Which training is right for me?

Professionals and practitioners who work with children and young people need to ensure that they access the appropriate safeguarding training. The flowchart below illustrates the training paths available based on roles and responsibilties. These are defined in the groups listed below. All applications should be discussed in conjunction with your line manager and/or your safeguarding lead.


Group 1

Staff in infrequent contact with children, young people and/or parents/carers who may become aware of possible abuse or neglect. For example, librarians, GP receptionists, community advice centre staff, groundsmen, recreation assistants, environmental health officers.

Group 2

Those in regular contact or have a period of intense but irregular contact, with children, young people and/or parents/carers, who may be in a position to identify concerns about maltreatment, including those that may arise from the use of the Common Assessment Framework. For example, housing, hospital staff, Youth Offending Teams in secure settings and in community , the police other than those in specialist child protection roles, sports development officers, allied health professionals, disability specialists, faith groups, community youth groups, play scheme volunteers.

Group 3

Members of the workforce who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding concerns. For example, paediatricians, GPs, youth workers, those working in the early years sector, residential staff, midwives, school nurses, health visitors, sexual health staff, teachers , probation staff , sports club welfare officers, those working with adults in, for example, learning disability, mental health, alcohol and drug misuse services, those working in community play schemes.

Group 4

Members of the workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking section 47 (child abuse) enquiries, including professionals from health, education, police and children’s social work service; those who work with complex cases and social work staff responsible for co-ordinating assessments of children in need.

Group 5

Professional advisors, named and designated lead professionals.

Group 6

Operational managers at all levels including: practice supervisors; front line managers and managers of child protection units.

Group 7

Senior managers responsible for the strategic management of service; NHS board members.

Group 8

Members of the LSCP including:

Board members

Independent chair

Elected member

Lay member

Members of executive and sub/task groups

Business support team Inter-agency trainers