Safeguarding is always a hot topic for education professionals. But how can you make sure that you are meeting your responsibilities with regard to safeguarding while working at schools on a supply basis?
1 – Pay close attention during your registration interview
Your consultant will run through the company safeguarding policy and also give practical advice for when you are in school. All Axcis staff are then safer recruitment tested at interview and offered further training where needed.
2 – Undertake further training
At Axcis, we take our training responsibilities seriously and are pleased to offer Level 2 Safeguarding to our list of training courses on offer. If you’d like more information on the course, have a look at this article.
3 – Read the government guidance on safeguarding
The DfE issue guidance on keeping children safe in education. All school staff should be familiar with this document so if you’ve not read it before, you should take a look.
4 – Be aware of the school child protection policy and staff behaviour policy
When you are new to a school, they should provide you with a copy of (or access to) the child protection policy and the staff behaviour policy. You should take the time to review these documents at your earliest convenience, as they may vary from school to school. However, we would always advise new members of staff to behave with caution and defer to experienced staff members if there are difficult situations, especially when you are new to a school.
5 – Be aware of who the designated safeguarding lead is
If you are not informed as to who the designated safeguarding lead in a school is, you should always ask. This is the person who you should approach if you have any cause for concern or questions regarding safeguarding or child protection while in school, so it’s important you know who they are.
6 – Reflect
Part of the “Safeguarding Trilogy” is to “reflect”. This is because simply the act of receiving a disclosure or being involved in an incident can be traumatic for all parties. The ‘reflect’ section includes both personal and professional issues: thinking about how you might deal with the situation in future or improve your practice to avoid incidents, and also making sure that you’re OK by talking to friends and family, and even your Axcis consultant if you’re feeling vulnerable.
7 – Be aware of early warning signs
All staff, whether on supply or not need to be aware that they are on the front line where safeguarding is concerned, and they are responsible for reporting signs of abuse or neglect to the designated safeguarding lead – there is an excellent support document provided by the NSPCC.
8 – Remember to inform your Axcis consultant
As an Axcis employee, it is advised that you keep your consultant in the loop if you experience any safeguarding concerns while on supply at one of the schools we work with. At Axcis, we want to ensure that you receive the appropriate level of support and training to ensure that your experience of working for us is a positive one. Remember, if you have questions or concerns, your consultant is always just a phone call away.
Refer a friend or apply to work for Axcis
Whether you are already registered with us for SEND work or not, you can recommend a friend to Axcis. We offer a generous referral system, offering up to £250 in vouchers once we place them in a job. Alternatively, if you’re seeking work simply register online and take a look at the range of fantastic SEND jobs you can apply for at one of the schools we work with across England and Wales.