Which training is right for me?

Leeds Safeguarding Children Partnership (LSCP) has been the key provider of multi-agency safeguarding children training for the city for over 20 years under its various guises (Area Child Protection Committee (ACPCs), Leeds Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and currently LSCP).

Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2010 (DfE) directly referenced that the purpose of training for inter-agency work at both strategic and operational levels is to achieve better outcomes for children and young people.

The current version of Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018 retains an emphasis on multi-agency working as an essential component of effective safeguarding work, including direct references to multi-agency training.

“Multi-agency training will be important in supporting this collective understanding of local need and the services available to support children and young people. Practitioners working in both universal services and specialist services have a responsibility to identify the symptoms and triggers of abuse and neglect, to share that information and provide children with the help they need. To be effective, practitioners need to continue to develop their knowledge and skills in this area and be aware of the new and emerging threats, including online abuse, grooming, sexual exploitation, child criminal exploitation and radicalisation. Practitioners should also continue to develop their understanding of domestic abuse, which includes controlling and coercive behaviour from perpetrators of domestic abuse, and the impact this has on children. To enable this, the three safeguarding partners should consider what training is needed locally and how they will monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of any training they commission.”
(DfE, 2018)

This demonstrates that multi-agency training has a key role to play in ensuring that children and young people are safeguarded from harm and abuse. This approach has been embraced in the city by partner agencies and continues to be an approach that LSCP wish to continue with. 

The following is the recommended levels of multi-agency training for those working with children in the city and reflects the relevant guidance already referred to in this document.

Type of Training 

Introduction Level training - this training should ideally be accessed in-house where possible or via the LSCP where in-house training is not feasible to deliver. Please see the West Yorkshire minimum content checklist for Introductory level training. 

Who should attend –
All staff (paid or unpaid) who may have any level of contact with:

  • children, young people and/or 
  • parents/carers or 
  • adults who’s needs may impact on their ability to safeguard children or 
  • adults who may pose risk to children.

Working Together to Safeguard Children & Young People training - this is delivered by LSCP and is a multi-agency course aimed at supporting professionals to adopt a multi-agency approach to working together to safeguard children. This is a full-day course.

Who should attend –
Any member of staff who is considered to be a lead professional for safeguarding or may be involved in multi-agency approaches to safeguarding children and young people in their organisation.

Safeguarding Children & Young People Refresher training - safeguarding training should be refreshed every three years as a minimum (or more frequently if directed in specific professional guidance e.g. the Intercollegiate document). Refresher training may be accessed in-house or via the LSCP - this should be checked with your own agency.

Who should attend –
All staff (paid or unpaid) who may have any level of contact with:

  • children, young people and/or 
  • parents/carers or 
  • adults who’s needs may impact on their ability to safeguard children or 
  • adults who may pose risk to children.

Topic Specific Training and Briefings  - LSCP provide training on a range of specific safeguarding children topics. These are written and developed with input from a multi-agency task group and delivered by multi-agency trainers. 

Topic specific training will also be available in-house in some agencies and from other providers. 

Attending topic-specific training may be recognised by as acceptable in place of attending a specific Refresher Training (delegates should check this with their own agency). It is recommended that staff working with children and young people access this training to further develop their understanding and skills of multi-agency responses to these issues. 

Briefings are different to training in that they are less interactive and are generally shorter in length. They aim to provide a brief overview of a specific topic to raise awareness. These sessions are not certificated. 

Who could attend –
All staff working with:

  • children, young people and/or 
  • parents/carers and/or 
  • any adult who’s needs may impact on their ability to safeguard children or 
  • adults who may pose a risk to children 

All staff who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and/or evaluating the needs of a child or young person and/or parenting capacity (regardless of whether there have been previously identified child protection/safeguarding concerns or not).

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