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5 April 2024 | Sexual abuse podcasts | Podcasts | Article by Danielle Vincent

The Role of Safeguarding Training with Safeguard First

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On this week’s episode of the HJ Talks About Abuse podcast, our host Danielle Vincent discusses failings in child safeguarding and the lack of training available with special guests Lucy McCollum and Amy Lott.

Lucy and Amy have founded Safeguarding First, a charity that provides safeguarding training.

We discuss the need for safeguarding training and how this could not only prevent abuse taking place but provide guidance on whistleblowing/reporting.

Specifically founded with a mission to refine safeguarding practices across the UK, Safeguarding First aims to provide training to both individual and organisations, with both the option for virtual training or a further bespoke package for a particular organisation’s needs. Drawing from their own lived trauma, Lucy and Amy highlight the need for thorough training for parents, volunteers, and professionals entrusted with the care of children.

Lucy and Amy introduce Safeguarding First’s forthcoming online courses designed to empower every listener to deal responsibly with situations of suspected abuse. Both highlight how vital it is to ask uncomfortable questions, follow strict processes, and report even minor suspicions, making children’s environments more secure and empowering individuals with resources for appropriate help.

The episode concludes with an encouraging call-to-action for listeners to actively participate in designing future courses and to support Safeguarding First’s fundraising efforts. As part of their expansion and outreach efforts, they also highlight the launch event scheduled in October 2024.

This podcast affirms the paramount importance of each individual’s role in protecting children from abuse and calls for collective efforts toward ensuring child safety nationwide.

You can learn more about Safeguarding First’s crucial initiative by visiting Safeguarding First | free safeguarding training (safeguarding1st.com) or by emailing [email protected]

Author bio

Danielle Vincent

Senior Associate

Danielle is a Senior Associate in the Abuse Specialist Personal Injury Department. She specialises in representing survivors of abuse and has experience in bringing claims against a number of institutions as well as individual abusers.

Disclaimer: The information on the Hugh James website is for general information only and reflects the position at the date of publication. It does not constitute legal advice and should not be treated as such. If you would like to ensure the commentary reflects current legislation, case law or best practice, please contact the blog author.


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