  • How social workers can access the service, including guidance on how mentees are matched to mentors
  • Establish terms and conditions for mentors and mentees, with mentee/mentor agreements, to enable a stronger commitment from mentors
  • A dedicated coordinator for the mentoring service
  • Clear guidance, support, and training for mentors
  • Guidance in terms of quality assurance and risk management processes in place

 

The conclusions derived from this research, helped to provide BASW with transformative results for them to consider as part of developing a mentoring service.

Return To Social Work Case Study

Return To Social Work Case Study

Return To Social Work Programme Case Study

The Challenge

As part of the £5 million fund set aside by the Minister of State for Apprenticeships, Skills and Women, to help people return to work after a long career break; The Local Government Association (LGA) were tasked with building upon the success of it’s Come Back To Social Work pilot, to deliver it as a national programmed called the Return To Social Work Programme, working in partnership with the Department of Health and the Department for Education, in an attempt to get 100 experienced social workers back into the adult’s and children’s social work profession in London, the West Midlands and the East of England.

In order to meet the increasing demand and cut recruitment costs for councils, reduce the need for agency staff, and bring passionate people back into the profession, the Return to Social Work programme offered councils a free and simple way to hire experienced social workers without the cost or time required to run a recruitment campaign themselves.

The aim of the programme was to carefully select qualified social workers who were on a career break, with a minimum of two years’ experience who had been out of the field for no more than five years, and provide them with a free, high quality 12-week training programme to support them meet the requirements to re-register with Social Work regulator and return to practice.


The Return to Social Work programme will equip you with the skills to ensure you’re at the forefront of social work knowledge, then give you the expertise to excel in an interview and secure a role within a council that you really want

Lyn Romeo

The Solution

Chinara Enterprises were commissioned to create a high quality 12-week training programme to be delivered across three regions of England, facilitating and managing the training and learning development of 100 social workers, providing them with hands-on work placements, plus coaching and mentoring, in order to prepare the social workers to return to practice.

 

This included:

  • Organising logistics for classroom based teaching across 3 regions
  • Developing an effective streamlined recruitment and selection process in order to screen the correct potential candidates to partake on the programme
  • Working with tutors from Making Research Count , the social work research unit at King’s College London, along with their associates across the UK from partnered Universities to create a blended learning programme, that takes into account a wide range of learning styles that meets the needs of the learners at various stages of their learning and development skillset
  • Structuring the learning experience of the programme, so that it provided development activities that the candidates could engage within, such as action learning sets and group reflective supervision, facilitated by practice educators.
  • Organising supervised practice for each candidate, which enabled them to gain real life work experience with a local council, and to transfer some of their learning into practice, as well as providing employers with an opportunity to assess their potential for any future vacancies.
  • Providing coaching and Mentoring reflective peer service to each candidate, to help the participants identify their career, learning, personal and professional goals whilst developing their personal and professional resilience.
  • Creating an effective measurable assessment process to track and review the progression of the learning and development of each candidate, allowing for the candidates final portfolios to be presented to a quality assurance panel for their feedback and sign off, enabling each successful candidate to re-register with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The Results

The launch of the Local Government Associations Return to Social Work programme carried out across three key regions within the UK, scaled up from the previous Come Back to Social work programme, turned out to be a success.

Following the initial Come Back to Social Work pilot in 2016, which saw 93% of the 30 candidates successfully finding employment upon completion of the programme, after doubling the number of candidates for the Return to Social Work campaign, 87% out of the 60 participants of this programme returned back to social work upon completion of the scheme.

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Chinara Enterprises Learning and Development Events

Chinara Enterprises Learning and Development Events

Time to start planning your ongoing continual professional development(CPD) for 2021 With over 90,000 social workers having just renewed their professional social work registration its a good time to start planning your regular CPD. 

We are pleased to be launching a wide range of CPD events for social workers and those who want to upskill themselves. We have listed a few of our upcoming events, more will be added over the coming months.

We are pleased to launch our 2021 programme of events. We will be adding more programmes in the coming months.

If you are a member then you can enjoy our special discounted rates with courses starting from of £15 + VAT and fees. If you are not a member and would like to know more, then contact us for more information.

Chinara Enterprises has a team of associates that cover a range of specialisms, which include social work, coaching, mentoring, project management, training and business development.

If you are a registered social worker, you need to undertake regular CPD and reflect on it, so why. not make 2021 the year you make a regular appointment with yourself to maintain your CPD.

Course Title: Learning cycle and reflective learning

 

Date Thursday 21 January 2021

Facilitator: Shahilla Barok

Target Audience: Social Workers and anyone wishing to identify and maximise their learning style

Learning Objectives

This 90 minute webinar covers:• Identify how you learn best
• Introduction to the Learning Cycle
• Apply the learning cycle to your learning style
• Describe meaningful reflection
• Embed reflective learning to your course
• Use spacing to embed learning

Fee: £25 + VAT and booking fee for non members

£15 + VAT and booking fee for members

Click here to book

Course Title: Continual Professional Development (CPD) Masterclass

 

 

Learning Objectives

All social workers registered with Social Work England are required to maintain and evidence their CPD before the annual renewal deadline in November each year.

This event aims to :
To talk through the  CPD requirements for Social Work England and use group work to demonstrate how to meet the requirements and record online

To work through examples on how to meet the requirements to provide more confidence in regular recording and reflecting of your CPD

Date Monday 25 January 2021 5.30 pm-7.00 pm, Monday 15 March 2021

Facilitator: Carol Stewart: Director Chinara Enterprises

Target Audience: Registered Social Workers

Fees: £25 + VAT for non members, £15 + VAT and fees for members

Click here to book

Course Title: Group Reflective Supervision for Social workers in adult’s social work

 

 

Facilitator Sue Conn

Learning Objectives

Chinara Enterprises is pleased to be launching the first in our series of group reflective supervisions.

Targeted at independent social workers, or those who do not have access to reflective supervision from a qualified and experienced social worker.

The reflective supervision sessions, provide a space for social workers to critically reflect on their practice, and apply learning to practice

The sessions will be facilitated by qualified and experienced social workers and will be in groups of up 10 people. Each group includes up to 5 sessions that take place bi-monthly.

You can choose one of five sessions or attend all five. You can choose your preferred specialism of Adults social work or Children and Families social work.

The sessions will provide an opportunity to:

 Develop an understanding of the principles of reflective supervision

 Develop the skills to give and receive reflective supervision

 Learn about the different models of supervision

 Reflect of case study examples

 Plan your personal development

The reflective supervision sessions will support you in reflecting on your continual professional development (CPD) as part of the mandatory requirement to record and reflect on CPD for Social Work England.

Dates: You can choose one or all five sessions: 28/1/21, 24/3/21, 27/5/21, 28/7/21, 29/9/21

Times: 6 pm -7.30 pm

Fees: £35 + VAT and fees for members

£25 + VAT and fees for non members

There will be a maximum of 10 per session

Click here to book

Course Title: Group Reflective Supervision for Child and Family Social Workers

Facilitator Sue Skrobanski

Learning Objectives

Chinara Enterprises is pleased to be launching the first in our series of group reflective supervisions.

Targeted at independent social workers, or those who do not have access to reflective supervision from a qualified and experienced social worker.

The reflective supervision sessions, provide a space for social workers to critically reflect on their practice, and apply learning to practice

The sessions will be facilitated by qualified and experienced social workers and will be in groups of up 10 people. Each group includes up to 5 sessions that take place bi-monthly.

You can choose one of five sessions or attend all five. You can choose your preferred specialism of Adults social work or Children and Families social work.

The sessions will provide an opportunity to:

 Develop an understanding of the principles of reflective supervision

 Develop the skills to give and receive reflective supervision

 Learn about the different models of supervision

 Reflect of case study examples

 Plan your personal development

The reflective supervision sessions will support you in reflecting on your continual professional development (CPD) as part of the mandatory requirement to record and reflect on CPD for Social Work England.

Dates: You can choose one or all five sessions: 10/2/21, 14/4/21, 9/6/21, 11/8/21, 13/10/21

Times: 6 pm -7.30 pm

Fees: £35 + VAT and fees for members

£25 + VAT and fees for non members

There will be a maximum of 10 per session

Click here to book

Course Title: Dealing with Difficult and Challenging Conversations

 

 

Facilitator: Jill Webb

Target Audience: Social Workers or other professionals working with the public

Learning Objectives

By the end of the session you will:

  1. Have considered what makes conversations difficult
  2. Identified some strategies for deal with challenging situations
  3. Use case studies to develop your skills in this arena

 

Date: More dates to be added

Fees: £25 + VAT and booking fees for non members

£15 + VAT and booking fees for members

Email to enquire

Course Title: Resilience Through Coaching

 

Date: Monday 22 February 2021

Facilitator: Fiona Bryan

Target Audience: Social Workers and other professionals who would like to develop resilience techniques

Learning Objectives

What does ‘being resilient’ mean?
How resilient are you currently?
Sharing values and what’s important
Identifying personal resilience goals using the Wheel of Life
Group (blind) coaching to set and start addressing personal resilience goals

Fees: £25 + VAT and booking fees for non members

£15 + VAT and booking fees for members

Click here to book

Course title: Understanding, Stress, Pressure and Burnout

 

 

Date: Thursday 11 March 2021

Facilitator: Sarah Jones

Learning Objectives

By the end of this course, delegates will be able to:
• Define what is meant by stress, pressure and burnout
• Understand the main causes of stress and burnout
• Recognise the signs and symptoms of stress and burnout
• Understand the impact of stress on an individual’s performance

Fees £25 + VAT and booking fee for non members

£15 + VAT and booking fees for members

Click here to book

To view more of the learning and developments we have available, visit our events page

Members in any of our learners areas receive a discount, just enter your email to receive the discount

If you have any queries about any of these events please email us

We look forward to seeing you at these events