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Brian Smith (He/Him) 

Training Officer

What do you do at Become?

As the Training Officer my role is to plan and deliver Become’s training offer to professionals who work with care-experienced young people. We want young people in care and care leavers to receive the best support possible. So my role is to improve the skills and knowledge of those around them e.g. carers, social workers, teachers etc. We work collaboratively with young people in order shape training content to reflect their voices, experiences and opinions

Can you say a bit about your past experience and qualifications?

I have over 30 years’ experience in working with children and young people, across various sectors, including local authorities, information, advice and guidance services, uniformed groups, schools/PRU’s and faith-based organisations. I have a passion for supporting professionals through training and development and have designed, developed and delivered training programmes, which have been created to upskill youth and children’s work professionals, volunteers as well as young people. I’ve also resourced, advised and supported organisations in their work with young people, children, and families. I have a BA Honours degree in Youth and Community Work with applied Theology and a JNC Level 2 qualification in Youth and Community Work. I joined Become as the Training Officer in July 2023.

What do you like about working at Become? 

I really like that children and young people are at the very centre and focus of the work of Become. Working with a fantastic and supportive team of people, all with the same passion to see the lives of care experienced children and young people and care leavers changed for the better is really encouraging.

What drives you? 

Seeing the lives of children and young people improved through the work we do at Become.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, going to the cinema, attending ice hockey matches and being outdoors. I’m also quite a fan of superheroes and Disney.