Training to raise staff awareness about safeguarding children
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Training to raise staff awareness about safeguarding children

Jane Fleming Safeguarding educator, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham

Jane Fleming describes how an acknowledged shortfall in knowledge about at-risk children led her organisation to improve compliance rates by increasing understanding about the issues involved

To improve outcomes for children and young people health organisations are required to train all staff in children’s safeguarding. This creates difficulties for large complex organisations where most staff provide services to the adult population. Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is a large acute and community trust that had difficulties in engaging staff in children’s safeguarding training. Compliance rates for clinical staff who were trained in children’s safeguarding were low and needed to be addressed. This article sets out why safeguarding training is important for all staff and how the trust achieved staff engagement and improved compliance rates. To evaluate, maintain and develop safeguarding knowledge, understanding, skills, attitude and behaviour further resources are planned to allow access to learning resources in a variety of formats.

Correspondence jane.fleming@heartofengland.nhs.uk

Nursing Children and Young People. 27, 3,22-27. doi: 10.7748/ncyp.27.3.22.e574

Received: 22 September 2014

Accepted: 23 December 2014

Published in print: 10 April 2015

Peer review

This article has been subject to open peer review

Conflict Of Interest

None declared