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Free training to help workers spot signs of child abuse

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

Free training to help workers spot signs of child abuse

West Sussex Safeguarding Children Partnership has joined forces with the NSPCC to encourage workers who access people’s homes to take free, 15 minute online training to help them spot possible signs of child abuse and neglect.

Following another national lockdown, we have teamed up with safeguarding partnerships in East Sussex and Brighton to promote the NSPCC’s ‘It’s Your Call’ training, available online. Delivery drivers, postal workers, gas engineers, housing and maintenance staff, taxi drivers, council staff and other workers who continue to visit people’s homes and are well placed to spot any concerns are asked to take the quick, interactive training to help keep children in West Sussex safe.

The NSPCC has found that concerns about child abuse have soared since national lockdown measures were first introduced – with the average monthly number of referrals from the charity’s helpline to local authorities on the issue increasing by 81% in the South East.

The 15-minute interactive e-learning course is free until 31 March 2021 and 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

In promoting the ‘It’s your call’ training, the Partnership is reiterating it’s simple message – if you see something, say something.

If you see something that raises a concern about a child, please say something by reporting it to the Integrated Front Door (IFD) on 01403 229900. If you think a child is at immediate risk, call police on 999.