Safeguarding Consultancy

At Services For Education, we provide a wide range of bespoke in-house professional development and training for schools, early years settings, alternative providers, and those wider organisations working with children and young people.

As the local authority preferred provider, we are able to provide bespoke in-house sessions to develop awareness and understanding of the key principles in safeguarding and child protection, and those topics identified in Keeping Children Safe in Education. Schools and settings can identify those topics of most relevance to them due to high prevalence in their local area and agree a bespoke programme for a half day, twilight or series of sessions.

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Key principles in safeguarding and child protectionThese sessions are ideal for whole staff groups and enable schools to meet the requirement of annual safeguarding training for all staff. Inclusion of any particular issues can be agreed, and the tailored sessions can be a half day or a twilight. The basic session content is:

  • The difference between “child protection” and “safeguarding”
  • Categories and prevalence of abuse
  • Noticing signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect
  • How to respond to disclosure; reporting, recording and referring
  • Current issues for concern
  • Safer working practices for all staff
  • Responsibilities, both nationally and locally

Wider safeguarding topicsAdditionally the safeguarding team can provide individual training on the range of topics covered by Keeping Children Safe in Education:

  • Bullying
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Child Criminal Exploitation: County Lines; knife crime
  • Contextual safeguarding
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Faith abuse
  • So called ‘honour based abuse (including Female Genital Mutilation and Forced Marriage)
  • Parental mental health
  • Peer on Peer Abuse
  • Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment; Upskirting
  • Substance misuse

In-house DSL and Safer Recruitment training We are able to deliver the following centre-based courses for groups of your staff in your own setting.

  • Half day DSL update
  • One day Safer Recruitment (accredited)

This can be a more cost effective way of training larger groups of key staff, than paying for individual delegate places, and ensures that all your staff hear the same message at the same time. It also enables the sessions to address any specific issues for your school or setting, and for delegates to consider how to implement the learning within your organisation.For more information contact us here.“I asked Sandra Passmore to deliver a session on Safeguarding responsibilities for senior managers to our Board of Directors on October 3rd 2019. The course was really well received by everyone, and what was particularly memorable was the fact that Sandra had obviously done some preparatory reading on our organization in advance. The result of this was that she was able to provide relevant context to some of the points, rather than simply dealing with the theory. I would strongly recommend Sandra for this kind of session in the future.”Nick Loveland, Chief Operating Officer, THSH“Jo Perrin did an outstanding job of delivering our DSL top up training. For this in-house session, we had a diverse team of staff with very different roles, all to do with safeguarding and Jo ensured that the full team were fully versed in changes, priorities and legalities. The session was engaging and very thorough. It inspired reviews of how we could build in tweaks into our practice and areas for us to have further discussion, with everyone being well informed. Jo was very approachable and knowledgeable and her training was excellent. Thank you!”Jennie Howes, Assistant Headteacher, Moseley School

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