About us

Our Training

Mandy Parry Training produces a range of training that is designed to meet the needs of the children’s workforce. We offer a range of Child Protection and Safeguarding training (via both open courses and in-house delivery) that is increasingly well regarded by settings in Bristol and across the South West.

In addition, our experience makes us well placed to offer a full spectrum of sexual health training, including domestic violence, abortion and supporting parents to talk to their children about sex and relationships. Our broad experience of training within different agencies means that we can also offer settings in such diverse subjects as team building, group facilitation and supervision. We can also plan bespoke training on request.

BSCB Minimum Training Standards

We pride ourselves on meeting and exceeding the minimum training standards set out by the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board.

BSCB Training Requirement Mandy Parry Training
The organisation has a named person responsible for coordinating the training plan internally and ensuring that training records are maintained. MPT trainers liaises with the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) of each setting to ensure the training is relevant and agreed from the outset.
All training is delivered by trainers who are knowledgeable about safeguarding, child protection and promoting welfare. If training is for a specific topic (for example, Child Sexual Exploitation) then the trainer has specialist knowledge and experience related to that area. All MPT associate trainers have extensive knowledge of safeguarding and experience of delivering safeguarding training. Mandy Parry was a key member of the Bristol City Council Social Care training department. Our FGM trainer, Pam Young, is an experienced safeguarding nurse. Our attachment and trauma trainer, Emma Spillane, has a profound specialism in her field and works in a professional capacity with CCS Adoption and with TACT as an independent foster panel member. All trainers take every opportunity to continually update their safeguarding knowledge through continuing personal development.
Training explicitly contains the voice of the child, and promotes the importance of understanding the child’s daily lived experience. The Voice of the Child is heard in the training by developing appreciation of child centred safeguarding throughout the session. Reference is made to the definition of Child Centred Practice as it is set out in ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (2018).
Training is informed by current research and includes lessons from Serious Case Reviews, and local and national policy and practice developments. Trainers make frequent reference to key Serious Case Reviews within the training, including: Victoria Climbie, Peter Connolly, Daniel Pelka, Operation Brooke, Child D, Nigel Leat, Paul Wilson, Vanessa George. Training includes legal framework, key statutory, non-statutory and local guidance and new local safeguarding processes and procedures.
Training materials are clear, accurate, relevant and up to date. All PowerPoint slides are updated before each training session in line with new developments nationally and locally.
The training has clear and measurable aims and objectives which reflect the local and national learning priorities in relation to safeguarding and child protection. All training has aims and outcomes agreed in advance with the DSL, and are in accordance with BSCB recommendations for learning outcomes and other local and national priorities.
Training is delivered in an environment which is conducive with learning and ensure that all appropriate staff are given the opportunity to attend. MPT works with DSLs to ensure that participants can work in environments conducive to learning. All MPT Open Courses are delivered in formal training environments.
Training creates an ethos that values working collaboratively with others, respects diversity (including culture, race, religion and disability) and promotes equality and appropriate challenge. MPT training is delivered to groups which seeks to recognise prior learning and experience through discussion and group tasks throughout the session. All our training seeks to be inclusive to all learners, integrating different learning styles and ensuring access. Our training is designed to suit new learners as well as those who are undertaking a refresher.
Training encourages appropriate challenge and use of existing processes and practices, both local and national to achieve this. The concept of professional challenge and appropriate use of a formal escalation procedure is explored throughout all MPT sessions.
Training is evaluated with regard to its relevance, being up to date and accurate in content, and for quality of training delivery. Evaluation forms are requested for participants to fill after all sessions using feedback forms.
Training is evaluated to measure the impact in short and longer term on staff practice in their settings and working in partnership. DSLs are requested to measure the impact of the training, and future training sessions are designed in the light of their observations in regard to impact.

 

Recommended Learning Outcomes for Foundation Child Protection Training

Recommended Learning Outcome Mandy Parry Basic Awareness Training
Laws, policies and procedures

·         To have an awareness of key statutory and non-statutory guidance and legislation to safeguard children, including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Human Rights Act.

·         To be able to access workplace policies and procedures on helping children and young people who are at risk, or have been abused.

·         Clear about own and colleagues’ roles, responsibilities, and professional boundaries.

Training includes: UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Human Rights Act, Children Act 1989 & 2004, Prevent Duty, law regarding reporting of FGM, Working Together to Safeguard Children, Keeping Children Safe in Education, What To Do If You Are Worried a Child is Being Abused, Safer Working Practice, local Threshold Guidance, setting Safeguarding and Child Protection policies and other related safeguarding policies, role of all the staff in spotting the signs of abuse and managing disclosure and recording, reporting and referring, role of the DSL, allegations and the role of the LADO.
Providing a safe environment

·         Have an awareness of what contributes towards a safe environment for the children and young people they work with (Statutory duty to promote the welfare of children in accordance with the Children’s Act 1989 & 2004).

Training includes: definition of safeguarding as being wider than Child Protections, related Safeguarding policies including Health and Safety and Code of Conduct.
Recognising and responding to abuse

·         Understand the different ways in which children and young people can be harmed by adults including: Physical, Emotional (including Domestic Abuse), Sexual, Neglect and Contextual Safeguarding concerns

·         Recognising the potential impact of a parent/carers physical and mental health on the well-being of a child or young person.

·         Understand the importance of documenting safeguarding/child protection concerns in order to be able to inform the relevant staff and agencies as necessary, maintains appropriate record keeping, and differentiates between fact and opinion.

Training includes: definition and exploration of the dynamics and  signs of the four main categories of abuse, Physical, Sexual, Emotional Abuse and Neglect; and other complex forms of abuse including Domestic Abuse, FGM, Radicalisation, Child Sexual Exploitation and Contextual Safeguarding. Impact of parenting capacity including physical and mental health of parents is assessed. The principles of effective recording and the importance of appropriate information sharing are explained.
Working with other agencies

·         Understand what ‘inter-agency’ working means for you and your work environment.

Training includes: explanation of the local Threshold document which will explain inter-agency working across safeguarding, plus key referral numbers and pathways.
Whistle blowing (upholding professional standards)

·         Know when and how to refer a concern you have about a child protection concern.

·         Know what to do if you have followed your own workplace policies and local procedures on reporting concerns, and you are not satisfied.

Training includes: How to make a Child Protection referral, how to professionally challenge (including the DSL), and formally escalate concerns.

 

BSCB Advises When Commissioning Safeguarding & Child Protection Training:

Commissioning standard Mandy Parry Training
Identify evidence that the training provider meets the minimum training standards. This could be by asking questions, checking the accuracy of course content by using our website (www.bristolsafeguarding.org/children) or South West Child Protection Procedures (https://www.proceduresonline.com/swcpp/), checking references, asking to see evidence of experience/qualifications/specialist knowledge or identifying their feedback process, including actions, regarding quality of training provision. MPT meets all the BSCB minimum training standards (see above). Please do speak to us by asking questions, trainer knowledge and experience, feedback process and the quality of our training. Check the accuracy of our course content which we update before every course we deliver. Our MPT website has an intensive list of testimonials from a wide range of organisations who have already commissioned training with us: http://mandyparrytraining.co.uk/testimonials/
Ensure that either the training provider will measure impact (and report to you), or arrange for an internal process that robustly tests what difference the training has made to staff practice in the short, and longer, term. MPT will discuss with you the best way to measure impact, we are happy to work with you to supply a bespoke service for your setting that work for you.
If arranging foundation/induction training for staff, compare the course content to the recommended learning outcomes, and ensure that any course is adapted to reflect your organisation’s policy and practice. On booking, MPT will discuss the learning outcomes for your specific setting, adapting them to address your particular training needs. A week before the training takes place, MPT will send you the training presentation and will make amendments as requested.
If you are not satisfied with the training, provide accurate, specific feedback to the training provider that explains how it fell short of the minimum training standards. MPT is always happy to receive constructive criticism to ensure that the training we provide is the best possible quality. As a freelance training provider, our reputation and the service we provide is of the utmost importance to us.