Following today’s news that solicitors acting for families whose children have been victims of rape, sexual assault and harassment by fellow school pupils have stepped up action against the education secretary, Justine Greening, with a letter threatening judicial review proceedings, got us thinking at TRP Berks HQ that we ought to tell you how well trained we are to also take care of your child’s welfare.
All of our tutors and, in fact, all of our staff have had CPD recognised NSPCC safeguard training because we all want to keep the children we teach safe at all times and that includes being able to spot the signs of any abuse or neglect, as well as any issues that may arise within our sessions. We want all of our students to have the best possible outcome from their lessons and while we think we do a fantastic job teaching music, we also want to do a fantastic job looking after their welfare too!
We chose training with the NSPCC as it is the UK’s child protection agency and its course focused on child protection procedures, detailing how to spot the signs of neglect or abuse and how to respond to any concerns about a child. It was a very interesting process and we all found that the signs we were taught to look out for might not necessarily have been all the signs that we would have thought of. We also found that the added benefit was how to approach and respond to our concerns and how to act around that particular child. Luckily, we have never been put in a situation to use these skills or to intervene with any issues or concerns amongst our students but it’s always best to be prepared.
We’d also like you to know that all of our managers have had first aid training and that this is monitored and renewed when each certificate expires. Thankfully we’ve yet to put it to the test in a real-life situation but we all feel much more prepared knowing what to do.
We’re very proud of the fact that we have such extensive welfare and musical training – we really want to give the best to our students and help them to achieve their best.
Harmeet November 13th, 2017
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