Minimum content checklist for introductory level safeguarding children training

Core areas (and suggestions for content):

Accountability regarding child protection (it’s everyone’s responsibility)

  • Quotes from Working Together 2018

Legislation / Guidance

  • Overview of legislation
  • Reference to principles of the Children Act 1989 and 2004 and underpinning values, including the concept of significant harm
  • Refer to lessons from Serious Case Reviews (locally & nationally)
  • Reference to Working Together 2018 Reference to What to do if you are worried a child is being abused 2015
  • Reference to Information Sharing Guidance 2018

What is Child Abuse?

  • Definitions of Abuse and recognition related to child development
  • Definition and signs and symptoms of the categories of abuse from Working Together 2018
  • Common sites for accidental and non-accidental injury
  • Accident/incident record
  • Highlight vulnerable groups (e.g., babies, looked after children, disabled and asylum-seeker children)
  • Children who harm children
  • Bullying / Sexual bullying

How we respond to children

  • How to respond to a disclosure – good practice

Child Development and maintaining a child focus

  • Awareness of normal child development, acknowledging each child is different however significant discrepancies may indicate abuse
  • Seeking professional support

Impact of parenting Issues

  • Family History and Functioning e.g. parents historical information, family make up, compromised parenting
  • Understanding of the Leeds “Think Family, Work Family” approach

Understanding of Agency Role

  • Agency Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
  • Referral Procedures
  • Staff Conduct and Managing Allegations against Staff
  • Identification of individual with responsibility for child protection, i.e., designated officer
  • Reference to LSCP Guidelines and Procedures, including allegations against staff and resolving conflict between agencies (Concerns Resolution Process).
  • Support for staff

Identifying and responding to need

  • Early Help Approach - Understanding of the Leeds Early Help Approach and where to access services for a child, from and the focus on early intervention through to child protection - Right Conversations, Right People, Right Time.
  • Early Help Assessment (Formally CAF)
  • How to make a referral – internal procedures and Duty and Advice Team
  • Section 17 - Child in Need
  • Section 47 - significant harm
  • Referral Process
  • Managing and Challenging Differences of Professional Opinion
  • Concerns Resolution Process

Next steps in the safeguarding process and the role of other agencies in the protection of children

  • Local services available to protect children
  • Action following referral
  • Understanding of other agencies roles in supporting families (ref to Cluster models and services)

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