Safeguarding Training (Statutory)
Discover how Honeyguide simplifies statutory safeguarding training, providing you with resources and guidance you can adapt to strengthen your culture of safeguarding.
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The Prevent duty is a vital part of school safeguarding but how can school leaders and DSLs ensure staff are well trained on preventing radicalisation and that their school culture and practices stops radicalisation? This training audit and bundle does exactly that - use it to make all staff aware of their statutory responsibilities under the Prevent Duty and follow up your in-house training with handouts, quizzes and a safeguarding scenario.
Your key safeguarding questions answered
Why do staff need statutory safeguarding training?
Ensuring that staff undergo statutory safeguarding training is crucial to creating a safe and secure environment for pupils. Statutory safeguarding training equips staff with the necessary knowledge and skills to identify, respond to, and prevent potential risks to children's well-being.
By adhering to statutory training requirements, school leaders demonstrate their commitment to the highest standards of child protection. This training not only fulfils legal obligations but also instils a collective responsibility among staff members to actively contribute to the safety and welfare of pupils. It provides a comprehensive understanding of safeguarding procedures, enabling staff to recognise signs of potential harm and take appropriate actions. Ultimately, statutory safeguarding training plays a pivotal role in creating a culture of vigilance and care within the school community, ensuring that everyone is well-prepared to protect and support pupils effectively.
What sorts of statutory safeguarding training should staff undertake?
Staff should undergo a range of statutory safeguarding training to ensure they are well-prepared to safeguard pupils effectively. This training encompasses various key areas, including but not limited to:
Child Protection Policies and Procedures: Staff should be familiar with the school's child protection policies and procedures, understanding how to report concerns and incidents appropriately.
Keeping Children Safe in Education: All staff should understand at least Part one of KCSIE, which is updated yearly by the DfE.
Identifying Signs of Abuse: Training should cover the recognition of signs and indicators of different forms of abuse, including physical, emotional, and online abuse.
Legal Framework: Staff should have a sound understanding of the legal framework surrounding child protection, including relevant legislation and guidance such as the Children Act 1989 and 2004.
Risk Assessment: Training should include the ability to assess and manage risks to children's welfare, considering individual circumstances and vulnerabilities.
Online Safety: Given the digital age, staff should receive training on online safety, including the risks associated with internet use and social media, as well as strategies to promote a safe online environment.
Safeguarding Procedures for Specific Issues: Depending on the school's context, staff may need training on specific safeguarding issues, such as radicalisation, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), or peer-on-peer abuse.
Record-Keeping: Staff should be trained on maintaining accurate and confidential records of safeguarding concerns, ensuring that information is shared appropriately within the school.
By covering these areas comprehensively, staff will be better equipped to fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities and contribute to the overall well-being of pupils in accordance with statutory requirements.
How can DSLs keep on top of safeguarding training requirements?
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) can effectively stay on top of safeguarding training requirements by adopting a proactive and continuous approach. Implementing a drip-feed approach to training can be particularly beneficial. This involves regularly providing small, focused pieces of training throughout the year rather than overwhelming staff with lengthy sessions. Here's how DSLs can manage this:
Regular Updates: Schedule regular, brief updates on any changes to safeguarding policies, procedures, or legislation. This ensures that staff are consistently informed about the latest developments.
Scenario-Based Learning: Incorporate scenario-based learning exercises that mimic real-life situations. This helps staff to apply their knowledge in practical contexts, enhancing their ability to respond effectively to safeguarding concerns.
Interactive Workshops: Organize interactive workshops or discussion sessions to encourage staff engagement. This allows them to share experiences, ask questions, and learn from one another in a collaborative environment.
Dedicated Training Days: Designate specific days or half-days throughout the year for more in-depth training sessions. This can include guest speakers, case studies, and interactive activities to reinforce key safeguarding concepts.
Regular Assessments: Implement regular assessments or quizzes to gauge staff understanding of safeguarding principles. This ensures that the training is not only delivered but also retained.
By adopting a drip-feed approach, DSLs can maintain a consistent focus on safeguarding training without overwhelming staff. This strategy promotes continuous learning, keeps everyone informed about the latest requirements, and contributes to a culture of vigilance and child protection within the school community.