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At Leap, we believe that building the capabilities of youth professionals is essential to providing better support for young people

For over 30 years we have provided innovative training to professionals across a wide range of sectors including education, criminal justice, the voluntary sector, and local councils.  

Below you can explore a selection of Leap’s specialist areas of training. We offer pre-designed 2.5 hour introductory sessions, as well as bespoke, more intensive training designed to meet your individual needs and budget. 

Sessions can be delivered digitally and (subject to Covid-19 restrictions) face to face. We offer group training, 1:1 support, and we are experienced in training others to deliver our training themselves through a ‘train the trainer’ model.  

In all of Leap’s training, we take a restorative and reflective approach, doing ‘with’ and not ‘to’. We do not present participants with the answers, but rather provide a safe facilitated space for you and your team to ask yourselves the right questions.  

Working with conflict & de-escalation

Leap supports youth practitioners to understand the principles and skills to manage personal and interpersonal conflict and verbally de-escalate conflict situations. The core of this training focuses on increasing individual self-awareness, understanding habitual styles of behaviour, setting boundaries, and applying this to your work as youth practitioner.

Co-production

Co-production is extremely powerful for meaningful change in how organisations engage and work with young people. The skills learnt in this training will support you to value and champion direct lived experience and youth voice when planning, designing and delivering your services.

Introduction to Trauma

Practitioners working in the youth and youth justice sectors will be working with the effects of trauma on a daily basis. Over three sessions this training will cover what trauma is, its impact and how it might show up in the behaviour of the young people that you support. We touch on what this means for organisations and their practice, however the work is intended as a way of identifying trauma responses in yourself and when working with young people.

Training for Prisons

In the high-stress environment of prisons, managing conflict is a core skill. Leap trains prison staff and prisoners to increase their ability to manage, de-escalate and communicate in conflict. Through group and individual training, we build empathy, self-awareness and improve relationships. We specialise in bringing prisoners and prison officers to explore conflict together.

Exploring race and racism in youth work

During Summer 2020, Leap developed and rolled out a new programme with youth practitioners across London, using self-reflection and scenario-based discussion to identify how they approach the subject of race and racism with young people. Courageous Conversations: Exploring Race and Racism training explores the role of youth practitioners and the purpose and impact of these conversations on young people, practitioners and society.