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This year’s events, including the murder of George Floyd in USA and subsequent global protesting, and the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on people of colour, has highlighted unprecedented levels of public attention on the continued existence of structural and systemic racism and bias. In response to this Barnet has committed to undertake the necessary steps to review how we can become a more inclusive employer (and Council) and a cross-cutting organisational Equality, and Diversity and Inclusion plan is being developed to set out our intentions and goals; alongside this, a series of training workshops have been delivered to the Council’s top 100 leaders and further learning and development is being planned.
Within Family Services, we have been consulting and reflecting on what we need to do to support a diverse and inclusive service, where all staff feel a sense a belonging and an opportunity to contribute to how we break down structural racism and bias. We have begun this journey by, initially, facilitating a series of staff conversations, establishing a strategic focus group of Race Equality Representatives from each service area and selecting an Equalities Lead. The group will represent staff and service user views, ideas, feedback and experiences. Participants will receive consultation and support to ensure they feel equipped to take on this crucial work. We have been developing the anti-racism strategy and action plan and each of us in all roles will be responsible for actively implementing.
Safer Recruitment and selection practice is part of the wider duty of organisations to promote the safety and welfare of children by ensuring that the
relevant safeguarding checks are carried out on staff and volunteers working or having contact with children to help prevent the appointment of unsuitable people.
This course is based on the accredited national training, initially developed for schools but relevant for all organisations working with children. The course has been updated to reflect recent changes in pre employment checks and is fully compliant with current Government Guidance including Working Together 2017 and Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018. The course includes an optional assessment and is certificated.
You need to attend Part 1 and Part 2.
This virtual learning is for all Designated leads/team members responsible for Safeguarding in the wider workforce.
Those who can attend are people in:
• Voluntary Sector
• Private Sector
• Out of School Providers
• Local Authority (Inc. Social Care
You need to be available to join online on both days (11 & 12 March 2021). You will need access to a PC or laptop or iPad and the internet to be able to join in this learning.Essential Information