It is recommended that all childcare practitioners including volunteers, managers, welfare and business staff complete relevant training in order to safeguard and promote the wellbeing of all the children in their care.
The safeguarding E-Learning package available online is a good place to start but is suggested as basic training only. The content of the course does not provide sufficient learning for early years practitioners to have a comprehensive understanding of safeguarding to meet the requirements of the EYFS and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018.
E-Learning is useful to complete as part of staff induction, a follow up conversation with a senior manager or Designated Lead Practitioner to support learning and answer any questions will be of further benefit. This basic training is also valuable as a refresher if safeguarding training has not been completed for a while, or in the interim while awaiting a place on face to face training.
E-Learning does not provide the same opportunities as face to face training as it is completed in isolation and therefore should not be considered a substitute for interactive learning.
Lancashire County Council face to face safeguarding training
Face to face training is recommended for all early years staff as it provides learning within a group, allows for dialogue and discussion; sharing of experience and asking of questions thus providing a richer learning experience. Basic details of available courses are listed below:
The requirement to undertake appropriate safeguarding training is a condition within the EYFS. The timescales for renewal are as directed by the requirements of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Lancashire Safeguarding Children Board and need to be adhered to.
Continuous Professional Development
As part of continuous professional development it is recommended that the Designated Lead Practitioner also considers accessing multi-agency LSCB training at level 3. There are always several places available to the wider private, voluntary and independent sector. Courses are advertised on the LSCB website and are free unless not attended where a charge is then made.
It is also good practice for all staff to evidence that they are improving their safeguarding knowledge on at least an annual basis. This does not mean having to attend expensive formal training but should be considered within a wider learning and development context and may include E-Learning, taking time to read and digest safeguarding developments e.g. LSCB 7 Minute Briefings, Professional Learning from Lancashire Serious Case Reviews (published on the LSCB website), sharing good practice with practitioners and generally keeping up with any new developments relevant to the role. There is an expectation that individual practitioners will be proactive in updating their training to maintain their continued learning and professional development.
Lancashire County Council In-House Training
We offer in-house safeguarding training. This option may be preferable to enable training of all staff together. Individual settings can offer places to other childcare providers (nurseries, childminders, or out of school clubs) in the area to help boost numbers and cover the cost. This could also be a choice for groups of childminders who are able to book a suitable room.
For details of how to book in-house training please contact staff at the Professional Development Centre on 01772 456405 or by email at EarlyYearsCentre@lancashire.gov.uk
Alternative Training Providers
There is no compulsory obligation to purchase training delivered by Lancashire County Council, safeguarding training can be accessed from a number of different training providers. The training that we offer, provides relevant detail on local pathways and child protection procedures, Lancashire specific updates to practice, professional learning from Serious Case Reviews etc. These elements may be missing from non Lancashire County Council training providers.
Lancashire County Council and LSCB do not know the content of courses available from other training providers so unfortunately are not able to advise on the suitability of these courses.