OSCB team of volunteer trainers shortlisted for NSPCC / BASPCAN Training Team of the Year award

The OSCB would like to say a big thank you to its team of volunteer trainers, who have been shortlisted for an NSPCC  / BASPCAN ‘Training Team of the Year’ award.

The team deliver over 150 free safeguarding training and learning events each year. Over 85% of delegates report that they find the training good or excellent. A recent phone survey showed that 96% of respondents said that they had better safeguarding practice as a result of their training.

The team comprises local practitioner volunteers: doctors, nurses, teachers, residential workers, early help advisers and children’s centre workers amongst others. We value these committed colleagues in our safeguarding partnership. They fit training in amongst a busy working week and help us connect practitioners across the county.

 We know we have a great team of trainers as:

  • They know they are part of a safeguarding system: telling of us safeguarding concerns they are hearing on a repeat basis and check that the board is aware of them at a strategic level
  • They know their topic: sending us film clips, case studies etc to include in training
  • They stay ahead of the game: attending safeguarding briefings for trainers to receive the latest local updates and inputting in to new courses
  • They are passionate: volunteering to facilitate roundtable discussions at our annual conference for 200 delegates and inputting in to new courses
  • They look for improvement: informing us where changes need to be made to material
  • They focus on the child: for example telling us that sexual health training needs more time for practitioners to cover ‘conversations on consent with children’ as this needs to be right and needs to be protective of the children
  • They think family: ensure that the learning considers carers, mum, dad and child – which, local learning from our SCRs reminds us, can be a gap
  • They love what they do: we walk in to the room post-training and the trainer is beaming, the chairs have been moved and the walls are covered in flip-chart paper
  • The feedback from delegates says so!