At the Athena Programme, we believe in making material relevant, topical and practical.
You may have concerns about:
How staff will react to the training content;
How you can introduce culture change and embed a real understanding of safeguarding and its implications;
Or, be asking yourself questions such as: ‘can I be sure course content really will fit alongside our own organisation’s development needs?’.
Be assured, here at Athena we do not adopt a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Scenarios will be carefully structured to reflect concerns directly related to your sector and towards your own organisation’s learning.
Who should complete safeguarding training for children and young people?
Anyone who works with or regularly has contact within a setting with children and young people must complete safeguarding training. This includes both staff members and volunteers.
What will you learn on a course for safeguarding children and young people?
This course enables those working with children and young people the ability to recognise the signs of abuse or neglect and know how to react and respond in potential safeguarding scenarios.
Our training materials are aimed at professionals, including staff and volunteers, who have contact with children and young people. The course includes protection issues, legislation, abuse and neglect indicators and the responsibilities contained within safeguarding practices.
By the end of the course, learners should know the following:
Understand safeguarding and child protection definitions, indicators, legislation, guidance and processes
Understand and recognise the types of abuse as well as recognising the signs of abuse
Know how abuse and neglect can impact development of children and young people (Adverse Childhood Experiences ACE’s)
Have greater understanding of the potential risk factors which may increase the likelihood of abuse in children's lives
Know how to recognise, prevent and manage situations where children are likely to experience abuse or have experienced abuse or neglect.
Why is it important to train in safeguarding children?
If you have never undergone safeguarding training, then it can be very difficult to distinguish which children or young people you have contact with, may be at risk of abuse or neglect. Due to this, it is extremely important you receive the correct training and become aware of the signs and symptoms.
Safeguarding training will provide you with the knowledge and resources to understand why some children are more vulnerable to abuse and/or neglect.
Enforcing safeguarding training for all staff members and volunteers also shows parents, carers and stakeholders that your organisation is prioritising safeguarding. It can also help to encourage better communication between staff members, volunteers and parents/carers.