Trusted Adult Training

A suite of training modules to help support young people’s health and wellbeing. From sexual health awareness to social media and internet safety.

A group of young people and youth workers stand in circle a gymnasium, tossing colourful balloons in the air.

Training for Youth Work Practitioners:

This course explores the Habits of Happiness designed by Samantha Littlejohns to help people to better their lives through an understanding of their mind, emotions and anxiety.

Sessions will include a range of group discussions, videos, group and solo exercises and meditation. Participants will be shown a range of tools and techniques that they can use in their daily lives to help improve their resilience, self-esteem, happiness and wellbeing.

Duration:7 sessions, 1.5 hours each

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About The Feelings Inspectors Programme (Facilitated by Children’s Parliament).

It is known that the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted learning and affected the mental health of children and young people. Therefore if we want to succeed in building back better for our children and young people, we adults – professionals, parents and carers – need to focus primarily on their mental health and wellbeing. To complement other existing mental health resources including those produced by Place2Be, Children’s Parliament have been working with two groups of children and Place2Be to create the Feelings Inspectors Programme.

The 12-part programme adopts a children’s human rights approach to empower adults and children to explore mental health and wellbeing together. It does not only provide eLearning for adults to strengthen their own knowledge, but it also consists of a variety of accessible, rights-based and creative tools which adults can use to work with children to build the resilience we seek. This online resource was built alongside children, giving it authenticity and a basis in children’s lived experience. Adults can adapt these tools for co-production with their children in most settings.


At this session, you will:

  • Be given a tour of the programme
  • Have the opportunity to try out some of the practical tools
  • Share ideas on how this resource can be used in youth work

After the session, you will have access to the Feelings Inspectors Programme so you can continue to build on your skills, capacity and practice by using the resources together with young people.

Duration: 3 hours

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Facilitated by Alliance Scotland.

This session is with a focus for Youth Workers to be able to share with their teams.

Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) aims to provide all children, young people and families with the right support at the right time – so that every child and young person in Scotland can reach their full potential.

At the end of the session, attendees will have:

  • An increased knowledge and understanding of GIRFEC
  • Learned about the GIRFEC toolkit
  • Understanding in how to promote children and young people’s wellbeing by using the GIRFEC approach
  • Have access to ALLIANCE GIRFEC materials and know where to find sources of support
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This Health Issues in the Community short course will focus on the areas of inequality, equity and social justice over 4 sessions.

These key elements of the pack underpin the use of community development approaches in health. They explore the whole area of poverty and inequality and then begin to challenge attitudes and preconceptions in relation to equity and social justice.


Session 1 – Learning Outcomes

  • To create a welcoming, inclusive atmosphere and begin to develop a sense of group cohesion.
  • To explore the idea of relative poverty and its link with social justice.

Session 2 – Learning Outcomes

  • To introduce key aspects of the determinants of health: poverty, inequality and social class.

Session 3 – Learning Outcomes

  • To broaden understanding of different groups’ experience of inequality.
  • To introduce the idea of common causes and differences.

Session 4 – Learning Outcomes

  • To introduce the concept of equity in health.


Duration: 4 x 2.5hours

This full day training is inline with The Scottish Psychological Training Plan

Who is this for?

Youth workers that work face to face offering support for young people that may have experienced Trauma. Youth Workers offering 1:1 wellbeing support, Snr Youth Workers and Youth Work Managers.

This training will look at the links between Trauma, Aces, Addiction, Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System.

The day will explore how the experiences in childhood, including from within the womb prior to birth may contribute and shape who we become in adulthood.

Learning Outcomes will be as following:

  • Understand & Define Trauma in the context of an Overwhelming Distressing or Disturbing Emotional Event
  • Understanding the Impact on the lives of the Individual
  • Understand Coping Strategies used by those who have experienced Trauma
  • Understand & Communicate Effectively with those who have experienced Trauma
  • The course includes large group discussions, small group activities, context film clips and reflection.

Duration: 1 day

Please note: A half day training session is available for Sessional Workers and Volunteers.  These sessions will cover the basis of this learning but a reduced content in relation to their roles/work with young people.

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A training programme to support the promotion of positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in staff, young people and families.

Each session contains a balance of discussion, group activities and opportunities for self-reflection.

Duration: 6 sessions, 2 hours each

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This workshop will explore how to work with young people around sexual health, create the space to explore your personal values and raise awareness of the support and advice available.
Duration: 2–3 hours

This is an interactive workshop exploring what is meant by Autism, raise the awareness of how to work with a young person in a youth work setting and explore briefly other conditions that may co-occur with autism such as ADHD, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia.


Learning Outcomes:

  • Raise your awareness of what is meant by ‘autism’
  • Raise your awareness of other conditions that may co-occur with autism
  • Identify challenges you as a worker may be faced with
  • Look at ways to work with young people with autism to access your services
  • Where to access further information

Facilitated by Hope for Autism and Youth Scotland.

This training is to help youth workers to understand and respect autistic people more, which in turn will build bridges and better connections with the autistic community.

Learning Outcomes:

Following from Level 1, we will be exploring some of the ways that autistic people will express themselves in everyday life and in conversation with others. Some autistic terms have been more commonly used within the autistic community and can help us as youth workers to understand them more and why they express themselves in the way that they do. We will also help participants understand the ways trauma presents with autistic people and how we, as youth workers can change our practice to better support autistic people in our groups.

Facilitated by Hope for Autism.

This introductory workshop is designed to increase your understanding and raise awareness of:

  • What do we mean by ‘challenging behaviour’?
  • Why do some children/young people display challenging behaviour?
  • Identify challenges you may be face with
  • How can we support children/young people with their behaviour

Duration: 6 hours

This introductory workshop will explore the topics of sexualisation, abuse prevention and early intervention initiatives with young people. It will increase your understanding of abuse within young people’s intimate relationships and help you think about how you can address these issues with the young people you work with.
Duration: 2–3 hours

This workshop aims to help dispel the myths about self harm and equip participants to support people who may self harm.

At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • State a definition of self harm, which recognises that it is predominantly a coping strategy
  • Describe the difference between self harm and suicide.
  • Discuss the spectrum of self harm behaviour
  • Describe the emotional, social and physiological factors that may underlie self harming behaviours
  • Reflect on your own feelings and reactions to self harm and how these can impact on interventions
  • Describe a range of appropriate and safe responses/interventions, including harm reduction
  • Discuss issues which impact on working with self harm within the context of your own workplace/ role

Duration: 1 hour (awareness session) – 1 day (full training)

This interactive workshop will provide information on drugs/alcohol and look at emerging trends and explore techniques and strategies you can use in your own youth group.
Duration: 2–3 hours

This workshop will explore the issue of body image and the impact it can have on young people.
Duration: 2–3 hours

This workshop will explore a range of different coping strategies and create choices to create a pathway to a healthier lifestyle, manage stress, anger management, emotions and health for young people―with the added bonus staff can incorporate these for themselves.
Duration: 2–3 hours

This interactive workshop will explore the role of self-esteem on young people’s health and lifestyle choices and how to facilitate young people’s understanding of their own self-esteem.
Duration: 2–3 hours

This session will look at what apps young people are using; the potential issues young people may face online and how to stay safe online.

This session will make reference to CEOP (Child Exploitation Online Protection).
Duration 2–3 hours

Learn about young people’s rights and how you can develop a rights-informed practice in your daily work. In this workshop, we’ll learn the fundamentals of young people’s rights and explore how you can use cooperative techniques such as play and group development to help the young people you work with engage in learning about and exercising their rights!


Learning outcomes:

  • Increased knowledge of young people’s rights, what they are and how they are protected under Scottish and International law.
  • Understanding of building rights-based knowledge into work with young people.
  • Gained techniques and ideas for directly teaching rights to young people.

Facilitated by Article12 in Scotland.

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Please Note: Where we have no upcoming dates for the above training modules or where you like to arrange in-person delivery, please contact to express your interest in booking.