Due to COVID 19 all face to face safeguarding training for schools is cancelled until further notice.
Emergency/ Bare bones of Initial DSL training is now available – please contact the safeguarding advisor directly. It is envisaged that is only needed where there are no DSL’s available (e.g. due to sickness) and you cannot get DSL support from other schools.
If your DSL training is about to run out, carry on as usual. The refresher deadline is waivered in these circumstances.
We no longer refer to levels of training for education staff. All staff need basic training and DSL’s need advanced training.
Basic Awareness training should be refreshed, by a face to face session, for ALL school staff (compare sign in sheet to full staff list) every 2 years. Contact Advisor directly – see Read More. Please also update staff regularly in staff briefings etc. and note this in your safeguarding training file.
FREE Online training offer – see below. Can be used in the year in between face to face training or to top up certain topics.
DSL Designated Safeguarding Lead Training -Advanced. This is refreshed every 2 years, with evidence of at least annual updates, through forums, reading emails etc. Courses do fill quickly so please book in plenty of time. Initial DSL training in Wakefield is a 2 day course. Refresher DSL training is 1 day course. New DSL’s are also strongly encouraged to do 1 day ‘Working Together – a shared responsibility’ and half day ‘Signs of Safety’ courses- see Read More. DSL’s will also need Prevent training – options are online or face to face through multi agency program or Home Office – see useful links.
FREE DSL forums – see Read More
FREE Safer Working Practices 1 hr session – contact advisor directly
FREE online bullying training – see useful links
Governor training – see Wakefield Traded Services website/ contact advisor directly
Safer Recruitment – See Wakefield Traded Services website/multi agency training program
FREE Signs of Safety – anyone in the school working with families and/or attending cp meetings/Early help meetings needs this training – see multi agency training (NB currently being created to now incorporate the wider approach in Wakefield)
FREE Multi agency – including Prevent/ Supervision skills/Allegations against Staff (for head teachers and chair of governors)/ Working Together-a shared responsibility/ Online safety and cyber bullying etc. see Multi Agency Training – link on very top right of page.
FREE LAC (CIC) teacher training – See Read More
FREE Mental Health training – see multi agency training / Eventbrite website – search Wakefield Mental Health/ Useful links below
As Safeguarding is such a vital part of everyone’s role, ALL school staff should receive basic awareness training which is regularly updated. There is an expectation that staff receive regular updates. Local advice is that there should be a face to face training session every 2 years with online learning and staff briefings/newsletters used in between.
Objectives of the basic awareness face to face training are:
- Define safeguarding and abuse in a school context and recognise impact and prevalence.
- Name and define the categories of abuse and recognise current signs and indicators
- Identify vulnerable groups and current issues. (for example HBV, radicalisation, CSE, CCE, Peer on Peer, Contextual Safeguarding)
- Consider lessons learnt for schools in Serious Cases.
- State how to respond to concerns using school policy and procedures – safeguarding, whistleblowing, code of conduct (including best practice – disclosures, recording and information sharing)
- Consider the local Wakefield picture.
- Reflect on professional boundaries and attitudes.
The minimum timescale to effectively achieve these objectives is 3 hrs. Site staff training can be made shorter or delivered in house by the DSL.
Refresher training is available but only for those who have had training from the advisor previously. This is 2 hrs. Secondary schools please contact advisor to discuss need and timings.
All are welcome to attend this course but please bear in mind there is specific strategic Governor training available see below.
DSLs / Headteachers and other senior staff are expected to keep up to date with basic awareness training.
If DSL’s are delivering this level of training in house please consult the TNA provided by Vicki Maybin before design and delivery to ensure the above objectives are covered. The advisor is also available for support and Quality Assurance if needed. Please also ensure that you are hitting the recognised minimum standards for safeguarding training – available from the Advisor.
For training to be effective, the maximum number in one session is limited to 25. This allows for effective group work, discussions, exploration of particular issues, or attitudes, and testing of skills. The minimum number is 8. If numbers are significantly above 25 please note you will receive a lecture rather than training.
For a briefing session (for example, 1 hour) there is no limit. However please consider what you need to achieve from the session. Objectives will be limited and there will be no opportunity for effective group work and feedback, meaning specific issues, attitudes and skills are unlikely to be fully explored.
It is recommended that the school completes a Training Needs Analysis (TNA -contact Vicki Maybin) before commissioning a briefing session to ensure confidence that the basic awareness objectives have been recently achieved.
Safeguarding – Let’s not hit the target but miss the point!
Due to the subject matter sessions MUST take place in a private area, that is not an area where pupils or other staff members may walk through.
Having a copy of your safeguarding policy, code of conduct, whistle blowing and recording forms available on the day will assist in message giving to staff.
Tables may be needed for activities, arranged so everyone can clearly see the projector screen.
Projector, screen, speakers are likely to be required.
Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP)
Room 59 County Hall
WSCP Online Training
There is also a free online basic awareness training course available, Safeguarding Children in Education.
This is through the Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP). Online learning can be used in the year in between face to face training.
PLEASE NOTE This is free, but there is a cost to the WSCP, so please ensure people do not mistakenly register nor request courses several times without completing.
DSL’s are advised to do the course first and, depending on the staff group, to provide assistance to staff who may not be computer confident.
If there are any issues please contact the Safeguarding Training Team:
- Business Admin email@example.com or 01924 307712
For national providers offering FREE online courses in Prevent, Anti bullying, Mental Health – see useful links
This must happen every 2 years with regular updates in between (in the form of self reading/ noting emails sent by advisor/ attending DSL forums/multi agency training etc). DSL training is booked through CPD/Wakefield Traded Services. Due to high demand for courses please do not book onto DSL training every year.
It is strongly advised that all DSL’s also attend Working Together – a shared responsibility, and it is necessary to attend Signs of Safety and Prevent training, these are available through the free multi agency program; https://www.wakefieldscp.org.uk/training-courses/
DSL’s will also want to consider other courses on offer through the free multi agency program including Wakefield Neglect toolkit/ Technology and cyber bullying/ Domestic Abuse/ CSE risk assessment tool/ Supervision skills/Sexual development of adolescents/ Contributing to case conferences etc.
Please ensure you always have DSL cover in school – i.e. do not have all DSL’s out of school on the same course!
If it has been well over 2 years since DSL training, and you have not kept up to date by other means, please redo the initial DSL course. However if you are only a few months overdue please book onto the next available refresher course, this will not be a problem if you have kept up to date in between courses with forums, reading emails etc.
Please book in plenty of time as DSL courses do fill quickly. Please book by clicking here alternatively you can ring 01977 721522.
Do not use online training for this level of course, DSL training cannot be fully nor effectively covered by online training.
DSL Forums; 4pm – 6pm (Flyers with booking details sent via email)
To be held at a host school, topics and booking details to be announced via email and I point.
- Thursday 24th October 2019 – Harmful Sexual Behaviour HSB. Children Missing. Children Vulnerable to Exploitation CVE team.
- Tuesday 3rd December 2019 – Bullying. Trauma.Future In Mind FIM.
- Wednesday 5th February 2020 – CSE. Safer Internet. Operation Encompass.
- Thursday 26th March 2020 – CANCELLED – gov. advice coronavirus
- Tuesday 12th May 2020 – CANCELLED clashes with main exam week
- Tuesday 9th June 2020 (NEW DATE) cancelled? until further notice.
Past forum topics have included Drug Services, Prevent, CSE, CCE and County Lines, Dealing with Suicide, Young Gamblers, Contextual Safeguarding Network, Domestic Violence, Young Carers.
Please see Wakefield Traded Services webpage.
For full governing body training at your school please contact the advisor directly. This is a 2.5 hr course.
Please see traded services webpage/multi agency program
Signs of Safety/Prevent etc.
Please see multi-agency training programme
Allegations against staff training
For headteachers (who are named as the case manager in statutory guidance). Please see multi agency training programme
NB for school specific guidance please see useful links.
Additional or periodic training
Half day face to face training or day conferences are occasionally held in response to current issues, open to all staff. In the past this has included Suicide awareness, CSE awareness and Domestic Abuse DASH risk assessment. There is also the annual WSCP Engagement with Education sessions and safeguarding week.
Promoted via email and iPoint.
Looked After Children CIC Teacher Training
Training contact – The Virtual School
Wakefield Safeguarding Children Partnership (WSCP)
Room 59 County Hall
- Traded Services -DSL/mop up basic training
- WSCP Online training
- WSCP multi agency training
- Allegations against staff
- Anti bullying FREE online training
- Mental Health young people FREE online learning
- Home Office Prevent FREE online learning
- Diana Award Anti bullying ambassator training
- 20 min suicide awareness training