Partnerships work with NSPCC – training for workers

Date: Wednesday, 20th Jan 2021 | Category: General

  • Safeguarding partnerships across Sussex are pushing for workers with access to people’s homes to help spot possible child abuse and neglect this lockdown.
  • The NSPCC’s 15 minute ‘It’s Your Call’ training is available online for free.

East Sussex, Brighton & Hove, and West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnerships have launched a campaign with the NSPCC to encourage workers to take free training to help protect children from abuse.

During the pandemic, children and young people have spent much more time at home and behind closed doors, meaning that some children have been at a greater risk of abuse and neglect.

We are promoting safeguarding children awareness training for workers who regularly go into people’s homes, such as gas engineers, taxi drivers and local authority workers. They are telling people in Sussex, if they see something, say something.

Detective Superintendent Jon Hull of Sussex Police, speaking on behalf of Community Safety Partnerships across Sussex said:

“Right now we know that some children in Sussex and nationally are at an increased risk of abuse including sexual abuse, neglect and domestic violence.

“People who work within their community can play an important role in helping keep children safe and spotting possible signs of child abuse, neglect and domestic violence.

“If you are still working with members of the public, taking the NSPCC’s free, quick training course could mean a child does not have to suffer needlessly during this lockdown. If you see something, say something.”

The NSPCC’s 15-minute interactive e-learning course, ‘It’s your call’ will help workers to:

  • recognise the signs of possible child abuse and neglect
  • report concerns either through your work channels, the NSPCC helpline or, if the concern is urgent, the police
  • support those who may have already witnessed signs of child abuse and provide advice

The training is currently free until 31st March, 2021, aimed at Postal workers, delivery drivers and workers who regularly visit homes such as housing maintenance staff who are well placed to spot any emerging safeguarding concerns or signs of possible abuse and neglect.

It can be accessed at http://bit.ly/3ilGDiR or search ‘NSPCC It’s Your Call’ online.