To protect children and young people from harm, all staff/volunteers must have the core competences to recognise child maltreatment and to take effective action as appropriate to their role. They must also clearly understand their responsibilities, and should be supported by their employing organisation to fulfil their duties.
To fulfil these responsibilities and duties, all staff should have access to appropriate safeguarding training, learning opportunities, and support to facilitate their understanding of the aspects of child protection and enable acquisition and maintenance of knowledge and skills.
We run approved training courses that strictly follow Local Safeguarding Children Board and Training Together to Safeguard Children (NSPCC) guidelines.
We provide Child Protection training at all levels and for all professionals who have direct contact with children and young people e.g. nursery staff, designated lead professionals, teaching staff, family support workers, children centre staff, residential care workers, faith groups, family centre workers, childminder’s, preschool workers, foster carers, early years workers, play and development workers, NHS workers Health Visitors, Health Staff and more.
Courses are also suitable for professionals who support carers e.g. early years consultants, recruitment consultants, child-minder network coordinators, head teachers, family information services, housing staff, connexions staff, preschool learning alliance, leisure and amenities staff, health club staff etc.
All safeguarding children masterclasses are regularly updated and revised to reflect new legislation and changes to statutory, inter agency guidance and advice including:
The Children’s Act 1989 and 2004
Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2014
Working Together to Safeguard children 2015
Keeping Children safe in Education 2016
What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused 2015
The Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015
The Serious Crime Act 2015
The Common Inspection Framework; Educations, Skills and Early Years 2015 – Ofsted
Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and skills 2016 – Ofsted
London Child Protection Procedures
All safeguarding children masterclasses are interactive and use a variety of training methods eg case studies, dvds, small and large group discussions and exercises to enhance the participants learning experience.
Provide an opportunity for people to learn together and to explore professional dilemmas
Able to refer to Social Care if a safeguarding/child protection concern is identified
Develop the particular knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that underpin the core competences at each level
Gain an understanding of the tasks, processes, principles and local arrangements for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare
Act in accordance with key statutory and non-statutory guidance and legislation including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Human Rights Act (2000)
Develop an evidence based approach to safeguarding children
Contribute to effective partnership working between all those involved with providing services for children and young people
Promote good practice
Demonstrate an ability to assess risk and instigate processes for appropriate interventions
Demonstrate knowledge of the role and responsibilities of each agency, as described in local policies and procedures
Develop professional judgement and critical thinking
Work with other professionals and agencies, with children, young people and their families when there are safeguarding concerns
Document concerns in a manner that is appropriate for safeguarding/child protection and legal processes
Understand how the common assessment framework (CAF) can be used to identify children in need and children at risk
What happens on the courses?
All training courses are interactive. To provide a constantly challenging and innovative knowledge environment, a variety of interactive learning tools are utilised in training delivery. Training methods include tutor delivery of presentation with the aid of PowerPoint, video/DVD, small group work/feedback, self-assessment tools, quizzes, real life case studies, ice breakers, group discussions and, where appropriate role play.
Stimulating adult learning methodologies which compliment session material and promote better retention of training content are constantly being updated and reviewed.