What we’ve been up to

The spring and summer terms were some of our busiest delivering training courses for professionals, programmes with children, parents and carers. We’ve made progress on our animation project in collaboration with Leeds University and have being commissioned by HCC to develop and pilot a new PBs Ante-natal programme! More details below….

We ran 10 Level 1 (Foundation), 2 Level 2 (Intermediate) training courses and one Families Feeling Safe facilitator course with participants from a range of organisations from Hertfordshire and beyond. It’s a pleasure to work with people beginning or progressing their PBs knowledge and skills. Our trainers are also highly experienced PBs practitioners and keen to share more of this during our forthcoming training courses this term. Individual places on courses can be booked via admin@familiesfeelingsafe.co.uk. If you are interested in whole school Inset or team training please email enquiries@familiesfeelingsafe.co.uk

Update on Animations Project 

The three animations are now complete through our work with Dr Hayley Davis, Childhood Studies at Leeds University. The animations have been developed in response to research about how children responded to situations happening at home such as Domestic Abuse, Sexual Abuse and also Bullying. The scenarios have been recreated in the animations and followed by Protective Behaviours themes. Initial pilot research with children, parents, carers and professionals has provided some positive feedback. Children have said: the messages are clear, I’m not alone, it’s ok to have feelings, there are people I can talk with. Children also wanted to know more. Next steps is working in collaboration with Leeds University and Behind Closed Doors (Prevention and Recovery Service) on resources that can be used alongside the animations and we’ll keep you up to date on progress!

What’s coming up 


Protective Behaviours Level 1 training

26 Sept & 3 Oct Stevenage (Fully Booked)

5 &19 Oct – Hemel Hempstead (click here)

28 Nov & 5 Dec – Stevenage (click here)

Protective Behaviours Level 2 training

11-13 Oct (Fully booked)

29 Nov-1 Dec – Stevenage (click here for application…and course details….

Families Feeling Safe facilitator training

TBC – Spring 2018 to register your interest (if Level 2 has been completed) please email admin@familiesfeelingsafe.co.uk

Families Feeling Safe Programmes

This is an evidence based PBs parenting programme. Autumn programmes are due to start in the next couple of weeks. To refer a family please contact the relevant person on the calendar click here….

For individual posters please email enquiries@famiiesfeelingsafe.co.uk

Network Meetings

We run these for anyone trained in PBs. They provide an opportunity for Continuing Professional Development, sharing of ideas, support, a refresher and can be focused on a particular theme. There is no cost to attend.  Further details of dates after half term will be sent out soon.

For further information about events, training and programmes please visit our website


Morris (formerly ‘Norris’) the Bear and Friends Talk about Feelings

Morris is 4 sessions with parents and children age 5-7 years together using puppets and fun activities. They help parents  and their child learn and talk about feelings  with Protective Behaviours ideas. It can help reduce anxiety, build confidence and wellbeing, enhance family life while enjoying learning and playing together!

‘I’ve learnt new skills about how to talk more to my children about their feelings’ ‘I’ve been able to be involved with my child at school’ ‘This programme is completely supportive of our school’s commitment to “Learning to love and loving to learn.”

We are finishing off the pilot programmes and will be collating the resources and information into a training manual for facilitators. We envisage that this will take place early in 2018 and will be followed by a training course for those who have completed Level 2. Please register you interest by emailing admin@familiesfeelingsafe.co.uk  We will then contact you as soon as further details about the training are available.

PBs Ante-Natal Programme

Hertfordshire County Council Children’s Services have commissioned us to develop an Ante-Natal Protective Behaviours programme and run 2 pilots in Hertfordshire, starting in October 2017. Please click here for the programme leaflet…..        

If you would like to make a referral, please do so as soon as possible by contacting vicky@familiesfeelingsafe.co.uk or mary@familiesfeelingsafe.co.uk