Looking for a cost effective and efficient way for your organisation to improve its Safeguarding policies and implementation? Reshet has created Safeguarding Surgeries which are open to all Jewish charities.
Aims of a safeguarding surgery
- To embed a positive culture of safeguarding into Jewish charities
- To create a safe space for colleagues to assess their own organisational safeguarding practice
- To allow colleagues to amend and improve safeguarding practice as necessary
- To enable participants to forge a direct correlation from policy to practice: drafting policies and ensuring organisational implementation reflects best practice practice
Objectives of a safeguarding surgery
- To provide a cost effective approach to meet the aims above
- To emphasise the importance of values led, holistic safeguarding to organisations and the wider Jewish community
How will the safeguarding surgery benefit Jewish charities?
The safeguarding surgeries are designed for colleagues from communal charities to have an opportunity to assess, evaluate and question their own organisational safeguarding policies and implementation.
There will be a maximum of seven charities per surgery, working together with an experienced safeguarding trainer, who will facilitate the day and will offering constructive challenge and support to participants
How is the safeguarding surgery structured?
The safeguarding surgery is a full day training course. It will have two workshops which will be delivered in one day:
Workshop One (morning) – essentials in your organisational policies
Led by a safeguarding expert, the initial session will cover what is essential to include in an organisational safeguarding policy.
Workshop Two (afternoon) – policy workshop
Participants will then assess their own policies, amending as necessary, to ensure their own organisational policy reflects both the law, best practice and organisational values.
Who is the best person in the organisation to attend?
The participant attending needs to be in a position of authority to amend the policy as necessary and to ensure the policy can be fully implemented by trustees, staff and volunteers. That person might be the Designated Safeguarding Lead for the organisation, but they might also be another member of staff/the trustee body. It is essential that the person attending is familiar with:
- The role of a Designated Safeguarding Lead
- Safeguarding concepts
- Making safeguarding referrals
- Implementing policies into an organisation
The participant must have completed at least Level One (an introduction to safeguarding) to access the safeguarding surgery.
The safeguarding surgeries are open to Jewish communal professionals and lay leaders who hold safeguarding responsibilities within their organisations.
A maximum of two people from each organisation may attend.
What will we need to bring to the safeguarding surgery?
Participants need to bring their safeguarding policies (and any other organisational policies which are relevant to Safeguarding).
Bring a laptop to make any amendments to your organisational policies during the surgery time.
Open to learning
Bring a positive and reflective approach to learning – it is absolutely fine if your policies are not perfect when you attend the Safeguarding Surgery – this is an opportunity to improve your policies and gain greater understanding of how to implement any changes.
How will the policy workshop be structured?
Participants will have time to explore wording, discuss their own organisational structures, processes and approach to practice with a safeguarding expert, and create/amend/improve organisational policies. During Workshop Two, participants will be able to ask questions which are specific to their own organisational needs and will have ample time to make adjustments as necessary to their policies.