Training & Events for Professionals

In this section you will find information about training programmes for professionals working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities, and their families.


Please click here for details of training programmes provided by Southwark's Autism Support Team.

Course description

This half-day online training is aimed at practitioners working with children, young people or adults with learning disabilities who support the transition of care from Child and Adolescent Mental Health to Adult Mental Health Services. It is commissioned by NHS South East London Clinical Commissioning Group to support smooth transitions from child and adolescent to adult services for young people with intellectual disabilities.

The training provides an excellent opportunity for practitioners to develop their skills, knowledge and confidence in delivering a safe and effective transitions process for the young people and adults with whom they are working.

The training is open to practitioners working in six Boroughs across South East London: Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. Practitioners are invited from across community services, agencies and professional backgrounds, and across both children’s and adult services. Designed with multi-agency working in mind, each session will be open to practitioners working across agencies and age groups, to enable sharing of experience and expertise, as well as opportunities for developing links between clinicians and services locally.

The course is delivered by highly specialist clinicians from both Child and Adolescent and Adult services, all of whom have considerable clinical and training experience, alongside experts by experience who have contributed to the development of the training content. The session covers the legislative and statutory frameworks underlying the transitions process as well as the principles for ensuring a multi-agency and individualised approach. It includes contributions from people with lived experience and opportunities to reflect on current practice and areas for service development.

Course programme

The training content is organised into four key themes, within which we will cover the topics detailed below. The course will be delivered by clinicians and include contribution from experts by experience. There will be opportunities for whole group interaction and participation, and small group discussion and reflection.

Learning objectives

  1. Understand the duties and requirements under the Care Act and Children & Families Act in relation to transitions.
  2. Reflect on the quality of information, advice and support they provide in relation to their role and local area.
  3. Know where to look for support and resources on this topic.
  4. Understand the potential stresses and challenges faced by young people and their families on the transitions journey and how to mitigate these sensitively and efficiently.


Target audience

  • Education (School and Further Education): Teachers, SENCos, school/College Leadership.
  • Third sector: Advocacy, social care providers, LD/ID Charity.
  • Social Care: Children with Disabilities and Adult Learning Disability services.
  • Health Care: All health care staff involved in transition.



Choose from one of the below dates, and book here with code: STPIDMH

3/11/21 (morning workshop)

10/11/21 (morning workshop)

8/12/21 (afternoon workshop)

20/01/22 (morning workshop)

20/01/22 (afternoon workshop)

24/01/22 (morning workshop)

24/01/22 (afternoon workshop)

31/01/22 (afternoon workshop)

Training is available to parents and carers in Lambeth and Southwark and to professionals working with children and young people in Lambeth, Southwark and beyond.

We offer a variety of formats for our training sessions: live webinars, self-directed e-Learning, and face to face classroom sessions when we are able to offer these again.

How to book

All courses are free for parents or carers of children known to our service.

To apply for a course, please email giving the following information:


  • Name
  • Course you are applying for
  • Number of places you would like


  • Name
  • Course you are applying for
  • Number of places you would like
  • Name of organisation
  • Name of finance contact, finance contact number, billing address and email address to send the invoice to (if applicable)
  • Purchase order number

Please contact us at the email address above if you would like to discuss bespoke training for your setting or call 020 3049 7275.

Have a look at our Facebook page for training updates and tips.


Upcoming courses

An introduction to working with children with autism spectrum disorder

  • Cost: £80
  • Two half day webinars
  • Date: Tuesday 22 February 2022   
  • Time: 9.30-11.30am
  • Date: Wednesday 23 February 2022
    (A) Over 5 workshop 9.30-11.30am
    (B) Under 5 workshop 1.30-3.30pm

Course aims:

  • To gain an understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • To understand the range of communication, interaction and behaviour difficulties associated with ASD
  • To explore a range of strategies to support children with ASD under or over five years

Recommended for teachers, support staff, SENCOs and any other professionals. 

For information about further courses, please see the Evelina website