Devon Safeguarding: Learning and Development Opportunities

Safeguarding is everybody’s responsibility. It is not just for those agencies/individuals who work within the child/adult protection fields.

The training provided by the Devon Safeguarding Boards and the Against Domestic Violence and Abuse Partnership (ADVA) is designed to increase participants’ knowledge and skills in the field of Safeguarding and to complement that which is provided on a single agency basis. It aims to improve working relationships between agencies, in order to promote high quality service provision and better outcomes for children, young people and adults. The training programme is continually updated to reflect changes in policy and practice, and local needs. Individual agencies are responsible for ensuring that their employees are competent and confident in carrying out their responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults. This includes creating a culture of openness, transparency and candour where staff feel able to raise concerns safely.

Safeguarding is about partnership, it is not about blame. All agencies and individuals need to take responsibility, to reflect and learn to safeguard people who may be vulnerable. All Safeguarding courses are focused on safety and protection; it is therefore a duty of the trainer to address any concerns about a delegate’s/organisation’s practice. Confidentiality within the group will normally be respected but may need to be broken if a disclosure of unsafe practice, abuse or neglect is made during the course – this will normally be discussed with the delegate first. If required, the concern will be passed on to the Workforce Development Manager to process accordingly.

While every effort is made to design the course/session to appeal to the needs of all delegates, it is almost inevitable that each person will have slightly (and in some cases significantly) different past experiences, levels of ability and knowledge, personal skills and styles, and needs and expectations. With this in mind, we respectfully request that delegates actively participate, listen to others, and remain aware of others’ emotions and exchange ideas and views in a professional manner. Some courses require an element of pre and/or post course study. This has been designed in response to the latest research about transferring learning to the workplace and it is the responsibility of the delegate to check what the requirements are for their course and to undertake the required learning.

To ensure effectiveness we ask all delegates to complete an evaluation form on completion of the course. Data is then monitored by the Workforce Development Manager to consider feedback and make any appropriate adjustments. Periodically we look at different ways of evaluating effectiveness and would ask all delegates to be active participants, responding as required.

Please be aware that the time scales required for refresher training is variable across organisations – delegates need to ascertain what their organisation requires. The expectation, unless otherwise stated is every three years.

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