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Free training to start a career in Children's Social Care

The Care Academy offers free and flexible training to give you all the skills you need to start a career in children's social care - including personalised support and guaranteed interviews.

Make a real difference to lives of those who need our support the most

In County Durham we provide services for children and young people who require the support of dedicated and highly skilled care and support staff, particularly those who cannot live at home or those with an additional need who enjoy short breaks from home.

If you've got a caring nature and would like to make a real difference to the lives of children and young people in County Durham, this course is a great opportunity to get the entry-level skills needed to begin a rewarding career in children's social care.   

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The free, part-time programme runs over 6 weeks and can be either face-to-face or online. Topics covered include:

  • an introduction to working in children's social care
  • effective communication with children and young people
  • working professionally with children, families and partnership agencies
  • learning about developing positive outcomes for children and young people

There are no exams - just assessments!

Because we work closely with local children's social care organisations, we'll arrange a guaranteed interview with a local employer and you'll get a free Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check if you are successful.

Course starting dates and times

Online training

DayTimeStart DateNumber of weeks
Tuesday and Wednesday9.30am - 3.00pm30 April 20246

To express an interest please complete the Children's Social Care expression of interest form.


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Contact us
County Durham Care Academy
03000 260 222
Our address is:
  • Durham County Council
  • Green Lane
  • Spennymoor
  • County Durham
  • United Kingdom
  • DL16 6JQ