Child Protection in a Childminding Setting
If you work with children, you have a responsibility to help to protect them. Childminders have a vital frontline role in protecting children and obtaining support for children and families under stress.
It is essential that childminders are equipped to play their role in this task, can recognise abuse and have knowledge of child protection procedures. This childminder-specific course will emphasise a proactive approach to equip you with the knowledge and skills to minimise the risk of abuse.
This course aims to give childminders the support needed to:
- Understand the roles and responsibilities of a childminder and of key professionals.
- Explore the vulnerability of the childminder as a lone worker.
- Understand and develop a child protection statement.
- Develop reporting procedures.
During this course you will learn how to:
- Explain the aspects, situations and actions that may cause or lead to harm or abuse.
- Describe the signs and symptoms that may indicate that a child has been, or is in danger of being harmed or abused.
- Outline your understanding of legal requirements, local child protection procedures and roles of other professionals involved.
- Explain the actions you must take in your own role and responsibilities you have as a childminder where there are concerns noticed.
- Demonstrate your understanding on the importance of implementing effective childminding practices that help identify and protect children who are potentially at risk.
- Explain the importance of developing relationships that promote and protect children and how you do this.
- Evidence your understanding on the importance of record keeping.
- Demonstrate your understanding on promoting rights and inclusion with children and young people in relation to child protection.
- Explain the potential vulnerabilities of a childminder working as a lone worker.
- Describe how you support children and young people to keep themselves safe.
When you have completed this course, you will have core knowledge and understanding of:
- Types of harm and abuse.
- Aspects that may make someone more vulnerable to harm or abuse.
- Common features of perpetrator behaviour and grooming.
- Correct actions to take if harm or abuse is suspected, disclosed or alleged.
- Local systems and multi-disciplinary procedures that relate to protection from harm and abuse.
- How to protect yourself and others from harm and abuse when in a childminding setting or working alone.
Training Provider Overview
We help childminders build on their Continuous Professional Learning. This includes interactive learning courses, e-Learning courses and access to webinars, network meetings, conferences and complimentary courses Taking part in these opportunities enables childminders to take responsibility for both their professional development and that of their childminding service – focusing on children, to help them achieve their full potential. We actively encourage childminders to take the opportunity to build on their knowledge, skills and professional growth throughout their career. SCMA is proud to be a SQA Approved Centre, which means that in addition to providing our own, bespoke learning opportunities, the Learn with SCMA team can also deliver SQA qualifications. The SQA qualification that we currently deliver is the Complete Childminding Learning Pathway - a Work Based Award, which is credit rated at Level 7 on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework (SCQF).
Training Provider Contact Details
SCMA are commited to ensuring that on-going quality improvement is an integral part of our organisation. The Learn with SCMA team aims for continuous improvement in the quality of all aspects of its work as part of its determination to help Learners achieve the highest possible standards.
Our Quality Assurance Policy is in place to ensure such continuous improvement through a process of self-evaluation and action planning. The Quality Assurance Policy and associated procedures involves all employees, Learners and collaborative partners such as the Care Inspectorate (CI), Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC), Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) and Skills Development Scotland (SDS). The quality assurance policy is managed through the existing organisational structure. The quality assurance procedures are founded in a process of regular self-evaluation by teams and internal and external audits and observations, in addition to Learner feedback and local training needs.