Mentor: Safeguarding Training and Services

In this blog, Natasha Lawrence, Safeguarding Manager at The Safeguarding Company, explains her experiences with creating and delivering safeguarding training and the benefits of Mentor Pro and Plus.

Safeguarding Training

For over a decade now I have been involved in delivering and creating safeguarding training content for police, social care, health, and education. It can be difficult when no qualifications are required to deliver training, no national competency framework for you to work alongside and no governing body. This leads to varying degrees of quality in the content, delivery, and actual learning taken forward into the workplace which is rarely measured. 

Statutory guidance, such as Keeping Children Safe in Education, offers no further clarification other than the safeguarding and child protection training for all staff should be ‘appropriate’ and ‘regularly updated’ at least on an annual basis. 

When I first started training, I would receive feedback such as ‘we have all heard about the shocking child abuse cases, but what can we do on a daily basis to prevent this?’ leading me to work towards content that would provide learners with practical based knowledge and skills. Also, acknowledging the emotional component of safeguarding and the barriers such as time constraints, resources, and lack of support safeguarding practitioners are faced with on a daily basis forced me to reevaluate the content and methodology. Learning may also be inhibited by an organisation’s cultural practices and by raising awareness of this may drive an organisational level shift. 

Mentor

My background is in police child protection and training, and I have worked alongside other safeguarding professionals to create Mentor Safeguarding Training and Services. We strive to provide you with high-quality content, resources, and practical skills to embed learning within your setting. Safeguarding Training should not be an annual tick box exercise, but learning based on a training needs analysis striving to improve skills, behaviour, and attitude within the workplace. 

Mentor Pro provides you with all of your statutory training requirements for all your staff and governors, access to your personal learning platform and downloadable resources. Resources such as our Inset Pack, a full 32-slide deck with accompanying lesson plan, case scenarios and quizzes are aimed at Designated Safeguarding Leads providing them with content for their inset days.  

Mentor Plus encompasses all of Mentor Pro but offers further services such as bespoke resources, webinars, and safeguarding audits. We take the time to listen to your needs and formulate a training strategy providing you with training and updates specific to your setting. 

As we can provide you with your safeguarding training and products we can incorporate health checks into your systems usage, not only identifying training around the product but digging deeper into your safeguarding practices and offering guidance and training. Any Safeguarding solution is only as good as the user, and we are in the unique position to raise proficiency in the use of our products and your safeguarding practices. 

You will also have access to our online Mentor community through one of our Mentor subscription packages. Here you have the opportunity to shape future courses, and resources, share good practice with your peers and connect with like-minded professionals. 

Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility, and we are in this together. 

We are here to listen ….. enquire about Mentor today

Author
Natasha Lawrence
Safeguarding Manager
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