CACHE qualification endorsed by the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Community Programme

CACHE has developed a new safeguarding qualification which has been endorsed by other experts in the sector, including the Sheffield Wednesday Football Club Community Programme.

The Level 1 Award in Understanding Safeguarding in Education and Childcare Settings equips learners with the knowledge and understanding of their legal responsibility to safeguard and protect the welfare of children and learners.

The qualification is endorsed by organisations who engage with individuals in these settings every day. This has helped ensure it is fit for purpose and meets the needs of the sector. The Sheffield Wednesday FC Community Programme engage with a diverse range of individuals, from young children participating in football at an early age, to older adults engaging in health initiatives.

The Education department of the community programme provide study programmes for 16-19 year old learners wishing to take a career in sport. It also delivers adult education through Traineeship programmes working with individuals who are not in education, employment or training.

Ed Kinsey, Education Manager at Sheffield Wednesday Football Club, commented on the endorsement: “In my role I am responsible for the development and planning of curriculums for 16-19 year old learners embarking into a career in the sports industry, and adult learners studying a Traineeship programme, both entailing safeguarding and security of different needs.

“I decided to work with CACHE to endorse this qualification as my experiences with them have always been positive. Within our programme, we have delivered many NCFE and CACHE qualifications, all of which are linked to the modern day, well-structured and developmental.

“Safeguarding, particularly within education, can be daunting or challenging and contributing to the development of this qualification has allowed me to provide input from experiences of my own. This qualification will support learners in the sense that any individual working with, or having access to children can better understand their legal responsibilities, therefore creating a safe environment for both themselves and others.  The qualification develops fluently and progressively throughout, providing opportunities for learners to develop knowledge and understanding into the subject areas.”

Ed continued: “Multiple types of learners could benefit from undertaking this qualification. Anyone engaging or working with children, in an education or childcare setting could benefit, this could be; staff, parents, governors, volunteers and/or visitors.”

Hayley Dann, Qualifications Developer at NCFE, said: “Anyone who comes into contact with children and young people has a role to play in safeguarding. Working with stakeholders like Ed provides us with valuable feedback and key information to ensure our qualifications are fit for purpose.”

To find out more about the Level 1 Award in Understanding Safeguarding in Education and Childcare Settings, please visit our QualHub website.

At CACHE, we welcome this collaborative approach and are always looking for new stakeholders to support us with our developments. If you’d like to find out more, please see our collaborative working page.