Keeping children safe in education Statutory guidance for schools and colleges March 2015 states;
All staff members should be aware of systems within their school or college which support safeguarding and these should be explained to them as part of staff induction. This includes:
•the school’s or college’s child protection policy;
•the school’s or college’s staff behaviour policy (sometimes called a code of conduct);
•and the designated safeguarding lead.
All staff members should also receive appropriate child protection training which is regularly updated. Schools are advised to follow guidance from their Local Children’s Safeguarding Boards about the content and frequency of safeguarding training for staff.
The majority of LCSB’s recommend that all staff working with children and/or families receive safeguarding training as part of their induction and re-fresher training at 3 yearly intervals.
Whole school training content
Many schools choose to plan training on inset days but these get booked up quickly. We would recommend a half day course focussing on;
- overview of safeguarding and key definitions, including the safeguarding continuum
- signs and indicators of abuse and neglect
- the difference between children in need and children in need of protection
- the schools responsibility towards children in need
Other topics, including learning from recent Serious Case Reviews, can be arranged on request. Training can be delivered as either, twilight, half or full day sessions.