Kent County Council (KCC) Public Health have now procured a number of Start for Life training opportunities for use within a Family Hub model, that are great opportunities for professional development across the system:

Making Every Contact Count (MECC)  Level 1

‘Making Every Contact Count’ or MECC, is a national initiative that aims to improve the health of the people around us.

The MECC approach encourages us all to have very brief conversations about health issues as part of the everyday contact that we have with other people and if appropriate, let them know where they can get further information or support.

Anyone working in Kent can complete this free Making Every Contact Count training, even if you already signpost as part of your role, this training will refresh your knowledge and increase confidence.

There are 300 places available the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Level 1 programme.


Tier 1 MECC training course will cover the following key components:

  • A brief overview of MECC and why it is important
  • An understanding of the wider determinants of health, behaviour change and an overview of relevant models and the principles of MECC
  • How to have MECC conversations (techniques such as SMARTER planning, healthy conversations, Very Brief Advice etc.)
  • A brief knowledge of Kent based services to refer into and referral pathway information alongside a provision of useful resources (provided by KCC)
  • A mandatory evaluation of the training session attended

Contact familyhubstraining@kent.gov.uk to book your space.


Making Every Contact Count (MECC)  Level 2 – Train the Trainer

Are you a front-line practitioner in Primary and Community Health and Care workforce? Do you have a background in training or group delivery and facilitation delivering training to a wide range of employees?

There are 36 places available for the Making Every Contact Count (MECC) Train the Trainer programme.

Day 1 Train the Trainer Programme:

  • An understanding of motivational interviewing techniques
  • Practical application of skills via skills practice / roleplay
  • A further knowledge of Kent based services to refer into and referral pathway information alongside a provision of useful resources (provided by KCC)
  • A mandatory evaluation of the training session attended.

Day 2:

  • A background on how and why MECC is being delivered in Kent and the desired outcomes of training sessions
  • Delivery styles and training facilitation using KCC resource packs
  • Skills practice of group facilitation and delivery styles
  • How to evaluate sessions
  • An understanding of what is expected of Trained Trainers at Trained Trainer sessions
  • A signed learning agreement and commitment for future delivery
  • An understanding regarding next steps, e.g. future delivery of MECC in the County and the networking opportunities regarding relevant CPD sessions (CoL, pre-natal health pop ups etc.), how to access resources and contacts within KCC Public Health training team.
  • Clear messaging on consistency of delivery of MECC training across Kent.

Contact familyhubstraining@kent.gov.uk to book your space.


Attachment – Level One

Are you a midwife, professional in Open Access, Portage, Health Visitor or work in Voluntary Charitable Sector – do you work with children 0-2 years old?

Forming an attachment is something that develops over time for a child, but parents and carers can start to form an emotional bond with their child before they are born. Sometimes a parent or carer may have difficulty forming this bond, for example if they are experiencing mental health issues or don’t have an effective support network.

KCHFT is offering 235 places for freemultiagency Attachment training to all professionals who work with children 0-2 years old to increase awareness and confidence to recognise and support parents/carers experiencing Attachment difficulties.

Proposed dates/times 2 in December,

  • 2 in Jan 2024,
  • 2 in 1st 2 weeks of Feb and
  • 2 in 2 weeks of March 2024.

Maximum number of participants

  • 30 attendees on each training this can be accommodated as the training will be delivered virtually

Length of session

  • 1 day

Contact familyhubstraining@kent.gov.uk to book your space.


Video Interaction Guidance (VIG)

VIG is a strength based brief intervention which helps parents become more attuned and responsive to their child’s communication. It is a method which uses video recordings of interactions between parents and infants/ children to focus on, and promote, positive interaction. VIG works in a respectful and collaborative way with clients using edited video clips of ‘better than usual’ communication between people as the basis of reflective dialogue about how to develop the relationship further.

The VIG practitioner engages the client (or professional) actively in a process of change, supporting the client to realise their own hopes for a better future in their relationships.

VIG has been used by a wide range of staff including educational and clinical psychologists, social workers, CAMHS workers, health visitors, residential care staff, speech and language therapists, children’s centre workers and peripatetic teachers in early years and special education settings. VIG is client-centred: moving at the client’s pace, with their goals in mind.

There are a number of places available for VIG training

Contact familyhubstraining@kent.gov.uk to book your space.


Perinatal Mental Health Level 1

This is currently being procured by KCC Integrated Health Commissioning. If this is of interest please contact familyhubstraining@kent.gov.uk to register your interest.


Parent Infant Relationships – Level 2  

This is currently being procured by KCC Integrated Health Commissioning. If this is of interest please contact familyhubstraining@kent.gov.uk to register your interest.


Trauma Informed Healing Centred Training

This is currently being procured by KCC Integrated Health Commissioning. If this is of interest please contact familyhubstraining@kent.gov.uk to register your interest.