Safeguarding for Leaders
This is a six hour Continuing Personal Development course designed to develop the skills and knowledge of those staff members within settings who have greater responsibilities within safeguarding, including those with Designated Safeguarding Lead status, Child Protection Officers, Room Leaders, and key pastoral staff. It is designed to enhance the inter-agency Safeguarding training offered by Local Safeguarding Children Boards.
1. Clarify the role of designated safeguarding leaders, and their statutory responsibilities.
2. Refresh their knowledge of key legislation, key national guidance and local procedures and agencies and recognise the importance of key safeguarding policy and procedures in their setting.
3. Consider how to support and manage the safeguarding skills of staff and volunteers, including the implementation of a code of conduct, induction and training and the recording and sharing of information.
4. Learn how to make an effective child protection and early intervention referral and how to escalate concerns appropriately.
5. Learn about what is likely to happen following a referral to children’s social care and the role the setting will have in the child protection process.
6. Learn how to appropriately manage an allegation made to a staff member.
7. Practice skills to speak to parents regarding the safeguarding of their children, including allegations made towards staff.
8. Explore how to best support staff, families and children affected by safeguarding issues.
Supporting Establishments to comply with Radicalisation and Extremism Responsibilities
This training is aimed at Headteachers, Designated Safeguarding Leads and other Business and Management staff within schools. It is designed to supplement and extend other training available in Bristol on radicalization.
Those who have already attended WRAP or other Prevent training will find it extremely useful, as the day allows for discussion, reflection and consideration for how the new Prevent Duty will practically impact on the work of each individual school.
The aim of the training is to help schools protect children and young people from radicalization and extremism and support all staff to comply with the new duties imposed. After the course, delegates will have knowledge in the following areas:
• Understand the duties placed on establishment by the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015
• Develop knowledge of extremism in the context of current UK threats
• Identify vulnerable and ‘at risk’ students and report and refer concerns
• Integrate ‘Prevent’ strategies in pre-existing safeguarding approaches
• How to write or revise relevant establishment policies
• How to demonstrate that the establishment is safe from the threat of extremism
• How to meet the new Ofsted Inspection requirements, to include your risk assessment
• Prepare an Action Plan to implement in your establishment
‘The training was very informative and extended my knowledge of topics not previously considered, like the impact of social media and the grooming process. Most importantly I became aware of some very useful resources, like the Channel Assessment Training, to share with my staff team as part of their induction. I would recommend the training to others at leadership/management level.’
Carol Simpson, School Business Manager, St Bonaventure’s RC Primary School
‘I enjoyed the chance to discuss radicalization with colleagues from different schools. I learned how easy it was to engage youngsters in online recruitment and much about useful internet resources to share with staff. It was useful to start thinking about our school risk assessment. Yes, I would recommend this training to others.’
Kate Slatcher, Headteacher, Holymead Primary School
‘I enjoyed the balance of input and the opportunity for discussion on the training. I learned about working with children and parents to build their resilience to combat radicalization and how schools have an important role to play in providing a safe environment for debate. We also discussed ways of promoting and embedding spiritual, moral, social and cultural education in the school curriculum that highlighted British Values. It was useful to learn about the risks of online activity and the tactics used by extremists.
Most importantly, I will take away the importance of not using a ‘tick box’ approach when safeguarding in regard to radicalization, and ensuring our safeguarding policy and risk assessments are up to date. I would recommend this training; it helps professionals to understand how addressing concerns about radicalism and extremism need not be a burden, but added to what safeguarding measures you already have in place.’
Judith Bickley, Assistant Head, Fair Furlong School
‘I enjoyed the pace of the training and that it allowed time to discuss issues, and the time spent looking at our action plans. I now have a clearer view of radicalization and a greater understanding of the Prevent Strategy. I would recommend this training to others.’
Lucille Charles, Headteacher, St Bonaventure’s RC Primary School
‘I enjoyed having the time to think and reflect about radicalisation, and to learn more background detail on the issue. I found it most useful to start working on our safeguarding risk assessment. Recommended.’
This is an important course which directly addresses a number of key objectives within the children’s workforce: to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation (CSE) and peer abuse and to protect children and young people at risk, and to explore different ways to promote healthy sexual relationships within our work.
Participants will gain knowledge of the facts and figures around CSE and peer abuse, including definitions, incidence and the relevant legislation. They will learn about the risks associated with sexting and other technological risks, and how to spot the signs and symptoms of abusive behaviour.
Most importantly, they will be able to develop an understanding of how CSE and peer abuse can affect children’s well being and development. Finally, the session will also give participants the opportunity to explore different ways to practically support children affected by CSE and peer abuse, including making effective referrals.
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
• define CSE and peer abuse understand how CSE and peer abuse can affect children’s well-being and development
• be aware of the legislation and relevant statistics regarding young people’s sexual relationships
• learn skills and different ideas and ways to promote healthy relationships in young people
• be aware of the signs and symptoms of abuse and explore different screening tools that support professionals’ ability to spot abusive relationships
• gain knowledge of the support services which exist to support and protect young people at risk of abuse.
Domestic Violence and Abuse
This is an important course which directly addresses a key objective within the children’s workforce: to raise awareness in the children’s workforce of the damaging effects of domestic abuse.
Participants will gain knowledge of the facts and figures around domestic abuse, including definitions, incidence and the relevant legislation. Most importantly, they will be able to develop an understanding of how domestic abuse can affect children’s wellbeing and development.
Finally, the session will also give participants the opportunity to explore different ways to practically support parents and children affected by domestic abuse.
This course had been developed in accordance with the training guidance developed by the Bristol Against Violence and Abuse (BAVA).
By the end of this course, participants will be able to:
- define domestic abuse and learn about the dynamics underlying it
- have more understanding about how domestic abuse can affect children’s well-being and development
- use knowledge learned to help support parents and children affected by domestic abuse
What participants said:‘
‘Very informative and very sensitively presented. Thank you!’‘Thank you very much Mandy – I will never ever use the term ‘Why don’t you just leave?’ ever again!’
Code of Conduct Training
An interesting two hour session which explores the risks (including. but not exclusively, the online risks) and responsibilities of working with children? Recommended as training for the whole setting.
The aims of the course are:
To understand our professional responsibilities as members of staff and volunteers
To define what is meant by a Code of Conduct and explore why it is important
To understand the importance and process of making clear professional judgements
To create individual and whole school action plan to develop our skills and understanding of our professional responsibilities’
What participants said:
‘Thank you for delivering such an important, current message. You definitely made me think carefully about how easily messages/images can be seen on the Internet.’
‘Calm and eloquent delivery meant delivering tricky subject matter was handled with respect. Really appreciated hearing everyone’s point of view – really allowed our ethos and values to shine!’
‘Thank you for such a great introduction to what could happen (newspapers) and to thinking before you share!’
‘Mandy, I hope this gives you a flavour of how well-received the training was. Thank you so much and I would definitely recommend you to others.’
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
This vital training aims to enable professionals to protect and support children who have been affected by FGM. The three hour course will enable participants to:
• Learn about the practice of FGM, and the affects of this procedure on children
• Become familiar with the law and the new statutory responsibilities of professionals regarding FGM
• Spot the signs of symptoms of children at risk of, or who have suffered from, FGM and be able to report and refer effectively
• Effectively manage a disclosure of FGM
• Become aware of local and national FGM support services.
Safer Recruitment Training
Mandy Parry Training will be able to offer this training in 2017. The training will aim to help professionals involved in staff recruitment to:
• Identify key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment ofunsuitable people
• Consider policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting
• Review their own organisation’s policies and practices with a view to making them safer.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you are interested in this course.