The Safeguarding Alliance is an organisation based in the city of London. With members around the globe, it is increasingly becoming the international platform for professionals to share safeguarding best practice and collaborative working. Parents and business sponsors are increasingly selecting schools which have undertaken The Safeguarding Alliance Standard.
The Safeguarding Alliance team have been instrumental in training professionals and volunteers working with children, young people and families in safeguarding best practice for many years. They bring senior expertise, experience and know-how from relevant and related fields including education, social services, policing, health and law.
The Safeguarding Alliance is the leading alliance for both British and international schools wishing to become part of a wider global safeguarding network for best practice. As a world-renowned organisation, its reputation for high standards is globally recognised by hundreds of staff, students, parents, governments and organisations around the world. Accreditation by The Safeguarding Alliance is recognised as an international benchmark of quality in safeguarding best practice.
The Safeguarding Alliance offers three unique services: a ‘Standard’ in safeguarding, training and a membership package.
The Safeguarding Alliance Standard is a detailed and rigorous specification for compliance in order to obtain a quality accreditation. It is a quality benchmark in safeguarding best practice. Its framework is underpinned by British best practices and statutory requirements. The Standard has been carefully designed to specify the very best expectations of an organisation when working with children.
Every school has a duty of care to ensure all children in their setting remain safe and free from harm. This can only be achieved through robust policy, procedure and training that remains representative of in-school practice.
If safeguarding is not fully understood, the child, school and staff will be at significant risk. Safeguarding goes beyond being statutory compliant, all of the school community need to be safeguarding competent and know how to respond and act appropriately to any given situation. Safeguarding against risks to students whilst in school remains the most vital component of any business continuity plan. The Safeguarding Alliance Standard ensures that a school is able to self-assess best practice and quality improve.
The Safeguarding Alliance training is more than just the reiteration of a set of guidelines or policies. It reinforces and unites the fundamental foundations that are required in order to keep children safe from harm, and free from abuse and neglect.
The Safeguarding Alliance does not offer or support online training, it believes in order to protect a life, training needs to take place in a professional symposium. The Safeguarding Alliance strongly believe that, as with first aid training, there needs to be a face-to-face assessment of understanding to ensure competence which cannot be undertaken online. Many serious case reviews have highlighted the lack of significant and impactive safeguarding training.
With multiple national and internationally accredited training courses, covering a wide breadth of safeguarding subjects, our training supports the building of transferable skills, knowledge and competence.
As occupationally and operationally competent, independent and quality-assured safeguarding experts, our trainers support, mentor and guide individuals and schools – enabling leaders, managers and practitioner teams to apply the latest best practice and statutory obligations in their day-to-day activities.
The Safeguarding Alliance is one of the only organisations to offer fully accredited qualifications in safeguarding and child protection to a Level 2 and 3 with Ofqual recognition.
The Safeguarding Alliance have developed an independent school specific safeguarding qualification which runs parallel to the Independent School Standards to ensure that safeguarding remains the critical link competent within every section.
The Safeguarding Alliance acknowledges that if training is to represent practice, it needs to be contextualised and relevant to the setting and internal policies and procedures. This is why The Safeguarding Alliance recently published its paper on ‘Policy and procedure remain redundant, unless representative of practice’.
Becoming part of The Safeguarding Alliance allows any school to be part of a wider safeguarding network, with access to a wealth or resources and networking opportunities. The alliance exists to help develop safeguarding knowledge and expertise, expand one’s professional network and keep schools up-to-date and informed.
The Safeguarding Alliance membership will help drive and support safeguarding and child protection, ensuring that best practice is implemented and understood in a wider contextual remit.
To find out more about The Safeguarding Alliance, visit: thesafeguardingalliance.org.uk