Safeguarding Academy

The Safeguarding Academy has a range of courses to suit your needs and will help ensure your work is of the highest standard and significantly reduce the adverse scrutiny of your work.

The Safeguarding Academy provides face to face, virtual classroom and e-learning training. I specialise in senior practitioner training (Designated Safeguarding Lead level and above).

I recognise that every organisation’s needs are different. That’s why all our in-house face to face/ virtual classroom training is tailored to your needs.

Get in touch to talk about how I can help your organisation today. 

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Engaging training

The law, whilst essential knowledge, can be very dry. Our training is delivered not only with sensitivity but also humour to bring these topics to life.

Real life experience

You get the benefit of over 15 years experience of work in the family justice sector allowing examples from real-life to enhance the learning experience.

Qualified Trainer

Everyone’s learning style is different. Our training is delivered by a qualified trainer so all learners can get the most out of our training. 

Bespoke Options

I know that every organisation faces slightly different challenges. This is why all our in-house training is bespoke to your organisation.

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Initial Training

This two day initial training is case study based and highly interactive. It will provide updates to any legislation and guidance changes. This ensures all staff are fully compliant with the statutory requirements of working with children and young people. Delegates will also have an opportunity to explore how referrals operate in their local area with practical exercises and activities. 

This course is compliant with the statutory requirements of Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance.

All delegates completing the course will receive a certificate of attendance.

Staff will cover how to...
  • describe the role and main responsibilities of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL)
  • state their own values regarding child abuse and the impact these views can have on their professional practice
  • awareness of the key legislation and guidance around child protection
  • look at what steps their organisation needs to take to look after the children and young people it comes into contact with
  • identify barriers that prevent children and staff from reporting abuse or concerns and how to overcome these
  • respond effectively to a child who has reported abuse
  • know what steps to take when concerns about a child have been raised by others
  • know what is likely to happen following a referral to children’s social care
  • what role you have in the multi-agency child protection process, including case conferences
  • explain the issues connected to recording and sharing information, including confidentiality
  • awareness of the emotional impact of safeguarding children and
  • identify ways in which a safeguarding lead can support staff

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Refresher

This one day refresher will return to the key topics of the initial two day training. It is case study based and will provide updates to any legislation and guidance changes. This ensures all staff are fully compliant with the statutory requirements of working with children and young people.

This course is compliant with the statutory requirements of Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children guidance.

All delegates completing the course will receive a certificate of attendance.

Staff will cover and refresh themselves on how to...
  • describe the role and main responsibilities of the designated safeguarding lead (DSL)
  • state their own values regarding child abuse and the impact these views can have on their professional practice
  • awareness of the key legislation and guidance around child protection
  • look at what steps their organisation needs to take to look after the children and young people it comes into contact with
  • identify barriers that prevent children and staff from reporting abuse or concerns and how to overcome these
  • respond effectively to a child who has reported abuse
  • know what steps to take when concerns about a child have been raised by others
  • know what is likely to happen following a referral to children’s social care
  • what role you have in the multi-agency child protection process, including case conferences
  • explain the issues connected to recording and sharing information, including confidentiality
  • awareness of the emotional impact of safeguarding children and
  • identify ways in which a safeguarding lead can support staff

Safeguarding Issues in Higher Education

This course is aimed at wellbeing teams in higher education institutions, and people working in student welfare, student unions and colleges who deal with safeguarding issues..

This one-day  safeguarding training course aims to:

  • Introduce the legislation and guidance around domestic abuse, forced marriage, mental health/capacity and safeguarding of vulnerable adults
  • Introduce this legislation and guidance into a higher education setting
  • Help delegates consider responsibilities toward students in each area covered

 This seminar is packed with information you can use immediately. You’ll leave the workshop better equipped to help students and staff.  You’ll also be able to ensure your organisation is on the right side of legislation.

It covers the following topics...

Safeguarding of vulnerable adults

  • Definition of abuse
  • Identifying forms of abuse
  • Identifying adults at risk
  • Relevant legislation

Mental Health/Capacity

  • Definitions of mental health and mental capacity
  • Common signs and symptoms
  • Identifying factors that increase risk
  • Relevant legislation

Children Law 

  • Aspects of children law which will affect educators, i.e residence, contact, parental responsibility
  • Definitions of each
  • Identifying common issues with parental disputes and the schools/organisations responsibilities

Domestic Abuse and Forced Marriage

  • Changes to definition of domestic abuse
  • The forms of abuse
  • Guidance on the signs and indicators of abuse
  • Legislation around domestic abuse
  • Action planning
  • Provide a definition of forced marriage
  • Identifying risk factors for forced marriage
  • Identifying factors that increase risk
  • Relevant legislation

Overview of the Child Protection Stages

What do you do when you are new in a safeguarding role, but unsure of the procedures you need to follow?

You could struggle through and try and fathom it out ‘on the job’. This will eventually get you where you need to be, but, at what cost?

  • Delay to protective measures being taken?
  • Sleepless nights worrying about children?
  • Frustration at feeling like you’re not getting anywhere?

Knowing what each of the stages of child protection are and how you fit into them is vital to being an effective safeguarding lead.

Your peers look to you to have the answers.

This course will give you a birds eye view of the child protection stages. You’ll feel less worried about what to do next or what happens in the next stage. You’ll be able to reassure staff and children what is to happen.

This course is designed to give you an overview of the whole safeguarding process.

It is ideal for new Designated Safeguarding Leads, those new to the sector and those wanting a refresher of the process.

Over the course you'll be given an overview of...
  • Signs of Harm
  • Referral process
  • Strategy meetings
  • S47 investigations
  • Child in Need status
  • Child Protection Conferences
  • PLO
  • Court process
  • Post court issues

Beyond the Referral: understanding the legal framework, s47 and social care processes

‘Beyond the Referral’ uses my almost 20 years legal experience and decade of experience working with local authorities and children and adult social care. During this 6 week programme we will explore, in-depth, the legal processes under the Children Act 1989 and Care Act 2014, learn from Serious Case reviews and bring to life the challenges and choices facing professionals as they work to protect the vulnerable.

The course will give professionals an in-depth understanding of the processes, assessments and decision-making taking place. Delegates will be confident to challenge decisions or seek escalation of cases where appropriate.

We will be covering...
  • Module 1 – Legal Framework – Social Care processes and family court structure
  • Module 2 – Decision Making – consideration of evidence and analysis thereof
  • Module 3 – Pathways to harm / Early Help – understanding role and ways young people become known to professionals
  • Module 4 – Child in Need / Child Protection Conference. – structure, processes and procedures
  • Module 5 – Staff Supervision – role of supervision, when to seek support and advice
  • Module 6 – Ongoing Responsibilities

Safeguarding 16 -24 year olds outside statutory provision

This course is aimed at wellbeing teams in higher education institutions, and people working in student welfare, student unions and colleges, and safeguarding roles within youth organisations

Our one-day training course:

  • introduces the legislation and guidance around domestic abuse, forced marriage, mental health/capacity and safeguarding of vulnerable adults      
  • introduces this legislation and guidance into a higher education & youth group setting        
  • help delegates consider responsibilities toward students in each area covered
We will explore...
  • Legal framework – Children and Adults
  • Applicable guidance
  • What is safeguarding
  • What is welfare
  • Types of harm
  • Safeguarding vs Welfare cases
  • Case studies
  • Applying internal processes

Audio: KCSiE 2021 Part 1

Understanding Part 1 of Keeping Children Safe in Education is compulsory for those in statutory education. It is also great practice for those working in a non-statutory safeguarding role.

Download this audio recording of Part 1 to listen to at a time convenient to you.

Great if you prefer to listen than read, are an auditory learner if English is not your first language or if reading is not your preferred medium.

Audio is 38:24 minutes long.

Webinar replay: An introduction to the Liberty Protection Safeguards

The Liberty Protection Safeguards are due to replace the existing Deprivation of liberty safeguard provisions. This will affect anyone working with 16 plus where there is a question around capacity.

Join me for an overview of these new provisions in this 30 minute webinar.

Get in touch to talk about how I can help your organisation. 

“The workshop rooms and the whiteboard function worked well. Also, being in a different break out room sometimes as it was good to work with different people. 10/10”

Krystyna

“As a result of the training I will look at safeguarding structure within the Business Unit and ensure everyone is clear on roles/responsibilities and hold regular safeguarding meetings/updates. Thank you Kate :)”

Rhona

“I feel I am more ready to become part of the safeguarding team and be an active member. From start to finish, I have learnt a huge amount from everyone – thank you.”

D R

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Every month, you'll receive my my free safeguarding update straight to your inbox. I'll also send you details of new blogs and 5 minute masterclasses to help you keep yourself and your team up to date.

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Every month, you'll also receive my my free safeguarding update straight to your inbox. I'll send you details of new blogs and 5 minute masterclasses to help you keep yourself and your team up to date.

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