Safeguarding Behaviour Consultant
As a social enterprise, my overall aim is to increase the number of opportunities given to young people or vulnerable adults from businesses. I deliver half day safeguarding sessions trying to show practical behaviour changes they may need to make when working in the community, a school or with a work-experience student. The sessions are created around what the attendees will be doing with the young/vulnerable people. Making each session bespoke to the experiences of those in the room. For example
- If you are going from one site to another, do you give the young person a lift? If so, how to do it safely.
- A young person comes into your office and sits down to enthusiastically ask you a question. Possibly now a vulnerable situation, how do you keep the enthusiasm, answer the question but also remove the risk?
Using experiences in education we can offer behavioural management techniques, as good a project manager you may be, the thought of presenting to a group of thirty 7/10/14 years olds can be very daunting. Have you given your team the skills they need to do this?
- How do you stop the child tapping their pen and distracting everyone without creating a challenge/conflict situation?
- How do you save a session that is going wrong because it is too easy/difficult/boring?
If you have work experience students, do you have a specific plan for them that means you will not only reduce safeguarding risks but also mean that everybody knows where they are and what they are doing? Why no tie in the package to meet the national curriculum?