Designated Lead Person induction training
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This initial two-day Designated Lead Person induction training is highly explorative. It is specifically designed to walk lead persons through their role and focused on building professional confidence as we go.
Through this training we will:
- Immerse you in the wide landscape of the safeguarding, including the child protection world in a way that takes a step by step ‘how to’ approach, whilst encouraging the growth of professional confidence along the way.
- Give you a thorough understanding of Safeguarding, including the fundamental importance of the ‘Early Help’ aspect with focus on the emotional attachment between parent and child.
- Assist you in unpicking possible clues to harm in children, including the dynamic that ‘may’ exist where a member of the school team may have abused their professional position of trust.
- Piece together the inter-related dimensions of safeguarding including professional conduct, whistle-blowing and allegations against practitioners, allowing plenty of time to explore each.
Our Designated Lead Person induction training addresses the full range of designated responsibilities. Training draws upon a multi-agency perspective that fully complies with all legal requirements; including those directed by the Local Safeguarding Children Board to work with statutory agencies and other partners.
This Designated Lead Person for Safeguarding training is London Safeguarding Children Partnership Group 4/5 level.
Our course also draws upon the following Government guidance reports:
- ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ (July 2018)’;
- ‘What to Do if You’re Worried a Child is Being Abused’ (March 2015);
- ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education (Department of Education September 2019 report)’;
- Ofsted’s ‘Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings (September 2019);
- and 'Information sharing advice for safeguarding practitioners' (July 2018).
This course is a thorough induction to the Designated Lead Person for Safeguarding role. It helps support the development of professional thinking, the connections to the theoretical framework and most importantly how to enact policy and procedure with real life people.
We place great emphasis to adopting a meaningful understanding of safeguarding in which the philosophy of the legislation and guidance is brought to life and each Designated Lead Person locates them self within their role, both as an individual and for the entire school or Education establishment
What we'll explore
- Roles and responsibilities in safeguarding.
- The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
- Partnership working and the critical role of the Local Safeguarding Children Board.
- Key messages from Serious Case Reviews.
- What all staff, volunteers and governors need to know and understand about safeguarding.
- Managing risk and understanding the thresholds for referrals to the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH), including Children’s Social Care.
- Below the MASH referral threshold, including Early Help Assessments.
- Understanding the barriers to disclosure.
- Information sharing and challenge.
- What all staff need to know about female genital mutilation.
- Playing your part in sensitive assessment that honours race, culture, language, religion, beliefs systems and values whilst maintaining clear focus on safeguarding responsibilities.
- Sexual exploitation.
- Safety on-line for children and staff.
- Recognising the interface between high standards of professional conduct and behaviour and active enactment of the Whistle-blowing Policy in the prevention of allegations against staff.
- Understanding inspection judgements relating to safeguarding.
This training is facilitated by Catherine Rushforth and Dimitrios Kontozisis.
Catherine has been working in Children’s Services for over 35 years, as an Early Years Practitioner and Manager, Social Worker and Family Therapist. Catherine is member of the All Party Working Group – First 1001 Days, has led an esteemed group of experts for the DfE and WAVE Trust in the production of Conception – Age 2 : The Age of Opportunity and is a Champion for warm emotional relationships in children’s lives.
Dimitrios has worked in the primary education sector too and and is widely sought after as a Trainer for STEEP and ATLAS, as well as on a part-time basis for us. He is highly accomplished academically, (BA Hons, MA, MPhil, NPQICL) He brings a deep authenticity to professional training as he works in safeguarding including the very serious levels of child protection as a Designated Lead Person on a very regular basis; simply put 'the man walks his talk'.
What COVID-19 precautions will you be taking?
Catherine and Dimitrios visited Richbell House, a training venue run by our usual provider Anglo Education in Central London on 9th June 2020. They have thought carefully about both hygiene standards and social distancing in use of this venue.
We conducted our own risk assessment and write this brief description in order that you can make an informed judgement about whether this is the right course for you during this time.
- Upon entry to the building everyone's temperature will be taken, to make a basic assessment of wellness. Gloves, facemasks and hand sanitiser is available at this check-in point.
- The room we have selected will accommodate just ten delegates, Dimitrios and Catherine. Everyone can be seated at a two-meter distance from each other and will be asked to remain at the same table on the same chair throughout the course. The windows open and the room can be well ventilated. All rooms are cleaned overnight.
- Provision for making hot drinks in the room will be available as usual. Disinfectant wipes will be placed on the table to clean levers on the coffee and hot water flasks. Lunches will be individually wrapped and although we may not be able to attain our usual high standards in terms of variety, we will endeavour to make them interesting and meet dietary requirements. If you prefer there are a number of cafes nearby with outside seating
- Two unisex single toilet facilities are situated on the same floor as the training room
- The building is fully accessible with a chair lift from street level for use by anyone with physical mobility needs, there is a lift to the first floor and more spacious bathroom facilities on the ground floor if required
The venue is about six or seven minutes walk from Holborn Tube Station. If you intend to drive, Catherine will attempt to secure a discount on parking at a nearby hotel which is probably five minutes walk from the venue.