Child Protection: BAND Training courses

November 6, 2019 posted by

Ok, so one of the training courses that band
delivers is Child Protection, and there are three of us
here who deliver the Child Protection, we deliver it
two of us at a time & we also deliver it with somebody from the Bristol Safeguarding Children
Board as well & we just wanted to explain a little bit about the course, so I just wondered
if you wanted to say ‘why is it important that people do Child Protection training. I think it’s key, it’s very important
that we are looking after young people & children, keeping them safe – so that’s a crucial,
fundamental role. And I think it’s really important that people realise that they do
a lot of that already – something that our course is particularly good at is
Identifying- getting people to realise that there’s a lot of those skills that they’ve
already got, so we’re building on them & identifying them. OK, so currently, there is a condition about
people redoing the training every three years, so Evelyn do you want to say a bit about why
they need to do that? I think it’s really important to keep your
skills fresh, your knowledge fresh- things change all the time & we find that as trainers-
we’re always updating the course. Also, if you’re in a setting where perhaps there
haven’t been any child protection issues in the last few years, it’s really important
to remind yourself what things you might want to look out for & what you might do in response.
In a way, it’s a good place to practice & keep yourself fresh. Yeah, because it’s really nice for people
on the courses that we do have a mixture of people who have been in playwork & childcare
for a long time & people who are very new, and it’s great that people on the course
can share their experiences, and learn a lot from the other participants as well. And I just think that some of the methods
we use, you know it’s not about us just standing in front & telling people- we want
it to be quite participatory & we use different exercises to get the information across. And I do genuinely think that people walk
out feeling much more confident, and that they’ve had a chance to gain experience
by working with other people, and that they feel much clearer about what they want to
do, what they need to do in terms of child protection. I always get quite excited when I see that
point, when people are like “actually I do know a lot of this” and you know this
is quite base level stuff, and I do know it, and I know about children, and I know what
worries me about a child, and I do know what to do about it & actually the course just
gives the confidence to take that forward. Absolutely, I totally agree with that, and
I think that, you said earlier that we are able to update it regularly, and as new research
comes out, new information, new issues that children are facing, such as online dangers,
which is a much bigger presence now, with people having mobile phones and access to
the internet, you know when we started that really wasn’t an issue – it didn’t exist
– but I think it’s really important that we keep on top of that, and that workers keep
on top of that- as you know things change & evolve so quickly – you can’t be complacent
& think “I know everything there is to know”- it is a changing field – and legislation
changes as well, is affected by serious case reviews and things like that. I think there is often a lot of anxiety around
this subject, so this is a really good place to actually really have a good look at it,
and to genuinely develop your thinking around it, new ideas & to assess how much you might
need to tweak, in terms of your approach to this – but that it is very achievable. And I think that the courses are good fun,
I think they genuinely are, people go out, having come in thinking “this is child protection,
& it is a really important subject”, they walk out feeling that they have gained a lot
more than just a certificate. Yeah and I think the area particularly the
area of getting them to think about their own practice – how they keep themselves
safe, how to perhaps raise concerns, think about what they’re doing in their setting-
I think that’s really important. And that’s something that perhaps they didn’t think
they would do when they arrived, actually them they go back thinking “ Ok how am I
going to assess what I do , and how am I going to comment on what other people do in the
setting” I also think that the good thing about the
fact that we’ve developed this in partnership with the Bristol Children’s Safeguarding
Board is that we are able to keep up with changes within the local authority and their
procedures and practices, so it’s important that workers know that if they do need to
make a referral, who they need to make that to & what that process would be. And, again,
that’s something that has changed a lot in recent years, and is in the process of
changing again. So having that, knowing who is out there,
what is out there to support them, it’s great. And that there is always someone to ask, of
you’re not sure about something, there is always something to ask, and we put that content
into the course, about all the agencies out there who could be asked, and that it’s
not something that one person needs to hold to and make a decision, it’s really important
to know that there is a wealth of information out there. And that really supports the whole notion
of partnership working and the idea of agencies working together and not just “I’ve got
this piece of information & you haven’t” – it’s about networking and sharing in
the interest of those children and families so they get the services that they need.

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