REGISTERED SOCIAL LANDLORDS
Registered Social landlords have responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and promote the wellbeing of adults to whom they provide services. They are particularly well placed to identify issues of abuse in the family home and in the wider community, having knowledge about local issues, alongside access to information about family finances and access to home environments.
However knowing when to be concerned and what might be significant in terms of the potential abuse of children and vulnerable adults is difficult. We can design a whole system training programme tailored to local need. The training needs of your staff will differ considerably but a whole organisation approach is essential to ensure there are systems in place to respond appropriately to concerns generated by heightened awareness amongst staff.
Recent changes in legislation -Joint Children and Adult’s safeguarding training
The Care Act 2014 places duties on the Safeguarding Adults Board to ensure the Local Authorities carry out enquiries (or cause others to do so) where it suspects an adult is at risk of abuse or neglect. The statutory guidance requires agencies to;
• identify a senior manager to take a lead role in organisational and inter-agency safeguarding
• ensure all staff are familiar with the six principles underpinning adults safeguarding and are trained in recognising the indicators of abuse
These can be costly requirements. We can help you make your training budget more effective and efficient by providing an innovative whole agency or multi-agency Joint Adult and Children’s safeguarding training programme.
Daphne McKenna and Linda Spencer have national profiles in providing safeguarding training and development. Together they have designed a safeguarding training programme, at the request of a London Children’s Safeguarding Board and with the support of their Adults counterpart, for all levels of staff which addresses both Adult and Children’s safeguarding training requirements. This approach has been successfully trialled across a large London social housing provider and has the benefits of;
– Reducing costs associated with staff attending training by providing the essential information required to fulfil safeguarding responsibilities in one session rather than two
– Increasing understanding of the similarities and differences in Adult and Children’s safeguarding training
– Providing a targeted training session appropriate to role
– Enabling the development of a ‘bespoke’ programme reflecting organisational requirements
If you would like to know more about the costs and contents of the programme which will enable you to meet your responsibilities under the Care Act 2014 please do contact us.