Training for professionals
Maximise your effectiveness with Polish families!
Polish communities constitute the largest minority group in the UK – an estimated 1 million Polish nationals resided in the UK in 2017 (ONS, 2018). The majority of them are settled and many fully assimilated into British society. However, some families struggle to adapt to their new reality, having historical issues they have brought with them to the UK, or where they have encountered additional difficulties in functioning as a happy and harmonious family unit.
Our courses will help you explore the issues affecting the lives of Polish people living in the UK so you can recognise them and respond to them with confidence when you work with Polish people or support them in your professional roles.
We currently offer two courses:
WORKING WITH POLISH FAMILIES
INTRODUCTION TO WORKING WITH POLISH FAMILIES
Our “Introduction to working with Polish families” course will give you an insight into the lives of Polish families living in the UK. You will learn how cultural aspects may affect their family life in the UK, what problems they face and how they deal with them and what may prevent them from accessing services and engaging with the available support on offer to them.
Duration - 2 hours
WORKING WITH POLISH FAMILIES
SPECIFIC ISSUES AFFECTING POLISH FAMILIES
The “Specific issues affecting Polish families” course will give you more in-depth knowledge and understanding of problems within Polish families that require intervention from specialist services. You will learn about the nature of domestic abuse in Polish families and parents’ approaches to raising their children. You will also find out what cultural differences can affect their engagement with services and what support they would receive in their native country. You will find out the impact of bilingualism on child development and specific aspects of working with interpreters.
Duration - 3,5 hours
Who can benefit from our courses:
social workers - you will gain a better understanding of difficulties parents face in keeping their children safe and barriers affecting engagement with support agencies
domestic violence workers - you will learn about specific aspects of domestic violence in migrant communities which are important in ensuring victims' safety
housing officers - you will gain a better understanding of the cultural differences and issues affecting every day lives of Polish families which may have an impact on effective co-operation
health professionals - you will learn about differences in culture, expectations, aspects of living abroad that may affect their health and well-being.
Because we appreciate your time is valuable to you, we look to deliver the courses at your place of work on a date that suits you.
We have over 10 years experience working with Polish families in the UK. We have supported them within the British social care and justice systems and have seen how they cope with economic and political changes. We specialise in providing domestic violence and parenting support to Polish families.
We offer competitive prices for our work.
If you would like to find out more about our courses, please contact us:
"A couple of my team members told me they wanted to have more awareness about the Polish community and how we can improve positive engagement. Vesta SFS CIC provided us with some real insight, useful tips and understanding of how to communicate and show respect when initially meeting with members of the Polish community. It was very clear that they are knowledgeable and experienced in working with victims of Domestic Abuse and provided us with invaluable advice on supporting victims when they approach our housing options service."
Housing Options Manager, Eden Housing Association in Penrith