Our training projects are aimed at people from faith communities and those working with them, helping practitioners, parents and families improve their own and their organisation’s engagement around safeguarding-related issues. Throughout September we’ve delivered training to 85 people at 5 different locations across Luton.
We work to create accessible, inclusive training environments that recognise nuance relating to different parts of people’s identity including gender, faith, ethnicity and culture; and how they influence individual and wider social experiences and responses to abuse. There are of course, other factors to consider, such as ability, age, sexuality and gender identity, some of which we incorporate into our new Safeguarding and Prejudice training.
Safeguarding and Prejudice training
100% would recommend our Safeguarding and Prejudice training to others
All kinds of prejudice can be uncomfortable to discuss, making them issues that are often avoided. We create environments where they can be addressed honestly, allowing participants to hear and learn from each other’s experiences. Our accredited Safeguarding and Prejudice training was piloted at Hope Church in Luton seeing faith leaders and practitioners from as far as Rotheram come together and explore how our own prejudices can impact safeguarding responses. Participants shared their own experiences, discussed terminology and looked at real case studies to identify how different forms of prejudice can affect young people, and how we can navigate that in our own practice.
“I find it useful to be able to process my own thoughts in a small group, but to also reflect with people who have other life experiences. It’s also good to be able to sit with others and hear their stories. Stories are so much more powerful when they are shared by the people that they happened to.”
– Participant, Safeguarding and Prejudice training
Keeping children safe online – online training
Three more sessions were held at Dallow Learning Community Centre, the LETS Hub and Futures House and where 20 parents and practitioners completed the NSPCC’s online training Keeping children safe online, and had discussions reflecting on safety, generational differences, technology and family.
Child Sexual Exploitation training
We also supported Hope Church Luton’s children’s workers and vulnerable adult’s workers with a session around child sexual exploitation, breaking down what it means and the different ways it can manifest. Working in faith settings allows us to look at safeguarding through a faithful lense, drawing on teachings from scripture and tradition to amplify both our compassion for looking after vulnerable people and responsibility in doing what we can to safeguard them.
We’ve worked with teachers, trainers, youth workers, nursery workers, parents, faith leaders, volunteers, students, charity workers and people from emergency services; creating rich learning environments that helps expand understanding and provide unique opportunities for growth and networking. Similar sessions can be delivered in your own setting, and we’ll be setting future training dates soon.
Read more about the specific training we offer on our training page.
This work has been funded by Near Neighbours, which aims to support projects that ‘bring people from different backgrounds together for initiatives that improve their local neighbourhoods.’