creative mentor network event

CANCELLED: The Art of Creative Mentoring – Empowering Children in Need and in Care Through Your Creative Practice Sessions

  • Wednesday 20th April 2022 - Thursday 5th May 2022 at 1:30pm - 5:00pm
  • Free, RRP: £180.

A free training series to support artists and practitioners to work more effectively with Children and Young People in Need and in Care.

Are you interested in working with Children and Young People in vulnerable circumstances?

Do you want to develop your creative practice to best support them?

Do you want to learn more about the importance of one-to-one working and understand why these relationships really matter?

Sign up to our free training series of three sessions taking place in April & May 2022. Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The sessions are aimed at artists and practitioners new to this field of work as well as those who have experience of working with Children and Young People in vulnerable circumstances.

The series has been developed in consultation with Artists, Facilitators, Learning and Development Consultants and Creative Mentors, as well as Local Authority and Virtual School Partners. The training will be co-delivered by The Mighty Creatives’ Team as well as experienced Creative Mentors, Derbyshire Virtual School, The Amber Factory and Jo Stockdale from Well Within Reach.

The series of three sessions will be delivered in January 2022 on the following dates:

  • Lived Experience of Children in Care and Children in Need – 20th April 2022 – 1.30pm till 5pm
  • The Power of Child-Led One-to-One Creative Learning – 26th April 2022 – 1.30pm till 5pm
  • Applying Creative Practice to Develop Creative Voices of Children in Need and in Care 5th May 2022 – 1.30pm till 5pm

The sessions will aim to develop participants understanding of:

  • The lived experiences and characteristics of Children in Need and Care Experienced Children and Young People.
  • The importance of targeted interventions and support.
  • The ‘person-centred’ approach to working with Children and Young People in vulnerable circumstances and how to embed this within your creative practice.
  • Working one-to-one and the importance of relationship building as a vehicle for development.
  • The difference between child-led learning, co-production and child-led planning.
  • Methods and models of best practice for child-lead and adult supported delivery, with a deeper dive into Youth Voice and how to do this meaningfully.

Participants will also explore an introduction into The Mighty Creatives’ Creative Mentoring programme and will be invited to apply to become a Creative Mentor for The Mighty Creatives. After which, successful applicants will partake in a further series of CPD and will have access to our support and ongoing training programme for Creative Mentors.

Whilst it is advised that participants can attend all three sessions, please do let us know if you are unable to attend a session and we will share the resources with you.

What do you mean when you say Child in Need?

Children in Need are defined by law as children who are aged under 18 and need or has needed a Social Worker. This covers all groups who, beyond any assessment, are accessing social care support for safeguarding and/or welfare purposes, including those with disabilities. They may need the support of Local Authority services to achieve or maintain a reasonable standard of health or development or prevent significant or further harm to health and development.

What do you mean when you say Child in Care?

A Child in Care may also be referred to as a Looked After Child. They will have been in the care of their Local Authority for more than 24 hours. Children in Care may be living with foster parents, living in residential children’s homes or living in residential settings like schools or secure units. There are a variety of reasons why they may enter care. These include:

  • The child’s parents might have agreed to this, for example they may be too unwell to look after their child.
  • The child could be an unaccompanied asylum seeker, with no responsible adult.
  • Children’s services may have intervened because they felt the child was at significant risk of harm.

Where to go for more information…

If you have any questions or queries regarding the training programme, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with Emily York, Youth Programme Manager at The Mighty Creatives by email

If you would like to apply to join our pool of Creative Mentoring, please visit our opportunities page for more information.

Want to find out more about Creative Mentoring? Visit our website here.



  • Session 1: Wednesday 20th April 2022
  • Session 2: Tuesday 26th April 2022
  • Session 3: Thursday 5th May 2022


This event will be held on Zoom. Those that are booked on will receive an invitation & guidance document prior to the session.

Please do sign on 5 minutes before the start time for a prompt start.


Each session will run from 1.30pm till 5.00pm.

Zoom links and agendas will be shared closer to the event dates.