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 Poeple - Child Protection Conferences
Joint Investigations - Children and Young People
Introduction to Child Criminal and Sexual Exploitation
Child Criminal and Sexual Exploitation
Understanding Child Development and Attachment Theory
Understanding Neglect - Children and Young people
Understanding The Toxic Trio
Safeguarding a Child or Young Person - Additional Needs

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 training 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  •  Identify the relevant legislation and guidance that safeguards children
  • 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 and Harassment, Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage, Domestic Abuse and the Prevent Agenda)
  • Identify the barriers to reporting concerns (from both victim and professional perspective)
  • Understand how to respond to allegations of child abuse.
  • Understand how to refer and report concerns or allegations of child abuse ( including emergency responses)
  • Awareness of information sharing and multi-agency working- Data Protection Act 2018
  • Effect of Covid on safeguarding children

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). You will get increased knowledge of partner agencies responses and your expected involvement in the Child Protection Process.

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

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the protective factors in Early help services
  • Explain the concepts of child in need and significant harm (understanding thresholds, Roles and responsibilities of professionals involved in Child Protection process
  • Representing the child’s voice
  • Child Protection Process Referral pathway- meeting structure – timescales (Working Together 2018)
  • Increase knowledge of Information sharing in safeguarding(including GDPR) and child consent issues
  • Joint investigation process – including DBS reporting requirement
  • Apply a range of knowledge and understanding to solve practical child abuse situations with the use of bespoke case studies
  • Knowledge of safeguarding Partners, Child death reviews, Serious Case Review’s duty to cooperate
  • Other Safeguarding arrangements MAPPA, MARAC, PREVENT
  • Increased vulnerability from Covid restrictions

Additional Learning Outcomes:

  • The law on child consent
  • 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the nature and impact of roles and responsibilities within the child protection system
  • Knowledge of child protection conferences from the initial conference, core group work and review conferences.
  • To consider the best ways to engage families, children and young people in the child protection process
  • 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 appropriate analysis of risk
  • To understand the importance of the child protection plan and your contribution to its development and review.
  • To establish the importance of the child/young persons voice within the child protection process.

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.

Joint Investigations – Children and Young People

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Awareness of current legislation, relevant criminal offences, and Police Emergency powers to protect children.
  • Identify the 5 steps to conducting an investigation and how these steps will ensure a thorough professional investigation is conducted.
  • Provide a clear evidence trail in gathering, securing, and storing evidence, interviewing of witnesses.
  • Specialist interview of children
  • Increase participants confidence and understanding of collating evidence to support witness statements.
  • Recognise the relevant questioning techniques which can be used to maximise the information being received and how to question an individual ensuring open questions and the funnelling technique are used appropriately.
  • Effectively plan and prepare for different types of interviews and how to structure an interview with relevant questions (including no comment interviews)
  • Describe some of the key points to consider when evaluating evidence linking this to the PEACE model of investigative interviewing and the investigation as a whole.
  • Arrest, charge, bail procedures
  • Post charge – Court Procedures involving child witnesses.
  • Post investigation managing risks and witness support.
  • Governance for Child Protection Conferences
  • Structured approach to chairing meetings
  • Escalation procedures – Safeguarding partners, LADO and Ofsted
  • Gain further knowledge of the Children’s homes regulations, including Inspection and quality standards.
  • Explore child abuse allegations and the risk of abuse in care for children and young people (Based on research).
  • Explore how to keep children safe (safety plans) and the allegations of abuse or neglect of children in care.
  • Explore the issues related to children missing from care: CSE, County Lines, physical abuse and grooming.
  • Awareness of Joint Protocol’s for children missing from care and the use of the Child Abduction WarningNotice (CAWN)
  • Develop an action plan to apply learning to professional practice.

Additional Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify personal and organisational barriers to effective practice
  • Develop an action plan to apply learning to professional practice
  • Arrest, charge, bail procedures
  • Post charge – Court Procedures involving child witnesses.
  • Post investigation managing risks and witness support.
  • Governance for Child Protection Conferences
  • Escalation procedures – Safeguarding partners (LSCB)and Ofsted
  • Gain further knowledge of the Children’s homes regulations, including Inspection and quality standards.
  • Explore child abuse allegations and the risk of abuse in care for children and young people (Based on research).
  • Explore how to keep children safe (safety plans) and the allegations of abuse or neglect of children in care.
  • Explore the issues related to children missing from care: CSE, County Lines, physical abuse and grooming.
  • Awareness of Joint Protocol’s for children missing from care and the use of the Child Abduction WarningNotice (CAWN)
  • Develop an action plan to apply learning to professional practice.

Introduction to Child Criminal and 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 abusive images, grooming, trafficking and through usage and exposure to new technology.

This half day 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understanding and definition of child sexual exploitation and 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 e.g. MAPPA Child Sex Offender Disclosure Scheme
  • Effect of Covid on safeguarding
  • How to work well with Victims of CCE/CSE.

Additional Learning Outcomes:

  • MAPPA arrangements
  • Management of child sex offenders and police activity e.g. Sexual Harm, Prevention Orders.
  • Minimise risks for the organisation
  • Safer working practices including codes of conduct
  • Develop an action plan to apply learning to professional practice.

Child Criminal and 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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand the definitions of child exploitation and child sexual exploitation.
  • To understand the legislative framework in relation to child exploitation and to explore the statutory guidance provided to support practitioners where child exploitation is a risk.
  • To review recommendations from child learning practice reviews and serious case reviews in the context of child exploitation.
  • To develop an understanding of how best to prevent child exploitation.
  • To consider the factors which increase risk for children and young people of being exploited.
  • To understand some of the challenges associated with working with children and young people who are at risk of/are being exploited.
  • To understand the connections between child exploitation and other criminal activity.
  • To develop a knowledge of grooming and the ways in which children/young people may become exploited.
  • To understand the emotional impact of child exploitation for; children and young people, families and practitioners.
  • To consider the importance of preventative work with children and young people, including: the development of healthy relationships, the importance of consent, how to communicate to others when a situation has become dangerous.
  • To develop an understanding of the short and long term impact of exploitation for: victims, families, communities and practitioners.
  • To understand the importance of a long term approach where exploitation has been a factor for a child or young person and how to avoid further potentially exploitative situations from causing harm.
  • To understand how to work with children and young people in ways which allow them to understand that they are being or have been exploited.

Additional Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand expected adolescent risk taking behaviour in the context of exploitation.
  • To explore the definition of contextual safeguarding and understand the challenges for practitioners where harm has been recognised outside of the family setting.

Understanding Child Development and Attachment Theory

This course will identify the importance of understanding child development and attachment theory and its relevance to children, young people and adults who have experienced harm.

The course will give you an introduction to the subject area and its relevance to the short- and long-term implications for children, young people and adults who have experienced difficulty during their childhood and adolescent years.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Provide a basic understanding of child development and attachment theory.
  • To develop a basic understanding of the developing brain and how abuse may effect neurological development.
  • Support you as practitioners to understand why difficulty in childhood can impact on aspects of everyday life now and in the future.
  • To understand the importance of appropriate and consistent relationships to support healthy child and adolescent development.
  • To identify concepts relating to “Good enough parenting”
  • To understand the concept of childhood adversity and trauma and how this may affect the adult survivor of abuse.
  • Allow participants to understand the importance of early help and prevention where abuse is a factor for children as they grow.
  • To support practitioners to develop solution focused strategies to help to minimise the effects of abuse and help to develop resilience in children and young people where abuse is happening or has happened
  • To understand the importance of the “change cycle” when planning interventions to support better outcomes for children and young people.
  • To identify strategies to support parental understanding of childhood development and parenting.

Understanding Neglect – Children and Young people

Neglect Is the most common reason for children and young people to come to the attention of additional services and particularly Neglect accounts for 49% of all child protection plans according to a recent study conducted by the NSPCC. This course will help participants to understand Neglect from the perspective of children/young people and families, and will help practitioners to identify, evaluate and plan where Neglect is a feature for children and young people.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand the definition of Neglect for children and young people.
  • To understand the different types of Neglect
  • To consider what research tells us about Neglect.
  • To learn how other types of abuse may lead to Neglectful situations for children and young people and understand the risk factors associated with Neglect which make children and young people at increased risk of harm.
  • To learn what the incidence of Neglect is across the United Kingdom.
  • To understand the importance of recognising and supporting families to make changes as early as possible where Neglect is a feature in family life.
  • To understand the outcomes both long and short term for children and young people who experience Neglect.
  • To recognise trauma and understand the importance of a trauma informed approach to manage and improve outcomes for children and young people.
  • To review best practice strategies for working with children and young people who are or have experienced Neglect.

Additional Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand the impact of Neglect on the developing brain.
  • To learn about adverse childhood experiences (aces) and how to improve life chances for children where 4 or more aces have been present throughout childhood

Understanding The Toxic Trio

The term ‘Toxic Trio’ has been used to describe how the issues of domestic abuse, mental ill-health and substance misuse can negatively impact upon optimal developmental outcomes for children/ young people and effect the decision making
for adult survivors.

This course is relevant to all practitioners who have completed Level 1 and 2 Safeguarding training across both the children’s and adults workforce. The course will provide participants with an understanding of “The Toxic Trio” and the implications for children, young people, parents and practitioners living and working with the challenges “The Toxic Trio” may cause.

 

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand the definition and increased risk factors of the ‘Toxic Trio’ and the implications for safeguarding children, where these factors are all
    evident within family life.
  • To understand the connection with the “Toxic Trio” and other forms of abuse and neglect for children, young people and adult survivors.
  • Analyse the cumulative effect of domestic violence, parental mental ill-health and substance misuse,
  • To understand Learning from Serious Case Review/ Child learning practice review findings and current research which will help inform practitioners analyse and understand risk.
  • What works well in responding to the ‘Toxic Trio’ and the appropriate approaches practitioners should take with regards to assessment tools and interventions.
  • Identify risk and protective factors for children living with parents/adult carer where capacity is compromised.
  • To understand the necessity of a multi-agency shared approach when assessing and managing risk, and creating realistic plans.
  • To understand the “Change process” and its importance in any analysis of risk in challenging safeguarding scenarios.
  • To understand how to use a range of multi-disciplinary assessment toolsand interventions

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.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand the legal definitions of Disability according to The Equality Act 2010.
  • To refresh knowledge and understanding of existing safeguarding legislation and statutory guidance to ensure this is being appropriately applied for all service users.
  • To consider the research and statistics in relation to increased risk of harm for persons with additional needs.
  • To understand the barriers for reporting abuse or harm for all individuals with additional needs.
  • To consider best practice in relation to inclusion and safeguarding responsibilities.
  • To understand the importance of early planning for transition from childhood into adulthood where additional services are required for everyday living.
  • To understand the importance of good multi agency partnership working across children’s services to ensure best outcomes for individuals with additional needs.
  • To consider how best to include the service users voice in all elements of harm prevention, planning and evaluation.
  • To consider organisational processes which may increase the risk of harm to service users with additional needs, for example: delivery of intimate care, restraint procedures etc.

Additional Learning Outcomes:

  • To consider best practice approaches in managing challenging behaviour.

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