Early Years and Childcare Providers Safeguarding Training
Suffolk County Council’s Early Years and Childcare Service offer safeguarding training specific to early years and childcare practitioners (pre-school playgroups, out of school clubs, day nurseries and childminders).
In line with Early Years Foundation Stage welfare requirements, childcare providers must take necessary steps to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
All new childminders and members of staff in group childcare provision should receive at least 2 hours Introduction to Safeguarding training, have a good understanding of safeguarding, and attend this course every three years to renew their learning.
Level 2 Introduction to Safeguarding Training (including 3-year renewal) is provided face-to-face either as a venue based or in setting course, it should be taken every three years.
Level 3 Roles and Responsibilities training for Safeguarding Leads in your organisation and childminders should be taken every three years.
LSCB endorsed Safeguarding training for early years and childcare providers is available on: www.suffolkcpd.co.uk
Contact email address: email@example.com
Schools Safeguarding Training
Suffolk LSCB has tried not to be overly prescriptive about how often schools deliver training courses. It is important that all new members of staff receive at least 2 hours Introduction to Safeguarding training and have a good understanding of basic safeguarding. Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) Sept 2016 recommends that staff are updated ‘at least annually’.
Section 13 states - All staff members should receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training which is regularly updated. In addition, all staff members should receive safeguarding and child protection updates (for example, via email, e-bulletins and staff meetings), as required, but at least annually, to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.
The LSCB recommends that schools give regular (at least annually, in line with KCSIE) updates for staff on recent safeguarding issues and agendas. Once this has been delivered, staff training records are updated and evaluations kept as evidence. These would sit alongside the ‘basic’ training records to form a complete safeguarding training portfolio for each member of staff.
Schools Choice is the LSCB endorsed provider of Safeguarding training and can be contacted on:
Telephone: 0300 123 1420
Additional Safeguarding Training for Designated Safeguarding Leads
Designated Safeguarding Leads are required to attend higher level training every three years called – Working Together to Safeguard Children Level 3 (Multi-Agency).
This is for staff that may be required to attend Child Protection Conferences. These courses, as well as CAF training, are run by the Workforce Development team and can be accessed through:
Model Safeguarding Policy
Suffolk Education and Learning colleagues have developed a Model Safeguarding Policy for Schools.
What Level of Training Do I Need?
If you are unsure of what level of training you require, the information below may help you:
Delivery of Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training
Suffolk LSCB does not deliver Safeguarding training. This is now the responsibility of the Suffolk Workforce Development Team. They can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Further information on all training courses available through CYP Workforce Development can be accessed via the following link www.suffolkcpd.co.uk.
Quality Assurance and Endorsement of Safeguarding Training
Board Partners' safeguarding training can be quality assured by our Professional Advisor, Tracy Murphy - Tracy.Murphy@suffolk.gov.uk, or contact us on 01473 265359 and we will advise you.
Suffolk LSCB Safeguarding Children Online Training Courses
Whilst the LSCB advocates 'face-to-face' training, it recognises that this is not always possible. To support our partners the LSCB are now able to offer basic introduction level ME e-Learning Safeguarding Children courses which are designed to ensure staff can recognise potential signs of abuse or neglect and know what they should do. It takes 2-3 hours to complete. All courses are accessed by delegates logging on to the system. A certificate is automatically generated upon passing the test which can then be printed and used as evidence of learning.
To access the ME E-Learning system - send an email with your name, job title and location to email@example.com. You will then be emailed a link to the system with an ID and password.
Please note - this system is not intended to replace Level 3 and 4 'face-to-face' training for social workers, childminders or staff who attend child protection conferences; it is for Level 1 and 2 Introduction to Safeguarding only.