The book is accompanied by activity packs which can be completed with the child and are used to expand on the themes within the book and further encourage the child to talk about their life experiences.
Whilst the book is designed for children within the 3 to 8 years age range it is equally as effective for older children who may have learning difficulties. It has even been shown to be a very effective tool when used, alongside an interpreter, with children whose first language is not English.[/vc_column_text]
When asked about how social workers can be trained to use the book and activity packs, Mark explained: ‘it is always hard to convince a Local Authority to use a new resource, particularly when there is a cost involved prior to being able to demonstrate a positive outcome for them. As an alternative to this potential barrier we aim to meet with the Head of Service and together we will agree to train a number of social workers or a specific team over a day, we offer ongoing supervision and a review of the outcomes after 3 months. We do not charge for this. Only after the review would we discuss with the Local Authority costs and whether they wish to roll out the book and training across other parts of the service. That’s how confident I am that the book and activity packs do what I and others say they do.’
Mark further explained ‘when we began marketing the book and activity packs we were surprised to find that parents were also buying the book and the feedback we have received is that it is helping parents and carers talk to their own children who are struggling to articulate or express their feelings.’ [/vc_column_text]
Mark Hatter Associates also offer a wide range of training courses, from introductory sessions to current topics, including CSE, to bespoke in-house courses – all of which are designed to suit both the individual and the business’ needs. The company is becoming a tour de force, with an unstoppable drive to improve access to training and development across the social care sector![/vc_column_text]
As if supporting local practitioners isn’t enough, Mark Hatter has been going global, having, via Skype, trained the social workers in St Helena, an island in the middle of the South Atlantic, 4700 miles away. Yes, you read that right, social workers on an island were trained by Mark Hatter Associates with The Tales of Bushey Lane. Books and activity packs have also been sent to the USA and Australia. This resource is proving its worth on an international scale, so we think it has definitely earned a recommendation to our community of UK social workers.[/vc_column_text][vc_single_image image=”3187″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center”][vc_column_text]Therefore, if your involvement with One Stop Social extends only as far as reading this one blog and you never again find yourself needing our services, let us now offer this one recommendation: check this book out. It’s a real asset for the sector![/vc_column_text]