For Virtual College, 2016 is a significant year, representing the 10th anniversary of the Safeguarding e-Academy. Over the last 10 years, we have delivered over 1 million safeguarding courses to help protect children.

But we could not have achieved this alone. Along the way, we have had tremendous support from our partners.

Virtual College’s has identified several organisations who have made a particularly significant contribution to safeguarding training and recognised this with its Safeguarding Awards.

For example, a decade ago, Bradford Safeguarding Children Board was one of the pioneers in recognising the need to provide consistent, high quality training to a wide range of staff who came into contact with children.

Its staff partnered with Virtual College in creating an innovative online learning resource which would be used alongside face to face training to reach a large number of learners.

Since 2006, more than 20,000 safeguarding children courses have been passed in the Bradford SCB area.

Bradford Safeguarding Children Board’s Learning and Development Coordinator, Julie Evans, and Training Administrator, Rachael Hammond received the award for ‘outstanding contribution to safeguarding training’ on behalf of the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board at their special Safeguarding Event held at Bradford College.

The Children’s Society has received a ‘special recognition for instant impact’ award. Throughout the length and breadth of England, hundreds of Children’s Society staff are involved in issues concerning children and young people every day, so the task of ensuring they receive appropriate training is challenging.

Since The Children’s Society first started working with the Virtual College’s Safeguarding e-Academy in January of this year, over 2,000 courses have been allocated to learners and over 1,700 have already been completed.

Receiving their award , Nikki Clack, Head of Learning and Talent at The Children’s Society, commented: “This is a tremendous accolade and we have made major progress in reaching out to a large number of people who come into contact with children and young people and safeguarding issues but we need to keep reminding ourselves that safeguarding children and young people is everyone’s responsibility.”

The full list of awards winners are:

Outstanding contribution to sharing safeguarding knowledge – Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board

Positive contribution to learner engagement – Northamptonshire Safeguarding Children Board

Outstanding use of learning technology – Lincolnshire Safeguarding Children Board

Best practice in learner engagement – Pan Bedfordshire LSCB Training Unit

Outstanding contribution to the creation of e-learning content – Durham Safeguarding Children Board

Special recognition for instant impact – Children’s Society

Outstanding contribution to safeguarding training – Bradford Safeguarding Children Board