Premier Partnership has worked closely with various Blue Light organisations across the UK to effect their organisational change programme and in doing this, we have developed longstanding partnerships with their trust in our reliability. On this occasion, we assisted a large metropolitan police force with the provision of a Safeguarding Induction Programme. The aim of this course was that it would be delivered to all frontline police officers and those who play a role and have a responsibility for safeguarding. This was to be carried out from December 2018 through to February 2020 with the delivery of 58 sessions, and further sessions to be confirmed.

This Force already work with Premier Partnership (PP) and have experience of their professional approach. This programme was under the spotlight, following a recent internal review reporting that improvements were required across several areas.

This specific unit were already designing the content but had limited internal resources to deliver. They therefore requested use of PP Associates for this large project, as they were aware of the due diligence processes followed.

This was to be a 5-day training course, requiring 2 trainers per session, as delegate numbers were increased to 20 per session. The content covers areas such as MISPERS, CSE, SUDI, disclosure and principles of forensics. This is a highly sensitive, complex course and requires trainers who understand the environment these officers will be working in and the impact their knowledge and expertise has in dealing with vulnerable people in these situations.

As the Unit have to extract officers using their internal process to ensure they have cover for all MPS activities, it was agreed the Unit would manage their own joining instructions, registration and evaluation. It was also agreed that each trainer would undergo a 5-day train the trainer event and then be “buddied” to deliver with the main trainers, who had developed and delivered the content previously.

Selection of suitable trainers was paramount for the success of this programme that was under the spotlight. In partnership, it was decided that the desired criteria should be:

  • PIP Level 2 (Investigation) or equivalent
  • (Proven) Safeguarding background
  • Victim Interview Training

It was also agreed that there would be informal face-to-face selection conversations between the trainer and the client to enable interaction with the trainers prior to selection.

Premier Partnership then set about sourcing the most appropriate trainers, using the supply chain and networks already available. Once a potential Associate was identified, a webinar bio was implemented and from those and the CV, a cohort of trainers was put forward for the client to review.

They picked out 4 of the 8 offered and these went forward for the interview process.

All four were successful and selected to deliver the programme with 2 existing trainers. We now have a cohort of 6 trainers to deliver this programme to the end of March 2020 and beyond.

To date, we are receiving between 93-100% feedback scores on the training achieving its aims.

Having met the Premier Associates and understanding the standard and calibre of these people, in addition to the safeguarding Induction programme, the client wishes to be able to mix the Premier Associates with their internal BAU Safeguarding trainers, to allow for contingency and sharing of best practice.