Staff Training & Induction
Staff training and induction
All staff will receive an induction so they are aware of our safeguarding systems. This will include the child protection policy, behaviour policy, staff behaviour policy and Code of Conduct, safeguarding response to children who go missing and role of the DSL (including the identity of the DSL and any deputies). We will provide copies of policies and a copy of Part one (or Annex A, if appropriate) or KCSIE to all staff at induction.
Staff will receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training (including online safety) at induction. This training will be updated regularly (as a minimum every three years). All staff will also receive at least annual child protection and safeguarding updates, to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.
All staff will be made aware of the following:
- Telford & Wrekin early help process and their role within it;
- the process for making referrals to children’s social care and for statutory assessments under the Children Act 1989 and the role they might be expected to play in such assessments, and what to do if a child tells them he/she is being abused, exploited or neglected.
Staff know how to manage the requirement to maintain an appropriate level of confidentiality. This means only involving those who need to be involved, such as the DSL (or a deputy) and children’s social care. Staff will never promise a child that they will not tell anyone about a report of any form of abuse, as this may ultimately not be in the best interests of the child. All staff will reassure victims that they are being taken seriously and that they will be supported and kept safe. A victim will never be given the impression that they are creating a problem by reporting abuse, sexual violence or sexual harassment. Nor will a victim ever be made to feel ashamed for making a report.