School and early years
Every Child Matters 2003 changed the safeguarding landscape, making partner agencies more responsible for managing lower level safeguarding concerns and locating services for children and their families around schools and early years settings, signalling their centrality to the safeguarding task.
There is understandably a lot of confusion about the duties of School staff and Early Years providers. We have a lot of information on this website to help you understand it, but find that a visit to the school is often the best way to clarify issues and ensure your policy and training needs have been met.
Many schools and nursery schools contact us when there is an imminent child protection case conference. We have posted some useful notes here about the Child Protection Case Conference process , and touch upon some of the anxieties this may create for staff. Please do get in touch if you would like some bespoke training or support around conferences, Team Around the Child/ Family meetings, in fact anything to do with the Early Help agenda.
We can provide whole school training on inset days if required but demand is high for these dates. We understand that many Nurseries have to organise their training at weekends so we endeavour to be flexible. However evening sessions may be better for school governors.
Health professionals are often the first port of call for families experiencing difficulties. They are likely to be amongst the first professionals to be aware of the abuse of a child or vulnerable adult and are often important sources of the evidence required to safeguard children.
Doctors, Health Visitors, School Nurses, Dentists, GP’s, Pharmacists, Opticians, Dieticians and Mental Health specialists are all required to be aware of their safeguarding responsibilities. This is a complex area requiring the exercise of professional judgement and an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of others. Staff struggle with the issue of confidentiality and when information should be shared and when not. It can be difficult for Health staff to understand why one situation reaches the Local Authority threshold for intervention and another does not. It can sometimes be both daunting and unclear about what you need to do if you want to challenge such a decision.
We can provide tailor made training for health professionals, relevant to their needs and drawing on their experiences, which sets out their responsibilities and helps them to work effectively with colleagues from both Children’s and Adult’s social care. Training for Health care professionals can be arranged at Levels 1, 2 and 3 and times arranged to maximise participation
Local authority staff
Both Children’s and Adult social care employees have specific responsibilities in law to identify and support families with vulnerable members and where necessary to use the legal framework to safeguard children and vulnerable adults.
This is a particularly complex area of work requiring considerable skill. Workers must be able to make effective relationships in order to bring about change whilst making sure they have not lost sight of the risks. This requires time to reflect and learn from others in a safe space.
Safeguarding is fundamental to the work of all Children’s and Adult’s social care staff including those providing preventative services. Supervising social workers, adoption workers, staff supporting care leavers and young people in the juvenile justice system as well as those working with children and young people with disabilities all need to be able to identify the signs of abuse and neglect, including child sexual exploitation and to be familiar with effective, evidence based interventions.
We can offer bespoke training packages, across organisations aimed at addressing gaps in training audits or inspections. We can facilitate staff and student workshops working alongside trainers within your organisation if required, to support the implementation of organisational change. Specialist training on aspects of the Care Planning process and work with children with disabilities is also available
Voluntary sector professionals
A very diverse range of staff in the voluntary and leisure sector work regularly with children and vulnerable adults and as such have safeguarding responsibilities. They need to be alert to the indicators of abuse and neglect, to know when and to whom to refer in order that children and vulnerable adults receive the support and protection they require. In some situations they are also required to work alongside the statutory agencies to carry out protection plans.
This is a very varied sector comprising both unpaid volunteers and staff working in the not-for-profit sector. All sorts of youth provision also falls within this sector such as dance and music teachers, sports coaches and some youth organisations, even youth training schemes. It can be difficult to understand what you need to look out for and what you need to do if you have a concern. All of these organisations require safeguarding knowledge.
We can work closely with you so that we are able to offer tailor made programme based on the roles and responsibilities of your staff group, dealing with the actual situations they may face in order to make our training relevant and effective. Times can be arranged to suit the needs of your organisation.