About this course
The Makaton Safeguarding Workshop is a 2-day training, comprising four modules. The training can be delivered in shorter sessions over more days.
The key focus of the Makaton Safeguarding workshop is the importance of giving people the tools to be able to communicate about people, places and things in their lives. The workshop includes a workbook which guides participants to identify immediate priorities for action. This workshop teaches 300 concepts covering people (including relations, job roles etc) body parts, clothing, places, thoughts and feelings.
This unique workshop provides signs and symbols for a range of vocabulary covering several topics:
- People: family, relationships and people around us
- Body parts and clothes
- Feelings: feelings, thoughts and behaviours (including bullying and abuse)
- Sexual behaviour
Participants also work through the process of creating personalised and specific plans for individual Makaton users and those they communicate with. The emphasis is on ensuring potentially complex information is made accessible and the Makaton user is given tools to support their understanding and capacity to express themselves and be listened to within safe and inclusive environments.
This resource is essential for this training
The Participant Manual is a soft back spiral bound book that is posted to you in an A4 padded envelope. In addition to the line drawings of the signs, and all of the symbols you are taught on the course, the manual contains practice exercises, notes to complement the information sessions included in the course, and lots of ideas about ways you can maintain and develop your Makaton skills.
Makaton Safeguarding Participant Manual
The Participant Manual is included in the course fee.
Who this course is suitable for
This course is suitable for: Children's Care Workers, Early Years Practitioners, Family Members, Health Visitors, Nurses, Parents, Physiotherapists, Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo), Specialist and Advisory Teachers, Speech and Language Therapists (SLTs), Support Workers, Teachers, Teaching Assistants
In order to be eligible to attend a Makaton Safeguarding Workshop, Levels 1 and 2 Makaton Training must have been completed.
The Makaton Charity advises as follows regarding overseas applications to join UK Makaton courses:
In theory, you can access the online Makaton training from anywhere in the world, but please bear in mind that British Makaton uses signs drawn from British Sign Language. When Makaton is used in other countries it needs to be adapted to suit the local culture and dominant spoken and signed languages. Unless spoken English and British Makaton are the dominant language and alternative/augmentative communication (AAC) methods are used where you are (eg. in an English-speaking International school community), you might find it counter-productive and confusing for people. At the moment we only have printed versions of the workshop participant’s manuals available so you would need to pay additional postage for this and allow extra time for it to reach you.
This course can be delivered live using Zoom or Face-to-Face.
Course Beetle is an approved supplier for NHS Trusts, Local Authorities and Schools.
“Very informative. No waffle. New signs and helped me to explore how to implement my learning in a real situation at work.”
“Really interesting workshop, Richard was easy to listen to, and made all content relevant. It was very interactive and thought-provoking.”
“A really good workshop that provided much more than safeguarding. It wasn’t what I expected and it really made me excited to go back to school and try and change our PHSE curriculum.”