BEN WHITNEY Independent Education Welfare Consultant, Trainer and Writer Email: ben.whitney1@btinternet.com 07939 103340 BEN WHITNEYIndependent Education Welfare Consultant, Trainer and WriterEmail: ben.whitney1@btinternet.com07939 103340

SUPPORT FOR SCHOOLS IN MANAGING CHILD PROTECTION AND ATTENDANCE

'A TES and NSPCC poll of more than 1200 headteachers, teachers and support staff has found that more than 66% reported a safeguarding issue in the last year. Only 15% of those surveyed have never reported an issue'. TES 26 September 2014

 

Would you like to deliver your own Child Protection Update for your colleagues or do an in-house Safeguarding or Attendance Audit?  Are your staff all using the absence codes correctly and clear about your whole-school attendance strategy? Do leaders and governors in your local schools need training in developing a Staff Behaviour Policy and Managing Allegations or in Safer Recruitment?

 

I offer training resources by email for school leaders and managers. These practical and continuously updated packages will help you address your school's  pastoral and legal responsibilities in a cost-effective and flexible way. Study the packs at your own pace, identify what you need to do next and then cascade the information to your colleagues using the included Power Point presentations.

 

I also offer face-to-face training (see below), run regular interactive day seminars for FORUM Business Training  and contribute to journals and conferences.

 

See below for links and how to order my book: 'Just Ticking the Box?: Refocusing School Attendance' (2014) 

 

TRAINING PACKS BY EMAIL

    See 'TRAINING RESOURCES' page for more details of each package and how to purchase them.

           

                CURRENTLY REDUCED IF YOU BUY TWO OR ALL THREE                  PACKS AT THE SAME TIME

Unlimited use in your school/college once purchased

 

  'Thankyou so much for your great resources. The package was fantastic'.

Child Protection in Schools: Designated Senior Person/Safeguarding Lead Audit Pack with 'Train the Trainer' Level 1 INSET PowerPoint and supporting materials

 

Developing a Staff Behaviour Policy and Managing Allegations about staff and volunteers: 3 self-study Modules and Governor/Staff Training Pack with PowerPoint, handouts etc.

 

Attendance and Absence - an Audit, Study and Train Resource to help you manage registration and your school's statutory, strategic and pastoral responsibilities.

 

PLUS: Self-study + Portfolio course for school-based attendance workers. A 4 Unit programme for LAs and other groups/consortia to purchase and manage. Provide training for just a few ££ per person.

Looking for advice? Click on 'USEFUL DOCUMENTSfor downloadable documents and Guidance on attendance, child protection and other welfare issues in education or contact me via email or 'FEEDBACK'

 

 

On 'BEN'S BLOG' the current topics are: 'TOO SIMPLE A SOLUTION?' and 'A STAFF BEHAVIOUR POLICY''.     

SCHOOL-BASED TRAINING AND SEMINARS

The following events can be delivered locally on request as an alternative to purchasing the Resource Packs

 

ALL THE MATERIALS ARE PROVIDED BY EMAIL FOR PARTICIPANTS' USE IN THEIR OWN SCHOOL AFTER THE EVENT

 

 

    CHILD PROTECTION 'LEVEL 1' IN SCHOOLS

'TRAIN THE TRAINER' SEMINAR 

 

Half-day. For groups of designated staff in schools or on behalf of an LSCB on request. Many schools now wish to deliver their own 'Level 1' training for staff and keep it updated. This interactive seminar, based around the INSET materials in the above pack, including the expectations of DfE Guidance for schools 2014, provides practical advice and resources to support those delivering in-school training for their colleagues and explores ideas to ensure its effectiveness. An opportunity to work through the included PowerPoint, practice the suggested exercises and activities and reflect on how best to use them in your setting. 

'Train the Trainer' half day Details.pdf
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           A STAFF BEHAVIOUR POLICY AND MANAGING CONCERNS AND ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE 

 

Half-day. An opportunity to look in depth at what constitutes a 'child protection' concern, potential risks and how to plan for them; reducing the likelihood of false allegations; developing a Staff Behaviour Policy and how to manage any genuine concerns and allegations appropriately within local inter-agency procedures, role of the LADO etc. Updated to reflect DfE Guidance April 2014 and Ofsted expectations. Aimed primarily at governors, school managers and senior leaders. Abusers can be extremely devious. Is your school prepared?

 

'An interesting if challenging session that's really made me think. Thank you.'

 

 

                        MANAGING ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE

 

Half-day. An interactive workshop for attendance staff in schools, their managers and LA attendance workers. Legal requirements and best practice in registration and absence data management; the correct use of the codes; enforcement, pastoral and strategic approaches; attendance tactics and ideas; evidencing the impact of what you do and an opportunity to audit and review your policy and practice and plan for any changes.   

 

CONTACT ME IF INTERESTED IN HOSTING ANY OF THESE EVENTS FOR YOUR OWN SCHOOL OR FOR GROUPS OF SCHOOLS IN YOUR AREA.  ANY 2 CAN BE COMBINED INTO A WHOLE DAY.

 

 

 

                                        SAFER RECRUITMENT

 

Schools must still have at least one person trained in Safer Recruitment on every appointment panel. I am in the process of becoming re-accredited to deliver the NEW materials devised by the Safer Recruitment Consortium, which includes the NSPCC and the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. I will then be able to offer their one-day course from November 2014. (Only their accredited Trainers can deliver this material).

 

While there is no longer any nationally-defined content for Safer Recruitment training, these resources from such highy-regarded organisations will be seen as setting the 'gold standard'. A whole day is required for a face-to-face event - though there will still be an on-line alternative available. 

 

School staff and governors should seek advice from your Local Safeguarding Children Board about what training is the most appropriate. They may offer their own courses or may arrange for someone like myself to deliver an event on their behalf if you ask for it. Previous training may still be recognised or you may be advised to undertake a new course as there are additional elements not previously included.   

 

 

FORUM BUSINESS TRAINING I am currently running a series of whole day 'Child Protection in  Schools Level 1 'Train the Trainer' Seminars.  Click the link below for more information, dates, venues etc.  www.forumbusinesstraining.co.uk/seminars/education

 

'One of the most useful days I have ever attended. Ten out of ten!'

 

I am also speaking at two 'Attendance Matters' Conferences in November:

http://www.forumbusinesstraining.co.uk/conferences/education                

                               TRAINING FEES (NO VAT)

                        

   £400 for a half-day + expenses 

(No additional expenses in West Midlands area) 

Whole day events or where substantial travel time is also required:

fees and expenses by agreement

                                   

BOOKS AND ARTICLES

WHY DOES NO-ONE CARE ABOUT ILLEGAL CHILD EMPLOYMENT? Let's at least talk about it.
CHILDREN AND PART-TIME WORK.pdf
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'JUST TICKING THE BOX?

Refocusing School Attendance'

£7.99. (£10 with postage) 160 pp.

E-mail me to order or FREE with Attendance Pack

 

There are already many books about school attendance, absence and so-called ‘truancy’, so why yet another one? What makes this book different is that I begin with a radical question: Why does recording attendance matter? We make so much effort to collect and measure it, but what's it all for?  My argument is that we have placed too much emphasis on using absence as a way to evaluate schools and not enough on what it all means for the pupil.

 

Raising attendance is a key educational and pastoral activity, not a statistical or management tool. It's not just about ticking the relevant box and publishing the figures. It's about individual children and making sure we are meeting their needs, not trends or targets. How can we best deal with our attendance responsibilities without losing sight of why we have them? The book contains plenty of practical advice on registration codes, model policies, promoting attendance and using the legal framework to best effect to support every child and young person.

 

I'm sure I could 'raise' any school's figures just by marking the registers differently. But the pig doesn't get any fatter because we keep weighing it; the data alone tells us nothing. Indeed, I'm not at all sure that we can trust it, despite its prominence. Much absence may be condoned, masked or even denied because the school's place in the 'league tables' becomes more important. But is that really the point? I don't think so. Time for a change of focus.

 

 

MISSION STATEMENT

 

I have spent the last 25 years working with schools on a range of welfare-related issues. I may not always tell you what you think you want to hear, but I hope I offer an independent, honest and well-informed voice that keeps the needs of every child and young person at the centre. 

 

My personal vision is to help schools to be places of safety, with caring and compassionate staff who always act within the law and who are constantly striving to improve the quality of both their own practice and each child's overall educational experience. 

 

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LINK TO NSPCC WEBSITE AND 'CHILDLINE'

http://www.nspcc.org.uk/

 

 

 

Can I find a moral and fully human way to live but without a religion or a God to back it up? Click on HUMANIST SPIRITUALITY 

for my latest book (only available as a FREE  download) where I explore that question as an atheist with a Christian heritage: 'The Apostate's Creed: A Pligrimage Beyond Belief'

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