Safeguarding Children & Young People

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You may well have concerns about:

  • How staff will react?
  • How can we introduce culture change and embed a real understanding of safeguarding and its implications?
  • Or, be asking yourself questions such as: ‘can I be sure course content really will fit alongside our own organisation’s development needs?’

Be assured, here at Athena we do not adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

Scenarios will be carefully structured to reflect concerns directly related to your sector and towards your own organisation’s learning.

Courses in this section:

Safeguarding Children and Young People – Level 1
Safeguarding Children and Young People – Level 2
Safeguarding Children and Young People – Joint Investigation Process
Safeguarding Children and Young People – Joint Investigation Process
Safeguarding Children and Young People – Child Sexual Exploitation
Safeguarding Deaf and Disabled Children and Young People

Safeguarding Children and Young People – Level 1

Whether you work face-to-face with children and young people, or come into contact with them only occasionally, then Safeguarding Children Level 1 is a legal requirement. This course is designed to enable you to comply with statutory guidance.

At the end of the course you will be familiar with current legislation and guidance surrounding safeguarding children, know the signs and symptoms to look out for, know what to do if you are worried that a child is being harmed, know how to respond to a child who tells you that he or she is being abused, and how to share and record information to safeguard children.

Standard Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the relevant legislation and guidance that safeguards children and young people.
  • Identify what is meant by safeguarding and child abuse.
  • Name the categories of child abuse.
  • Recognise the signs and indicators of possible abuse and behaviour changes (including Child Sexual Exploitation, Female Genital Mutilation, Bullying, Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage, Domestic Abuse and the Prevent Agenda).
  • Identify the barriers to reporting concerns (from both victim and professional perspective).
  • Know how to respond to disclosures.
  • Know how, and to who you report your concerns i.e. share information (including GDPR).

Additional Learning Outcomes:

  • DBS requirements for staff and volunteers.
  • Whistle blowing and speaking up.
  • Expected behaviours, for example, code of conduct.

Safeguarding Children and Young People – Level 2

If you have completed your Safeguarding Children Level 1 and need to know more about safeguarding children, then Safeguarding Children Level 2 is for you.

From this course you will gain detailed knowledge of legislation and guidance relating to the child protection process (Section 17 and Section 47 enquiries), the importance of child development and attachment theory in assessments, and awareness of what is involved in taking part in a child protection conference.

Designed for people who have more responsibility for safeguarding children, this course covers roles and responsibilities in depth. 

Standard Learning Outcomes:

  • Child development/ National assessment framework (attachment theory) understand how abuse can impact on normal development.
  • Increased awareness of Sharing Information protocols- child consent issues.
  • Child Protection Process Referral pathway- meeting structure – timescales (Working Together 2018).
  • Roles and responsibilities of professionals involved in Child Protection process.
  • Perspective of child and family involved in Child Protection process including looked after children.
  • Joint investigation process – including DBS reporting requirement.
  • Knowledge of safeguarding Partners, Child death reviews, Serious Case Review’s.

Additional Learning Outcomes:

  • The law on child consent.
  • Apply a range of knowledge and understanding to solve practical child abuse situations with the use of bespoke case studies.
  • Increase knowledge of Information sharing in safeguarding(including GDPR).
  • Explain the concepts of child in need and significant harm (understanding thresholds).
  • Other Safeguarding arrangements MAPPA, MARAC, PREVENT and Serious Case Review’s duty to co-operate.

Safeguarding Children and Young People – Joint Investigation Process

The focus is on the current Joint Investigation processes between the Police and Child Social Care professionals from the beginning of a referral to its conclusion. It provides an insight into Specialist Police interviews (Achieving Best Evidence – ABE) of children, police investigations, use of forensic evidence, medical examinations and the use of the Criminal Justice system to manage investigations and suspects.

This course explores the world of Child Protection and Children within residential care settings. As well as the skills needed to chair and manage effective information-sharing. It also covers the need for protecting children by way of Care Proceedings when criminal proceedings are not applicable and managing contact with children with those who pose a risk of harm.

Standard Learning Outcomes:

  • Awareness of current legislation
  • Relevant criminal offences
  • Police Emergency powers
  • Evidence gathering and storage
  • Specialist interview of children
  • Arrest, charge, bail procedures
  • Post charge – Court Procedures
  • Governance for Child Protection Conferences
  • Structured approach to chairing meetings
  • Post investigation managing risks

Additional Learning Outcomes:

  • Escalation procedures – Safeguarding partners (LSCB)
  • Gain further knowledge of the Children’s homes regulations, including quality standards: (2015).
  • Explore child abuse allegations and the risk of abuse in care for children and young people (Based on research 2012, 2014).
  • Explore how to keep children safe: and allegations concerning the abuse or neglect of children in care.
  • Explore the issues related to children missing from care: CSE, physical abuse and grooming.
  • Awareness of Joint Protocol’s for children missing from care.
  • Develop an action plan to apply learning to professional practice

Safeguarding Children and Young People – Child Protection Conferences

The course will explore child protection conferences, preparing child protection plans and the role of core groups to ensure the best outcomes for children at risk of harm.  You will have the opportunity to take part in a simulated Case Conference based on a detailed case study.

By the end of the course you will have a clear understanding of the assessment and decision-making processes and a sound grasp of the principles and processes for effective collaboration.   You will also gain skills in preparing for the Case Conference including how to write a formal report, identifying what is and what isn’t evidence-based information and how to challenge decisions.

Standard Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the nature and impact of roles and responsibilities within the child protection system
  • Knowledge of child protection conferences and ‘looked after children’
  • Have an awareness of the emotional dimensions of safeguarding work for you, your staff, children and family members 
  • Explore the emotional impact from the disclosure of abuse
  • Best practice for ensuring effective multi-agency work.
  • Provide professional reports and contribute to inter-agency assessments, the gathering and sharing of information and where appropriate analysis of risk
  • Understand National and local serious case reviews/case management reviews/significant case reviews, internal partnership and local forms of review, as well as child death review processes

Additional Learning Outcomes:

  • Child Protection Process – Joint investigation process and roles / responsibilities of other professionals involved including consent issues of children.
  • Develop an action plan to apply learning to professional practice
  • Have an awareness of promoting the wellbeing of children in care: messages from research: key findings.
  • Awareness of Staying close for care leavers

Safeguarding Children and Young People – Child Sexual Exploitation

This course will help those who work with children and young people to recognise that both boys and girls can be vulnerable to child sexual exploitation including prostitution, abusive images, grooming, trafficking and through usage and exposure to new technology.

This course will help you understand and recognise the issue, implement safeguarding procedures and respond appropriately. It will enable you to understand that ‘child sexual exploitation’ is ‘child abuse’. Define the issue to include all forms of sexual exploitation, update your knowledge of new legislation, offer guidance and policy relating to sexually active young people, recognise vulnerability and warning signs and explore direct services for best practice responses.

Standard Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding and definition of child sexual exploitation
  • Knowledge of the relevant legislation
  • Knowledge of which children are vulnerable and why
  • Understanding the grooming process (street and online)
  • Knowledge of the warning signs and indicators of child sexual exploitation
  • Knowledge of the vulnerability factors for child sexual exploitation
  • Understanding risk taking behaviour of children and young people
  • Knowledge of offender behaviours
  • Knowledge of disruption tactics used by Police
  • What to do if you suspect child sexual exploitation and multi-agency responses

Additional Learning Outcomes:

  • MAPPA arrangements
  • Management of child sex offenders and police activity e.g. Sexual Harm, Prevention Orders.
  • Sarah’s Law- Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme
  • Minimise risks for the organisation
  • Safer working practices including codes of conduct

Safeguarding Deaf and Disabled Children and Young People

Statistics show that children with disabilities are more vulnerable to abuse for a variety of reasons, for example, understanding risks or communication difficulties.

This course makes participants think creatively when supporting deaf and disabled children and young people to safeguard them from harm. It offers an increased awareness of their vulnerability to abuse and the ability to recognise and respond appropriately to concerns about disabled children. The course ensures that the needs of disabled children are given the correct prioritisation within the child protection process and raises professionals awareness of legislative changes and how they impact upon services to disabled children.

Standard Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the term ‘disabled’ covering the of very different conditions and identities which can include physical disabilities like cerebral palsy or visual impairment, learning disabilities, being d/Deaf, having a condition such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or a long term illness. 
  • Define and describe the context in which the abuse of deaf and disabled children takes place
  • Identify the differing thresholds that can be applied to the safeguarding of children with disabilities
  • Recognise the need for accurate recording in relation to children with disabilities to establish evidence
  • Recall and relate local and national statuary guidance and drivers relating to safeguarding deaf and disabled children
  • Describe the reasons that they have responsibilities to ensure children with disabilities are protected from harm
  • Explore more creative ways to empower and support disabled children and young people to make sure they feel confident in recognising and indicating when something is wrong.

Additional Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding children’s needs
  • Deaf and disabled children and young people are at more risk of abuse and neglect and there is a range of factors that impact on this – communication barriers, isolation, dependency on others, and lack of adequate support. 
  • Increase awareness about how practitioners can better protect disabled children and young people, prevent abuse and neglect and take action where it’s needed. 
  • Increasing awareness and observation
  • Thinking creatively about communication
  • Develop an action plan to apply learning to professional practice

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