Safeguarding for Tutors
Like any other professional who works with children, tutors have a responsibility to safeguard and promote children’s wellbeing. It’s important they are able to recognise and respond appropriately to any concerns, and help keep children safe.
WSCP Expectations for Tutors (or others who may be self-employed)
Before working with any Wirral children and young people you must:
- have attended safeguarding children training within the past three years. WSCP training is open to all professionals (details at the bottom of this list)
- be able to recognise the signs of abuse and neglect
- know how to respond if a child discloses they are suffering abuse or neglect
- be familiar with the Wirral Thresholds of Need and know how to make a referral
- be able to offer clients/families satisfactory references from previous employers, including your most recent
- have an up to date DBS certificate (crucial if you are delivering any unsupervised sessions)*
- be registered with any relevant body
- adhere to safer working practices**
*individuals can apply for a basic DBS check. Only registered organisations can apply for an enhanced DBS. Please see https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/disclosure-and-barring-service/about for more information
**this document is written for schools but contains good advice to all those who work with children: https://www.safeguardinginschools.co.uk/guidance-for-safer-working-practice-for-adults-who-work-with-children-and-young-people-in-education-2019/
The WSCP offers a full programme of safeguarding training (all currently online), all of which is currently free to all professionals who work with children. To apply for any courses please register on the website by following the link here.
The NSPCC has a very informative page about safeguarding for tutors. It can be accessed here.
The NSPCC also has guidance for lone workers here.
Please also see: