Hands up for Face-to-Face Safeguarding Education
Why safeguarding training should be a real, person-to-person learning experience.
In today’s digital age, going ‘virtual’ has become a popular choice for training. E-courses are readily available and are often the preferred training option for organisations working on a limited budget or seeking a quick fix or convenient solution. There is a place for a digital learning environment and it brings advantages such as increased flexibility. However, concerns are frequently raised regarding the quality, depth and overall learning experience of some online education leaving many researchers to conclude that virtual training and education are perceived to be less effective than the traditional face-to-face method of learning.
In the case of safeguarding, interaction is critically important from a child safety perspective as it helps everyone, irrespective of their experience, position or role, to be educated in a relevant setting for a specific or sensitive scenario.
Face-to-face training offers key advantages both in terms of actual learning and cost:
Engagement and focus
Face-to-face training establishes a dynamic relationship between fellow attendees as well as between each participant and the course leader. Unlike e-learning where a person may be distracted by other tasks and thoughts, in face-to-face training the leader will implement strategies to keep everyone involved and engaged. Group discussions enable a richer and deeper exploration of the issues being covered and guarantee a higher level of knowledge retention on completion of the course.
Structured learning delivered by qualified trainers
Face-to-face training offers a learning environment that ensures everyone fully understands the course and its context. Learning outcomes can be reviewed, assessed and monitored.
Face-to-face training is a more effective method of catering for different stakeholder groups in one organisation, such as an educational establishment. Training courses can be tailored to specific learning needs and outcomes and be more adaptable than an e-learning environment with pre-set options. Tailored learning materials and education can be customised to education and age-appropriate levels to suit the needs of the intended audience. One-to-one support can be provided.
If a problem emerges during a face-to-face course you can simply ask the course leader for immediate clarification to ensure a clear understanding of the topic in hand. There are far more instances of miscommunication and misinterpretation in virtual training sessions.
Flexible Delivery Formats
A single safeguarding topic can form part of a safeguarding event, modified and delivered to different stakeholders over a full day, or be a session within a curriculum. Examples such as:
Getting the Best out of a Training Budget
Face-to-face training packages can be specially designed to help budgets work harder. Options range from cost sharing and discounts for groups participating in a single course purchase, to profit share and volume bundles that enable teams to lock in reduced rates on multiple courses for the year. Training can be booked at your preferred time and venue, on your chosen date, so no extra transport or travel expenses are incurred.
Face-to-face education allows educators to meet learners where they are, create an environment that encourages accountability and interaction, and develop effective education and support around their needs.
Ultimately, there’s no substitute for a REAL person-to-person learning experience.
Dr Richard John BSc (hons) MSc PGCE D.CrimJ
Director of Training
For a limited period only, Ethica Solutions is offering 30% OFF its full-day SFJ Awards accredited and CPD certified face-to-face Safeguarding training courses*
*This discounted rate is available on all bookings made up to 24 December 2017 for courses held before 1 June 2018. Minimum 16 delegates.