NASS will be hosting the above two day non-residential training course presented by Carolyn Eyre, Safeguarding Consultant on 18th & 19th September.
Keeping children safe in Education (DfE 2018) states that every school or FE college should have a senior member of staff designated to take lead responsibility for dealing with child protection issues, providing advice and support to other staff, liaising with the Local Authority and working with other agencies. The guidance goes on to say that there should be cover for the DSL available at all times when pupils are on site and that these deputy designated staff should be trained to the same level as the DSL.
Local authorities / LSCBs offer training for new designated staff but these courses rarely cover the challenges of safeguarding children with disabilities or complex needs – or the legalities of / procedures for cross-border referrals, for example. This course is designed specifically for designated staff in NASS member schools and colleges who will have a responsibility for managing safeguarding and child protection arrangements including supporting colleagues in dealing with suspicions or disclosures of child abuse and for the assessment and referral of such cases to the relevant Children’s Social Work service.
To equip designated staff with the skills, knowledge and understanding to undertake their responsibilities for Child Protection and safeguarding.
By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
- Recognise the impact of an individual’s own values and attitudes in dealing with child protection issues in school/college;
- Examine individual, institutional and social factors which may contribute to the likelihood of abusive behaviour occurring;
- Identify possible signs that indicate that a child has experienced abuse;
- Follow “Working Together 2018” inter-agency child protection procedures in accordance with the relevant LSCB guidelines;
- Understand the additional challenges faced by the special school sector, including out-of-authority placement, children placed under s20, etc;
- Contribute to Initial and Review child protection conferences and planning meetings;
- Undertake their responsibilities as described in ‘Keeping children safe in Education in relation to early help, prevention and support, and for referring allegations about staff to the LADO and / or DBS
- Review current policy and procedures in their own school in order to continually develop and improve practice.
About the Presenter
Carolyn Eyre, Safeguarding Consultant
Carolyn is an independent safeguarding consultant, working with schools, multi-academy trusts, FE colleges, local authorities and LSCBs across England. She worked in the Local Education Authority safeguarding arena for many years, first in Education Welfare services before becoming Child Protection co-ordinator and then Head of Health, Safety & Wellbeing for the authority – combining also the roles of Senior Allegations Manager and Safer Recruitment lead officer – for a large local authority.
Carolyn has a particular interest in the protection of children with disabilities; her knowledge and understanding of the complexities of safeguarding vulnerable groups has won her many friends in the special school & college sector and she is well known to NASS members.
As a member of the Safer Recruitment Consortium (NSPCC, Lucy Faithfull Foundation, CAPE and NASS) Carolyn is responsible for updating and reviewing the national Safer Recruitment training. She is the only independent consultant invited to be a part of the Safer Recruitment consortium and developed, with the support of NASS members, the updated Guidance for Safe Working Practice for education professionals which was published in October 2015.
Carolyn has MA Professional Training & Development complimented by:-
- Certificate in social work with children
- BEd (Hons) Professional Education
- NSPCC post-graduate Certificate of Competence
- NEBOSH certificate in Occupational Health & Safety
She is currently the Chair of Trustees of a small early years provider, having previously served for 18 years as a school governor, and is also a trustee for the National Association for Special Educational Needs (nasen)
EVENT LOCATIONThe Clayton Hotel