TRAINING FOR SCHOOLS IN CHILD PROTECTION, SAFER RECRUITMENT AND ATTENDANCE
Do you need more training and support in dealing with these complex issues? Do you find that advice for schools from local authorities is no longer available? I am an Independent Education Welfare Specialist Trainer and Consultant offering primarily training resources by email for school leaders and managers.
These practical and up-to-date packages will help you address your school's key 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 and consultancy primarily in the Midlands area, run regular interactive day seminars for FORUM Training (see below) and contribute to conferences etc.
See below for how to order my latest book: 'Just Ticking the Box?: Refocusing School Attendance'
TRAINING PACKS BY EMAIL
See 'TRAINING RESOURCES' page for more details of each package and how to purchase them.
Child Protection in Schools 2014: Designated Senior Person/ Safeguarding Lead Audit Pack with 'Train the Trainer' Level 1 INSET presentation and supporting materials
Preventing and Managing Allegations of Abuse about School Staff: 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.
NEW: Self-study + Portfolio course for school-based attendance workers. A 4 Unit programme for LAs and other groups/consortia to purchase, run and accredit. See 'TRAINING RESOURCES'.
Looking for advice? Click on 'USEFUL DOCUMENTS' for downloadable documents and Guidance on attendance, child protection and other issues relevant to children's welfare in education or contact me via 'CONTACT AND QUESTIONS'.
On 'BEN'S BLOG' the current topics are: 'THE CHALLENGES OF CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION' and FLEXI-SCHOOLING: A TRIUMPH OF EXPEDIENCY OVER LEGALITY?'.
DIRECT TRAINING DELIVERY
PLEASE NOTE: All schools must 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 full 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 events on their behalf. Previous training may still be recognised or you may be advised to undertake a new course as there are additional elements not previously included.
INSET: MIDLANDS AREA ONLY
I currently have limited availability to deliver:
'LEVEL 1' CHILD PROTECTION UPDATE FOR SCHOOLS
This interactive presentation contains PowerPoint information with handouts, group activities, and video/film. Covers the definitions of abuse; schools' legal responsibilities; practical advice for staff, especially in the light of the Daniel Pelka case; key guidance documents etc. Can be tailored to your specific needs/setting and LSCB procedures. Meets the requirements of 'Working Together' 2013 and DfE Guidance for schools 2014. Suitable for all staff, teaching and non-teaching in all sectors.
'Thank you for giving us such a good INSET session. A great indicator of its success is that there has already been much reflection in school and reviewing of our approach to concerns as a result.' (Independent Girls' School)
PREVENTING AND MANAGING ALLEGATIONS OF ABUSE ABOUT STAFF
A workshop looking at the child protection context, potential risks, how to reduce the likelihood of false allegations, a Staff Code of Conduct and how to manage any genuine concerns appropriately within local inter-agency procedures. Updated to reflect the new DfE Guidance April 2014. Aimed primarily at school managers but can be adapted for all staff as part of a longer 'Level 1' INSET.
TRAINING FEES (NO VAT)
£150-£300 (up to 3 hours) or £400 if both topics are included in a longer INSET session
£450 for a full day (over 6 hours) + expenses
Contact me at any time to discuss your requirements
FORUM TRAINING SEMINARS
Click the link below for the current programme, dates and venues.
MY LATEST BOOK
'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 individual schools.
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 children and making sure we are meeting their needs. 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.
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.