Safeguarding Training for Trustees

At The Athena Programme we specialise in bespoke safeguarding courses for Trustees of Charities registered across the UK with the Charity Commission or the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR)

If you are a Trustee of a registered charity this course will allow you to examine, your Safeguarding statutory duties and reflect on the culture and compliance of your safeguarding practice and procedures.

What will I Learn on a Safeguarding for Trustees Training Course

  • Brief overview of safeguarding children and adults at risk - definitions, categories, signs, and symptoms of abuse ( Level 1 overview)
  • Charities Commission and safeguarding standards
  • Safeguarding Governance -statutory duties and responsibilities of Trustees - what risks should you be looking for?
  • Awareness of Safeguarding policy and procedures (DSO role recording etc)
  • Understanding and exploring the role and responsibilities of Trustees in terms of safeguarding and a safer culture
  • Audit and review processes- what is safeguarding success?
  • Action plan – responding to current gaps and changes in safeguarding risks

What else will I learn on a Safeguarding for Trustees Training Course

How to work with, support and challenge your management team to ensure your charity is operating according to good safeguarding principles and practice.

What Level of Safeguarding Training should I have completed before the Safeguarding for Trustee Training?

Trustees of organisations, especially those involved with children, young people and adults at risk, should have the appropriate level of safeguarding training to fulfil their legal responsibilities.

The level of training required can vary depending on the trustee's role in the charity.

Trustees who have specific safeguarding responsibilities i.e., Lead Trustee for Safeguarding may require more in-depth training than the basic level 1. If you are a Designated Safeguarding Lead you should have advanced training.

Why do Trustees need safeguarding training?

Trustees need to be aware of their roles and responsibilities regarding safeguarding, especially for organisations where service users are children, young people or adults at risk. They too should attend training which includes Level 1 as well as more bespoke training to understand their roles and responsibilities and risks register requirements under the Charity Commission Safeguarding duties for Trustees.  Thereafter they should also receive regular safeguarding updates relevant to their role. All organisations working with vulnerable groups should have an appointed Board Safeguarding Trustee lead, with the knowledge and experience to carry out this role in addition to their normal Trustee duties.

What is the role of a Lead Trustee for Safeguarding?

The Charity Commission states that safeguarding is the responsibility of all trustees. If you appoint a lead trustee, it should be clear that they are not to be the only person among the trustees who understands safeguarding. In most cases, the Lead Trustee for Safeguarding will be either:

  • A volunteer from within the board who has skills, experience and confidence in the area of safeguarding or
  • A volunteer who starts without knowledge but is willing to undertake the necessary training in order to develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake the role.
  • The lead trustee for safeguarding usually takes on three main sets of duties related to safeguarding in addition to their wider responsibilities as a trustee.
  • Strategic activity- review and deliver safeguarding plans
  • Ensuring Effective safeguarding policy and practice
  • Creating the right culture
  • The chair of Trustees should make sure that the lead trustee for safeguarding either has the required knowledge, skills, and experience or is supported to develop these

How to book this course

At Athena we understand that Trustees are volunteers and will have day jobs as well and arranging training sessions for them can prove challenging. At Athena we provide enhanced flexibility in order to maximise Trustee attendance by providing Trustees training sessions in the evening or at weekends as well as during the day.

To book this course please speak to a friendly member of our team to arrange the training. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding safeguarding Training for Trustees.

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