Upper North News – October 2017

Self-Harm & Suicidal Behaviours

We are pleased to advise the Self-Harm & Suicidal Behaviours workshop has been updated and is being held in Whangarei next term on Thursday 16th November 17, from 9.30am -2.30pm. There are limited places available for caregivers to attend, so please register early to ensure you get a place. Registration is essential, as there is an online component that will be required to be completed before attending the workshop. Please follow this link to register: https://fosteringkids.net/schedule/schedule.php

This five hour workshop is provided by specialists in suicide prevention from Clinical Advisory Services Aotearoa (CASA). By the end of this learning opportunity, caregivers will have a clearer understanding of how to identify and manage suicide risk in young people in their care.

It discusses the differences between self-harm and suicide and provides information about what you as a caregiver need to know about risk factors, protective factors and triggers for suicide, early warning signs of increased risk and what you can do (as a part of a team) to support a risk management plan. We will look at a range of tools for supporting the young person as well as focusing on communication with other important people involved in caring for this young person. This course has been specifically designed to meet the needs of caregivers of young people who have complex challenges including an increased risk of suicide and to provide resources that you can refer to in the future.

If you have any queries or would like assistance registering, please contact Christine on caregivertraining@nullfosteringkids.org.nz or call 0800 100 849.

Apprenticeships for the Care-Experienced

L’Oréal New Zealand and the New Zealand Hair & Beauty Industry Training Organisation (HITO) are offering ten scholarships for care experienced people within the beauty industry.

Each scholarship recipient will complete a Level 4 national qualification in barbering, beauty therapy, or hairdressing through a HITO apprenticeship.  The HITO Sales Training Advisors will support the scholarship recipients and their employers throughout their training.

To find out more and to apply click on this link.

If you need support or some advice please continue to contact Fostering Kids NZ (0800 693 323) and ask for me.

Ka kite
Stephanie James-Sadler

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