Pool trainers deliver our foundation safeguarding training course within their organisations and play an essential role in keeping children and adults safe from harm – we simply couldn’t train all the people who need safeguarding training without them.
If you’re interested in becoming a pool trainer, you should first have a discussion with your line manager to ensure your organisation will support you to deliver the training and your manager understands the commitment required to be a pool trainer. We usually ask that there are two pool trainers in each organisation who will train together.
All our pool trainers are expected to deliver the course at least twice a year (exceptions will be made for small organisations with limited numbers of staff) as well as attend one pool trainer meeting a year and maintain their own professional development in terms of safeguarding. We will also come and observe you delivering the training, usually once a year, for quality assurance purposes.
Each foundation course takes 3 hours to deliver and pool trainers need preparation time before each course to ensure that the session is delivered in a professional and organised manner. Pool trainers cannot make a charge to delegates for attending the course and are expected to promote good safeguarding practice in all their work.
To become a pool trainer, you’ll need to attend our Train the Trainer course. You should already have some safeguarding knowledge and experience before you come on the course, and we’ll ask you about this before confirming your place.
Our Train the Trainer course is usually 3 days long and we’ll teach you the basics of training and learning theory as well as how to deliver our foundation course (either adult or children). The course is not designed to improve your safeguarding knowledge – it’s to teach you to become trainers, however we will cover some safeguarding information.
If you’re interested in finding out more, email [email protected]
When is the next train the trainer course? We hope to run the next course very soon, so please get in touch if you are interested.
Do you charge for the course? We make a very small charge to cover the costs of materials and lunch for the 3 days. We’ll confirm the exact cost with you but it’s usually around £30 in total.
Can I deliver adult and children foundation courses? For the Train the Trainer course, you’ll need to pick one (either adult or child) to start with. We’ll arrange to catch up with you at a later date to go through the materials for the other course that you want to deliver.
I’m already a qualified teacher/trainer – do I need to attend the whole course? We ask that everyone completes the course in its entirety. You will still pick up useful skills and knowledge during the three days and you’ll meet colleagues from different agencies and increase your safeguarding network.
I don’t have a second pool trainer in my organisation – can I still come on the course? We prefer that foundation training is delivered in pairs. If you don’t have a second trainer in your organisation, we can ask the pool if someone is able to train with you, but we can discuss this further with you.