Would you like to deliver your own 'Level 1' Child Protection Updates for your staff or do a Safeguarding or Attendance Audit? Do you and your governors need to make sure safeguarding policies and procedures are in place or receive training in developing a Staff Behaviour Policy, Managing Allegations or in Safer Recruitment? Are you sure your school is using the absence codes correctly and that everyone is clear about your whole-school attendance strategy?
I offer Resource Packs 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 in-school audits and face-to-face training primarily in the Midlands area (see below), run regular interactive day seminars for FORUM Business Training and contribute to journals and conferences.
Click for more details of each package and how to purchase them.
CURRENTLY REDUCED IF YOU BUY 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'.
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.
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ALL THE MATERIALS USED IN TRAINING EVENTS ARE ALSO PROVIDED BY EMAIL FOR PARTICIPANTS' USE IN THEIR OWN SCHOOL
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CHILD PROTECTION 'LEVEL 1' IN SCHOOLS
'TRAIN THE TRAINER' WORKSHOP
Half-day. For groups of Designated staff in schools or on behalf of an LSCB on request. How do we make sure that everyone on the school staff, teaching and non-teaching, has the information that they need? Now there is no longer a fixed 3-year training timetable, many Designated Persons wish to deliver their own more targeted 'Level 1' events for staff and keep them regularly updated. 'Whole school' training does not necessarily mean that everything has to be done with everyone at once! This interactive seminar is based around Part 1 of the DfE Guidance for schools 2014. It provides practical advice and resources to support those wanting to deliver training for their colleagues and explores ideas to ensure its effective delivery. Work through the included PowerPoint, practice the suggested exercises and activities and reflect on how best to use them in your setting.
CHILD PROTECTION IN SCHOOLS
POLICY AND PROCEDURES WORKSHOP
Half-day (can be combined with 'Train the Trainer' or the Staff Behaviour and Allegations Workshop to make a full day). Child protection is far too important to be left to chance. All schools and colleges for under-18s need to be sure that their policies and procedures are in line with DfE Guidance 2014 and Ofsted expectations. What is the role of the school within local inter-agency procedures and what should be expected of the Safeguarding Lead or Designated Senior Person? What management responsibilities do senior leaders and governors need to be aware of? An opportunty to explore a range of procedural issues, deal with questions arising, look at a model policy and plan for using the included Audit tool for further reflection and action.
A STAFF BEHAVIOUR POLICY AND MANAGING CONCERNS AND ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE
Half-day. All schools are vulnerable to those who wish to exploit their 'position of trust'. In the light of several Serious Case Reviews, a specific Staff Behaviour Policy is now a requirement in DfE Guidance 2014 and Ofsted expectations. 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 Code of Conduct and how to manage any genuine concerns and allegations appropriately within local inter-agency procedures, the role of the LADO etc. Aimed primarily at governors, school managers and senior leaders. Abusers can be extremely devious or colleagues may unwittingly risk disciplinary infringements. Is your school properly prepared?
'An interesting if challenging session that's really made me think. Thank you.'
MANAGING ATTENDANCE AND ABSENCE
Half-day. Attendance has never been better according to the published data, but every school needs to be constantly refreshing its practice. Even if overall attendance is high, there may be vulnerable and disadvantaged groups who are not attending as they should and who need a targeted response. Many of the things that all schools have to do are legal requirements, not just best practice. This interactive workshop for attendance staff in schools, their managers and LA attendance workers explores: the registration regulations and collecting absence data; the correct use of the codes; criteria for authorising absence; enforcement, pastoral and strategic approaches; Ofsted expectations; attendance tactics and ideas and evidencing the impact of what you do. An opportunity to audit and review your policy and procedures and plan for any changes.
TRAINING ON BEHALF OF THE SAFER RECRUITMENT CONSORTIUM
Schools must still have at least one person trained in Safer Recruitment on every appointment panel. I am accredited to deliver the 2014 updated materials devised by the Safer Recruitment Consortium, (which includes the NSPCC and the Lucy Faithfull Foundation) and can offer their one-day course, either on my own or, ideally, co-training with someone who is familar with the applicable local HR arrangements. Only an SRC-accredited trainer can present this content, which is copyright to them.
While there is no longer any nationally-defined Safer Recruitment course, these resources from such highy-regarded organisations, and which were produced at the request of the DfE, 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 most appropriate in your setting. They may offer their own course, arrange for someone like myself to deliver or co-deliver an event on their behalf or suggest you host a bespoke event for local schools. Previous training may still be recognised or you may be advised to undertake a new course as there are additional elements not previously included. More details below.
FORUM BUSINESS TRAINING I am currently running a series of whole day 'Child Protection in Schools Level 1 'Train the Trainer' and Safer Recruitment 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 March:
AUDIT AND TRAINING FEES
£400 for a half-day + expenses
(no expenses in West Midlands area)
Whole day or where substantial travel or accommodation is required:
Fees and expenses by agreement
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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