Safeguarding Refresher Training

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Before ABC to read will place any volunteer in school, we carry out numerous checks, including a DBS Disclosure, to be as sure as we reasonably can that those representing ABC to read are suitable to work with children. Clearly, as you are already volunteering in a school for us, you have already made your way successfully through this process.
Although our initial training includes Level 1 safeguarding training (including child protection), this needs be up-dated on a regular basis to remain valid. ABC to read and most schools and local authorities define ‘regular’ as no less frequently than every three years.

Providing regular update training and ensuring 100% attendance is beyond ABC to read’s current capacity, particularly as experience shows us that a small minority of Head-teachers hesitate to accept update training provided by others. In order to address this, we have changed our agreement with schools and volunteers to place the responsibility on schools to invite ABC to read volunteers to participate in the school’s own safeguarding update training scheme. Wherever possible, volunteers should respond positively to such invitations and, when the training has been completed, provide ABC to read with a copy of any certificate that you receive on completion.

If you need to update your safeguarding training because it is three years or more since you last did any, please ask the school first and, if there is nothing available in the near future, please contact us to make us aware that we need to provide something. In many cases, this can take the form of an online refresher course which, if you pass the final quiz, provides you with a certificate that you can show the school and ABC to read.

If you are aware that you may have gone over the three year limit, please let us know at once:
E-mail: abctoread@btconnect.com
Phone: 0118 95 11 33 6
Mail: ABC to read
Bridge Hall
184 Oxford Road

From now on, a short discussion about your safeguarding refresher requirements will be part of your annual visit from your fieldworker.

* Staff Disqualification Declaration
Following updated advice from the Department for Education, schools now have a duty to double-check that no staff or volunteers in schools are disqualified from working with children and many are currently distributing forms called a ‘Staff Disqualification Declaration’ (or similar), in which individuals are asked to declare whether or not there is any reason why they should not work with children. Whilst much of this would have been covered in your most recent DBS Enhanced Disclosure, this latest form goes further, asking in addition, whether anyone, with whom you share a household (including not only family members but lodgers, flatmates, etc.), is disqualified from working with children.

If you are asked to complete a form, it is important that you do so, as if you don’t, it may result in you being suspended from working with children.

We realise that some of you might find all this a bit worrying but please rest assured that this is happening all over the country, to everyone working or volunteering in schools, and has been put in place to try to protect children from some of the awful cases of sexual abuse and grooming that we have heard and read about in the news recently. Being given one of these forms to fill in does not imply, in any way, that anyone has any suspicions about you. Please remember also that schools are distributing these forms because they have to and that they will find handing in to you just as awkward as you might feel when receiving it.

However, if still you have any concerns or questions about this, please feel free to contact our Safeguarding Trustee, Mike Edwards, in confidence:
E-mail: mje.abc2r@btinternet.com
Phone: 07958 557587
Other information

  • Our details are now up and running on the Neighbourhood Budgets website and ready for our supporters to start voting for us to be in for a chance of winning £1000. Please help us by clicking on https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QTR2LQF The voting will close on Monday 13 April 2015 at 5 pm.
  • We are fortunate to have a local business man running the London Marathon for us. If you would like to help Andrew with his challenge then please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/masairunning
  • In addition to this, Josh Williams has kindly selected us as a charity to fundraise for by running the Reading Half Marathon. He is a writer and Green Party Councillor. He has recently become a dad, only 9 weeks ago, and as the baby is not sleeping neither is Josh so he is making the most of being awake and running! Please help Josh reach his goal: https://www.justgiving.com/JoshWilliamsGreen/

We would like to wish Josh, Julie Cohen and Andrew every success with the Reading Half Marathon and Lon-don Marathon and thank them for selecting us as a charity to support.

We would like to welcome our new volunteers: Maria Davison, Irene Greenslade, Patricia Boniface, Hazel Bur-ton, Linda Frewing, Janice Moth, Kate Davies, Sajid Rahman, Susan Fuhr, Jeanette Samuels, Jacqueline Willson, Beryl Bartley, Samantha Story

We are sad to say goodbye to Marise Parker and Salehaa Patel

Reading 27th April 9.30am-11.30am Bridge Hall, Oxford Road, Reading RG1 7PL
West Berkshire 28th April 9.30am-11.30am St.George’s Centre, Andover Road, Newbury RG14 6NU
Wokingham 29th April 10.30am-12pm Wokingham Library, Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2BB—in the downstairs area of the Library
Slough 29th April 10.30am-12pm Redwood House, 9 Queen Annes Road, Windsor SL4 2BJ

Office closures

Easter break: Thursday 2nd April – Tuesday 21st April
May half term: Friday 22nd May – Monday 1st June