It is always such a pleasure to welcome back Liz Gailer and Paul Read from The Safeguarding Alliance, to run our ever-popular Safeguarding Programmes. Once again, Liz and Paul were back to deliver 4 days of training, covering Safe Recruitment and then taking delegates up to Levels 1 and 2 and/or Level 3 if they choose to complete Day 3.
The Safeguarding training is aimed at everyone working with our pupils and young people: Teachers, Teaching support staff, Health workers, Nursery support workers, Registered childminders, School ancillary staff, Health and safety officers, Professionals and volunteers in commercial and community based organisations.
Over the course of the first 2 days, delegates understood how to:
- Recognise possible child abuse;
- Respond appropriately;
- Report your concerns about a child;
- Record what you’ve seen or heard
- Identify what is meant by safeguarding and child abuse;
- Name the categories of child abuse and neglect;
- Recognise the signs and indicators of possible abuse;
- Identify the relevant legislation and guidance that safeguards young people;
- Identify the barriers to children and adults reporting concerns.
On day 3, the learning went even deeper:
- describe and examine the role and main responsibilities of a designated safeguarding lead;
- examine their own values regarding child abuse/child sexual exploitation (CSE) and the impact of these on professional practice;
- describe key legislation and guidance which determines their establishment’s policy for child safety and welfare and relate it their operational context.
- decide what steps their establishment needs to take to look after the safety and welfare of the children and young people it comes into contact with;
- identify the barriers that prevent children and young people from disclosing abuse;
- know how to respond effectively to a child or young person who does disclose abuse;
- understand the barriers which prevent staff from reporting concerns, and how to overcome them;
- make the right decisions about what steps to take when concerns about a child have been raised;
- discuss what is likely to happen following a referral to children’s social care and what role the school or college has in a multi-agency child protection process and as part of a small network;
- explain the issues connected to recording and sharing information, including confidentiality;
- show an awareness of the emotional impact of safeguarding children and identify ways in which a safeguarding lead can support staff;
- talk about their establishment’s overarching policy and procedures
and identify and share best practice.
We would like to thank Jebel Ali School for hosting the training days so wonderfully and for accommodating those last minute bookings so happily! And of course thanks so much to Liz Gailer and Paul Read from The Safeguardign Alliance for their expertise and enthusiasm!
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