When recruiting new staff, we believe at Christ the King CVA that it is essential that those involved in the process have the knowledge and expertise required to keep our children safe in this important role. For this reason all members of the Senior Leader Tem and many Governors undergo extensive ‘Safer Recruitment Training’ to ensure that when making appointments of new staff, they are able to provide the necessary levels of safety for our students. Enhanced DBS checks are also carried out on new members of staff to ensure that our students are kept safe at all times.
Once appointed, all staff are expected to complete online training in the area of Safeguarding and Child Protection. The training covers many areas to equip staff with the knowledge and expertise they need to keep our students safe. The following list demonstrates the areas covered in the training, but is not exhaustive:
- The different types of abuse
- The possible indicators of abuse/how to spot it
- What to do if a child wants to talk to you
- Safeguarding and the law
- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) and Trafficking
- Honour Based Violence (HBV), Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) and Forced Marriage
- Drugs and Alcohol
- Radicalisation and Extremism
- Accidents and First Aid
- Educational Visits
- Physically Restraining Students
- Screening, Searching and Confiscation
- E-safety and Anti-bullying
- Safe Internet Use
- Homophobic Bullying
Schools are expected to ensure that their staff complete Child Protection and Safeguarding Training at least every three years, however, at Christ the King Catholic Voluntary Academy, we recognise that the landscape of child safety is constantly changing and that there are constant new ‘threats’ to the safety of our students. For this reason, we insist on our staff completing their training every two years, instead of every three. All staff also receive regular updates from the Designated Safeguarding Lead through email and staff meetings/INSET to ensure that we are constantly abreast of changes in the threats to our students.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead and the deputies are expected to refresh their DSL training at least every two years, as well as receiving Safeguarding and Child Protection updates regularly. As a school, we fulfil this responsibility through attending Nottinghamshire County Council DSL Forums and sharing this information internally. In line with the expectations of Keeping Children Safe in Education (September 2018), Deputy DSLs are trained to the same standard as the DSL.