Areas of Child-Safe Consulting
CHILD SAFE ORGANISATIONS
Child-Safe Organisations don't just happen. They're created through intention and action. Our Advisers go beyond policies and procedures and help organisations shift their culture to be child-focused, child-friendly and child-safe. You could have the best written policy in the world, but if your team don't value it, it might as well not exist. Creating Child-Safe Organisations is our passion project and it might give you the edge over your competitors to encourage your potential clients to pick you.
We can work with your organisation extensively to set up ways of working that contribute to creating Child-Safe Organisations and help you identify and develop Champions to lead the change in your organisation to ensure children are your first priority. We believe in being clear from the start - we cannot turn your organisation in to a Child-Safe organisation. Only you and your people can do that. We can show you how. We can coach you. We can support you. But you, as the head of your organisation need to lead your team to be Child-Safe.
We work with child-serving and child-contact organisations in all sectors, but our speciality is the ECEC sector. Our Principal Consultant has worked for some of the biggest names in the sector, has an understanding of the NQF, NQS, the National Law and the National Regulations. Poynting Consulting & Advisory can provide all of the stated areas of practice on this page tailored to fit with the compliance, oversight and highly regulated environment that is the ECEC sector.
The world of child protection and child safeguarding is ever growing and evolving, and we’re not just talking about making a child protection report. With the consistent evolution of expectations, duty of care, and liability the level of accountability grows, and so does the complexity. It can be hard to ensure your team know how to protect children from harm. That’s where we come in. We specialise in providing child protection training and mandatory reporting training to child-serving organisations but also child-contact services such as General Practitioners and other health, medical and wellbeing services that have child-clients. We have a number of 'off-the-shelf' training packages but also develop bespoke training to meet your specific needs.
The legislation and regulation around child protection and child safeguarding is constantly in flux, so your policies must adapt quickly. Poynting Consulting & Advisory strives to anticipate these changes so you can focus more on your core business and know that you policies are protecting your children and yourselves as well. If your organisation is not large enough to require a dedicated child protection officer - this is a perfect service for you. We can develop your protecting children policies and procedures from scratch and we're also able to actively monitor them to ensure they're updated in line with any legislative changes. We advocate a 12 month review cycle and can work with you to establish a seamless, effortless (for your organisation) review and update schedule for you.
Child-safe BUSINESS STRATEGY
We can work with you to ensure your business strategy is working for you to protect children. We specialise in child-safe recruitment practices, on child-safe practice, on involving children in decision making, on strengthening communities and extending guardianship, and on developing and implementing commitment to protecting children. We work with you to ensure that child safety is part of your core business whether your organisation delivers services directly to children or has incidental contact with children as part of what you do. This can be particularly useful to organisations such as trades that provide services to child-serving organisations and also to child-contact organisations such as health and wellbeing practitioners who have child-clients. This gives your clients a reason to choose your company over another - it is a point of difference that aligns your company's values with the priorities of your clients' to keep children safe.
EXTERNAL PROFESSIONAL SUPERVISION
Supervision is central to maintaining best practice and is a core practice standard for Social Workers. If you are a social worker looking to enhance your professional skills, enhance your abilities to respond effectively to complex practice environments, and reduce the risk of burnout and compassion fatigue, then Poynting Consulting & Advisory is able to help by offering external professional supervision for Social Workers that work independently or in organisations that are not able to offer supervision internally.
Already have policies in place? That's a great start, but have you reviewed them to ensure they're actually meeting your needs? Is the person within your organisation that developed them an expert in keeping children safe and mitigating risk? Our Consultants and Advisers can work with you to make sure you policies are doing what you want them to.
It is important to recognise that, 'you don't know what you don't know.' If your in-house policy unit does not include a child protection specialist, it is unlikely your child protection policies will cover everything you need them to. We're able to do a high level review of your protecting children policies and make recommendations to ensure your organisation has adequate preventative processes in place and reactive processes that protect children and keep your team safe.
We do everything we can to ensure that your business is working to prevent incidents from happening in the first place, but if there is a child harm incident in your centre, we're here to work with you to analyse the situation to make sure an incident like that can never happen again in your organisation. Our consultants can conduct an external review of your incident and provide advice to prevent it from re-occurring.
Our incident reviews take a child-centred, 'zero-blame' approach and starts with a desktop review of the incident to develop a Review Plan. Your team need to feel safe in contributing to the review or you won't have usable outcomes and recommendations so we do not lead witch-hunts. The person responsible for child harm is the person who perpetrated it, but by doing a 'zero-blame' incident review we can help you make changes to your organisation and have tools and systems that prevent perpetrators from harming children in the future. Our first priority is to respond to incidents involving sexual abuse and exploitation of children, but we're also able to examine incidents involving physical abuse, emotional abuse or neglect of children as well.