GP & Primary Medical Services Hub

Getting Started

A useful start point is the flow chart below, giving an overview of everything you need to do to meet statutory and best practice standards, including criminal records checks, training and policies. The full size version of the DBS flowchart can be downloaded by clicking here.

Safeguarding Guidance for the GP & PMS Sector

Safeguarding Guidance for the GP & PMS Sector

Welcome to the SAFEcic General Practices (GP) and other Primary Medical Service (PMS) micro-site designed for all staff. These pages have been provided to assist personnel employing, managing, being employed or volunteering within GP and other PMS settings. The pages focus exclusively on helping you meet your safeguarding obligations, highlighting the checks required under the DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) scheme (formerly CRB). The site also details the training required by the CQC (Care Quality Commission), including which courses are required in your setting for both safeguarding adults and children. The training provided will help to ensure you can demonstrate you have appropriate systems and training in place to fulfil your responsibilities in respect of safeguarding.

GP & PMS Safeguarding Training Requirements

Online Standard Child Safeguarding

This course is essential for all those in the health sector who volunteer or work directly with children, young people
or their families. Compliant with the latest legislation, government guidance and with direct links to your local
Safeguarding Children Partnership/Board, this course covers everything workers need to know about what might concern them,
how to respond to concerns appropriately and consider safer working practice.

The course meets the training requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is in line with guidance
from the British Medical Association (BMA), General Medical Council (GMC), RCGP, all Nursing Professional
Associations and Colleges, and the
Safeguarding Children and Young people: roles and competences for health care staff Intercollegiate document September 2014.
Additionally it meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development, representing
3 hours of CPD. Content includes:

  • Legislation & Guidance
  • Recognition of child abuse
  • How to respond to concerns
  • Who to contact when there is a concern
  • Fulfilling "duty of care"
  • Safe practice and keeping children safe
  • Additional links and safeguarding resource downloads

A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of SAFE online training courses. Certificates can be downloaded and printed at any time and remain valid for two years. Staff training records can be downloaded in Excel format and stored as part of the employee HR record.

Online Standard Adult Safeguarding

This Standard Adult Safeguarding course - also known as Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (SOVA) or Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA), is essential learning for all those who work or volunteer directly with vulnerable adults or their families. Compliant with the latest legislation, government guidance and including links to your local Adult Safeguarding Partnership/Board, this online e-learning course covers everything staff need to know about what might concern them, how to respond to concerns appropriately and what to consider in adopting safer working practice.

The course is interactive and takes around an hour to complete and students need not complete the training in a single sitting.

The courses meet the training requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Within your setting you will have a multi-professional team including general practitioners, various nursing roles and a range of other staff such as support staff and practice management. Some staff will have a commitment to continual professional development (CPD) and SAFE's training represents 3 hours of verifiable CPD

Summary:

General Adult Safeguarding course covering:

  • Legislation and guidance
  • The recognition of adult abuse
  • How to respond to concerns
  • Who to contact when there is a concern
  • Fulfilling "duty of care"
  • Safe practice and keeping vulnerable adults safe

A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of SAFE online training courses. Certificates can be downloaded and printed at any time and remain valid for two years.

It is recommended that all staff working with young people are trained annually in eSafety.

SAFE's eSafety courses are designed for anyone working with children and young people. They teach participants about the power of digital communication and the accessibility and reliability of Internet information. The scope includes lessons where candidates can find out for themselves some of the information held about them personally on the Internet.

Course Content

The eSafety course contains sections identifying the relevant key legislation for eSafety Safeguarding issues and specific criminal offences which frequently involve modern technology. The course also teaches participants how to respond correctly to eSafety concerns and identifies eSafety Best Practice.

There are quizzes throughout the course designed to promote thought on this subject and help people consider what they know and how to apply their knowledge.

There is also a final assessment test which needs to be passed to gain a certificate confirming they have successfully completed the Wise up to the Web Standard eSafety Course.

Course Certificate

Certificates are valid for one year, are downloadable at any time from our website (pdf file) by either the person who has completed the course or their administrator. They can be verified by visiting our website and entering the Certificate Number. This will check our files and display Name, Date, Expiry and type of certificate.

Prerequisites

These courses are designed for people who have completed current child safeguarding training. They are based on current research from Child Exploitation Online Protection Centre (CEOP), SAFE and other organisations.

Purchasing eSafety Courses

Purchase Online eSafety training here

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Free eSafety Resource Hub

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EZSafe is a free online resource for all those who work with children and young people and their parents/carers and contains a wealth of videos and text based information covering many aspects of eSafety.

eSafety Flow Chart

To download the chart below click here

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The government recognises the need for knowledge and training around FGM, Counter Terrorism and Modern Slavery. The free resources and courses below have been developed by government departments to help with this.

Rather than developing our own versions (and charging for them) SAFEcic provides a page that links to the official, free training and resources. Click on any title to access the page.

Prevent Awareness; Official Home Office E-Learning Training on Prevent Awareness

Prevent Referrals; This package builds on the Prevent awareness eLearning training. It is designed to make sure that when we share a concern that a vulnerable individual may be being radicalised, that the referral is robust, informed and with good intention, and that the response to that concern is considered, and proportionate.

Channel Awareness; This training package is for anyone who may be asked to contribute to, sit on, or even run a Channel Panel. It is aimed at all levels, from a professional asked to input and attend for the first time, to a member of staff new to their role and organising a panel meeting.

FGM Training; All front line staff who have a mandatory duty to report FGM (Regulated health and social care professionals and teachers) and those who wish to raise their knowledge of the issues involved, please follow this link for their FREE Home Office training.

Modern Slavery; Guidance, resources and training from HM Government.

Online Leading on Child Safeguarding - Designated Leads & Deputies

This course is specifically developed for the senior designated professional in health settings and is compliant with the latest legislation and government guidance. The course includes links to your local Safeguarding Children Partnership/Board. It also covers the key aspects of managing safeguarding arrangements including child protection and other vital policies, identifying concerns and making referrals, handling allegations and complaints and elements of eSafety.

* Completion of the SAFE Standard Child Safeguarding course (or equivalent) is a prerequisite.

The courses meet the training requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Safeguarding Children and Young People: roles and competences for health care staff Intercollegiate document September 2014.

Within your setting you will have a multi-professional team including general practitioners, various nursing roles and a range of other staff such as support staff and practice management. Some staff will have a commitment to continual professional development (CPD) and SAFE's training represents 3 hours of verifiable CPD

A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of SAFE online training courses. Certificates can be downloaded and printed at any time and remain valid for two years.

Online Leading on Adult Safeguarding - Designated Leads & Deputies

This course is specifically developed for the designated safeguarding person and their deputy in health settings and is compliant with the latest legislation, government guidance and includes links to your local Adult Safeguarding Partnership/Board.

The course covers the key aspects of managing safeguarding arrangements including adult safeguarding and other vital policies, identifying concerns/making referrals, handling allegations and complaints, and eSafety. The course also meets the training requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and General Medical Council (GMC).

Completion of the SAFE Standard Adult Safeguarding Course (or equivalent) is a prerequisite.

The course meets the training requirements of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and is in line with guidance from the British Medical Association (BMA), General Medical Council (GMC), RCGP, and all Nursing Professional Associations and Colleges. Additionally it meets the educational criteria required for verifiable Continuing Professional Development, representing 3 hours of CPD.

A certificate will be provided upon successful completion of SAFE online training courses. Certificates can be downloaded and printed at any time and remain valid for two years.

Annual SAFE Membership saves you time and money in meeting your safeguarding obligations and provides peace of mind for 12 months. Membership includes access to download template policies and procedures for child and adult safeguarding, saving many days of research and policy writing. Click here for more details.

Membership also provides expert telephone and email support on safeguarding matters, DBS and recruitment issues. Additionally we provide a free expert review of all your safeguarding arrangements to attain the SAFE Award. Successful online submission to the SAFE Award risk assessment allows the use of the SAFE logo, under licence, on all your publicity materials assuring customers and clients of high standards of safeguarding.

Membership also entitles organisations to generous discounts on face to face and online safeguarding training and insurance discounts. For a full list of membership benefits click here.

Click here to join.

Desktop audits (entirely online) and on-site audits  are available. We are now accepting bookings for on site Audits for January 2020 onwards. Confirmation will be strictly subject to SAFE's risk assessment of the venue in accordance with relevant government COVID-19 guidance at time of the training.

The expert SAFE team has offered safeguarding audits and pre-inspection audit services for a wide range of organisations such as those in leisure, health and education since 1999. These services are dedicated to raise standards for safeguarding children and/or adults and also assist managers in benchmarking the safeguarding arrangements in their organisation.

Please email us with your contact details for further information and quotations.

SAFE audits are based upon the many years experience of the SAFE multi agency team and designed to reflect the expectations of inspection authorities including Ofsted and the CQC; and are based upon the seven SAFE standards for safeguarding :

  • Nominating and training appropriate personnel as safeguarding leads
  • Circulating current and accurate safeguarding policies and procedures
  • Managing the safer recruitment and supervision of staff
  • Adopting and implementing a staff training strategy
  • Circulating relevant associated polices including eSafety and confidentiality
  • Producing evidence of essential legal requirements including insurance, health & safety and relevant compliance such as CQC or Ofsted
  • Carrying out safeguarding risk assessments and “hot spotting” activities such as one to one work, sports, transport and photography

What does the Audit Service Involve?

Typically taking three days (or more for larger complex organisations or those with multi sites) the SAFE audit team carry out onsite visits, meet staff ( and customers if relevant), scrutinise paperwork to evidence standards, inspect premises and produce thorough reports. These reports include the evidence seen and highlight any actions required to meet the standards.

Actions are graded for priority and are followed up afterwards. Successful organisations are then presented with the National SAFE Award which can be used to reassure parents and carers that every possible step has been taken to safeguard the children and adults in their care.

 For more information please email us here with your contact details. Prices range from £500 per day for charities and £995 for large businesses.

Face to Face Services

SAFE Face to Face Training

SAFE provides on-site face to face safeguarding training at your location both in the UK and abroad. We cover the entire UK via our network of strategically located training experts. All of SAFE’s trainers are highly experienced professionals, carefully selected from specialist areas such as the police, social care services & education and are all safeguarding practitioners and experts in their respective fields.
This wealth of experience and knowledge allows them to introduce real-life scenarios and issues of safeguarding best practice as a means of reinforcing the learning. SAFE's trainers have also engaged in major safeguarding training rollout projects across the Middle East, giving us a unique insight on training in culturally sensitive regions.
We have deployed training solutions to some of the biggest names in the sectors in which we operate and we have also provided solutions to some of the smallest charities and clubs.

Delivery

Our training courses can be delivered at your own venue or at our training suite in Eye, Suffolk.

Standard Child Safeguarding Training

This half-day course is a “must” for all those who work or volunteer directly with children, young people, and/or their families. It is carefully designed to ensure your staff know everything they need to from having a concern, confidentiality, recording and referring to your senior leads for safeguarding. It complies with the latest guidance from the Charity Commission,, CQC and Ofsted.

The course covers:

  • The latest safeguarding legislation, national and local policies and procedures
  • Recognition of child abuse concerns
  • How to respond appropriately to concerns and / or allegations
  • eSafety
  • Relevant case studies
  • Discussing best working practices

All participants receive a comprehensive training pack and SAFE Certificate, valid for 3 years.

Leading on Child Safeguarding

This course is specifically developed for the senior designated lead and is compliant with the latest legislation and government guidance. The course covers the key aspects of managing safeguarding arrangements including child protection and other vital policies, identifying concerns and making referrals, handling allegations and complaints and elements of eSafety.

* Completion of the SAFE CIC Standard Child Safeguarding course (or equivalent) is a pre-requisite or can be added as a combined course at the end of the half day face to face Standard Child Safeguarding course. The session adds around 2 hours to the standard course.

The course complies with the latest guidance from the Charity Commission, CQC and Ofsted.

All participants receive a comprehensive training pack and SAFE Certificate, valid for 3 years.

Standard Safeguarding Disabled Children and Young People Training Course

This course is designed for all those who work or volunteer directly with disabled children, young people or their families. NSPCC research tells us that children and young people with a disability are 3.4 times more likely to be abused than those without a disability. Therefore, it is critical for all those who work with disabled children and young people to be vigilant and aware of relevant safeguarding issues.

This half-day session will raise your awareness of safeguarding children and young people with a specific focus on

  • increasing your confidence in identifying and understanding the additional vulnerabilities of disabled children to abuse
  • gaining an increased understanding of possible difficulties faced by disabled children and young people in communicating their experience of abuse and strategies to support you in your communication techniques
  • understanding more about effective risk assessment within your work environment in order to prevent possible abuse to disabled children and young people
  • ensuring there is an equality of service delivery and experience of service provision for those children and young people with a disability.

All participants receive a comprehensive training pack and SAFE Certificate, valid for 3 years. This is a specialised course, which will build on your existing knowledge achieved from our Standard Child Safeguarding training.

The course complies with the latest guidance from the Charity Commission,,CQC and Ofsted.

Safeguarding Management Services

Please email us and we will contact you to discuss your requirements and arrange a free quotation.

The effective management of safeguarding is a priority for all organisations but can be difficult to implement due to constraints on time, resources and expertise. SAFE offers a comprehensive management service with;

  • named SAFE personnel to advise on managing or referring safeguarding concerns or allegations, available during office hours.
  • access to the SAFE out of hours phone (in an emergency 999 should be dialled)
  • back up advice and support from the expert

SAFE multi-agency team by email and phone plus the practical tasks of;

  • policy writing
  • making referrals
  • writing reports
  • liaising with external agencies
  • attending strategy meetings
  • risk assessing criminal records information
  • assessing staff safeguarding competencies
  • carrying out any internal investigations when necessary
  • annual review of all safeguarding policies and procedures
  • updates when the law changes and impacts upon practice

Contact us for more information on our Safeguarding Management Services and how we can help your organisation fulfil it's statutory and moral safeguarding obligations.

Management Briefing and Five-Point Health Check

(Suitable for Trustees, senior management, CEOs, HR, the corporate Lead and Deputy for safeguarding and the Trustee or director with safeguarding in their portfolio)

This half day management briefing and five point health safeguarding check will provide the opportunity to identify and plan actions needed to help your organisation meet it's ‘legal duty of care’ both in the UK (and abroad if relevant) including: safeguarding policies and procedures, safer recruitment, DBS checks, managing concerns and staff allegations, crises and media management. This will involve scrutiny of your corporate structure and the relevant policies, procedures, handbooks, safer recruitment and training strategy. It will also create the opportunity to address any issues arising and adopt recommendations for future actions. The session will include consideration for various legislative responsibilities, quality assurance and best safeguarding practice.

This briefing includes a comprehensive training pack and certificate of attendance, valid for 2 years, for each delegate.

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