Education safeguarding training and support
A range of training and support is available to education provisions:
- Whole school safeguarding awareness training.
- Annual education designated safeguarding lead training.
- Annual safeguarding governor conference.
- Multi-agency safeguarding training provided through Solihull Local Safeguarding Board.
- Collaborative subgroups of the education sub group.
Safeguarding Awareness Training
(previously known as Level 1 Training: 3 hours, delivered in a half day morning or afternoon session)
Keeping children safe in education (2018) 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.’
Keeping children safe in education (2018), paragraph 14
Safeguarding awareness training is available to all maintained schools and academies on a three yearly cycle, delivered as whole school training, for all staff and governors (including site managers, lunchtime supervisors and school cooks) free of charge. The designated safeguarding lead, once s/he has undertaken this training, will be provided with the training materials so that they can update any new staff within the three year cycle.
To book a whole school training session, please contact the SEIS office ( 0121 704 6620 or SEIS@solihull.gov.uk).
Independent and Post 16 provisions can purchase either a bespoke whole school training session or a train the trainer session. To book a bespoke whole school training session or a train the trainer session, please contact the SEIS office
( 0121 704 6620 or SEIS@solihull.gov.uk).
New designated safeguarding lead training and new deputy designated safeguarding leads
Keeping children safe in education 2018 states:
‘The designated safeguarding lead and any deputies should undergo training to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role. The training should be
updated every two years.’ [Paragraph 66]
‘In addition to their formal training, as set out above, their knowledge and skills should be updated, (for example via e-bulletins, meeting other designated safeguarding leads, or
taking time to read and digest safeguarding developments), at regular intervals, but at least annually, to keep up with any developments relevant to their role.’ [Paragraph 67]
New designated safeguarding leads must attend the Solihull LSCB module 2 multi-agency training. To book please go to http://www.solihulllscb.co.uk/training.php. In order to keep this training up-to-date,
designated safeguarding leads are then expected to attend the annual education
safeguarding leads’ training conference at least every two years, although we
strongly recommend annual attendance. Conference dates are advised in advance via
Solihull headlines and bookings are managed through the SEIS office. To book a whole
school training session, please contact the SEIS office ( 0121 704 6620 or SEIS@solihull.gov.uk).
It is important that designated safeguarding leads are familiar with part 2 of Keeping
children safe in education (2018), fully understand the school child protection policy and
procedures, and have a clear job description in line with annex B of Keeping Children safe
in education (2018).
Existing designated safeguarding leads and existing
deputy designated safeguarding leads
Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 states:
“The designated safeguarding lead and any deputies should undergo training to provide
them with the knowledge and skills required to carry out the role. The training should be
updated every two years.” (Paragraph 66)
“In addition to their formal training, as set out above, their knowledge and skills should be
updated, (for example via e-bulletins, meeting other designated safeguarding leads, or
taking time to read and digest safeguarding developments), at regular intervals, but at least annually, to keep up with any developments relevant to their role.” (Paragraph 67)
Existing Designated Safeguarding Leads and existing Deputy Designated Safeguarding
Leads are expected to attend the annual Education Safeguarding Leads’ Annual Conference in order to keep this training up-to-date at least every two years, although we recommend annual attendance. To book please contact the SEIS office ( 0121 704 6620 or SEIS@solihull.gov.uk).
It is a recommendation from Solihull LSCB that designated safeguarding leads attend
3-6 hours of multi-agency training per year. It is for individual designated safeguarding
leads to decide which of these modules are appropriate for their continuing professional
development and for the needs of the school. For example:
- Module 4 – Child protection: analysis, judgement and leadership in partnership
working – deepens knowledge and practice following on from the previous level 2 (no longer run by Solihull LSCB) and the current module 2, for lead designated
- Focusing on the current LSCB priorities:
Child Sexual Exploitation (Module 5)
Neglect (Modules 6a and 6b. Please note Module 6c is for those working in the home environment, we would expect other agencies such as the school nursing service to
be trained in Module 6 and lead on the graded care profile)
Early Help (Module 1).
Your education provision may have higher numbers of either physical abuse, sexual
abuse or emotional abuse cases in which case Module 7, Module 8 or Module 9 may be
To book, please go to http://www.solihulllscb.co.uk/training.php
It is important that designated safeguarding leads are familiar with part 2 of Keeping
children safe in education (2018), have a clear job description in line with annex B of Keeping children safe in education (2018) and fully understand the school child protection policy and procedures.
Annual safeguarding governor conference
Safeguarding governors from all education provision in Solihull are invited to attend the
annual safeguarding governor conference, which is a three hour evening event, focusing on the statutory responsibilities of governors to keep them up to date on their responsibilities. It incorporates any key local and national learning and priorities.
A governor overview sheet is provided in the appendix of the safeguarding policy guidance which allows governors to evidence their work in this area.
Safeguarding Awareness Training for Governors
Governors are expected to attend safeguarding awareness training that takes place within
the school cycle alongside school staff. Where they are unable to attend the school
designated safeguarding lead should provide the training to governors as soon as possible after the event has been delivered to staff.
Managing Allegations Training
It is essential that those involved in managing allegations are familiar with Part 4 of Keeping children safe in education (2018) and the local authority managing allegations policy guidance and procedure. Managing allegations records must be kept separately to child protection records and a chronology of events is logged (template provided in appendix 5 of Safeguarding policy guidance). www.solgrid.org.uk/safeguarding
Solihull LSCB provides Managing Allegations against Staff training for those leading on
managing allegations in education provisions:
Headteachers, principals and proprietors are the point of contact in the education
provision and act as case manager for any allegation against a member of staff liaising
with the local authority duty officer (LADO).
The Chair of Governors should be the point of contact in the event of an allegation
against the headteacher/principal and act as case manager liaising with the local
authority duty officer (LADO).
(There is no specified frequency to refresh training; best practice might indicate once every
five years, however, if the individual keeps up to date through reading any relevant
information and practice then that is sufficient).
Safer Recruitment and Selection Training in Education
At least one person on any appointment panel should be trained. Keeping Children Safe in
Education 2018 states:
“The School Staffing (England) Regulations 2009 require governing bodies of maintained
schools to ensure that at least one person on any appointment panel has undertaken safer recruitment training. Governing bodies of maintained schools may choose appropriate training and may take advice from their LSCB in doing so. The training should cover, as a minimum, the content of this guidance (Part 2, Paragraph 85).
Local Authority education safer recruitment and selection training is delivered at regular
intervals by SEIS in partnership with Solihull Human Resources. To book – contact the SEIS Office (Telephone: 0121 704 6620 Email: SEIS@solihull.gov.uk). We strongly advise that this is the preferred training, as it focuses on both local and national issues and practice.
Caitlin Watts (FSS north) James Hodgetts (FSS north) and Toni Clifton (MASH) are looking to hold a family support worker and DSL networking meeting. This will be held at the Bluebell Centre in Chelmsley Wood so that as part of the meeting you will be able to have a walk around of the office and meet people within the teams. The aim of this network meeting is to improve communication between children's services and schools in the north of Solihull, share an improved understanding of common issues and themes in working together and deliver training in some of the key areas highlighted at the family support worker meeting on Friday 17 May 2019.
We are hoping that this will be the first of many meetings and the ideas we have so far that we would like to include in this session and those moving forwards are;
- Thresholds and referrals
- Escalation and de-escalation within children’s services
- Effective direct work tools for working with children and families
- A brief overview of children’s services processes and legislation
Joel Desous (Head of Service) will also be in attendance at the first one to give you all a briefing about the new structure (that was implemented on 1 April 2019).
An email has been sent to family support workers asking them to vote on a preferred date. Options being;
Thursday 13 June – 12pm – 2pm
Thursday 26 June – 10am – 12pm
If anyone has any questions about this meeting or suggestions for further meetings in the future, please do contact me Toni Clifton on 0121 7884300 or toni.Clifton@Solihull.gov.uk.
We are looking forward to getting started!
For full details, please see document attached below.
Dates have now been arranged in the autumn term for the annual DSL and safeguarding governor conferences. For dates and full details, please see letter attached below.