Online Learning and Development

As a response to the COVID-19 pandemic and in order to ensure that we continue to offer essential learning and development opportunities we have developed some online sessions. We have been careful to ensure that these sessions contain the core information that is needed to ensure that safe working practice can continue.

However, what is missing is the ability to work in small groups, or to have whole group discussions. In normal circumstances these are the part of a course where the real richness of learning often takes place. However, at present we cannot do this.

This means that for some of our sessions, when the current Government guidance changes to allow face to face training, it might be that delegates will need to attend a shorter session to participate in the more interactive part of the course. You will be advised if this is required.


Introduction to Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People

Online introductory training for people who may have the ability to identify levels of vulnerability of children and young people, or who are in regular contact with children and young people either directly, through work with their families / carers or through the setting in which they work. See “Which training is right for me?"

This is seen as a minimum requirement for all people working within settings which work with or have regular contact with children and young people. It is recommended that people undertake Refresher Training every 3 years following completion of this training (see below).

This course should be accessed through your own agency, however for agencies from the smaller third sector, voluntary or private sector (which do not have access to training within their own agency) this course is available via the LSCP. This is also accessible to partner agencies during the current period of social distancing due to Covid-19 as they may not be able to provide in-house training.

  • Leeds City Council Children’s Services staff please access in-house training via PALs
  • Leeds Community Healthcare staff have access Introduction training in-house via their induction process

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will have an awareness of:

  • Child abuse and neglect including signs and indicators
  • The impact of abuse on child development
  • What to do in response to concerns
  • The Leeds approach to Early Help
  • Interagency working to identify, assess and meet the needs of children where there are safeguarding concerns
  • Local learning from serious case reviews

To register for this course please click here and  complete the online booking form


LSCP Online Safeguarding Refresher Training

Professionals and practitioners should regularly update their safeguarding training to ensure that their knowledge, skills and practice is current and reflects changes to legislation and practice both nationally and locally within safeguarding and child protection. It is recommended that training is updated on a three year cycle, however practitioners should check with their agency as this may differ for some.

This course provides an update of safeguarding practice, legislation and messages over the last three years. It considers these from both local and national perspectives and covers information such as definitions, raising concerns with Childrens Social Work Services, legislation and key messages from Serious Case Reviews.

Suitable for all staff requiring a refresher / update training. Participants must have completed their mandatory training before they can attend this session, and this should only be used as a refresher or update session, not an alternative to mandatory training.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the briefing participants should have an update of national and local changes to safeguarding and child protection including:

  • Latest safeguarding and child protection definitions
  • Messages from Serious Case Reviews both nationally and locally
  • Changes to policies and procedures both nationally and locally
  • Relevant changes within local safeguarding and child protection services
  • Key messages with regards to safeguarding and child protection

To register for this course please click here and complete the online booking form. 

Online Briefings

These sessions are an opportunity for practitioners to watch a short briefing on a specialist topic to raise their awareness and increase their knowledge.

These briefings are for people who:

  • may have the ability to identify levels of vulnerability for children and young people
  • who are in regular contact with children and young people either directly,  through work with their families/carers or the setting in which they work.

Please note that all attendees must have completed a LSCP or in-house Introduction to Safeguarding Training or equivalent.

Topics Available:

Introduction to County Lines

This session will cover what county lines is, who is vulnerable (children and adults), key signs of county lines exploitation, what support is available and sharing concerns. Delivered by Amy Morris – West Yorkshire Police, Modern Slavery Training & Partnerships Officer.


Basic Introduction to Harmful Sexual Behaviour Displayed by Children

This session will cover what Harmful Sexual Behaviour is, differences between, healthy, problematic and harmful behaviours and what to do if you’re concerned about a child.
Delivered by Nathalie Fontenay - Leeds City Council, Co-ordinator Sexually Harmful Behaviour

General Awareness of Modern Slavery

This session will cover the Modern Slavery Act, types of modern slavery, vulnerabilities and control methods used by traffickers as well as a brief overview of the National Referral Mechanism which offers support to any potential victim identified.
Amy Morris, West Yorkshire Police, Modern Slavery Training and Partnerships Officer and
Gerry Shevlin Programme Manager – Safeguarding & Domestic Violence Team, Safer Leeds.

To register for one of the above sessions please click here and complete the online booking form.

In-house CSE Awareness Plus

The presentation is a brief introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation, CSE can be a complex issue and it is recommended that for staff groups who work directly with children and young people, practitioners and professionals undertake further reading around the subject.