GTG staff all ears for Safeguarding Week

07 Dec 2020

Published in: Member News

Safeguarding is the obligation to keep children, young people and vulnerable members of the community safe from harm. This responsibility covers not only the modern workplace but many other settings. GTG is no different in meeting this responsibility.

Safeguarding is the obligation to keep children, young people and vulnerable members of the community safe from harm. This responsibility covers not only the modern workplace but many other settings including public and private amenities, and centres of education and leisure. GTG is no different in meeting this responsibility.

Safeguarding equips those responsible for giving care across five main pillars: establishing who may be at risk from abuse or neglect; recognising the signs of abuse and neglect; communication; increasing trust in organisations by enforcing safeguarding best practice and certifying staff to a professional level; and lastly, employers empowering staff to report abuse and neglect.

With this skill-building aim in mind, GTG welcomed Julie Gibson, a safeguarding consultant, on Friday 27th November. She guided a group of more than 25 practitioners through a series of sessions focused on GTG’s existing safeguarding policy and practice. The sessions were a follow up to National

Safeguarding Adults Week 2020 which ran from 16th – 22nd November this year, after having been postponed in late June. This is what some of GTG’s employees had to say after attending the course: ‘I enjoyed the session with Julie, it made me think about difficulties that can originate from very different scenarios, helping me to better understand how following our safeguarding measures is effective.’

‘Julie took the worry out of how we understand our responsibilities. Seeing it through fresh eyes reinforced that we are a bigger part of the learners’ destiny, in so many more ways than we think.’

‘I really enjoyed the group discussion with Julie. She pushes the envelope and really gets us thinking about root cause, supportive measures, and when to simply ask for help.’

‘It was great that Julie included us all in the group discussions, as I learned something new from my peers too – it was a really interesting session.’

To find out the steps GTG has taken to develop its own safeguarding policy, visit the Key Policies section of our Resources page.

Submitted by Katie from GTG Training Academy & Conference Centre (West Midlands)
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