Supported by Waltham Forest

Past Events & Training

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 19:00 - 21:00

A workshop to support Childminders in making requests for help, support or protection to support families with Early Help needs.

Issues covered:
Identifying the correct procedure for raising any concerns
Highlighting thresholds for help and protection
Raising awareness of professionals' role

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:30 - 19:30

Waltham Forest Schools Forum has an important role under the school funding arrangements introduced in April 2006. It has a consultative role in relation to the local distribution of school funding and it is also able to decide on certain proposals from the local authority which currently have to go to the Secretary of State for decision. Further information about Waltham Forest's Schools Forum and details of the next meeting can be found on the Waltham Forest Council website.

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 16:00 - 17:00

If you are unsure of the quality of the content of your plan, please come to one of our complimentary workshops and evaluate its effectiveness. The workshops will be held at the Town Hall (Laurel House) on the following dates (16:00 to 17:00):

Monday 6th February
Wednesday 8th February
Tuesday 7th March
Wednesday 8th March
Tuesday 14th March

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:15 - 15:30

Please bring along one child’s work at Expected and one child’s work at Greater depth with the Programmes of Study for English.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided.

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 09:00 - 12:30

Developing joint attention is a precursor and foundation to developing language, social skills and learning

This half day introduction using examples and ideas from a variety of sources will give practitioners strategies and ideas to promote early attention skills in those children who struggle with this skill

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 18:00 - 21:00

This course combines Ofsted’s view of what outstanding governance and safeguarding
looks like according to their own inspection criteria.
• To understand and fulfil governors’ roles and responsibilities to safeguard and
promote the welfare for children
• To ensure effectiveness in discharging of governors’ core statutory
• safeguarding functions
• To ensure that governors have a clear and up to date understanding of the
spectrum of safeguarding within the context of Ofsted inspections, LA procedures
and complaints
• Effectively plan for, monitor and challenge senior leadership and staff to excel in
their safeguarding arrangements by communicating and implementing a vision for
outstanding safeguarding and best practice

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 15:00 - 17:00

The aim of the forum is to provide an opportunity to discuss issues and share practical advice of help to SENCOs in carrying out their roles. The Forum has a commitment to Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and inclusion, and to offering a solution-focused, collaborative and mutually supportive resource.

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:45 - 11:15

This drop-in will provide childminders the opportunity to come together with their children to enjoy fun activities linked to their children’s learning and development and strengthen friendships and links between other local childminders.

A childminding development worker from the Council will be running the session which will give all childminders regular access to support they may need.

There is no charge for FEEE-registered minders but there is a small fee for non-FEEE-registered minders of £1 for their first child and 50p for each additional child. If you would like to know more about registering to offer the FEEE please visit The Hub - https://thehub.walthamforest.gov.uk/policy/early-years/becoming-a-childcare-provider-in-waltham-forest/feee-provider-process.

On top of this we will be inviting professionals to attend these sessions. We recognise that childminders may sometimes find it hard to access services to support the needs of the children they care for. Therefore we will be inviting professionals such as Area SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators), Curriculum leaders, Speech and language therapists, Health visitors, Safeguarding advisors, Early Help advisors and FEEE officers to attend some of these drop-ins. A schedule of these visits will be available shortly.

Tue, 07 Mar 2017 09:00 - 12:30

The session, sponsored by Oxford University Press and organised by Whitefield Teaching School Alliance offers the opportunity to attend a half day of professional development appropriate for HT, SLT, subject leaders and inclusion leads.
- Session 1: Resilient pupils
- Session 2: Resilient schools and parents

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 09:30 - 16:00

• Understanding the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and key areas of responsibility
• Understanding of the legislation and guidance underpinning their organisation’s policy, procedures and practice when responding to concerns about a child’s safety or welfare
• Ability to evidence compliance with OfSTED requirements to ensure all children are safe
• Ensuring that all staff in education settings are clear about possible indicators of ‘abuse’ and how these should be managed
• Awareness of the definitions of abuse and neglect and significant harm in order to make appropriate referrals for intervention
• Understanding the barriers that stop staff reporting concerns and how to overcome these
• Understanding of the processes followed by Children’s Social Care when a referral is made and the thresholds for intervention
• For the Designated Safeguarding Lead to be actively involved in collaborative decision-making and the process for managing disagreement and or challenge
• Identify training required for staff within their setting to ensure best practice
• Learning from serious case reviews
• Awareness of best practice and how this safeguards children and staff in relation to confidentiality, information sharing, information gathering, recording, transferring records to receiving settings, whistle blowing, professional boundaries and managing disclosures of abuse from children to promote best outcomes
• Strategies to ensure that there are systems in place to monitor and evaluate outcomes for children who are in need or suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm

An Introduction to Safeguarding course should have been attended within the last year if this is the participant's first time on a DSL course.

Please note – Managers & Deputies should not attend together.

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 09:30 - 16:00
  • Understanding the key areas of responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children
  • Understanding of the legislation and guidance underpinning policy, procedures and practice when responding to concerns about a child’s safety or welfare
  • Ability to evidence compliance with OfSTED requirements to ensure all children are safe
  • Ensuring that all Childminders are clear about possible indicators of ‘abuse’ and how these should be managed
  • Awareness of the definitions of abuse and neglect and significant harm in order to make appropriate referrals for intervention. Staff must be able to identify these at the earliest opportunity and to respond in a timely and appropriate way.
  • Awareness of the process for reporting concerns to Children’s Social Care
  • Understanding the processes followed by Children’s Social Care when a referral is made and the thresholds for intervention
  • Learning from serious case reviews to ensure best practice
  • Awareness of best safeguarding practice and how this safeguards children and staff in relation to confidentiality, information sharing, information gathering, recording, whistle blowing, professional boundaries, allegations against professionals and managing disclosures of abuse from children in order to promote the best outcomes for children

Please note - this training meets the Keeping Children Safe in Education 2016 guidance, the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Statutory Framework guidance and the LA's model Safeguarding Policy and Providers must have regard to the Government's statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children.

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:30 - 11:00

This drop-in will provide childminders the opportunity to come together with their children to enjoy fun activities linked to their children’s learning and development and strengthen friendships and links between other local childminders.

A childminding development worker from the Council will be running the session which will give all childminders regular access to support they may need.

There is no charge for FEEE-registered minders but there is a small fee for non-FEEE-registered minders of £1 for their first child and 50p for each additional child. If you would like to know more about registering to offer the FEEE please visit The Hub - https://thehub.walthamforest.gov.uk/policy/early-years/becoming-a-childcare-provider-in-waltham-forest/feee-provider-process.

On top of this we will be inviting professionals to attend these sessions. We recognise that childminders may sometimes find it hard to access services to support the needs of the children they care for. Therefore we will be inviting professionals such as Area SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators), Curriculum leaders, Speech and language therapists, Health visitors, Safeguarding advisors, Early Help advisors and FEEE officers to attend some of these drop-ins. A schedule of these visits will be available shortly.

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 09:30 - 13:00

• Understanding the role of the designated Safeguarding Lead Professional and key areas of responsibility
• Understanding of the legislation and guidance underpinning their organisation’s policy, procedures and practice when responding to concerns about a child’s safety or welfare
• Ability to evidence compliance with Ofsted requirements to ensure all children are safe
• Ensuring that all staff in education settings are clear about possible indicators of ‘abuse’ and how these should be managed
• Awareness of the definitions of abuse and neglect and significant harm in order to make appropriate referrals for intervention
• Understanding the barriers that stop staff reporting concerns and how to overcome these
• Understanding of the processes followed by Children’s Social Care when a referral is made and the thresholds for intervention
• For the designated Safeguarding Lead Professional to be actively involved in collaborative decision-making and the process for managing disagreement and or challenge
• Identify training required for staff within their setting to ensure best practice
• Learning from serious case reviews
• Awareness of best practice and how this safeguards children and staff in relation to confidentiality, information sharing, information gathering, recording, transferring records to receiving settings, whistle blowing, professional boundaries and managing disclosures of abuse from children to promote best outcomes
• Strategies to ensure that there are systems in place to monitor and evaluate outcomes for children who are in need or suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 19:00 - 21:00

The Chair has a vital role to play in ensuring the effective running of the governing body. This is done by providing a clear lead in organising the governing body’s work and maintaining a positive relationship with the school’s senior leadership.

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:30 - 16:00

• Understanding the role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead and key areas of responsibility
• Understanding of the legislation and guidance underpinning their organisation’s policy, procedures and practice when responding to concerns about a child’s safety or welfare
• Ability to evidence compliance with OfSTED requirements to ensure all children are safe
• Ensuring that all staff in education settings are clear about possible indicators of ‘abuse’ and how these should be managed
• Awareness of the definitions of abuse and neglect and significant harm in order to make appropriate referrals for intervention
• Understanding the barriers that stop staff reporting concerns and how to overcome these
• Understanding of the processes followed by Children’s Social Care when a referral is made and the thresholds for intervention
• For the Designated Safeguarding Lead to be actively involved in collaborative decision-making and the process for managing disagreement and or challenge
• Identify training required for staff within their setting to ensure best practice
• Learning from serious case reviews
• Awareness of best practice and how this safeguards children and staff in relation to confidentiality, information sharing, information gathering, recording, transferring records to receiving settings, whistle blowing, professional boundaries and managing disclosures of abuse from children to promote best outcomes
• Strategies to ensure that there are systems in place to monitor and evaluate outcomes for children who are in need or suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm

An Introduction to Safeguarding course should have been attended within the last year if this is the participant's first time on a DSL course.

Please note – Managers & Deputies should not attend together.

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:30 - 12:30

This is an interactive workshop, providing Early Years Practitioners with opportunities to reflect on the importance of adult-child interactions for supporting language development. This will include use of video reflection, practical activities and group discussions. Practitioners will receive practical strategies to take back to their setting to develop in order to support the transfer of their learning.

Thu, 02 Mar 2017 09:30 - 11:00

This drop-in will provide childminders the opportunity to come together with their children to enjoy fun activities linked to their children’s learning and development and strengthen friendships and links between other local childminders.

A childminding development worker from the Council will be running the session which will give all childminders regular access to support they may need.

There is no charge for FEEE-registered minders but there is a small fee for non-FEEE-registered minders of £1 for their first child and 50p for each additional child. If you would like to know more about registering to offer the FEEE please visit The Hub - https://thehub.walthamforest.gov.uk/policy/early-years/becoming-a-childcare-provider-in-waltham-forest/feee-provider-process.

On top of this we will be inviting professionals to attend these sessions. We recognise that childminders may sometimes find it hard to access services to support the needs of the children they care for. Therefore we will be inviting professionals such as Area SENCOs (Special Educational Needs Coordinators), Curriculum leaders, Speech and language therapists, Health visitors, Safeguarding advisors, Early Help advisors and FEEE officers to attend some of these drop-ins. A schedule of these visits will be available shortly.

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 18:30 - 20:00

Governors' Briefings provide valuable information on the latest regulation and policy changes in addition to the council's key priorities for school and Education Improvement.

Logged-in users can download the presentations from the briefing below.

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:30 - 16:30

To improve professionals' competence in dealing with issues of confidentiality, consent and information sharing.

Multi-agency core group B, C
Safeguarding Level 2

Attendance counts towards HCPC post-registration and continuous professional development.

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 09:30 - 12:30

Course aims:
To explore practitioners' understanding of risks and hazards and unpick any unhelpful barriers and constraints about outdoor risk-taking play.
Course Delivery:
Introductions will take place in a training room, followed by direct experience of working with children and families in an outdoor playspace, followed by group and individual reflection within a classroom.

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