By Simply Inspired Training, 30-Apr-2013 10:33:00
As part of wider plans by Hackney Council to help attract more visitors and customers to the area, there will be a trial removal of traffic on Mare Street (Narrow Way). There will be exceptions in the evenings to allow for deliveries. The road is currently open to southbound bus routes, and to delivery vehicles at certain times.
TFL are therefore proposing a number of bus route changes.
Which routes are affected?
The trial will result in changes to how buses serve Hackney at all times:
Buses on routes 38, 48, 55, 106, 242, 253, 254, 394, N38, N55 and N253 will be diverted along Dalston Lane and Amhurst Road.
Buses on route D6 will finish and re-start at Cambridge Heath, near Ash Grove.
Route W15 will be altered so that the last alighting stop is Hackney Town Hall (stop A) and the first pick-up stop is Morning Lane [Trelawney Estate] (stop D).
There will be no changes to routes 30 and 276.
Will bus stops be moved?
There will be new stops in Amhurst Road opposite Hackney Central Station, replacing the current stop in the Narrow Way. North / West bound stop K (Hackney Central Station) on Amhurst Road will be moved further north. There will also be a new southbound stop in Dalston Lane.
When will the proposed changes start?
Subject to the completion of associated works, and the outcome of any feedback from this consultation process, buses will be diverted from Saturday 15 June.
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By Simply Inspired Training, 17-Aug-2012 11:27:00
Government guidance on training for education staff
The most recent education guidance document Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education (HM Government, 2006) is guidance within the terms of sections 175 and 157 of the Education Act 2002. This means that it has statutory force. It stipulates the main responsibilities of staff within all educational establishments as being to provide a safe environment for children and young people by:
a. preventing unsuitable people from working there
b. promoting safe practice and challenging unsafe practice
c. identifying children suffering or likely to suffer significant harm and acting appropriately, by identifying grounds for concern and acting appropriately, and contributing to effective working in partnership with other agencies and organisations.
Who needs training?
The document goes on to specify who should have training:
•New staff should have safeguarding training as part of the induction process.
•Staff not having a lead child protection role (which, it explicitly states, must include the headteacher, where this person is not the designated senior person) should receive such training at least every three years.
•Designated senior persons should have training every two years and, in addition, should attend multi-agency training.
•Temporary staff, which should include supply teachers, and volunteers need to have child protection briefings.
The multi-agency guidance document Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government, 2006) distinguishes group A staff who ‘have regular contact’ with children from group B staff who ‘work regularly’ with children, and this seems to me to be a useful distinction to make in the education context. Group B would include teaching staff and classroom assistants, since their contact would be more frequent, of longer duration, closer and more intensive. Everyone else would seem to be in group A.
What kind of training do staff need?
Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education also refers to the responsibilities on local authorities and other agencies to provide training, as follows:
•Local authorities should ensure that induction training for all staff includes a child protection element.
•They should also ensure that refresher child protection training is available to all staff every three years, and to designated staff every two years.
•The local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs) should provide training in inter-agency working which designated staff should attend.
What local authorities need to do to comply with these requirements is not explicit. The wording – ‘to ensure that suitable training is available’ – does not appear to require local authorities to provide it themselves, though presumably they could. There is also no mention of who is responsible for funding the training.
Safeguarding Children and Safer Recruitment in Education clarifies the position of further education colleges and independent schools. Similar training is required for their staff but even though the local authority can make similar provision for them, they are allowed to charge for it, and are not obliged to provide it.
Other government guidance
Working Together to Safeguard Children, the national multi-agency guidance, requires LSCBs to provide multi-agency training with a view to facilitating shared understanding between agencies, more integrated services, better communication, and better working relationships. Poor communication and inter-agency relationships have often been cited in inquiries into the deaths of children known to agencies, so this training is crucial. At the same time, the large numbers of staff requiring training makes it extremely difficult to carry out across the whole agency. Considering there will be more than 500 schools in the largest counties, each with at least one designated senior person required to attend such training, and that there cannot be more than five or six representatives from education on each multi-agency training course, LSCBs are challenged to meet this need without over-representation at any course of any one agency.
Another document to be taken into account is the Common Core of Skills and Knowledge for the Children’s Workforce (DfES, 2005). This requires all staff working with children to have similar training for this purpose, specifying communication with children, child development, safeguarding and promoting welfare of children, supporting transitions (such as from school to employment), multi-agency working, and sharing information.
It is worth spending time listing the people who are part of the school community and who will need to have training. As well as teachers, classroom assistants, midday supervisors and technicians, there are secretarial and clerical staff, librarians, cleaning staff, caretakers, grounds and kitchen staff. In addition, schools may want to include school bus drivers, especially those providing transport for disabled children or young people. There are also members of the governing body and parents, especially those who are volunteer helpers. Management should give thought to who else might need to be included.
Minimum standards: suggestions for a short safeguarding course
To provide adequate training, a school ought to make a full day available for training staff in child protection. Child protection is a suitable topic for team-building for the whole staff because everyone has responsibilities, and some staff – midday supervisors are a good example – are especially well placed to notice when something is wrong and to be someone to turn to for children and young people and so they have particular responsibilities.
An essential starting point is a health warning. Staff who have not discussed these issues before may find them particularly distressing. Any who were abused as children – and there are likely to be some – may find that the training brings the experiences very forcibly back into focus. Participants need to be told that they can leave for a period if distressed, and that a listening service, even if only an nominated member of staff, is available.
Training should begin with some awareness of child abuse itself. Understanding that it is something which is likely to impinge on most people’s lives is essential; unless people appreciate this they will not recognise it when the signs are there. Often, this work can be based around what people already know, since a lot of useful learning can be gained from examining the truth that lies behind some of the sensational headlines. It is also following a good educational principle – of starting where the students are at.
It is essential for school staff to recognise that they are not expected to investigate cases of abuse, so there needs to be an account of the part played by the investigating agencies – local authority children’s social care, the police and the NSPCC. All other agencies and organisations provide a monitoring service, and are required to refer when necessary to children’s social care. They also play an important role in assessment and in supporting the child.
The core of a training course in child protection needs to be an understanding of what constitutes a cause for concern. Rather than approaching this from the categories of abuse, it can be more helpful to start from the signs, which are:
•presentation or physical appearance
Concentrate on contrasting what happens normally – eg, when the injury is the result of an accident – with what happens when there is some form of abuse or neglect. At this stage, staff should hear the message that if you are concerned that a child may be being harmed by someone, you must share your concerns with the designated member of staff. It also needs to be stressed that you have the right to know what happens next, and that if you believe that insufficient action has been taken, you have the right to bypass the designated person.
Staff should then have the opportunity to consider some case examples, which will help them to practise decision-making and will give an appreciation of the range of experiences included in child abuse. This is a very important session. You should collect examples that give an idea of the range of concerns possible in school. They should not be sensational, but should help to show what abuse can be. Working in pairs or small groups to establish agreement will help to give staff confidence.
A feedback session is important. If you can involve a social worker from the local children’s social care office, they can explain what would be done in response to a referral, and why. They can also answer questions and place the theory in a real context.
It is important to get a flavour of how staff have responded. The acid test is how they respond to real concerns, but evaluation sheets are informative – and participants need to be able to express their views. It can also give a staff member who has been affected by any aspect of the training a chance to express this.
Principles of child protection
Those who work day by day in child protection practice absorb these principles without noticing, but they practise them regularly and rigorously. When you are trying to explain child protection (and, even more, safeguarding as a whole), they may need to be spelt out.
•Child abuse exists – Everybody will say they believe it, but do they believe that it happens in their own street, workplace or family? If you’re going to believe it when you meet it, this is essential.
•Child protection is a multi-agency operation – We have to trust other professionals to do their job and not think ‘I can protect this child better myself.’ Everybody who works with a child knows something which no one else knows – so share anything you know, even if you’re thinking ‘Someone else must have told them this.’ Victoria Climbié would perhaps still be alive had everyone followed this principle.
•No one should make decisions about child abuse on their own – There are too many aspects of child protection which are tied up with personal attitudes and values to allow decisions to be made by a single person – however well qualified. If in doubt, share your concerns with children’s social care. This is the failsafe (or the nearest we’ve got to one).
•Most parents have a right to know what is being discussed. This is a more recently adopted principle, but most of the time it’s a very necessary one.
Some designated staff will feel that they would not be sufficiently certain of their own knowledge, or perhaps of their skills as trainers, to put together a course for their own school or college community – though some do so extremely effectively.
Many local authorities employ trainers for the purpose and it is worth investigating this provision first of all. Other local authorities employ outside agencies, such as the Simply Inspired Training, for the purpose. Beyond this, there are training films or other materials that may be available through your local authority.
Currently, we at the Simply Inspired Training are are delivering Child Protection Training courses at Level 1, Level and Enhance (L3) to schools throughout the London and the South East. Ring Ismail Pirbhai on 07813 023 936 for further information.
By Simply Inspired Training, 10-Aug-2012 16:25:00
As part of the Government’s plans to reform Britain’s health and safety system, the Department for Work and Pensions’ (DWP) Minister for Employment, the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, commissioned an independent review of health and safety legislation.
The review, conducted by Professor Ragnar Löfstedt, Reclaiming health and safety for all: An independent review of health and safety regulation was published on 28 November 2011.
Professor Löfstedt's report sets out a number of risk and evidence-based recommendations that will:
* - reduce regulatory requirements on business where they do not lead to improved health and safety outcomes, and
* - remove pressures on business to go beyond what the regulations require, enabling them to reclaim ownership of the management of health and safety.
On first aid, the Löfstedt Review stated:
Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981
A number of organisations have identified the requirement under the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 to have a qualified first-aid person appointed in the workplace as being an unnecessary requirement for low-risk workplaces.
In fact the regulations do not insist upon a particular number of first-aid personnel and there is a requirement for employers to make provision for first-aid under the Framework Directive 89/391. However, the regulations do currently stipulate that the training and qualifications for the appointed first-aid person must be approved by HSE and this appears to both go beyond the requirements of the Directive and have little justification. So long as they meet a certain standard, allowing businesses to choose training providers should allow them greater flexibility to choose what is right for their workplace, and possibly reduce costs.
This should be accompanied by revised guidance clarifying what is suitable for different environments to help businesses adopt measures that are suitable for their workplace, and that explains clearly what the regulations actually require. I therefore recommend that HSE amends the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 to remove the requirement for HSE to approve the training and qualifications of appointed first-aid personnel.”
The Government accepted the recommendations within the report and HSE is working towards implementing them, including those for first aid at work.
More specifically, the policy objectives for HSE are as follows:
* - Removal of HSE approval of First Aid Training providers, to reduce the burden on business;
* - To ensure that businesses can identify first aid courses that are appropriate for their workplaces and select suitable training providers.
The review also recommended, generally, reducing the burden on the self employed.
What will happen next?
To implement the recommendation will require a change in legislation to make amendments to the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981. This work is now under way.
When will this happen?
Amendments to regulations follow a Common Commencement Date (October or April of each year) in which they come into force. HSE is currently considering the most appropriate date to initiate the change and will provide more information as soon as possible.
Will I be consulted?
The decision to remove HSE approval has been accepted by Government and HSE must therefore make the changes necessary to implement the recommendation. HSE has however, made a ‘pop-up’ questionnaire available on its first aid web pages for those who are impacted by the changes. It will be used to inform an impact assessment as part of the legislative process. The questionnaire will run until June 2012.
HSE has also met with training providers, industry bodies and trades union.
What does the recommendation mean?
HSE will no longer approve training providers and qualifications although it will continue to manage the standard for first aid by which all courses should be set.
For providers, this will mean that they no longer have to seek HSE approval, removing the costs associated with gaining this approval.
For employers, the recommendation will allow them greater flexibility in choosing first aid training, suitable for their workplaces and the risks there-in.
For those who are self employed, there will no longer be the statutory requirement to provide equipment to render first aid to themselves if injured at work.
What will happen once the regulations have been amended?
I am an HSE approved training provider, what happens to my HSE approval?
Following the amendments to the Health and Safety (First Aid ) Regulations 1981, you will no longer be able to state that you are HSE approved and will need to remove all necessary notices from your literature and/or web pages. This is also applicable to representative bodies.
My HSE approval is due for renewal, what should I do?
Until amendments are made to the first aid regulations, if you wish to continue providing approved training for first aid, you must have HSE approval to do so.
I am an HSE Approved Training Provider. My HSE external monitoring visit is due, what should I do?
The monitoring visit is part of your agreement with HSE to become or maintain your HSE approved first aid provider. Until any amendments are made to first aid regulations, you must continue to make arrangements for the monitoring visit to take place. Failure to do so would be in breach of your agreement with HSE.
Will I receive a refund for my HSE approval once the regulations have been amended?
No, the fee paid for HSE approval covers the cost associated with the approval process including administration and any inspections/ monitoring required during the course of the approval.
As a training provider, will I have to gain approval through other awarding bodies once the first aid regulations are amended?
That is entirely a decision for training providers and not for HSE to make any recommendations. There will be no legal requirement to seek approval elsewhere once the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations 1981 are amended to remove HSE approval.
What will HSE’s role be once the Health and Safety (First Aid) Regulations are removed?
The recommendation within the Löfstedt Review was to remove HSE approval. HSE will therefore continue to maintain the standard for first aid training, both FAW and EFAW and provide guidance on first aid within the workplace as it does now. HSE is also amending guidance for employers to reflect the changes due to amending the first aid regulations.
How do the changes affect my ability to deliver HSE approved offshore medic and/or offshore first aid training?
Organisations approved by HSE to delivering the offshore first aid and offshore medic qualification under the Offshore Installations and Pipeline works (First-Aid) Regulations 1989 are unaffected by these changes. You should continue to comply with HSE's requirements regarding the need to agree to monitoring visits and renewing your approval when due.
By Simply Inspired Training, 10-Aug-2012 15:11:00
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