Safeguarding: Meeting Latest Legal & Compliance Requirements
This vital workshop updates safeguarding officers, managers and practitioners on the latest safeguarding legislation, the responsibilities imposed on them now and what they should be expecting in the near future
The workshop also explores the difficulties experienced by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in long term planning for safeguarding due to legal appeals against government rulings and how the DBS plans to use a mathematical approach to evaluate the risk of offenders reoffending when deciding what to put on their record on the DBS database. It highlights how the government is working to devolve further responsibilities for decisions on “who to check” and at “what level” to the individual organisations involved with vulnerable people. This alone represents a significant change and one that all managers and safeguarding officers need to be aware of.
In simple terms this workshop focuses on what education and learning providers, including youth and sports clubs, need to have in place to ensure their Safeguarding procedures are legal, robust, effective and to the standards expected required during inspection.
The workshop outlines and explains the responsibilities placed on all such providers under the key Government Acts of Parliament: Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 and the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, as well as formal requirements for learning providers, under the 2012 Common Inspection Framework, Health & Safety at Work Act 1974, Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, Protection from Harassment Act 1997 – and from the Department for Education mandatory sources: Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education, NIACE Safer Practice, Safer Learning - and Working Together to Safeguard Children.
All managers need to be fully aware of the legal implications of having regulated activities on their premises. These include teaching, training, instructing, care and supervision, advice and guidance, operating transport and aspects of care for children and vulnerable adults. There is a mistaken perception that the government is responsible for safeguarding and that all will be well. The truth is that we are all responsible and that the threat from groomers, sex offenders and paedophiles has never been more real – with many high profile cases coming to light every week.
Whilst youth clubs, sports groups and similar organisations that support or offer activities for anyone under 18 years or vulnerable adults, are usually outside the Inspection regimes, their staff of volunteers and leaders are not exempt from criminal prosecution for breaches of safeguarding legislation. As with education providers, in the event of a serious incident, an organisation is likely to suffer significant adverse publicity and/or civil litigation especially if their safeguarding procedures are seen to be weak.
Although safeguarding is no longer a limiting grade in FE & Skills Inspections it is still a key judgement under Leadership and Management and is also looked at under teaching, learning and assessment. Poor safeguarding judgements can still influence, significantly, the Overall Effectiveness grade.
It is essential that all those involved with young or vulnerable people review their Safeguarding policies, procedures and practices at all levels, both to ensure they are robust and that opportunities for improvement are not being overlooked.
Whilst this workshop highlights the potential consequences of poor performance; the main emphasis remains on providing robust guidance, advice and direction on what needs to be done to safeguard young and/or vulnerable people.
This intensive and highly pragmatic one-day workshop is designed for organisations which are involved with young and/or vulnerable people. It is especially suitable for those organisations who have limited understanding of the latest Safeguarding legislation and Ofsted Inspection requirements and need to appreciate what is now considered good practice at a time when some legal aspects of protection have been diluted and further responsibility has indirectly been placed on individual organisations
This workshop will be of special interest to operational management and leaders from schools, training providers, colleges, youth clubs, sports groups and companies whose work involves transporting children and vulnerable adults - at all levels and to anyone who appoints others to rôles that involve contact with young and/or vulnerable people.
This workshop is open to all those who are interested in furthering their knowledge of safeguarding; consequently, experienced Safeguarding practitioners may encounter some revision and duplication of their existing knowledge when the more basic aspects are covered.
The workshop also contains information on OFSTED inspection of Safeguarding, which may not be directly relevant to all. We believe that this information should be of use to organisations which are not inspected by Ofsted but if it does not have relevance to you, we ask for your patience during this part of the course, it lasts about 1 hour.
Aims and Objectives
This one day workshop aims to help participants develop or enhance their understanding of a wide range of relevant topics
- The national overview of UK safeguarding systems for children and vulnerable adults
- The key organisations, documents, systems relating to safeguarding
- Changes to CRB/Disclosure & Barring (DBS) checks under The Protections of Freedoms Act
- The Common Inspection Framework requirements for Safeguarding
- The definitions of types of harm, abuse, grooming, harassment and bullying
- Key safeguarding issues such as:
- regulated activity
- lone worker policy
- harassment by:
- via electronic media
- police and social services interaction
- Understanding of MAPPA – Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements and ‘Sarah’s Law’.
- Planning to improved safeguarding arrangements to your own organisational practice
- How to quality assure your safeguarding provision.
- Analysis of factors pertaining to key decision-making by safeguarding officers and senior managers
'Really useful, for anyone in a position (of children and vulberable adults) of responsibility not only safeguarding. Very informative!
Safeguarding Officer, Skills Solutions
'That it provides a full understanding of what a Safeguarding Officer needs, where to find all this information. Provides comprehensive information around Ofsted requirements and the changes to DBS. Very good course.
Learner Engagement Manager, Linkage Community Trust
'An intense course covering the relevant and key aspects of Safeguarding.'
Contract & Improvement Manager
'Excellent, informative and empowered me of a practitioner with a responsibility for Safeguarding.'
County Manager, Adult Community Learning, Community Learning & Skills Developmet
The workshop is split into 6 related but distinct sections:
1. Understanding and Defining Safeguarding
- The national overview of UK safeguarding provision
- The changes to the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006 brought about by the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
- The meaning of regulated activity
- The meaning of harm, abuse, grooming, harassment and bullying
- Police and Social Services responsibilities including MAPPA and ‘Sarah’s Law
2. Common Inspection Framework
- Examining the 2012 OFSTED standards
- How adverse judgements can still impact on the organisation despite the removal of limiting grades
- Preparing for Inspection
3. What Safeguarding Means in Practice
- Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Checks, variations of disclosure and exemptions
- Who, when and how
- New Staff
- Record Keeping
- Portability of DBS checks
- Responding to positive checks
- Risk Assessing the Work and Learning Environments
- Risk Assess or Audit – what when and where
- Who has responsibility for what?
- Suitably Qualified Persons, Qualifications and Staff Training
- Supporting employers with advice and requests for checks
- Safeguarding Training
- Qualified Persons – Who, When, How, Levels
- Staff Training – Who, When, How, Levels
- Sources of Training, Qualifications and Support
- Ensuring Staff maintain knowledge and understanding on
- Health and Safety Legislation (especially with regard to environmental safety and lone worker)
- Equality and Diversity (especially with regard to harassment and cyberbullying)
4. Preparing for the future
The Government is actively considering proposals that would mean senior managers and/or safeguarding specialists within individual companies and organisations would need to decide what checks were carried out and on whom. This session considers the implications of this change and suggests the types of assessment guidance and templates that would need to be issued to staff
5. Quality Assurance of quality of safeguarding
- Self assessment considerations
- Making Safeguarding a part of the quality assurance and self-assessment cycle.
- What needs to be done after today’s training
Discussion and questions to resolve specific queries on issues such as:
- Who to contact for further advice
- Where to get the government documents and copies of laws needed
- Examining the guidance given by the Department of Education
- Working through an example of a report to DBS about an incident of harm
- Seeing the links to online children protection agencies
- Seeing the links to the Ministry of Justice, Police and Social Services
- Reading the MAPPA report for your county
- The step-by-step approach to Sarah’s Law entitlements
- Small group/pair work
- Experiential reflection and discussion
- Information receiving and sharing
- Analysis of organisational current policies and practices
- Recognition of current levels of understanding and skills – gap analysis
- Participating in a variety of activities
- Help with sources for further development
Internal Staff Training and Development
This training workshop, along with most of our other best practice training workshops, can be delivered as an internal training course at your premises. Even with groups as small as 6-8 delegates, the course fees per person for internal training workshops can be lower than for open events. The potential savings are even greater, if the travel time and the travel costs of the delegates are included.
Running training workshops internally is very convenient and it allows the participants to explore how key issues will impact on them and their organization. Then as a team they can begin to agree upon a development action plan, with priorities. This approach is favoured by many of our clients as it combines a high quality service with excellent value for money and is a highly effective route for staff development.
Related Safeguarding Workshops
- Safeguarding: Embedding Practical Support for Vulnerable People
- Safeguarding: Meeting Latest Legal & Compliance Requirements
Certificates of Professional Development.
This course is recognised for CPD purposes by most professional institutes and associations including the Law Society, the CIM, the CMI, the ICAEW, the Institute of Learning and the CIPD. Formal Certificates of Professional Development will be issued by email to participants who successfully complete this course. These certificates will enable participants to evidence the update of their CPD records. The workshop will consider how to best apply the knowledge gained by the delegates upon their return to the workplace. This element of the programme is designed to maximise the benefits of attending and enable participants to make valued judgments when recording CPD activities