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Alternative Education Providers (SCC)

Education settings in Sheffield sometimes use 'Alternative Education Providers' for young people aged 14-18 years. Those providers who have been approved through Sheffield City Council (SCC AP's) are eligible for safeguarding training, support, advice and guidance through the Quality Assurance and Involvement Service (QAIS), People Portfolio.

Useful documents 2019-20:

For all education settings policies and procedures follow this link: Policies, procedures and guidance

Schoolpoint 365 - Education Settings Safeguarding Team Details:

Safeguarding Children Training:

Basic Safeguarding Children in Education Training for  Alternative Education Providers (SCC) is required every 3 years (face to face) for all staff with regular contact with children and young people. In Sheffield this is provided through training at either Sheaf Training or the Sheffield Inclusion Centre. For more information contact Daina Cummings, details below.

Safeguarding Children Annual Audit:

For a number of years schools and colleges have been required to provide a safeguarding annual report to the Local Authority. This year we are introducing a shorter safeguarding children annual audit for SCC AP's to help the Quality Assurance and Involvement Service (QAIS) and Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP) to:

  • Support your organisation to develop an effective safeguarding response to the needs of the young people at your setting
  • Help QAIS to identify any gaps in training and support
  • Help schools to understand that you take safeguarding seriously
  • Help the SCSP to assess the safeguarding effectiveness of Alternative Education Providers (SCC)

The document below was sent all Designated Safeguarding Leads to complete and return by Friday 28th June 2019: Safeguarding Children Annual Audit (SCC AP's), May 19. The audit findings will be reported to the SCSP in the autumn term and the report will be published here. All providers will be notified of this using our Schoolpoint 365 communication system.

Information and resources:

The safeguarding information and resources section will provide learning tools about specific safeguarding issues to help practitioners to develop their knowledge and that of their colleagues. The resources include SCSP fact-sheets, policies & protocols, guidance materials, e-learning courses and other training. For more information follow this link: Professionals and Volunteers: Information and Resources

Advice and support:

The link Advisor for the SCC AP's is:

Advice and support can also be provided by:

Your link in Lifelong Learning, Skills and Communities is:


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