Safeguarding Champions Investigation Skills Training

Whether you are forming new Safeguarding Governance arrangements with new safeguarding champions or want to offer development days for the existing champions this bespoke course is for your organisation. Offering a way to upskill and increase the knowledge of those in your organisation who act as safeguarding champions offering in conducting safeguarding investigations.

What will you learn from Champions Investigation Skills Training?

  • Champions roles and responsibilities
  • Understand internal Safeguarding and Complaints / Investigations Policy and Procedures.
  • To understand the purpose and importance of the Safeguarding Champion.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of the ‘Safeguarding Champion’ ( Terms and Conditions) and explore what this means for you for you in practice. i.e. ‘One Touch’ data platform
  • Explore the roles and responsibilities of other safeguarding partners for investigating child and adult safeguarding concerns/allegations i.e., hierarchy of investigations-criminal – safeguarding – LADO -disciplinary

Safeguarding Investigations Skills

  • Awareness of specialist interview of vulnerable and intimidated witnesses
  • Interview planning - Issues around being sensitive to service users’ needs within the investigative process
  • Develop skills in creating a safe environment for speaking/ interviewing including the use of questioning styles
  • Recognise the relevant questioning techniques which can be used to maximise the information being received and how to question an individual ensuring open questions and the funnelling technique are used appropriately.
  • Effectively plan and prepare for different types of interviews and how to structure an interview with relevant questions (including no-comment interviews)
  • Weighing up evidence (balance of probabilities) in final reports
  • Describe some of the key points to consider when analysing and evaluating evidence

Safeguarding Development Section 

  • Take time for action planning for ownership, embedding the safeguarding champion’s structure, meetings and a communications strategy.
  • To review the implementation of the Safeguarding champions and review their roles and responsibilities
  • Understand how to refer to concerns/allegations to statutory agencies.
  • Understand how to respond to those subject of concerns or allegations of abuse
  • Understand and further explore your role and responsibilities as a safeguarding champion
  • Set expectations for the next year
  • Develop an action plan to apply learning to professional practice

Planning Investigations

  • Knowledge and skills on sharing information and multi-agency working
  • Identify the 5 steps to conducting an investigation and how these steps will ensure a thorough professional investigation is conducted.
  • Proficiently plan and carry out an ongoing enquiry
  • Provide a clear evidence trail in gathering, securing, and storing evidence, and interviewing of witnesses.
  • Developing skills and understanding in the context of an organic and safe investigative decision-making process (who, when, why, what)
  • Issues around being sensitive to service users’ needs within the investigative process
  • Building participants’ confidence in challenging and working with external providers and key stakeholders

What is a Safeguarding Champion?

A safeguarding champion is a proactive individual who takes a leadership role in promoting, implementing and ensuring safeguarding practices. Safeguarding involves protecting children and vulnerable adults from harm, abuse or neglect.

This role is particularly important when you want to develop a safer culture based on good practice and shared responsibility.

Safeguarding Champions actively promote awareness of safeguarding issues and encourage a culture that prioritises the wellbeing and protection of individuals. They may contribute to the development and review of safeguarding policies and procedures and offer support and guidance to colleagues and/or volunteers who have safeguarding concerns or questions relating to safeguarding.

Can anyone be a Safeguarding Champion?

There are certain key attributes you will need to be a Safeguarding Champion. A strong commitment to the principles and practices of safeguarding, ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children young people and adults at risk of harm or abuse. Extensive knowledge of safeguarding policies and procedures and best practices. You will need to have the ability to communicate effectively with staff, volunteers and external agencies, be approachable and trustworthy and have the willingness to continue to develop your knowledge and skills.

What training do you already need to be a Safeguarding Champion?

To become a Safeguarding Champion, you will need to have completed your

 level 1 and level 2 safeguarding training previously.  Then you can move forward to complete your Champions Training. A level of experience shadowing a champion is always a benefit and understanding the role.

How to book this course

To book this course please speak to a friendly member of our team to arrange the training. Or click the link below and fill in our contact form and a member of our team will email you to arrange a call.

Please contact us by email if you have any questions regarding this Champions training course.

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