Resilience – FRIENDS

Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Salus is an accredited training partner of The FRIENDS Programs International Foundation and we regularly run training workshops in Kent and nationally. By attending our one-day workshop, you can become licensed to run the FRIENDS programmes in your school, family or organisation.

If you are interested in delivering FRIENDS, please contact us to arrange training in your area or book a place on one of our existing training events.



FRIENDS Programme

FRIENDS is resilience intervention proven to reduce anxiety and depression and promote positive mental health for children and young people. Based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), it has been recognised by the World Health Organisation as the only evidence based programme effective in reducing anxiety as a universal and targeted intervention (WHO, 2004). It has also been recommended by the UK Department of Education (Mental Health & Behaviour in Schools: Departmental advice for school staff, 2016). The FRIENDS intervention, originally developed in Australia by Professor Paula Barrett, Webster and Turner (2000) is a school-based, preventative programme.

The programme is a 10-12 week resilience intervention that can be delivered to whole classes, or as a targeted intervention for children with anxiety disorders or those identified as at risk. After running the intervention, the outcomes you can expect for your young people include:

  • significant reductions in symptoms of anxiety and depression
  • developing coping and resilience strategies to help deal with stress and worries
  • developing emotional and social skills
  • supporting positive engagement with learning

Ordering FRIENDS books

In order to run the FRIENDS Programmes, you must have a facilitator manual and provide an activity book for every child. The cost of the manuals and activity books are not included in our training fee. Activity books currently cost AUS$5 each. FRIENDS resources are now also available as electronic books. Printed books are less frequently used. It is not possible to print the electronic books although some individual activities and resources can be printed.

Course Dates

Thursday, March 15th, 2018

Primary EFA

Venue: Teynham Primary School, Sittingbourne

Dates: 30th April, 14th May, 21st May, 4th June, 11th June, 18th June 2018 (6 sessions)

Time: 1.00 – 4.00pm

Cost: £300 per person

Please download and complete a booking form to secure your place! For more information contact us

Youth Work

Thursday, November 17th, 2016

Salus deliver Youth Work Qualifications in association with George Williams YMCA College.ymca

We are able to offer:

  • 2 units from the Level 1 Certificate in an Introduction to Youth Work (awarded by ABC)
  • Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work Practice (9 units; awarded by ABC)

2 units from Level 1 Certificate

For learners who are 16+ and interested in working with young people in a paid or in a volunteering capacity.

Provides the opportunity for learners to gain a basic understanding of the scope of the youth work sector, exploring:

  • Issues that affect young people
  • The role of youth work in addressing these
  • The different youth work settings in which the work takes place

The programme is delivered over 6 sessions (3 hrs per session), with a minimum of 8 learners.

Learners must attend all sessions, and build a portfolio of evidence.

Learners must have a satisfactory DBS check to enrol on the course.

We are able to offer this course to individuals or groups. Please contact us for more information.


Level 2 Certificate

For practitioners who are 16+ working with young people in youth work, peer education and community education environments.

Strengthens the knowledge, skills and understanding of practitioners, exploring:

  • Theory of Youth Work
  • Safeguarding in a youth work setting
  • Young people’s Development
  • Engaging and communicating with young people
  • Group work within a youth work setting
  • Working with challenging behaviour in youth work settings
  • Work based practice in youth work
  • Reflective practice in a youth work setting
  • Anti-discriminatory practice in youth work

The programme is delivered over 20 sessions (3 hrs per session), with a minimum of 8 learners.

Learners must attend all sessions, and build a portfolio of evidence.

Learners must be planning and delivering regular face-to-face work with young people, and have a line manager that can assess and comment on their practice. In addition they must attend 4 supervision sessions with their assigned supervisor.

Learners must have a satisfactory DBS check to enrol on the course.

We are able to offer this course to individuals or groups. Please contact us for more information.

Upcoming Training Dates

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Please see below for a timetable of our upcoming Restorative Approaches training dates*. If you would like further information, or to book a place please contact us.

Working Restoratively with Families – Workshop 


  • Tuesday 9th March (VIRTUAL WORKSHOP), 9.30am – 12noonCOMPLETED
  • Thursday 13th May (VIRTUAL WORKSHOP), 9.30am – 12.30pmCOMPLETED
  • Thursday 15th July (VIRTUAL WORKSHOP), 9.30am – 12.30pm – accepting bookings now!
  • Friday 24th September (VIRTUAL WORKSHOP), 9.30am – 12.30pm – accepting bookings now!

1 Day Restorative Approaches Training Course 


  • TBC

3 Day Skills Based Restorative Approaches Training Course


  • Wednesday 21st April, Wednesday 28th April, Wednesday 5th May (VIRTUAL COURSE)COMPLETE
  • Wednesday 22nd September, Wednesday 29th September, Wednesday 6th October (VIRTUAL COURSE) – accepting bookings now!

* Additional training dates may be added throughout the year. Do contact us if you are interested but current dates/venues are not appropriate.


Latest Training Dates

Thursday, July 2nd, 2015


Staff Workshops

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Our Cyber Smart CPD sessions cover a range of e-safety topics such as the low and no-cost steps that schools and professionals can take to protect themselves, model positive behaviours, engage with parents and minimise the risks their children and young people face online.

Sessions for pastoral support staff and teachers delivering e-safety within PSHE, SRE and form time are designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the technology children and young people are using and current cyber safety risks and issues. They also equip them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to educate children and young people about cyber safety.

Sessions can be delivered as part of a whole day or half day package alongside pupil and parents workshops or as standalone twilight sessions.

We have a number of staff who are CEOP trained Ambassadors and are accredited to deliver the Thinkuknow Introduction course* to fellow professionals working with children and young people (subject to eligibility requirements). Completion of the course gives delegates online access to exclusive CEOP Thinkuknow resources.

*Due to CEOP requirements the delivery of this course is only possible as part of a whole day booking.

Parent Workshops

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

We have comprehensive standalone parent workshops that are suitable for the parents of primary and secondary age pupils. The sessions are interactive and straight forward and require no prior technical understanding. The sessions work equally well with parents who consider themselves to have basic ICT skills and those who are more advanced users of ICT.  The parent sessions are most effective when they follow on from pupil sessions as the content is adapted to reflect the needs and issues identified during pupil sessions.  The workshop package also includes pre-session support materials to encourage engagement and attendance as well as a range of follow up materials for home use and content that can be added to school websites and parent newsletters. Sessions can be delivered as part of a whole day package alongside pupil workshops or as standalone twilight sessions.


  • Technology risks and what’s trending
  • It’s never too early or late to learn about technology
  • Tips on how to keep up with your digital child
  • How to get kids to “switch off” without all the drama
  • Setting rules and boundaries
  • Protecting identity and reputation
  • Cyberbullying, trolling, harassment
  • Gaming
  • Age Ratings
  • Laws relating to technology
  • Protecting your child from adult content
  • How to block, report – keep your child social and safe
  • Who, what & where: How to find out who your child is talking to online, what they are doing and which sites they visit.
  • Where to seek help
  • Salus Cyber Smart Resources

Pupil Workshops

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

We offer a range of activity based workshops for children and young people of all ages from half day awareness raising sessions though to full day workshops and activity days for full year and key stage groups. Our longer two day programmes include a second day that focuses on peer mentoring / anti-bullying ambassador training enabling nominated pupils to take the lead in promoting cybersafety within their setting.

Our programme works best when it’s tailored to the needs of the setting.

Detailed below are examples of the range of topics that are typically covered within our full day workshops.

  • What do you do online
  • Devices
  • Choosing strong passwords
  • Privacy Settings
  • Posting personal information and photos
  • Cyberbullying
  • When friends fall out
  • Scams and Identity theft
  • Stranger danger
  • Social networking
  • Gaming
  • Blocking and reporting
  • Who can help if things go wrong
  • Salus Cyber Smart homework activity to share with parents

Level 4 Diploma in Restorative Practice (ProQual)

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015


Salus are able to offer the ProQual Level 4 Diploma in Restorative Practice to professionals.

Our involvement in the co-ordination of this first official accreditation in restorative justice has meant that our practitioners meet a set of common National Occupational Standards in restorative principles which enables us to carry out our work with a mark of quality assurance that is nationally recognised in this field.

This list of services is not exhaustive, and we are able to design bespoke packages of training and support based on identified need. If you are interested in introducing restorative approaches in your school or would like more information please contact us.

What we can deliver

Wednesday, March 11th, 2015
  • Staff training (whole school staff or groups of staff – e.g. TA’s, Pastoral Staff, Midday Meal Supervisors)
    • Basic introduction to restorative approaches twilight session (90 minutes)
    • half day (3 hours; in addition focus on skills and link to current systems of practice)
    • full day (6 hours; in addition focus on skills, link to current systems of practice, reflection on practice and practical application)
  • Skills based restorative training course (3 days) focusing on gaining a full understanding of restorative approaches, application, techniques including conferencing and policy development. This training course has been approved by the Restorative Justice Council (RJC).
  • Young Person’s Restorative Approaches Practitioner Training (RAPT) Click here for more information
  • Peer support panels
  • Peer facilitation training
  • Additional Support
    • Bespoke training sessions for parents
    • Governor training
    • Restorative approaches conference facilitators for high level conflict
    • A restorative ‘health check’ for schools and educational settings to establish any gaps in a whole school approach
    • Support in action planning for a restorative school
    • Access to multi-agency restorative approaches forums


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