Course Overview

 

Creating Safer Organisations

We will guide you through the 5 Core Components of Safeguarding from either a basic or detailed perspective. This course focuses on the critical safeguarding solutions needed for each component and how when these come together they help form the foundations of a safeguarding culture. 5 Core Components - 

  1. Organisational Culture

  2. Safe Workforce

  3. Safe Practice

  4. Safeguarding Incident Systems

  5. Working Together

 
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Safeguarding for Governance and Leadership

This course can be tailored from a briefing to a 1-day course. It is for those in Governance and Leadership positions. Learning supports guiding learners through all key safeguarding points for consideration relating to their organisation/sector, from strategic and operational perspectives. It highlights the need for safeguarding solutions to be proportionate against the organisation's needs, scope and resourcing. We strongly recommend participants have already undertaken their safeguarding/child protection/adults at risk basic awareness training, so they have the knowledge and skills relating to recognising and responding to welfare concerns.

Safeguarding Needs Analysis

This learning is normally delivered to a range of personnel representing a cross-sector of the organisation's strategic and operational workforce, as well as all business elements.  We help learners explore safeguarding vulnerabilities (shared with their sector and bespoke to the organisation) across all stakeholders (the organisation, staff and children/young people/adults at risk). We then help organisations explore how to mitigate against these risks and vulnerabilities by identifying a safeguarding action plan with potential safeguarding solutions.

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Safeguarding Organisations from Unsafe People 

This learning represents a similar format to that of Creating Safer Organisations in exploring the 5 Core Components of Safeguarding. However, in this learning, there is a much more in-depth focus on what may represent an unsafe person and how organisations can be vulnerable to being targeted and exploited by unsafe people in the form of sexual offenders.

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Child Protection Awareness, Specialist or Refresher Training

In this learning, we tailor child protection training to the organisation and level of knowledge being sought. Effective safeguarding training should be aligned to the staff member's level of responsibility and this varies between those who are frontline and have to decide if they are worried or not; to those staff who could be responding to reported concerns. Further specialist elements can also be incorporated for those staff/organisations working with particular vulnerabilities, e.g. family violence, sexual abuse, etc. All learning is based against the 4 Rs of Child Protection - Recognise, Respond, Refer and Record.

 

Our refresher courses are for those professionals who have previously attended safeguarding children or adults training and who need to update and refresh their knowledge and skills.

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Child Protection Policies and Procedures

In this learning, we explore organisational legal and sector safeguarding and child protection responsibilities and how these need to be both represented within and underpinned by critical policies and procedures.  However, in addition to supporting organisations meeting required practice expectations, we also ensure organisations review safeguarding and child protection policies and procedures from a best practice perspective. We primarily focus on Safeguarding and Child Protection/Adults At Risk Policies, Safer Recruitment Policies/Procedures and Safeguarding Codes of Conduct. However, we do also consider how safeguarding needs to be aligned with the organisation's policy framework and other organisational guidelines.

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Safeguarding Short-term Volunteers

Many sectors are hugely reliant on the support from volunteers. However, these volunteers may only be helping an organisation for a time-limited period. As a guide, we would recognise a short-term volunteer as someone who is supporting an organisation for an event(s) or a limited number of hours, days or weeks.  Volunteers supporting organisations for approximately a month or more, even if only via low hours but that support is on a regular basis, or they are likely to return at other stages within the year; should seek to mirror the same safeguarding and child protection learning as organisational staff.

 

It is important to make sure volunteers receive safeguarding and child protection learning. However, the level of training needed by short-term volunteers does not necessarily need to be at the same level as other staff and/or volunteers. This training can be a face-to-face/workshop/briefing version of our Safeguarding and Child Protection for Short-term Volunteers eLearning.

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Safeguarding Young Staff

Often when thinking of safeguarding and child protection organisations will naturally focus on those tamariki and rangatahi being supported by the organisation. However, many organisations also seek to support youth employment and youth employment development programmes. Safeguarding also needs to be considered for these rangatahi, as some ways of working and working conduct requires further consideration to be youth friendly, e.g. tailored safer recruitment processes, adult staff conduct/conversations with and in the presence of young staff, etc. In this learning, we help organisations explore how they can tailor their safeguards to not only encompass and empower the young people they are working with but also those they are employing, whether on a paid or voluntary basis.

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Safer Recruitment

This course is designed for our children’s workforce members who are responsible for recruiting personnel (e.g. staff, volunteers, contractors, etc.). This 1-day course supports participants in understanding the practices that will help to maximise the likelihood of them recruiting suitable personnel and minimise their risks of engaging someone unsuitable or potentially unsafe to work with young people or in environments serving young people.

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Applying a Safeguarding Code of Conduct

Whether Holistic Safeguarding has helped develop your Safeguarding Code of Conduct or if you already have one, this course gives your workforce the knowledge and skills required to put that code into practice. This 1-day course helps learners understand:

  • The purpose and importance of expected conduct;

  • How when implemented properly a Code of Conduct does not put staff in handcuffs, it enhances practices; and 

  • What to do in those circumstances when a code element may have been breached or doesn’t meet the circumstance being faced (e.g. an emergency). 

The course is designed to support workforce personnel in feeling confident in their application of their Safeguarding Code of Conduct.  

 

To access this training, participants must have already received their safeguarding/child protection/adults-at-risk training which should have supported them in having the knowledge and skills needed to recognise and respond to welfare concerns.

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Listening to Tamariki and Rangatahi

This learning has been designed to support staff's overall skill development in listening to children and young people and their ability to listen when a child/young person may be talking about experiences that may relate to sexual abuse and exploitation. We know young people can struggle to disclose sexual abuse, including into adulthood. We also know that whilst specialist services take forward any potential investigations, the child/adult may only decide to share their story on that occasion or only offer more detail within that initial disclosure.

 

We also know that receiving these types of concerns can be particularly challenging for non-specialist professionals. This learning provides the knowledge and develops the skills needed for active listening and creative approaches to listening without compromising any possible evidential value of the person's disclosure. This isn't learning to enable staff to act above their role and responsibilities but is to make sure we are preparing ourselves as best as possible to support someone when they are making such a sensitive disclosure.

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Recognising and Responding to Disclosures

Children and young people do make disclosures, as do adults-at-risk, although failings to recognise this can be common. It is mostly our inability to recognise what they are communicating as being a disclosure and/or the way they are communicating as reflecting a type of disclosure. This learning supports staff in being able to understand and recognise the various types of disclosures. In addition to recognising disclosures, it also guides staff on best and safe practice when responding to a disclosure.

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Safeguarding As A Shared Responsibility

This learning is best for organisational staff in positions of being able to influence an organisation's safeguarding culture within regards to personnel roles and responsibilities, e.g. Leadership/Senior Management, Named/Designated Safeguarding Staff, HR/People and Culture Staff, etc.

In this learning, we guide learners through the various safeguarding strategies and solutions that can help to create and embed safeguarding as a shared organisational responsibility. We make certain this learning not only covers what may be needed but also best practice in taking these recommendations forward, so they are understood and met positively by the organisation's workforce.

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Information Sharing and Recording

Sadly, misunderstandings surrounding sharing information relating to safeguarding, child abuse or adults-at-risk concerns, continue to be central themes in case failings. This course guides learners through legal considerations and best practice when sharing information relating to a child or adult's well-being.  In addition to information sharing, we also make sure learners are guided through the important stage of recording information, including that which has been shared or received as part of managing any safeguarding or abuse concerns.

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Allegations Against Staff

This learning is designed for those who are responsible for responding to safeguarding and abuse concerns/allegations against staff (e.g. paid, voluntary, contracted, etc.). For example - Named/Designated Safeguarding Staff, HR/People and Culture Staff, Managers, Welfare Personnel, etc. 

 

This 1-day course helps learners gain the skills and confidence needed to recognise potential allegations against staff and respond confidently to any raised concerns/allegations. To access this training, participants must have already received their safeguarding/child protection/adults-at-risk training which should have supported them in having the knowledge and skills needed to recognise and respond to welfare concerns.

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Named/Designated Safeguarding Staff/Champions

Many organisations are adopting best practice in identifying certain staff to take on specific lead safeguarding responsibilities, as well as other staff who may be supporting these lead personnel, e.g. safeguarding champions, etc.  

 

This course is an alternative version of our Named/Designated Safeguarding Person eLearning course. This learning provides an opportunity for those staff who are holding specific safeguarding responsibilities to receive training tailored to their needs. Staff will be able to explore their key safeguarding role and responsibilities, as well as how best to respond when presented with either child or staff safeguarding/child protection concern.

 

To access this training, participants must have already received their safeguarding/child protection/adults-at-risk training which should have supported them in having the knowledge and skills needed to recognise and respond to welfare concerns.

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The Trilogy of Risk

This learning may be known by some via terms such as 'toxic trio' but 'the trilogy of risk' course is for those professionals who may be working with families with multiple and/or complex needs. It focuses on exploring the often common co-existence of family violence, parental substance misuse issues and parental mental health concerns (often undiagnosed, unmanaged or untreated mental illness). In this course, we explore the potential impact on children and young people living with environments containing these three risks factors.

 

To access this training, participants must have already received their safeguarding/child protection/adults-at-risk training which should have supported them in having the knowledge and skills needed to recognise and respond to welfare concerns. 

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Engaging Children and Young People In Safeguarding

A central component to having an effective and efficient safeguarding culture is organisations making sure the children and young people they are working with or engaging are being actively included within that safeguarding culture. Ensuring children and young people have a voice and feel empowered to use that voice is one of the strongest safeguards organisations can have.

 

Involving children and young people helps set the foundations of a 'say something' culture. This can not only expose any silences that may be happening but critically, it can also prevent any silence from occurring in the first place. This learning can be a face-to-face training, workshop, briefing version of our webinar course. It will help organisations explore: 

  • The importance of involving children and young people in their safeguarding culture.

  • A range of child and family-friendly practical ideas, techniques and strategies for how to do so.

  • Critical points for consideration when encouraging the child's voice around safeguarding and child protection.

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Engaging Stakeholders in Safeguarding

Along with ensuring children and young people are being included within an organisation's safeguarding culture, it is important organisations seek to include all their stakeholders. Safeguarding can't be a sole responsibility or a single journey, it is all about working together. This includes collaboration with internal and external stakeholders when establishing and implementing safeguarding. 

 

In this learning, we help organisations explore who their stakeholders are and how, and to what level, they need to be represented within the organisation's safeguarding strategies, e.g. parents/guardians, contractors, partner agencies, etc.

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Group Work and Multi-Agency Working

This learning can either be delivered as a combined learning experience or as singular learning events. 

Multi-agency Working

This course will support those practitioners developing or refreshing their knowledge and skills in multi-agency working. To effectively support our vulnerable we must be able to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with a wide variety of colleagues while maintaining our organisational role and remits. This course will help participants explore the benefits and possible challenges surrounding multi-agency working and the importance of maintaining a vulnerable person focus.

Group Work

This course will support practitioners seeking to develop or refresh their knowledge and skills in learning about groups and develop practice in working with groups. The course is experiential, including participants using their experience of being a member of a learning group, as an essential starting point for thinking about group work. Learners will explore the benefits and challenges of group work, along with group work facilitation considerations.

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Safeguarding Core Skills

For those professionals regularly working with our vulnerable this learning explores the core skills we need to draw on, primarily - ​

  • Listening to children/young people/adults who have or are experiencing adversity and abuse.

  • Multi-agency working; and 

  • Group work

 

This 1-day course will help Learners develop or refresh their knowledge and skills in:

  • Active listening, as well as creative approaches to listening to a vulnerable person without compromising any possible evidential value of their disclosure.

  • Working together with multi-agency partners while maintaining a vulnerable person focus.

  • Negotiating group work requirements, whether as a participant or as a facilitator.

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Safeguarding Rangatahi and Young Adults (16-24 years)

While we may recognise a young person as being up to 18 years, the reality for many organisations is they are working with young people over 18 years (up to 24-year-olds) as part of their recognised and funded youth provisions.  Safeguarding our young people and young adults can not only vary between these two groups but also vary in considerations to those used when safeguarding children. For example, young people and young adults may be in a stronger position to share their views and wishes and voice in general.  In this learning, we tailor safeguarding to specifically focus on how we may recognise and respond to concerns within these older age groups.

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Safeguarding Adults

Many of us serve our vulnerable adults/adults at risk and/or may have concerns for some of the adult family members when working around child concerns. This 1-day course explores recognising how adults may be vulnerable to adversity and abuse and how we may respond should we be worried about someone's welfare.

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Safeguarding Children with Disabilities and Additional Needs

This learning is offered as a face-to-face version of our Safeguarding Children with Disabilities eLearning course. It supports professionals within and external to the disability sector develop confidence and knowledge in safeguarding children and young people with additional needs. We seek to ensure the particular vulnerabilities and needs of children with disabilities are explored, along with safeguarding best practice when responding to any concerns. 

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Safeguarding Trainer for Trainer - Aligned to a Bespoke Learning Resource

This course is aligned to organisations commissioning a bespoke safeguarding awareness level learning resource. This forms the learning material that the Trainer for Trainer participants receive training on.  This helps staff explore the learning material from both a facilitator and participant perspective, as well as develop confidence towards ongoing training facilitation. The delivery of Trainer for Trainer is structured to the pool/organisation's needs (e.g. whether adult learning elements are or are not required, etc.). As an overview the Trainer for Trainer course explores:

  • Best practice in adult learning including being mindful to the emotional component applicable to safeguarding training; and

  • A facilitative guide to the learning resource the Trainer for Trainer participants will be delivering.

  • Exploration of facilitating challenges and coping strategies.

  • Consideration and awareness of potential learner experiences during facilitation.

 

To access this training, participants must have already received their safeguarding/child protection/adults-at-risk training which should have supported them in having the knowledge and skills needed to recognise and respond to welfare concerns.

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