Subject Specific Learning

The following resources have been collated to further develop practitioners in their knowledge and understanding of specific issues/topics.


Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) 

This short animation, produced by Blackburn with Darwen Council in partnership with Public Health Wales, tells the story of a young boy growing up, and how his experience with ACEs have affected his life. It also explains the roles that different agencies can play in preventing them and supporting those impacted.

A TED talk by Paediatrician Dr Nadine Burke Harris who explains that the repeated stress of abuse, neglect and parents struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues has real, tangible effects on the development of the brain.


What is Child Trauma? What is an ACE? Are they the same?

Presentation by Cath Knibbs, Author, Doctoral (Ph.D.) Clinical Researcher and Child/Adult Psychotherapist specialising in virtual and corporeal (real world) trauma using Integrative creative methods including gaming, AR, VR, and biofeedback.


Child Criminal Exploitation (CCE)

Information from the LSCP which includes access to the Risk Identification Tool and Practice Guidance.

A Team Briefing on Child Criminal Exploitation – to be used individually or in team meetings.

LSCP Training on an Introduction to Child Exploitation


Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

In-house CSE Awareness Plus presentation
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.

This presentation includes information on:

  • The definition of CSE
  • Common models of grooming and exploitation
  • The signs to look for
  • The importance of sharing intelligence
  • What to do if you have a concern about a child

For a copy of the powerpoint presentation and a full description of the presentation notes for the speaker please contact the LSCP Business Unit.

Basic Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE); Team Briefing




Contextual Safeguarding

A TED talk by Dr Firmin - Contextual Safeguarding: Re-writing the rules of Child Protection
“In this ground breaking talk Dr Firmin, the founder of Contextual Safeguarding outlines:

  1. how contexts beyond families are associated with abuse
  2. how traditional child protection systems fail to engage with these contextual dynamics
  3. the components of the Contextual Safeguarding system that would redefine what child protection means.”

Contextual Safeguarding Network website - Only members of the Contextual Safeguarding Network may access the resources on this page but its free to join the network.


Culture vs Safeguarding

TED talk by Jasvinder Sanghera CBE exploring the issue of culture vs safeguarding.


Domestic Abuse

Introduction to Domestic Violence & Abuse training is available from the LSCP in partnership with Safer Leeds.

Briefings are also available via the LSCP on Child to Parent Abuse and Teenage Interpersonal Relationship Abuse

First Responder Training

As a First Responder you are from an organisation authorised to refer potential victims of modern slavery into the National Referral Mechanism (NRM). Your role is to identify and refer potential victims of modern slavery into support, where appropriate. Doing so will often be challenging and you may have to deal with complex situations.

This programme provides guidance on how to spot the signs of modern slavery, and what to do when you come across a potential victim of modern slavery. This programme aims to give you confidence to follow procedures swiftly and with compassion.

The course takes around 45 minutes to complete

Learning from Review Sheets:

Online training through IDAS
Online training available through SOLACE
A Team briefing on Domestic Abuse




Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Three information videos in relation to FGM are available on our FGM webpage:

  • The Words Don’t Come (video)
  • Our Daughters (video)
  • It’s our time (video)


A Team briefing on FGM
FGM Training delivered by the Home Office

NSPCC Learning Resource - Protecting children from female genital mutilation (FGM)


Harmful Sexual Behaviour (HSB)

Basic Introduction to Harmful Sexual Behaviour Displayed by Children and Briefing

This LSCP YouTube briefing session explains what Harmful Sexual Behaviour is, the 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

There is also a Team Briefing Paper available on Harmful Sexual Behaviour here.





Team Briefing on a Basic Introduction to Neglect;

Learning from Review Sheet; Joint Targeted Area Inspections (JTAI) in relation to Neglect

Poverty, child abuse and neglect: Interrogating a 'neglected' relationship (video)
Your chance to see Brid Featherstone, Professor of Social Work at the University of Huddersfield delivering a presentation to Leeds practitioners on the topic of Poverty, child abuse and neglect: Interrogating a 'neglected' relationship. The presentation focuses on the research literature and the findings of the Child Welfare Inequalities Project, to look at how poverty impacts upon neglect and identifies the barriers to practitioners practising in a 'poverty aware' manner. It explored how more 'poverty aware' policies and practices might be developed

Working with Child Neglect During the COVID 19 Pandemic
Working with cases of child neglect in these difficult times is no mean challenge. The situation is exacerbated by the lack of research and practice experience regarding family behaviour during a period of lockdown. To fill this vacuum, Jan Horwath has drawn on research into child neglect (Horwath, 2007; 2013; 2019) and makes suggestions as to how neglectful parents and children may respond to lockdown. This analysis is designed to provide practitioners with some guidance that may prove useful in understanding parental behaviour and establishing the needs of the most vulnerable children experiencing neglect.

A series of 4 episodes exploring the child’s experiences of neglect during lockdown and how we can respond presented by Emeritus Professor Jan Howarth

  • Episode 1 - Understanding the Lived Experience of Neglected Children and Young People During Lockdown: The First Step to Effective Intervention
  • Episode 2 - Living with Disorganised Neglect During Lockdown: Implications for Practice During the ‘New Normal’.
  • Episode 3 - Living with Emotional Neglect During Lockdown: Implications for Practice During the ‘New Normal’.
  • Episode 4 - Living with Depressed, Passive and Physical Neglect During Lockdown: Implications for Practice During the ‘New Normal’





Identifying Safeguarding Concerns

Free NSPCC Safeguarding awareness training for workers who enter people's homes

Postal workers, delivery drivers and workers who regularly visit homes are well placed to spot any emerging safeguarding concerns or signs of possible abuse and neglect.

Every day, thousands of children and young people are normally seen by lots of different adults like family members outside of the home, teachers, health and social workers and neighbours.

Due to COVID-19 and social distancing measures, children and young people are spending much more time at home and we know isolation can put some children at a greater risk of abuse and neglect.

To support you, the NSPCC are temporarily making their paid-for online safeguarding course free to access, to help keep children safe.

To book your place go to the NSPCC website.




Modern Slavery

General Awareness of Modern Slavery

This YouTube briefing 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.

Delivered by Amy Morris, West Yorkshire Police, Modern Slavery Training and Partnerships Officer and Gerry Shevlin Programme Manager – Safeguarding & Domestic Violence Team, Safer Leeds.




HM Government have developed a series of online training sessions to support practitioners in relation to the prevent agenda:

Prevent Awareness
This offers an introduction to the Prevent duty, and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

Prevent Referrals
This package builds on the Prevent awareness eLearning training. It is designed to make sure that when we share a concern that a vulnerable individual may be being radicalised, that the referral is robust, informed and with good intention, and that the response to that concern is considered, and proportionate.

Channel Awareness
This training package is for anyone who may be asked to contribute to, sit on, or even run a Channel Panel. It is aimed at all levels, from a professional asked to input and attend for the first time, to a member of staff new to their role and organising a panel meeting.



Reducing Parental Conflict 

Leeds City Council is working with partner agencies to address the impact of parental conflict on children, and are offering free training to support practitioners in reducing parental conflict via their existing conversations.

This is a multi-agency training programme suitable for Leeds Front Line Practitioners.

  • The training, in conjunction with Knowledge Pool, covers 4 modules looking at
  • Understanding Parental Conflict and its impact on Child outcomes
  • Recognising and Supporting Parents in Parental Conflict
  • Working with Parents in Conflict
  • Reducing Parental Conflict – Role of Supervisors and Managers

For more information about the course, or to book a session please contact

The following information will be required for e learning booking:
Your name, contact number, e-mail address, area of work
Your managers name, contact number, e-mail address.



Think Family, Work Family 

Think Family, Work Family; Team Briefing



Trauma Informed Practice

Opening Doors, Trauma Informed Practice for the Workforce (video).
This animation was developed by NHS Education for Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government. It is designed to be relevant to all workers who work with children and young people and aims to support staff to understand the impact of trauma and to know how to adapt the way they work to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people affected by trauma.