Introductory Level Safeguarding Children Training should be taken by all staff and volunteers who may come into contact with children, young people and families. Please see Which training is right for me? for more details.
All agencies are responsible for ensuring that their workforce is competent and confident in carrying out its responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Employers and voluntary groups should ensure their workers and volunteers are aware of how to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns, including signs of possible maltreatment. This knowledge and expertise should be put into place before they attend other multi-agency training.
The Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) provide introductory safeguarding training (Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People) for Third Sector agencies and those who are not able to access / deliver training in-house.
For those agencies who can provide their own training at this level, the LSCP have created a Minimum Content Checklist which lists the core areas that should be covered and some suggested content. It is the responsibility of the individual agency / organisation to audit their in-house safeguarding training against the minimum content as detailed in the checklist.
The checklist has been agreed by all the West Yorkshire LSCPs to provide a standardised approach for all our partner agencies.
The checklist is reviewed by the West Yorkshire LSCP Trainers Group and revised as required by any changes in guidance / legislation.
Should an agency wish to use an Independent Provider the LSCP has also developed this guidance to support this.
We would encourage any agency delivering safeguarding training in-house or commissioning in-house training to consider the Training Standards developed by the Yorkshire and Humber Multi-Agency Safeguarding Trainers.
For further advice with regards to the checklist or using an Independent Provider, please contact one of the LSCP Training and Development Officers, LSCP.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that LSCP will not provide recommendations of independent trainers.