Working Together 2018 includes the responsibilities of the 3 safeguarding partners (CCG, Police and Local Authority) in relation to training: “The three safeguarding partners should consider what training is needed locally and how they will monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of any training they commission” (page 14)
Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. provides training and development opportunities for anyone who works or volunteers with children and young people in Bexley. This is to help them safeguard and promote the welfare of children effectively. The opportunities available reflect different levels of responsibility.
Practitioners and managers must be able to work effectively with others, both within their own agency and across organisational boundaries. This is best achieved by a combination of single-agency training (which is the responsibility of single agencies) and multi-agency learning and development opportunities (coordinated by Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D.).
Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D.’s training and development plan
Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D.’s training and development plan is agreed by the Partnership Board each January for the following working year (April-March). The plan for 2023/24 can be found below:
Training and development activities have targeted staff with the following levels of need:
- Level 1 – Staff / volunteers who have occasional contact with children and young people
- Level 2 – Staff/volunteers who might get involved in safeguarding processes
- Level 3 – Staff where a substantial amount of time is spent working with vulnerable and at risk children young people
- Level 4 – Safeguarding champions.
Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D.’s learning activity comprises the following events and online training:
- Briefing sessions on statutory basics
- Safeguarding Champions
- Other learning events
To see Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D.’s current learning opportunities and book a place for an event, go to the ‘Booking a training event’ page.
To receive updates about learning opportunities in Bexley’s training e-bulletin, sign-up here.
Other training opportunities
The Bexley Domestic Abuse Training Prospectus 2020/21 (available via https://www.bexleydomesticabuseservices.org.uk/) outlines the training available to professionals working in Bexley.
Other training opportunities including safeguarding are available for voluntary and community sector groups from the Bexley Voluntary Service Council (BVSC). For more information, please go to https://bvsc.co.uk/events/training.
On this page, you can view the training calendar and register for one of Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D.’s training events.
Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. holds one-hour briefing sessions on topics such as the Effective Support document, Working Together 2018, and the safeguarding partnership arrangements.
Masterclasses explore practice issues including those arising from the work of the Learning Hub and are often delivered by outside ‘experts in the field’.
Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. hosts an annual conference to review the work of its Learning Hub over the previous 12 months and to share its priorities for the following year.
Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D.’s safeguarding champions network is brought together 3 times a year for bespoke learning events.
Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. also organises system-wide learning events to launch each practice priority being explored by the Learning Hub as well as events to disseminate learning from national and local learning reviews.
Bexley S.H.I.E.L.D. has made a number of online training opportunities available to all professionals working in Bexley.