Westminster Kingsway College in central London is to supplement its regular child protection training events with 24/7 online training to ensure all staff fully understand how to safeguard students. Barnardo’s, one of the UK’s leading children’s charities, provides guidance and practical advice in the unique e-learning course, developed in partnership with Marshall ACM.
Peter Armah, Head of Human Resources and Development of Westminster Kingsway College, explains, “Like most other colleges, we previously delivered face to face child protection training. However, we wanted to supplement these courses so staff can access additional training at times when they need it – in line with their availability, but also in case events occur in which they need timely and thorough guidance. We worked with Marshall ACM to ensure the original course was relevant to our staff who work with not only 14-19 year old students but also vulnerable adults”.
David Marshall, CEO of Marshall ACM adds, “This e-learning programme not only provides staff with an awareness of the legislation and Government policy supporting child protection, it also underpins their knowledge so they can contribute and take necessary action to safeguard young people and vulnerable adults. Once they’ve taken the course, it helps them to recognise and respond to concerns about a child in need, understand their own role and that of other agencies and to communicate and act appropriately”.
The Child Protection training from Marshall ACM is a social enterprise and beyond the original educational version, additional specific training courses are now available for NHS, councils and nurseries. Fifty percent of the total sale price goes to Barnados to continue its work.
Marshall ACM delivers a managed e-learning service to over 140 organisations across the public and private sector in the UK and Republic of Ireland.