Introduction

School safeguarding training is statutory and vital to ensuring that children remain safe in school. The government’s guidance on safeguarding states that: ‘All staff should receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training which is regularly updated.'

Your duty to safeguard pupils is paramount. However, child protection must be discussed with great sensitivity as it is a very emotional topic.

Aims and outcomes

  • Understand more about the role of your school in safeguarding children.
  • Clarify your own professional safeguarding responsibilities, and those of others.
  • Describe the types of abuse and their key indicators.
  • Know how to respond to suspicions or disclosures of abuse, including concerns about the conduct of adults within the school.
  • Explain how sensitive information should be recorded and shared, and with whom.
  • Have up-to-date copies of your school’s safeguarding policies, staff behaviour policy, reporting procedures and welfare concerns record form.

Course content

  • Unit 1: Definitions of abuse
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  • Unit 2: Taking action – watching, listening and responding
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  • Unit 3: Reporting, recording and sharing
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  • Unit 4: Serious case reviews
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  • Unit 5: Safe staff
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  • Unit 6: Summary of safeguarding issues
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Author

Ann is director of The Child Protection and Safeguarding Consultancy. Formerly a NSPCC Education Adviser and national lead Education Adviser for safeguarding disabled children, Ann has extensive experience in supporting children’s services to...

After a career in education and as Head of Child Protection Publishing and Film at the NSPCC, William now works as a freelance specialist editor in the fields of child development, child protection and safeguarding, and other issues affecting...