Basic Introduction to Safeguarding Children & Safe Working Practice

  • Basic Introduction to Safeguarding Children – 2 hours
  • Safer Working Practice – 45 mins
  • The certificate for this session will include the 2 aspects of training undertaken


This course is useful for all recently appointed members of school/college staff including Head Teachers, NQTs, Safeguarding leads, Teaching staff,  Support Staff (in any role) or anyone in an Education Setting who needs to undertake this training. 

The course is split into 2 sessions. Session 1 covers a basic introduction to safeguarding children, recognising abuse, information sharing guidance, learning from serious case reviews and the Rochdale process of Early Help and Child Protection.  Session 2 covers safer working practice and the trainer will work through the document issued to all staff at induction entitled "Guidance for Safer Working Practice for those working with Children and Young People in Education Settings" updated in October 2015 by the Safer Recruitment Consortium with a foreword by the Department for Education.


Basic Introduction to Safeguarding Children – 2 hours

  • Recent Changes in Child Protection Legislation
  • Learning from Serious Case Reviews
  • Early Help
  • Definitions of abuse
  • Recognising abuse
  • Case study
  • Consulting, making a referral
  • Information sharing guidance
  • The process of child protection
  • Close & evaluation


    Safer Working Practice – 45 mins

    Working through the “Guidance for Safer Working Practice for those working with Children and Young People in Education Settings" This is an opportunity to discuss a set of statements with colleagues in order to determine whether what is being described is classed as ‘Safe Working Practice’ for professionals.


  • Facilitator
  • Venue & Travel Information

Claire Heap (Education Safeguarding Officer, RBC)

Claire joined Rochdale LA in 2011, having previously worked in HR roles across different sectors for 15 years. She initially worked within the Schools HR team, providing advice on a wide range of HR matters including statutory guidance on Safer Recruitment and allegations management procedures. During this time, Claire enjoyed building relationships with schools and developed a keen interest in safeguarding, which led to her moving into the role of Education Safeguarding Officer in October 2017. Within this role, Claire provides single-agency training, advice and support to school staff in relation to safeguarding.

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How to get here

By Road: The Rochdale campus is 2.6 miles from junction 20 off the M62. Follow the signs for Rochdale town centre

By Rail: Rochdale train station is a ten minute walk from the Rochdale Campus through the town centre. It is also a Metrolink station, Manchester’s light railway system, which links Rochdale with Oldham, Bury and Manchester City Centre.

By Bus: The Rochdale bus station is approximately 5 minutes’ walk from the Rochdale campus. There are frequent bus services throughout the borough which terminate in Rochdale.

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