A woman from York who is hosting Ukrainian refugees has developed a free interactive safeguarding awareness course to help answer questions about the process.
Taye Training co-founder, Tammy Banks, says the video course has been developed with 15 volunteers who have a wide range of experience in helping people who are at their most vulnerable
It came about after concerns about the limited, ineffective and confusing guidance that was already on offer from Government and council sources.
The team was particularly worried about hosts basic understanding of safeguarding, the impact of trauma on refugees, along with news reports of modern slavery gangs and child exploitation.
Tammy Banks told YorkMix Radio:
In a time of crisis, bespoke, relevant safeguarding training and guidance needs to be easily available. The kindness that hosts are showing is amazing, but we have a responsibility to help them prepare themselves with knowledge to safeguard their families and their guests.
The Taye community is a special place, full of values-led people wanting to make a difference. As soon as I posted asking for help, I was inundated with offers from experts!
I have a 41-year-old woman and 14-year-old girl coming to live with me and I’m grateful for the safeguarding knowledge I have, I just want to ensure other hosts have the same opportunity
The awareness course is approximately 90 minutes in length and is packed full of information, advice, checklists and general reassurance.
You can access it here.
Listen to the interview Tammy did with YorkMix Radio below.
Tammy Banks is the co-founder and director of Taye Training, and the founder of the Training 4 Influence methodology. She is the mum of two girls, a survivor of abuse and passionate about preventing harm. She is also a Lay Member for the House of Commons Committee on Standards, assessing and adjudicating complaints and assisting with the development of new Codes of Conduct for MPs.