Managing Behaviour
Courses & Training.

Breaking The Cycle offer a wide range of innovative, engaging high quality courses created around Safeguarding. All of our course can be delivered both face to face and virtually.

Intervention Models.

Breaking The Cycle are committed to using models in order to improve outcomes and evidence intervention in a manner that is clear and consistent.
It is our view that good models help improve staff confidence and allows for a framework assisting managers, staff and individuals.

The courses can include Social Pedagogy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Therapy, Positive Risk Management, Restorative Justice and The Cycle of Dysfunction.


Overview of our courses.

Managing Offending Behaviour

Course Overview

This course has been designed to raise awareness of theories and models of effective offender management, and to empower participants to effectively engage with service users.  This course will explore the social, psychological and educational implications of embracing these successful methodologies and the potential benefits for service users. 

It will demonstrate how everyone who works with young people and adults can achieve great outcomes for themselves and the young people by using models of practice steeped in person-centred holistic processes. In addition, course participants will learn to address a whole manner of difficult practice issues in a focused and empowering way.  We will also introduce intervention models designed to assist users make positive choices to assist them make better choices and gain better outcomes.

Learning Outcomes

  • An overview of good practice via social pedagogy and examples of the impacts they have on users.
  • To develop an understanding of the concept of ‘power’ and its role in effective risk management and intervention models and how they can improve practice.   
  • Understanding key issues in individual practice and designing models to improve outcomes to assist in relationship building.
  • Participants will also be given up to date links and resources for information and development.
  • Participants will be given person centred models in addressing issues and reducing offending behaviour including a Restorative Approach
  • Review the options currently available to the Youth Courts and the Police when dealing with offending behaviour.
protective behaviours

Course Overview
Social pedagogy is an academic discipline that draws on core theories from various related disciplines, such as education, sociology, psychology, and philosophy. In essence, it is concerned with well-being, learning and growth. This is underpinned by humanistic values and principles which view people as active and resourceful agents highlighting the importance of including them into the wider community and aim to tackle or prevent social problems and inequality. Breaking the Cycle has designed this package to raise awareness of the issues surrounding this methodology and how it can be applied in a caring environment to assist in promoting protective behaviours. The course will provide parents, carers, and staff with a clear understanding of the benefits of using social pedagogic approaches and how they can provide better protective environments and achieve better outcomes for young people.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the social pedagogy framework.
  • Understand the benefits of using it in practice.
  • Explore the ways that social pedagogy is being used to achieve better outcomes.
  • To provide caregivers with a thorough knowledge of the content, themes, core concepts and strategies of the Protective Behaviour within a social pedagogic framework.
  • To empower carers in developing problem solving and assertiveness skills in children.
  • To provide caregivers with simple practical teaching activities designed to increase their child’s/children’s and young people’s personal safety

“the trainers were very interesting and delivered the training very well, very knowledgeable”

Adullum Housing

Understanding anger and effective communication

Course Overview
Over many years Breaking The Cycle has developed practical interventions for hundreds of people who have anger management issues and the staff that care for them. This has allowed them to explore the roots of anger, the early warning signs, denial and exploring positive outcomes.

We have distilled that knowledge into a one-day course that is based on our deep understanding of the physical and psychological changes that occur in conflict. This course allows participants to gain an understanding of the processes of managing those responses. It delves into effective communication and an understanding of the differences in the external and internal locus of control.

Using clear communication and lots of exercises we will give each course participant a clear understanding of the processes involved in anger, how best to cope with them when they occur and how to effectively communicate to reduce anger in the future. 

Learning Outcomes

  • Gaining an understanding of the social physiological and psychological processes involved in anger.
  • Learning tools to assist in effective communication
  • Developing skills to intervene appropriately
  • Learning to use effective intervention tools and models
  • Develop processes to explore gains and losses for service users with regard to enhancing better outcomes and positive change

“the second course I have attended that has been delivered by Breaking the Cycle, I have found both to be informative with strategies that can be used and put into practice in real situations, strategies to de-escalate aggressive situations, understanding the mechanics of anger”

Social worker, Home Finding and Fostering Agency

Risk Management

Course Overview
This course will cover key areas of risk management covering harm to others, self and simply the risk of avoiding negative outcomes for service users. This course will explore initial assessments and how they feed into risk management plans. This training culminates in how to devise an effective exit plan which is person centred that works towards successful outcomes.  Risk management and effective planning and assessment are key to success for all organisations and any plans should seek to empower professionals to make decisions which fit with ‘defensible practice’ and effective strategies. This training will provide participants with an understanding of social pedagogy and how to underpin these principles within the areas of assessment, risk management and exit planning.

Looking at the internal and external locus of control participants will develop unique assessments which are both inspection ready and effective. Clear models provide confidence for professionals in assessing strengths, risks and capacity allowing for more effective plans and better outcomes.

Research shows that risk competent children have fewer accidents, less complex behaviour, and improved outcomes. This course requires participants to reflect on what this means within a professional environment.  The use of critical reflection is a key component of all assessments, and this course will consider what this means when considering both dynamic and static factors.

Models such as solution focused therapy and internal/ external locus of control allow practitioners to evidence clear thinking and methodology whilst empowering those directly involved to be active players in the risk management process.  Models also provide a clarity of purpose which allows for more effective engagement for complex you people and adults allowing for a fully effective partnership.

Learning Outcomes

  • Introduction to social pedagogy and person-centered assessment.
  • Understanding the principles of effective risk management and defensible decision making.
  • Understanding of internal/external of control.
  • Developing effective exit plans.
  • Gaining an appreciation of risk models and principles which can be embedded into current organisational processes and procedures.

“It is obvious that their passion and talent lies with training, facilitation and staff engagement. They are natural operators and the depth of his knowledge on the subject matter engendered a huge amount of confidence in various audiences“

Andy Gullick.
Former Mappa Co-ordinator Leicestershire and Rutland.

MAPPA (Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements)

Course Overview

Breaking the Cycle has designed this package to raise awareness of the workings of MAPPA to a range of staff from the Police, Social Services, Probation, Youth Offending Services and Health as well as anyone playing an active role within the MAPPA Strategic Management Boards subgroups. The course will provide a clear understanding of the MAPPA processes and increase confidence and knowledge pertaining to risk management. 

The course aims to demystify what can be considered a complex process and provide staff with the confidence to identify MAPPA cases and be clear on what action is required to manage risk effectively. By the end of the day staff will have a full understanding of MAPPA categories and levels of oversight coupled with a clear understanding of internal and external factors to risk management. The issue of ‘added value’ is key if staff are to understand and gain the full benefit of the MAPPA process and our course will cover this area to ensure staff are confident and able to complete successful and professional MAPPA referrals.

Learning Outcomes

  • A clear understanding of MAPPA processes.
  • The issue of ‘added value’
  • An understanding of defensible decision making.
  • Better high risk management.

“….the depth of knowledge on the subject matter engendered a huge amount of confidence in various audiences”

Andy Gullick.
Former Mappa Co-ordinator Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.

individuals at Risk of Sexual Exploitation

Course Overview

Breaking The Cycle has designed this package to raise awareness of the issues surrounding children at risk of sexual exploitation and how adults in a caring role can understand and react. The course will provide parents, carers and staff with a clear understanding of the dysfunctional cycles that lead to this behaviour and the psychological and bio-medical elements that impact on it. For participants it will also increase confidence and knowledge to facilitate much more effective and holistic risk management and treatment.
The course aims to demystify what can be considered a complex process and provide staff with the confidence to manage issues of sexual exploitation and be clear on what action is required to manage risk effectively in a holistic, social pedagogic fashion.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what Sexual-Exploitation is.
  • What might cause a young person to indulge in such risky behaviour.
  • Explore ways that carers might be able to help a young person to control their behaviour.
  • Identify other available, useful and helpful resources.
  • Understand the role that Social Pedagogy can assist in building holistic meaningful relationships.

“I now feel much more confident in dealing with such a complex and difficult area”

Youth Offending Service Case Manager

Restorative Approaches and Conflict Resolution

Course Overview
The Restorative Justice approach involves staff working with service users to explore the reasons why they behave in the way they do, the emotions behind the behaviour, the impact the behaviour has on others and alternative ways of behaving which can have a more positive result.  This course has been designed to raise awareness of the issues surrounding this methodology and how it can be applied in a caring environment to assist in promoting effective conflict resolution. The course will provide staff with a clear understanding of the benefits of using Restorative approaches and how they can provide better outcomes for everyone involved in the process using the most up to date research and practice from the UK and further afield.

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand what a restorative approach is.
  • Understand the benefits of using it in practice with examples.
  • Explore the ways that restorative approaches are being used to achieve better outcomes.
  • To provide caregivers with a thorough knowledge of the content, themes, core concepts and strategies of the restorative approach.
  • To empower professionals in developing problem solving and assertiveness skills in children.
  • To provide caregivers with simple practical teaching activities designed to increase the ability of young people to effectively use restorative approaches.
inappropriate sexual behaviour

Course Overview

This course outlines the definitions, typologies and theories around sexual offending and the legislation the various legal interpretations of sexual offending. This will include issues such as photographic images, social media, grooming and assisting an offender.

Participants will reflect on the assessment and risk management process including models such as Finkelhor Pre-Conditions to offending behaviour. Given the sensitive nature of the work consideration is also given to staff support and self-care.

Time will be set aside to address the issue of the needs of victim’s including the issue of trauma and Trauma Informed Care. Issues pertinent to repeat victim’s and specific risks to those with physical and learning disabilities will be included within this course. Participants will consider what is meant by empowering those at risk of harm and models to assist in developing a healthy internal Locus of Control.  The issue of public protection will also be included within this course reviewing the multi-agency approach to offender management including an overview of the Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements.

Effective management of Sexual Offenders must include good practice in community supervision and monitoring of offenders. Issues related to offender denial, minimisation, managing manipulative behaviour and motivation will be addressed in order to consider effective management.

The course considers person practice issues related to safety and security while lone working and responding to behavioural disinhibition. Participants will reflect upon the complicated area of information sharing based on a need to share principle.

Learning Outcomes

  • Have a better understanding of what is healthy, and what is harmful sexual behaviour
  • Learn some of the reasons children and young people display sexualised behaviour
  • Identify the impacts that harmful sexual behaviour can have on a young person including the affects of trauma
  • Explore models and strategies to assist young people
  • Consider what is meant by effective risk management and empowerment
  • Consider those at risk of harm and protection strategies


a great overview of offending behaviour from trainers who have a great deal of experience and they motivate staff to address a broad range of issues….. well done”

Gerry Moloney, Operational Courts Manager Youth Offending Service


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