When we designed our courses, we specifically looked to make them relevant to areas such as child protection for dental teams, music teachers, childminders, equestrian volunteers and, of course, education, because we wanted to make the learning as effective as possible. Our desire was, and still is, to make the training as relevant and appropriate to the professionals in each field as we possibly can. If you or your staff are required by legislation, or suggested by good practice, to take child protection training, then you are probably already aware of the need for safeguarding. Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults is everyone’s concern and it is absolutely vital that anyone who comes in contact with potentially vulnerable groups is able to recognise and respond to possible abuse appropriately for their circumstances.
There is more to training than just ticking the completed box. Not only does receiving appropriate learning meet your safeguarding requirements, it also tells teams that there is an expectation of care, and it formally reinforces that expectation by setting a clear milestone of certification dates.
Did you know that one of the biggest motivators for staff when it comes to loyalty and the decision to stay in a job role is not salary? This is, of course, even more the case when it comes to the volunteer or charity sectors, where the people involved are often there for the love of the sport or activity. Job satisfaction and feeling valued are one of the main reasons people stay in their roles or continue to support organisations. According to research, a large influence on job satisfaction is the amount of support and guidance staff – and by inference, volunteers – get to help them perform their duties well. This makes perfect sense, of course, because we all like to feel that we are valued. Meeting industry expectations and being able to perform well in a role is important, and seeing that there has been an investment in training helps generate the feeling of being valued.
For your team, the investment in online safeguarding training may mean more than just taking a training course – it could also demonstrate your commitment to their development and that can lead to a more dedicated and happy employee or volunteer.