Developing Cultural Competence


The first phase of the Globe programme produced three resources: A Toolkit for practitioners; an information pack for parents and practitioners; and a DVD. The second phase involved the development and delivery of a CART day. Each of these is outlined below.



Republic of Ireland

English | Arabic | Chinese | French | Latvian
Lithuanian | Polish | Portuguese | Russian | Somali | Urdu

Northern Ireland

English | Arabic | Chinese | French | Latvian
Lithuanian | Polish | Portuguese | Russian | Somali | Urdu



Key Words


Parenting Practices





The Toolkit

The toolkit contains five sections. The first section provides the reader with an introduction to the project while section two contains facilitators’ guidelines and guidelines on how to use the toolkit. The third section contains a number of training sessions. These are:

  1. Needs Assessment;
  2. Parenting Styles and Parenting Expectations in (Northern) Ireland;
  3. Parenting in a Diverse Society – Culture and Stereotypes;
  4. Racism and Bullying;
  5. Supporting your Child’s Language Development;
  6. Supporting your Child in the (Northern) Irish Education System;
  7. Coping with Stress;
  8. Recap Session.

Each of these sessions is broken down further, with:

  • Aims and objectives identified;
  • Materials required;
  • Principles underpinning the particular session;
  • Questions for the facilitator/practitioner to consider before proceeding with the session;
  • A step-by-step ‘how to’ guide to facilitating the session [ice-breakers, following up on previous sessions, group and individual exercises relating to the specific session, summary, questions and evaluation]; and
  • In some sessions additional facilitator notes and handouts.

The fourth section of the toolkit provides detailed contextual information on the first seven training sessions. For example, the contextual section on parenting styles contains information drawn from the literature on different styles of parenting and their effects on children. The contextual section on supporting your child’s language development provides definitions of language and bilingualism, identifies different forms of bilingualism, the benefits of bilingualism and successful strategies for parents to support their children’s bilingualism.

The fifth section of the toolkit provides supplementary information [books, journal articles and websites] on the first seven sections, as well as additional ice-breakers, an evaluation form, and a set of appendices [parenting programmes currently being run in Ireland; a list of people involved in developing the pack; and a glossary of terms].


Globe project has been funded by:

“I found that having the space to discuss some of our specific difficulties when working with immigrant groups was very helpful, to listen to others and help each other gain understanding and find solutions and agreed on ways to change our methodologies or approaches.

A good deal of openness, self awareness and understanding is required to truly be willing to communicate and work in an effective way with people outside my own culture…

What we needed was very specific discussion and exploration of issues regarding various cultural communication including tips and pointers that may help us in our day to day work and we got down to this more in our second follow up session.”