Safeguarding Board launches ‘Child Safeguarding Learning and Development Strategy” 2015-2018

8 Apr 2016
A number of members involved in developing the LDSF:

Pictured (L-R): James Marshall (Lay Member, SBNI); Margaret Burke (Professional Officer, SBNI); Amber McCloughlin (Named Nurse for Safeguarding, Northern HSCT); Irene McCready (Senior Training and Development Consultant, NSPCC)

SBNI Education and Training Committee and Board member DCS Clarke:

Pictured (clockwise from left): Norman Porter (Safeguarding Manager, Barnardo's NI); Dr Michael Murray (AD of Safeguarding, South Eastern HSCT); DI Geoff Pogue (Detective Inspector, PSNI); Sandra Adair (Director, Volunteer Now); Irene McCready (Senior Training and Development Consultant, NSPCC); Barbara McDermott (Director Down & Connor Safeguarding); Amber McCloughlin (Named Nurse for Safeguarding, Northern HSCT); DCS George Clarke (Detective Chief Superintendent, PSNI); Majella McKee(Assistant Principal Social Worker, Northern HSCT); James Marshall (Lay Member, SBNI)

Speakers at the LDSF event:

Pictured (L-R): Dr Michael Murray (AD of Safeguarding, South Eastern HSCT); Sandra Adair (Director, Volunteer Now); DCS George Clarke (Detective Chief Superintendent, PSNI)

 

The Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland has launched a new strategy aimed at ensuring safeguarding training is delivered effectively and consistently by all of its member agencies.

The multi-agency strategy will equip staff and volunteers with the skills, knowledge and competence to promote the safety and well-being of children and young people, within the remit of their roles and responsibilities. 

Speaking at the launch at Radar NI today, Thursday 7 April, James Marshall, Chair of the Education and Training Committee from SBNI explained: “The strategy and associated framework was developed by the SBNI’s Education and Training Committee and builds upon existing good safeguarding training.

“It sets minimum training standards and provides a graduated framework, on four levels, for agencies to use when planning and delivering safeguarding training in Northern Ireland. It also provides an opportunity for member agencies to improve opportunities for inter-agency and multi-disciplinary training and education over the next three years.

He added: “Safeguarding is everyone’s business and the new strategy contributes to making this a reality. It promotes the importance of effective single and multi-agency child protection, education and training and includes advice on; training planning, delivery, monitoring and evaluation.

“When used by member agencies, it will improve their ability to ensure that their staff and key personnel have good quality, up to date, safeguarding training. This should enhance the safeguarding of children and young people in Northern Ireland. I am very pleased that the strategy is already being used by our member agencies and partners.”

Detective Chief Superintendent George Clarke, Head of the PSNI’s Public Protection Branch, added: “The PSNI is committed to safeguarding children and young people and we welcome the publication of this strategy which further builds on our current safeguarding training.

“It is vital that we all work together to protect children and young people and this strategy will form an integral part of our approach to engaging with them.”

The strategy can be viewed by clicking on the link here.

SBNI Board members/SBNI representation

Pictured (L-R): Dawn Shaw (Operational Director, Action for Children NI); Paddy Mooney (Director, Include Youth); Barbara McDermott (Director Down & Connor Safeguarding); James Marshall (Lay Member, SBNI); Lynda Wilson (Director, Barnardo’s NI);DCS George Clarke (Detective Chief Superintendent, PSNI); Margaret Burke (Professional Officer, SBNI)

Pictured: attendees