The Al Masjid Al Munawwarah Islamic Centre in Coventry is a humble building with a growing community originally from Zanzibar. Yet, on Saturday, December 7th, its newly painted walls, rose bouquets and festive table settings were harbingers that something special was afoot. That evening, the community welcomed civic leaders, learned clergy, and I, a Jewish rabbi, to an…
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“‘I attended this course to improve health & safety awareness in our organisation & to implement positive & safer practices. Very helpful.”
‘Because I’m a Madrasah teacher I attended the health and safety training, it’s a must for us.’
“This safeguarding course is great training, an eye-opening session and really beneficial. Its really important to implement what we have learned into the madrassah settings.”
“We benefited from this health and safety course by becoming more aware of how to protect staff and students from potential harms that could take place during regular activities”
“This safeguarding course allowed me to gain more knowledge and also to recognise the signs of different types of abuse, so we can safeguard and protect our children from harm. I learned lots of new things which I wasn’t aware of before.”
“This safeguarding workshop made us aware of what we are missing currently in our organisation and how to become a better organisation”
“I attended this health and safety training session because we needed to update all our current health and safety policies to make our place even safer and even better”
“I attended this safeguarding training to help with safeguarding policies and procedures. It was very beneficial as the trainer explained the roles and responsibilities of the designated safeguarding lead, as well as general safeguarding issues”
“As a potential Designated Safeguarding Lead person, I believe I needed this safeguarding training to be in the best position to fulfill my duties as a Designated Safeguarding Lead, as well as knowing how to best protect our children from all types of harm and abuse”
“I am so glad about everything, the training for the safeguarding was excellent”
“I attended the Health & Safety Training workshop because I felt it would be helpful and it was”
“I benefited because the safeguarding course was in the church context.”
“I am a church member, mother and adult so it is my responsibility to safeguard children, as well as vulnerable adults.”
“Safeguarding children is everyone’s business as it is good to know how to spot abuse and what steps to take. I would recommend it to all.”
“To support the successful running of Saturday School, it was beneficial to revisit the issue and refresh my knowledge and understanding of health and safety issues at hand.”
“[I attended the training] to be able to prevent injury to a student or a member of staff at the workplace. I’ve now got the confidence to be able to deal with tackling this.”
“As a head teacher I now have a better understanding of what is legally required and areas we need to work on.”
“[I] got some knowledge about the policies and procedures [which] will be greatly helpful in future.”
“I attended today because I wanted to brush up on my knowledge and this training has helped immensely.”
“To learn in depth the health and safety regulations in the Madrasah, I learnt important and vital topics regarding this subject.”
“Some things which I was oblivious to have been brought to my attention.”
“[The training] helped me to recognise that the littlest of things need attention to detail and hold a lot of importance.”
“[The training] will benefit me as I will have the skills to know what to do in certain situations.”
“[The training] his highlighted what roles and responsibilities we need to have in place to ensure the safety of our children.”
“I attended this training to learn more about health and safety in the Madrasah and I learned about potential hazards that may not be obvious.”
“As a teacher in Madrasah it is necessary to have this training, so that to be aware and to get benefit on our daily 2 hours in Madrasah and I would recommend this training to all other teacher of all Madrasah.”
“It’s really good for me to learn about these kinds of topic and it helps me in my life ahead, I really like it, really informative.”
“It was very informative, well explained by the trainer.”
“Very energetic and passionate training I have ever had. Really an eye opener. Thank you.”
“I attended this training to gain more knowledge and awareness of how to ensure the madrassah is a safe and protected place. All training was done to a high standard and the trainer was very helpful.”
“I attended the safeguarding training for the purpose of gaining more awareness and training. Each topic was covered with good teaching and the trainer was very helpful.”
“The safeguarding training was very informative and has benefited me and added to my knowledge.”
“I attended previous sessions and found this one efficient and concise. With all the information provided. I enjoyed the speaker, he was clear and easy to understand”
“Excellent delivery, no improvement needed”
“I attended this training because I am dealing and working with kids so I need to know how to protect them and know their own rights. I now know different types of abuse that the children may suffer/face. I know what to do if I found any marks or signs of child abuse.”
“Safeguarding was needed and a refresher for all staff. This session though was very useful and helpful.”
“I attended to improve my awareness to make the masjid a safe place for our children and teachers.”
“I attended to improve my awareness to make the Masjid a safe place for our children and teachers.”
“I wanted to improve my understanding of safeguarding.”
“I enjoyed the training and will like to continue learn more.”
“Very useful information and relevant to this day and age.”
“The trainer was able to link the topic to the Sunnah which I found so powerful and useful. It has made me think about linking my knowledge to the deen.”
“The training enhanced my knowledge in health and safety. To undertake and apply practices that will strengthen our Masjid.”
“I attended this training to expand my First Aid and this training was fantastic & staff were very helpful. A brilliant and informative course.”
“As I work with young children it was very important for me to learn the basics of First Aid”.
“Did a First Aid course a long time ago and needed to update as I sometimes work with children. Enjoyed the course.”
“Never done a first aid course before. So far general use. Course was presented really well and I benefited from easy practical sessions and brilliant presentations. Thoroughly enjoyable day. Thanks Wahid.”
“Excellent trainer very informative for general use and in future volunteer/work place.”
“I liked the fact that we could practice with the epipen. Course was good and the trainer was a lot of fun”.
“Being a teacher at Minhaj Ul Quran all teacher were advised to attend for further education and information. The training was very beneficial in all aspects especially in understanding in more detail about our roles and responsibilities.”
“Being a parent and a teacher I attended the Safeguarding and Child Protection training. I am very happy that I attended as I have learnt a lot of different things and the trainer delivered a lot of knowledge and information. He was very good at it. I would love to have another training session with him. I really enjoyed it.”
“I am working as a teacher in a Madrassa. This First Aid training will help me to deal with incidents that can happen.”
“The First Aid Training will benefit me in my work place. Specifically the potential dangers to look out for.”
“Training session was well delivered by both Muzahid Khan and Fakrul Choudhary. It was clear, concise and exactly related to the safeguarding of our mosque.”
“I feel a lot clearer about GDPR after this talk.”
“Strengthening Faith Institutions provided us with very valuable information on safeguarding issues. It is very important for our organisation’s future, we commend this service to all.”
“I feel very satisfied with the SFI trainers, who are very experienced about safeguarding.”
“To learn First Aid I am aware of what to do with children at the madrasa now.”
“I attended this training to prepare for any unexpected circumstances and feel confident in such situations so that I do not regret after an incident has happened.”
“To renew my First Aid certificate so we could benefit staff, colleagues and students around us.”
“Very effective. It was brief and to the point with a very clear explanation”
“It was a very good training for our community and it is very important for the Bengali community to keep doing these safeguarding courses”
“I learned how to prioritise the safety of the children I teach”
“I attended because I am a teacher and these issues may apply to me when teaching”
“Increased knowledge for me to handle situations accordingly.”
Practical advise, very friendly and kind atmosphere
This event was very useful in providing a general explanation and understanding of safeguarding as well as the responsibilities of staff, students, and parents
It was useful in building my understanding of how madrassahs can be effectively managed
It is very educational, strengthening and effective
I attended because it was a requirement for me as a teacher. It helped me realize all the different types of abuse and what to do if I suspect a child is being abused
Everyone in society has a duty in safeguarding children and this was a great way to participate in this matter
As an Islamic teacher, it is excellent for me to know how to balance between rules, cultural and social views of society
The teaching course was really beneficial in how to prepare effective learning for students so that they receive the best studies.
I attended so I can learn how to be a better teacher and improve my teaching methods. It has been extremely beneficial.
This SFI First Aid training was necessary for us, being a teacher I thought it would benefit my class pupils if they encounter any unforeseen situations.
I joined the SFI First Aid Training course because I wanted to help save the lives of others. If more of us are aware of the procedures, we can help minimise risks from getting further.
The SFI First Aid Training is easy to learn from the trainer. It was straight to the point.
I needed this Health & Safety and first aid course for my maktab.
The SFI First Aid Training was very educating and had detailed explanations.
I attended the SFI First Aid training as I work with children under 12 and I had no first aid training. It was very beneficial as I learnt new things regarding how to help save a child’s life.
I attended the SFI First Aid Training as I am a mentor to young children and would want to acquire the skills to help them in situations when needed. I have benefited from this training as I have now learnt how to respond to certain illnesses and injuries.
A Yeshiva in Manchester were just inspected by ISS and passed their inspection after failing on numerous counts about a year ago. We worked with them using the SFI-Interlink safeguarding audit and then followed up with numerous policies, procedures and governance support and it is so gratifying to hear that they have now come through their inspection successfully after putting remediation’s in place.
“The information that was delivered and in the style it was done so was very understandable which means it left a better impact on our understanding of the basics of safeguarding and because of this we were able to reassess our own dynamic and behavior in our organisation. I would definitely promote your strengthening faith institutions to many of our fellow organisations because the clarity of the message was brilliant.”
“The information was delivered in a well thought-out fashion with a good structure. Certainly it will help to better our organization.”
The SFI training session was really helpful in understanding how we can safeguard the young people, who attend our Madrassa. We would highly recommend this training session.
I think this course was the perfect fit for me – After the training I felt that now I have the opportunity to put my learning into practice right away, to teach and safeguarding children.
“Just wanted to say a big thank you from all the staff at Qadria Trust to SFI for all their hard work and for taking the time out to arrange first aid training. And also to brother Waheed from CodeRed Paramedical. The training was very informative and well delivered, the staff are very grateful for your efforts and we have all learnt a great deal.”
I would like to thank you for all your support, guidance and all your effort for the charity registration process.
The session gave general, clear and accurate information about safeguarding policies.
SFI provided an excellent introduction to procedures and policy requirements and presentation tailored to our specific needs.
The safeguarding training our institution received was very effective training to ensure we can keep our mosque as safe as possible.
As a trustee of the Brent Cultural Centre, I have noticed a transformation in our center since we first signed up with the SFI programme. Our governance is more cohesive, our policies are clear, our safeguarding framework is more robust. And, most importantly, we now have a professional team working with us, who understand my center deeply and care about the best outcome for us.
The SFI consultants are very well informed.
SFI understood our particular needs. They created a safeguarding course for our staff and teachers which was very fruitful, and taught professionally with practical examples and cases studies.
We need more programmes like this one. Much that was previously obscure has begun to make sense.
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