Behind the mask (Understanding Identity) - Antser
  • Children Specialist Practice Areas

Behind the mask (Understanding Identity)

This highly specialised course supports participants in developing a better understanding of understanding identity
1 day
up to 22 people face to face
up to 15 people remotely

Learning outcomes

  • To enable participants to gain a greater understanding of the way they interact with young people in care.
  • To explore the part that behaviours we find difficult to engage with plays in the interaction between worker and young person.
  • To have the opportunity to take a step back behind the behaviour, into the experience of the young person.
  • To integrate this into a realistic way of working on a day to day basis.
  • To realise that wearing ‘masks’ is an everyday way of protecting ourselves.
  • To build confidence in finding more creative ways to engage with children and young people to improve our interactions and work with them.
  • To take away practical strategies and resources.


This course will give participants a better understanding of the ways we construct identities for ourselves as a strategy for coping in and interacting with the world which they can use to improve their own working practice.

This course is delivered by our expert facilitators who will bring their first hand experience and tailor the course to suit your learning needs.

Our course covers the following topics:

  • Introduce self and aims for today
  • What are masks and who wears them?
  • Child development theory
  • Identity, distinctness and inclusion
  • Breaking down the three elements within identities
  • Challenges we face in our own practice
  • Identity in a global society
  • Discrimination, Equality & Identity
  • Attachment, separation and loss
  • Helping children to try on new masks
  • Developing the skills for Authenticity
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This course includes:

  • Case studies
  • Safeguarding practice reviews
  • Group work
  • Resources

Benefits of the course:

  • Up-to-date and in line with the key legislation and guidance in the UK
  • No pre requisites needed to join this course
  • Delivery from professional and expert facilitators in the field

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