This course is aimed at practitioners who are or will be Designated Child Protection Officers or Deputy Designated Child Protection Officers. Good practice would suggest that the Designated Safeguarding Officer should be an experienced member of staff.
Upon completion of this course the trainee will be knowledgeable in their role and responsibilities when working as a Designated Child Protection Officer. The course will meet current legislative requirements.
Course learning outcomes will includes:
All information must be linked to Early Years policies and to the DHSSPS Minimum Standards for Children Under Age 12 and, where appropriate, the ETI guidelines.
The trainee will understand how to deal with a range of safeguarding issues including;
- Understanding the role of the Designated Safeguarding Children/Child Protection Officer
- Assessment and the organisational policy and procedures regarding safeguarding
- Local Health and Social Care structures, referral procedures and subsequent processes;
- Exploration of values regarding child abuse and explanation of the impact of these on professional practice
- Exploration of barriers to staff reporting child protection concerns and consideration of strategies to alleviate them
- Record Keeping and communicating confidential and sensitive issues
- Supporting staff dealing with Child Protection issues
- Whistleblowing and managing allegations against staff
- Working with parents when dealing with sensitive issues
- Managing stress and seeking support
- Ensuring Child Protection/Safeguarding is raised at each AGM.