It is a mandatory requirement for all staff and governors to have safeguarding training at induction, and also as part of regular annual INSET and/or CPD sessions.
Training doesn’t have to be face to face as there are also e-learning packages available, but it is a topic that should be continually discussed throughout the academic year.
The Children Act 1989 (2004) refers to the Paramountcy Principle, and that the child / young person’s voice must be taken into consideration and their welfare and protection of is ‘paramount’, and must come first. Sec 47 of the Children’s Act states that those working with children and young people have a duty to identify and refer those at risk of significant harm.
Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) 2018 makes it clear that safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility.
“Everyone who comes into contact with children and their families and carers has a role to play in safeguarding children. To fulfil this responsibility effectively, all professionals should make sure their approach is child-centered. This means that they should consider, at all times, what is in the best interests of the child.”
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 states that “Everyone who works with children has a responsibility for keeping them safe. No single practitioner can have a full picture of a child’s needs and circumstances and, if children and families are to receive the right help at the right time, everyone who comes into contact with them has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking prompt action."
With this in mind it is very important that staff who work with children are aware of their safeguarding responsibilities, in line with legislation and statutory guidance, know how to recognise types of abuse and harm, know how to report and record concerns and are aware of the need for safer recruitment, the processes in place to manage staff allegations and also their right to whistle-blow if they have a concern about an individual or organisational practices.
Therefore all training, whether at induction or as a refresher, should cover the following areas:
- Safeguarding policy & procedures for reporting concerns
- Prevent policy & procedures for reporting concerns
- Behaviour policy
- Staff code of conduct
- Whistle-blowing policy & process
- Role of the DSL and any deputies; all should have Level 3 DSL training, refreshed every two years
- Safeguarding process for Children Missing from Education (CME) – reporting, monitoring, referral to the LA
- Local early help processes
- Role of the local safeguarding children’s board – please note that these arrangements will change from 29th Sept 2019
- Referrals to children’s social care
- Signs and Indicators of abuse
- Contextualised Safeguarding
- FGM & Forced Marriage – both have mandatory reporting duties to the police or Home Office
- Dealing with disclosures
- Latest version of Keeping Children Safe in Education, Sec 1; all staff should be given a copy and acknowledgement of receipt recorded on personnel files and the Single Central Record (SCR)
- Role of the Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)
Governors are also expected to have regular safeguarding and Prevent training and this should be recorded on the SCR. This is a requirement that is stipulated within The Governance Handbook and the new Ofsted framework makes it clear that it expects governors to have had safeguarding training.
Headteachers will also need to ensure that they, and key members of staff, have had Safer Recruitment training, which should be refreshed every two years, and also ensure that they have also had training on dealing with allegations made against staff.
KCSiE also states that staff should receive regular safeguarding updates to update staff on key foci, such as Contextualised Safeguarding & Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), and this can be in the form of bulletins, staff briefings or twilight sessions.
About our Community Expert
As an experienced practitioner Child Protection, Safeguarding and Behaviour are key areas for much of Karen’s expertise and experience. She has been working with children, young people and adults for over 15 years in a multitude of settings which include dance and performing arts companies, local authorities, youth clubs, education and the welfare to work sector.
Karen’s main expertise is in safeguarding and behaviour management and modification strategies, with her most recent role being a national Safeguarding Lead. Karen has also been a school governor for nine years, two of which have been as Vice-Chair.
Karen has also run a behaviour unit (inclusive PRU) within an Academy and worked with the most disaffected students whose behaviour was disruptive who weren’t accessing the curriculum within the mainstream setting. She has and also worked with disaffected young people within a youth club, most of whom were at risk of permanent exclusion and carried out safeguarding audits whilst working for a multi-academy trust.