Training for Social Care

Laura, Christy, Rosemary, Tim croppedThese courses are specifically designed to meet the learning needs of people who work in the social care sector.

The Smart Enterprise  have been delivering specialist training to social care professionals for a number of years. We believe that the role of social care staff is often undervalued; however, at the Smart Enterprise we recognise the high level of specialist skills needed to work in the field.

We aim to provide innovative and effective learning experiences to improve practice, which will ultimately improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Below is a list of courses we currently offer. All our social care courses are mapped to the relevant QCF units, so you can see how the learning will relate to your professional development. If you can’t see what you are looking for please let us know and we’ll see if we can design a course for you or find you another provider that best meet the needs of your business and your staff.

This course will be provide an opportunity for participants to explore the impact on the individual of having a learning disability, to consider the legislative context of services and how it may affect working practice. Read More
It is essential that staff who work with adults with learning disabilities are aware of national drivers and legislation and how they impact on services at a practical level.  This course provides an opportunity for participants to explore the national context, including personalisation and the Mental Capacity Act 2005.  Participants will also consider how to work effectively with family carers and will explore professional boundary issues. Read More
Effective communication is at the core of a personalised services – staff need to learn how to communicate with the people they support, in a way that is meaningful for each individual.  Participants on this course will enhance their practical communication skills and learn new strategies to improve communication with people with learning disabilities. Participants will explore the importance of effective listening skills and non-verbal communication and will identify practice improvements for their own workplace. Read More
Historically, learning disability services have been risk averse – self preservation has sometimes taken precedence over the rights of the individual to make their own choices. This course will provide the opportunity for participants to explore the legislative context, including their responsibilities under “Duty of Care” and the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Participants will also identify areas of their practice where they can improve the quality of life for the people they support, by using effective risk assessment and empowering individuals to make their own decisions on risk taking wherever possible. Read More
Staff who work with people with learning disabilities may find themselves dealing with sensitive issues around sexuality and may have difficulty balancing risk levels against duty of care. This course will explore sexuality in relation to people who use services and ensure that staff are aware of national guidance and legislative responsibilities. Read More
This course will explore the meaning of the term ‘challenging behaviour’ and the function of such behaviours. Participants will examine proactive approaches which may support individuals with learning disabilities to learn alternative methods of communication, whilst also promoting the safety and wellbeing of staff. Read More
Over recent years there has been a steady increase in the diagnosis of autism. People on the autistic spectrum have very particular needs, and staff working with them need an understanding of how the condition may impact upon the individual and those around them. This course will provide the opportunity for participants to work with examples of autistic behaviour and to practice skills through group case studies. Read More
Over recent years there has been a steady increase in the diagnosis of autism and people on the autistic spectrum have very particular needs. Participants on this course will gain an increased understanding of autistic spectrum conditions and how they affect individuals. We will explore how legislation may impact on services and how to implement ‘autism friendly’ policies and strategies in the workplace. Read More
As services are becoming more personalised, there is an increased need for social care workers to work on their own, either in people’s homes or in the community; this can lead to an increased level of risk when it comes to personal safety. This course raises awareness of personal safety issues, and provides an opportunity for delegates to learn strategies to reduce the risk their own work situations. Read More
Makaton is using signs, symbols and speech to aid communication. It’s used with people with communication difficulties and also with babies and young children to help them communicate their needs and choices. Read More


To discuss your training needs, or to ask for a quote, please get in touch or email us