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Single Agency Training

As a requirement under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, all agencies should have systems in place to identify the training needs of their employees.

Agencies should also have systems in place to identify any reasons for workers not completing training courses.

Furthermore, Chapter 2 of Working Together (2015) clearly outlines individual organisational responsibilities regarding mandatory induction training and associated child protection training for all those in contact or working with children and young people and/or adults who are parents or carers.

All agencies should compile information on the single agency training staff have undertaken so that they can provide clear evidence to the Brighton & Hove LSCB on an annual basis the numbers of employees who have/have not completed the single agency training requirements the agency has identified for its employees.

As part of the LSCB’s quality assurance process, partner agencies will be requested to provide details of what single agency safeguarding training is being provided within their organisation.

This should include:

  • Outline of respective courses
  • How the agency evaluates their single agency training
  • Numbers and percentage of staff who have completed relevant training

In line with the above requirements The LSCB has instigated the compilation of this data by formulating a Training Needs Analyse/Gap Analyse to be sent out to all agencies. There are parts to be filled in by all partner agencies and also by the training officers from the LSCB and SAB, the results will be added to a survey monkey and submitted by February 2017, so that LSCB and SAB Boards can be updated.

The results from this survey will then be looked at and evaluated to see where there are any deficits or overlaps and duplication of training. It will allow the Boards to work closer together, and prevent unnecessary expenditure. Which means as we move forward, the training plans can be matched to needs shown in the survey, and where possible, staff can be signposted to the most appropriate training available.

Single Agency Training Minimum Standards

1. The organisation has in place a current individual training strategy.

2. All training has explicit aims and objectives outlined.

3. Training is delivered in an environment which is conducive with learning and ensures all appropriate staff are given opportunity to attend.

4. Training is delivered by trainers who are knowledgeable about safeguarding, child protection and promoting welfare

5. At each training course, candidate information is recorded by the agency.

6. Training records are kept up to date and made available to the LSCB, when required.

7. Training is child focussed so that the voice of the child and the child’s welfare remain paramount.

8. Training promotes the importance of understanding the child’s daily life experience.

9. Training is underpinned by the values contained within Working Together 2015

10. Training creates an ethos that values working collaboratively with others, respect diversity (including culture, race, religion and disability) and promotes equality and appropriate challenge

11. Training equips staff for working with, communicating and sharing information with others.

12. Training covers: What is child abuse and neglect, the signs and indicators of abuse and neglect, normal child development, maintaining a child focus and what to do in response to concerns.

13. All training is evaluated using a standard evaluation form.

14. Training is regularly reviewed and evaluated to ensure that it meets the agreed learning outcomes and has a positive impact on practice.

Single Agency Requirements for Designated School Staff

There are specific single agency courses that Designated Teachers and Headteachers must undertake on appointment. The course “Leading and Managing Safeguarding in Schools including Managing Allegations against Staff” can be booked through BEEM, and there is a refresher session available for Designated Persons every two years and Headteachers every three years. They also offer a half day train the trainer workshop to support school staff to share their knowledge of local Child Protection and safeguarding with their colleagues. You can download the Safeguarding Training Recommendation here and for more information please contact schools.training@brighton-hove.gov.uk

There is a statutory requirement for these staff to undertake the LSCB multi-agency core safeguarding sessions as soon as practical after appointment:

There is no need to repeat these courses. When you need to update your multi agency safeguarding training, please book one of the more specialised sessions to enhance your knowledge.

If you have any questions about the training requirements for schools please contact the Education Safeguarding Officer: Gill.Hibbert@brighton-hove.gov.uk