It is crucial that the needs of safeguarding professionals are reflected with flexible training that is able to react and adapt as quickly as the sector itself. This article takes a look at why this form of training is best suited to those working on the front line.

Adapting to fast-moving government legislation

With hot topics in safeguarding changing year on year, safeguarding professionals need to have the skills and tools available to allow them to adapt to the next big issue faced within society, be that child sexual exploitation, trafficking or radicalisation for example.

An example of this is Working Together to Safeguard Children. This safeguarding guidance has received three iterations since being introduced in 2010. Even small changes in guidance and legislation can lead to large changes for frontline safeguarding professionals in the way that they work.

Learning the lessons of serious case reviews

Another key issue within the world of safeguarding currently is the use of serious case reviews. With high profile safeguarding failures in the public eye, such as the child sexual exploitation scandal in Rotherham, frontline professionals must be equipped with the necessary skills to be able to learn from the mistakes and immediately make chances to working practice.

An example of this can be seen in the Oxford Serious Case Review, where training deficiencies were seen as one of the key failures which led to the wide extent of the child abuse encountered in Oxford.

Improving the skills of all professionals

Protecting children is the top responsibility of every professional who comes into contact with children. Be that a social worker, teacher or nurse. Those on the front line of safeguarding are the first point of contact for every child and are the most valuable to spotting the signs of abuse and neglect, and being able to offer protection and safety for the child in question.

Without the correct safeguarding training, a frontline professional could potentially miss the signs of abuse and fail to protect a child suffering from abuse and neglect. It has been shown time and time again through serious case reviews that lack of correct, up-to-date, quality training has led to failures in child protection.

Conclusion

Safeguarding professionals are in their sector of work because they are driven to protect children from abuse and neglect. It is essential that they are given up-to-date, good quality training to enable them to provide the best child protection that they can offer.

Employees that feel they are receiving relevant training which improves their knowledge and skills leads to a more motivated, engaged and adaptable workforce. Not only this, a flexible, varied training programme will attract the best talent, who want to learn and improve their skillset.


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