CHURCH leaders will be taught how to look out for the warning signs that children or vulnerable adults have been the victims of abuse.
The Facing the Unthinkable training session will bring together people from parishes across Wearside at Bede Tower in Burdon Road, Sunderland.
The end result is that they will become much more confident in every aspect of safeguarding.Sarah Crouchley, of The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service
It has been devised and delivered by The Churches’ Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS), an expert body in advising and training Christian and faith-based organisations in safeguarding practices.
It aims to benefit all who work with them in local churches, such as youth and children’s workers, Sunday School helpers and church leaders.
It will be presented by Sarah Crouchley, who is experienced in safeguarding training, and will cover what is counted as abuse – signs and symptoms of the abuse of vulnerable adults and children; taking action and safer practice. Sarah said: “Very accessible, fully up-to-date and proven to work, its very practical approach enables learners to identify and deal with a wide range of safeguarding issues.
“And, should they come across anything that alarms or concerns them, they will know exactly how and where to go for professional safeguarding advice.
“The end result is that they will become much more confident in every aspect of safeguarding.”
Those taking part will learn how to set up child protection policies, the role of social care services, police and safer recruitment for workers and leaders as they gather the skills they need to set up preventative measures.
The event will be one of 50 held by the organisation across the country.