Group C practitioners have direct responsibility for safeguarding people:
- who have an assessing role that’s linked to the safeguarding process
- who are operating at a level where they can give advice about safeguarding to those in groups A and B
- in a setting they work in or manage
- with whom they spend a lot of time unsupervised in a setting where there is increased risk of safeguarding concerns.
Group C practitioners may also:
- be an organisation’s designated safeguarding person
- take a more prominent role in safeguarding decisions
- have an active role in core groups and protection planning activities.
There should be some flexibility to promote some staff to group D if they are of the view that their role warrants doing more intensive training. See: Safeguarding Children Intercollegiate Document (2019)
Safeguarding duties are greater for group C practitioners.
They’ll have to make decisions about keeping people safe, and when they need to put protection processes in place.
These practitioners will need to have all the knowledge and understanding of the standards in groups A and B plus additional knowledge to make sure they carry out their role in line with the law.
There’s generic group C safeguarding training everyone in group C must do.
When practitioners have additional safeguarding roles or responsibilities, they’ll need to do specific relevant training after they’ve completed the generic group C training.
This will be different for individual practitioners even within agencies and organisations.
For example: in health, some group C paediatricians will need specialist training on carrying out, and reporting on, child protection medicals.
This specialist training will often be defined and required by professional or regulatory bodies at a national or agency level.
There may also be local agreements for specific training requirements.
Some group C practitioners may have responsibilities that sit in the group D standards.
If this is the case, the practitioner should train to meet the group D standards so they’re prepared for their role.
Practitioners from group C onwards need to be aware this framework can’t cover every role or job.
The practitioner’s responsible for assessing their own learning needs.
Organisations need to identify requirements for the continuing professional development (CPD), relevant to their sector.
- I understand that voice and control of people is key to decision making – child and/or person-centred practice.
- I understand everyone’s roles and responsibilities in the safeguarding process.
- I show the ability to make clear and proportionate decisions.
According to the standards, people in group C should know:
- legislation, national policies and codes of conduct and professional practice in relation to safeguarding
- how to work in ways that safeguard people from abuse, harm and neglect
- the factors, situations and actions that could lead or contribute to abuse, harm or neglect
- how to report, respond and record concerns or allegations related to safeguarding
- how to promote child and/or person-centred practice
- how to take part in safeguarding processes
- how to support others to safeguard people (for those with supervisory responsibility)
- how to work with others to safeguard people
- how to maintain professional accountability.