About our training & courses

About our training

Whether you are a professional wishing to attend Protective Behaviours training for the first time, keen to progress your skills as a Protective Behaviours practitioner or become a facilitator of a course for families there are various options. We have a highly experienced team of trainers and all courses are evaluated showing a 99% satisfaction rate and consistently good feedback.

  • Level 1: Training to understand what Protective Behaviours is and explore ways to apply it
  • Level 2: To deepen and broaden understanding and increase confidence and skills using Protective Behaviours.

With Level 2 completed you can gain further professional development and access further courses so that you can facilitate a course within your own setting for parents and carers and/or workshops with parents and children together:

  • Facilitator training: to be able to run the evidence-based Families Feeling Safe programme – Protective Behaviours for mums, dads & carers. This is a 2 Day course and you will receive your own Facilitator Manual.
  • Facilitator training: to be able to run the Morris and his friends talk about feelings workshops. This is a 1 Day course and you will receive your own facilitator guidance.

We will support you after the training by keeping in touch and providing termly network meetings.

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Would you like to commission your own training?

Training for schools can be commissioned as an Inset day, a fantastic way to begin developing a whole school approach. Training can be commissioned by organisations to train their teams ‘in-house’ providing a consistent approach used by everyone. We can deliver Level 1, Level 2 or Facilitator training and bespoke workshops for staff.

Commissioning workshops and courses for parents, carers or children

Are you a school or service who would like a workshop or course delivered to children, parents or carers within your school or organisation? If so, please email enquiries@familiesfeelingsafe.co.uk to discuss specific training, workshops or courses for your schools or organisation.

About our workshops and courses for parents, carers and children

We are proud to have a highly knowledgeable, skilled and experienced team of facilitators who provide our courses and workshops with integrity, written with you in mind. In fact, many parents have helped to shape the content of the courses. Parents and carers give us honest feedback and a high rating of satisfaction and we love to hear about the changes that families have made by attending our workshops and courses.

Our support to parents and carers

We appreciate many parents and carers may feel highly anxious or resistant before attending a course. Our facilitators are highly skilled at communicating with parents and will help you to overcome any barriers. We promise to always:

  • Ensure all parents have an understanding of what the course is about and the expectations of attendance
  • Value parents’ privacy and not expect them to talk about personal issues unless they choose to nor tell them what to do
  • Involve all parents in creating a Group Agreement to create clarity and a safe environment for all at the beginning of the course
  • Follow up any concerns raised both within and between sessions

You will also receive:

  • Families Feeling Safe Participant Workbook – written by Fiona Benjamin & Dave Austin, which is available to all parents who attend the Families Feeling Safe programme.
  • A folder with your child’s artwork and session notes or all parents and children attending the Morris workshops

Find out more about our workshops and courses here and each our courses and workshops calendar for what’s coming up by clicking here

Are you a school or service who would like a workshop or course delivered to children, parents or carers within your school or organisation? If so, please email enquiries@familiesfeelingsafe.co.uk

Upcoming Training & Courses

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Protective Behaviours Workshop

This course has been life changing for the parent I am working with and I’ve noticed her grow over the weeks.

Primary Outreach Worker, Education Support Centre

The facilitators were wonderful, clear and to the point, amazing. I will use it every day to help children overcome their barriers to learning.

Protective Behaviours Workshop attendee

The most significant piece of learning was the work around The Language of Safety – tuning in, re-phrasing and becoming more aware. The course has raised my awareness of all areas of Protective Behaviours, how this will fit with our culture/ethos in school and alongside Restorative Practice approach.

My Feelings Matter workshop

The most significant thing I learned is to understand situations and I have the right to feel safe like the rest of my family/friends. I thought it was a well delivered course by 2 brilliant tutors who were calm, clear and supportive. Absolutely brilliant course and it’s made me aware that you can never stop learning about different strategies.

Morris workshop

I can talk better with my mum about my feelings. I told her I even enjoy the workshops because I feel safe to say what I want about my feelings. I like Matilda and mum’s getting me one for Christmas.

Communication workshop

I found the group very good, very supportive and much needed. It’s been helpful knowing you can share without judgement. I’m listening more and we are communicating better at home and my children are benefitting from me being calmer.

Managing Strong Feelings Workshop

The most significant thing I have learned is that I’m not failing as a dad and that most people probably face parenting issues. I’ve now got skills to help me help my children.

Families Feeling Safe Programme

My children have benefitted from me attending because it’s helped create a happier home by me being more understanding and reacting differently.

I have a renewed passion for Protective Behaviours. I’ve used it in my professional work but recognise through this group I can use it more at home within my own family.

Outreach worker, Children’s Centre Facilitator Training

I feel Protective Behaviours is the pinnacle of our work, which helps reshape our service on every level with the families we work with because our families can relate to it on an everyday basis.

Family Intervention worker

Lots of good ideas and discussions, lots of activities and time to process ideas. Good pace and supportive. Lots of knowledge and experience shared by the facilitator. I will use it with everyone, especially with young people

Facilitator Training Course

Thank you! I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the learning and discussions. Thank you to the facilitators, it’s been a pleasure to meet you all. Very supportive.

About Us Quote

We can talk with someone about anything, even if it’s awful or small

Communication Workshop

Before I attended It was like walking on egg shells with my daughter’s anger and frustration. Now, it’s harmony and effective communication

Managing strong feelings workshop

I thoroughly enjoyed it and found it all useful and practical. I’ve told others how positive the course has been and how much more confident I feel in myself and my ability to parent. It’s given me practical strategies to try out with my children and I’ve had such a positive outcome from discussing feelings with them.

Morris the Bear

It’s been particularly useful thinking the way I am when the children misbehave and my approach to discipline. It’s helped me feel more laid-back and I investigate the problem more. I found it was very good and lovely to spend time as a family doing activities.

Parent who attended Morris

It was particularly useful breaking down Teddy’s feelings (Morris) into simple terms to help my son understand. It will help me to use different language when discussing how they are feeling. Also, reminding me that I need to let them know how I am feeling. My son particularly enjoyed the one to one with me.

About Us Quote 2

We all have the right to feel safe all the time

Protective Behaviour Level 1

Lots of good ideas and discussions, lots of activities and time to process ideas. Good pace and supportive. Lots of knowledge and experience shared by the facilitator. I will use it with everyone, especially with young people

Protective Behaviour Level 2

The facilitators were wonderful, clear and to the point, amazing. I will use it everyday to help children overcome their barriers to learnin

FFS Facilitator

The most significant learning has been the clarity of how PBs can be delivered effectively to parents and carers. Well supported by thorough programme manual. It will enable me to use PBs further to empower carers and parents to change behaviours and lives

Morris Facilitator

I’ve found it helpful explaining to my child feelings are usual and normal and seeing his realization that feelings are OK to have. As a parent it has helped me be more patient and understand that feelings are real and valid even if I cannot understand why he feels this way. I enjoyed the group, a friendly calm atmosphere

Communications Workshop

Nice to be given a reminder of how to communicate effectively with my child as I have slipped into old communication methods

FFS Programme

I have been calmer in my dealing with my daughter. I feel our relationship has improved as a result. I think the whole course has been very useful and I feel lucky to have been given the opportunity to attend

The Living Room 2017

Although Protective Behaviour programmes delivered by Hertfordshire’s Families Feeling Safe Protective Behaviours Service are available at schools and children’s centres, the families trapped in the cycle of addiction that we work with, are incredibly vulnerable and hard-to-reach and, consequently, rarely engage in them. However, here at The Living Room, these families have gained our trust, and are given the time and close support they need to assimilate new learning. Consequently, there is a high need for us to run our own in-house Protective Behaviour programmes

The Living Room – (Parent)

It gave me so much insight into my child’s, feelings, thoughts and behaviour.

The Living Room – (Fiona Benjamin, Director of Families Feeling Safe)

A key factor was that the content of the programme complimented and affirmed parents’ learning from the in-house 12 step programme they had been attending. Therefore their learning was reinforced and built upon in relation to what this meant in parenting their children.


There are a variety of books, videos and curriculum material available for all age and ability groups.

In addition, there are materials published by Families Feeling Safe Ltd for parents to use for themselves and with their children. Please see our Resources page here.