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Alternative Education Providers (SCC)

Education settings in Sheffield sometimes use 'Alternative Education Providers' (AEP's), usually 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.

AEP specific policies & procedures 20-21: 

Generic policies & procedures:


      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.

      Please note: during the pandemic we are not able to provide face-to-face training; instead we are asking staff to complete the free e-learning training course available through Virtual College: Safeguarding Children in Education

      Safeguarding Children Annual Audit:

      Due to the pandemic and many alternative provider settings being closed, we have not run an audit for the year 19-20.

      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)

      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 AEP's is:
      Advice and support can also be provided by:
      Your link in Lifelong Learning, Skills and Communities is:


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