Training of all children’s and youth workers

There is an exciting, creative training day on the topic of safeguarding for our work with children and young people. All our volunteers must engage in regular training in this respect and the event on Saturday 15th October is your opportunity to do that.

Safeguarding Training: Saturday 15th October 9:45-16:30

Location: Trinity Henleaze URC

Please make every effort to attend the training as part of your commitment to working with children and young people through Westbury Baptist Church.

Here’s what they say about the day:

It’s a bit of a special day in that we have employed the Geese theatre to do some interactive theatre pieces regarding sexual abuse and we will be covering the definitions of the various types of abuse, signs and symptoms of abuse, what to do if a child discloses abuse, who to refer to in relation to concerns re children and members of staff. There will also be a section on how sex offenders groom their victims and the environment i.e. congregations, and how to support sex offenders safely in Church. We will also cover safer recruitment and the features of a safe culture. We will touch on guidelines for staff in using social media with young people.

We will be exploring our own values and attitudes and discussing why children don’t tell and what would hinder staff reporting concerns.

There will be handouts that cover other information. Because of the Geese theatre we are limited in what we can cover but we have allowed a session for questions and all of us will be around after 4.30 if anyone wants to ask anything.

We will have two pastoral advisers available in addition, to the course leaders, in case people find content distressing. This isn’t because we expect people to be upset – it’s just good practice really on days like this and precautionary.

About David

Westbury Baptist Church emploed me, part time (3.5 days/week), as a youth worker from September 2005 to July 2014. In other time I design websites (er... like this one!) and do web and email hosting, look after my family, play saxophone or tinker with the ukelele, enjoy sailing, donate platelets (you could too), etc. etc.
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