Safeguarding: Meeting Latest Legal & Compliance Requirements

There are no open events scheduled for this topic. It may be run as an open event again in the future. Alternatively, we can run it as a bespoke internal event for your organisation.


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.

For Whom

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.

Please note:
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

Delegate Feedback

'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

2.  Common Inspection Framework

3.  What Safeguarding Means in Practice

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

6.  Confidence-building

Discussion and questions to resolve specific queries on issues such as:

Delivery Style

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.

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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