The Benefits of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) in Safeguarding

The Benefits of Continuous Professional Development (CPD) In Safeguarding

CPD links formal and information learning directly to your professional practice and is an investment in yourself. CPD in Safeguarding provides a range of benefits for safeguarding leads and a valuable opportunity to maintain and enhance knowledge, skills and confidence, and to improve the effectiveness of their safeguarding work.

Here at Safeguarding Support Ltd we underpin the principles of developing skills and knowledge of safeguarding by offering regular CPD Power Hour sessions.

Here are some of the most significant benefits

Keeping up-to-date: CPD sessions help safeguarding leads stay current with the changes to legislation or guidance, trends, and best practices in their field, ensuring they are equipped to respond to new and emerging risks and challenges. Leads can also ensure that their Trust, school or educational setting is adhering to best practice and providing the highest level of protection for vulnerable individuals. ensures that they are equipped to respond to new and emerging risks and challenges.

Enhancing knowledge and skills: CPD sessions can provide safeguarding leads with the opportunity to learn new skills and gain a deeper understanding of safeguarding issues. This can include training on specific aspects of safeguarding, such as risk assessment, child protection, or information sharing. This can help safeguarding leads to identify potential risks and vulnerabilities and develop effective strategies for managing them.

Sharing best practices: CPD sessions can provide safeguarding leads with the opportunity to network with other professionals and share best practice. This can help safeguarding leads to learn from the experiences of others and develop new ideas and approaches to safeguarding.

Networking: CPD sessions provide opportunities for safeguarding leads to network with other professionals in their field. This can help build relationships, collaborate on projects, and access new opportunities.

Demonstrating commitment: Participating in CPD sessions demonstrates a safeguarding lead’s commitment to their role, and their willingness to continuous learning to improve their knowledge and skills. his can help build trust and confidence among colleagues, partners, and stakeholders.

How we help with CPD

By offering a wide range of formal and informal activities that can count as professional development. Such as:
  • Regular CPD live Power Hour sessions updating and reinforcing Safeguarding teams knowledge of the latest emerging safeguarding trends
  • Signposting to relevant journals, articles or books 
  • Providing up to date and relevant training 
  • Opportunity to network through professional online forums 
  • Raising awareness of relevant professional events

Safeguarding Leads CPD Sessions 

Register here to join our next Safeguarding Leads CPD session.

To find out more about how we can support you with your safeguarding needs, please get in touch. Call 01274 752299 or email
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Rachel Priestley

Rach has a background in Business Development and Administration, gaining much of her knowledge and experience through her 19 year career with the NHS working within the executive office, community services and public health. 

Before moving on from the NHS, Rach supported the Chief Executive, the Chairman and the Trust Board of a local NHS Care Trust, which managed Children’s Services. Her responsibilities spanned across HR, Finance, Governance, Compliance, Risk, systems and processes, and internal training. Rach also supported the Children’s Safeguarding Lead with safeguarding investigations.

In 2017, she left the NHS to pursue a successful self-employed career supporting business to grow, with flexible business development and administration support, which she continues to do on a part-time basis.

Rach is in house trained, and is passionate about delivering outstanding services and enjoys working as part of the safeguarding team to achieve a common goal.

In her own time, she loves spending time outside, and long walks with the two family dogs. 

Shelley Armstrong

Shelley joined Safeguarding Support in 2020 as an experienced AET-qualified freelance trainer, and now enjoys working across the business, keeping clients as up to date as possible with the ever changing challenges facing safeguarding children in education.

Whilst we aim to simplify safeguarding, Shelley’s passion is to ensure engagement, pride and confidence through training and support. Shelley enjoys applying the competencies gained in different industries and environments to researching, designing, and developing materials for those with the responsibility to safeguard children, and in return has enormous respect for their commitment.

Her experience across the private business sector brings commercial skills to training and her background in psychology and counselling ensure courses are designed and delivered with the learner in mind.

Shelley lives in Yorkshire and enjoys walking her springer spaniels – come rain or shine!

Abigail Havon

Abigail is an experienced AET qualified trainer who began her safeguarding career in the charity sector.  There she was a regional manager and part of the safeguarding leadership team.  She was involved in writing policies and procedures, developing, and delivering training and supporting staff and volunteers to work 121 with children struggling with their literacy. 

She has worked in a variety of business environments gaining experience in different sectors. She has always chosen roles that call for collaboration and communication to bring the best out in people and projects to completion.  Abigail passionately believes that empowering educators to work together as part of a safeguarding team will lead to better outcomes for children and young people. 

As part of the SSL training team her role focuses mainly on delivering virtual training. 

Abigail lives near the Jurassic Coast and enjoys long walks and caring for her jungle of houseplants.  

Carol Stephenson

Carol has spent her entire career teaching in Bradford primary schools. Most recently she was Head Teacher of a large, outstanding, multi-academy trust, inner-city
school where she gained Local Leaders of Education (LLE) status.

Carol is a highly experienced Designated Safeguarding Lead and safeguarding Governor, with an extensive range of expertise, skills and knowledge. It was through this depth of experience that she became a dedicated representative of Bradford Children’s Safeguarding Board. In June 2019, Carol was awarded a Bradford Safeguarding Champions lifetime achievement award 2019 for her continued work in safeguarding the children of Bradford.

Carol is in-house trained and is NSPCC certified to deliver Child Protection and Safeguarding training.

In her spare time, Carol enjoys working on her allotment.