Designated safeguarding officer training (Northern Ireland)
For those with a lead operational role for safeguarding within the voluntary, community and corporate sectors
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0808 800 5000
What is the course about?
This course will enable you to become familiar with the role and responsibilities of the designated safeguarding children officer and develop competence and confidence in carrying out this role.
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13 Jun: Belfast
7 Nov: Belfast
27 Feb: Belfast
First floor, Jennymount Court, North Derby Street, Belfast BT15 3HN
£150 per delegate.
Tailored training: price on application.
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Who is this course for?
For those with specific responsibility to ensure appropriate steps are taken to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who are known to their organisations. This includes children who may be in need of protection from significant harm.
Health professionals: this course provides training equal to Level 2 - the minimum level required for clinical staff who have some degree of contact with children and young people and/or parents/carers. We can also deliver Level 4 training to your health organisation. To commission health named professionals training, please call 0808 800 5000 or email email@example.com.
What level is the course and do I need any specific skills?
This is an advanced course designed for those who have received previous child protection training, for example the NSPCC's Introduction to child protection.
By the end of the course, you should be able to:
- describe the role of the designated safeguarding children officer and state key areas of responsibility
- state your own values regarding child abuse and the impact of these on professional practice
- describe the key legislation and guidance underpinning your organisation’s policy for responding to concerns about a child’s safety or welfare
- decide what steps the organisation needs to take to ensure the safety and welfare of children and young people with whom it has contact
- understand the blocks inhibiting children from disclosing abuse and respond effectively to a child who does disclose
- understand blocks to staff reporting concerns and how to overcome these
- make appropriate decisions about the action to take when informed of a concern about a child or young person
- state what is likely to happen following a referral to children’s social care and what further role you may have
- explain the issues in connection with recording and sharing of information, including that of confidentiality
- demonstrate an awareness of the emotional dimension of safeguarding work and identify a network for personal support
- state the main tenets of your organisation’s policy and procedures.
How will I be taught?
Through face-to-face learning by experienced professionals. A range of methods will be used to help to develop your skills and knowledge and there will be opportunities to review your current organisation’s policy and procedures.
Methods include small and large group discussions, interactive activities such as the application of learning to case scenarios, and use or DVD materials.
NSPCC Northern Ireland Regional Office, First Floor, Jennymount Court, North Derby Street, Belfast BT15 3HN
Directions to the NSPCC Northern Ireland regional office
For further information please call 0808 800 5000, email firstname.lastname@example.org or book online
What course could I take next?
You could attend training that will extend your knowledge and skills in specific areas
such as child neglect or domestic violence.
The training on safer recruitment
would also expand on the information provided in this course.As designated safeguarding officers are expected to update their knowledge of child protection guidance, legislation and processes you may wish to consider attending this update training
every two years.
We can also develop or modify a course specifically to meet your organisation's needs. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact us to discuss your requirements.