Health & Social Care
 
Safeguarding Children (awareness level)
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>>AIM
Participants will be able to recognize potential / actual abusive situations and act in accordance with their organisation’s and Local Authority’s procedures and protocols to safeguard children.

>>OBJECTIVES
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why safeguarding children is an important issue
  • List the four broad categories of abuse
  • Describe how they might recognise these in their normal working environment
  • State clearly what their individual roles and responsibilities are if they suspect or discover that a child is being subjected to abuse or inadequate care
  • Describe how they would raise a safeguarding concern in their organisation
  • Discuss when they would call the emergency services
  • Describe how and where they would record their concern

>>DURATION
One day.

>>PARTICIPANT NUMBERS
This course should be run for groups of up to 16.

>>DESIGNED FOR
All staff working in settings where they come into direct contact with children or manage staff who do so.

>>CONTENT
The contents of this course will incorporate issues of equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice to assist participants in understanding and challenging all forms of discrimination.

  • Valuing people and treating them with dignity and respect
  • National Minimum Care Standards
  • Definitions used in safeguarding, e.g. Significant harm, Child in Need
  • 4 classifications of child abuse
  • Research
  • Working safely with children – professional boundaries, best practice
  • Legal framework including Human Rights Act (1998), Mental Capacity Act (2005), DoLs (2007)
  • Confidentiality, Responsibility to share information
  • Individual & organsiational roles & responsibilities
  • Who is responsible for making referrals to other agencies?
  • Record keeping & storage, Data Protection Act (1998)
  • Safeguarding Children’s Boards, Local Authority Safeguarding teams
  • Organisation´s policies and procedures (including Safeguarding Children, Confidentiality, Whistle blowing)
  • Risk management
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