The statutory guidance for schools states that:

‘Governing bodies and proprietors should ensure that all staff members undergo safeguarding and child protection training at induction. The training should be regularly updated. Induction and training should be in line with any published local multi-agency safeguarding arrangements.

In addition, all staff members should receive regular safeguarding and child protection updates (for example, via email, e-bulletins, staff meetings) as required, and at least annually, to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.’

Sarah provides a range of training which can be personalised to meet the needs of your school. Whether you are looking for training for whole school staff, members of your safeguarding team, support staff or volunteers and Governors, this can be provided.

Some examples of training sessions run during the last 12 months include:

  • whole school basic awareness training as part of a TD day – a 2 hour session which includes ensuring staff understand the terms ‘safeguarding’ and child protection’, the categories of abuse and how to spot the signs and indicators that a child may be at risk. This session also includes a brief overview of specific safeguarding themes included in ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’.
  • staff meeting training for teachers focussing on understanding what neglect is (both physical and emotional), understanding the assessment triangle, and identifying indicators that a child could be being neglected.
  • training for teachers and support staff to understand what happens following a concern form being completed. This hour and a half session looks at the importance of completing a concern form carefully and accurately and how this information is considered alongside any other concerns. An exemplar individual pupil chronology is shared and a case study is looked at to explain the possible actions and outcomes which may follow an initial report of a concern. Staff are up-skilled to know how to make a telephone referral if there is an emergency and the members of the safeguarding team are unavailable.
  • staff meeting training focussing on safer working practices. This session uses a range of scenarios which staff may face during their day to day work in schools and allows opportunity for discussion about safe practice, before re-visiting your school’s staff behaviour policy/code of conduct.
  • multi-academy trust training for members of the Governing Body focussing on the role and responsibilities of Governors with regard to safeguarding. This is a 2 hour session.
  • staff meeting training for teachers and support staff focussing on child exploitation. This session includes information about child sexual exploitation and criminal exploitation and supports staff to develop their understanding of the indicators that a child may be at risk. This session includes reference to the recently published ‘County Lines’ guidance produced by the Home Office.
  • multi-academy trust training for members of safeguarding teams focussing on safeguarding supervision and how to develop the use of this to ensure that management of cases is effective and children are kept safe.

In addition, during the months of September and January Sarah delivers a day’s training aimed at those staff who are new to the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead / Deputy DSL. This course has been written to complement multi agency advanced/Level 3 training (which DSLs and Deputies are required to complete). It focuses on effective record-keeping, writing effective referrals for social care intervention and the process of escalation and challenge. The session also briefly covers safer recruitment requirements and managing allegations procedures. 

If you would like more information please use the contact button on the home page or alternatively to book a training session please click on the ‘Request for support’ button on the home page. Sarah is always happy to discuss the needs of your school and can provide ‘bespoke’ training to meet these needs.