Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility and this has not changed in the response to the Coronavirus pandemic. The Community Services Prioritisation Plan, The COVID 2020 Act, COVID 19 Changes to the Care Act 2014 and the variety of COVID 19 Guidance are all indicating that safeguarding children and adults is as critical during COVID as it is statutory at other times.
Given all the increasing risks of abuse we need to be even more vigilance at this time. This can feel daunting to ensure you are keeping people safe and meeting your safeguarding obligations under the added pressures of COVID-19.
Safeguarding Children Partnerships and Safeguarding Adult Boards are responsible for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults at risk. This includes ensuring that there are appropriate training and learning opportunities for people who work with children, adults at risk, carers and families.
Research has shown that multi-agency training is highly effective in helping professionals understand their respective roles and responsibilities, the procedures of each agency involved in safeguarding children and adults at risk, and in developing a shared understanding of assessment and decision-making practices. Furthermore, the opportunity to learn together is greatly valued; participants report increased confidence in working with colleagues from other agencies and greater mutual respect.
The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Partnership Board continues to provide a programme of high quality courses that include basic awareness courses through to in depth courses and specific subject matter (e.g. Criminal Exploitation, Self-Neglect and Hoarding), providing an excellent opportunity to learn together with the overall aim that working together effectively leads to better improved outcomes for children, young people and adults by:
- A shared understanding of the principles, roles and responsibilities outlined in national guidance and local arrangements for safeguarding children, young people and adults.
- More effective and integrated services at both the strategic and individual case level;
- Improved communication and information sharing between professionals, including a common understanding of key terms, definitions and thresholds for action;
- Effective working relationships, including an ability to work in multi-disciplinary groups or teams;
- Learning from both local and national case review processes.
Training provided by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Partnership Board is governed by the following inter-agency principles:
- Training is informed and governed by equal opportunities and reflects the diversity of the Cambridgeshire community.
- The training promotes and recognises the need for children and families to participate in the safeguarding process.
- Training promotes the need for inter-agency working to effectively safeguard children and adults from harm.
- All individuals who work with children, young people or adults at risk in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors have access to the training.
- Training is responsive to local needs and is subject to regular evaluation and review.
The different groups of training available are designed to meet the differing safeguarding training needs of staff members. To ensure that multi agency training is accessed by the correct practitioners information about the groups (safeguarding board levels of training) can be found at the bottom of this page.
The Safeguarding Boards recommends that all staff receive safeguarding information in their induction (this should include information on Prevent). Safeguarding training should be refreshed at a minimum of every three years. It is recognised that some agencies and some professional roles may require that training is refreshed more regularly than every three years. For this reason, individuals should refer to their own single agency training requirements.
Single Agency Training and Endorsement
Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training Courses
PLEASE NOTE: All applications for courses must be completed online via booking bug.
- One application form (via booking bug) needs to be completed per applicant per course (please note that as part of our administration procedures and to avoid confusion, the information contained on the form, including the email address, must be that of the applicant).
- Do not use generic email addresses
- All applications need to be authorised by a line manager – where line manager is not required, this needs to be reflected on the application form and the reason why clearly stated (i.e. for some voluntary services).
Please note that we cannot accept bookings by telephone, email or application forms.
- Current Children’s Safeguarding Messages: February 2021 Workshop
- Graded Care Profile
- Working with Child Sexual Abuse
- An Introduction to Child Criminal Exploitation
- Introduction to Child Neglect
- The Sexual Assault Referral Centre and Supporting Victims of Child Sexual Abuse
- Fabricated & Induced Illness (FII)
- Sexually Harmful Behaviour (SHB)
Frequently Asked Questions
After selecting a course, you will be taken to a page which includes the course description and a calendar with upcoming dates.
- Click on the book button next to the course you wish to book onto.
- Fill in the information required.
- Click ‘next‘. *You do not need to create a password to continue.
- Complete the application, either with typing or picking from the drop down boxes.
- When entering the address, it needs to be road names, town and postcode. If this is not filled in correctly this could affect your placement on the course.
- Click Confirm. This is the confirmation your booking has been completed and you have been placed onto the course.
Note: If you click on the book calendar buttons, this is not controlled by the Safeguarding Boards. If the course is cancelled, the entry will be still in your calendar as we do not delete the booking from the system.
If there is a Add to Waiting List button instead of Book, this means all spaces are currently full and by applying for this course you will be added to the waiting list and may be offered a space if one becomes available.
If there is no button next to the date of the course, this means both the course and waiting list is full and we are no longer taking applications
Unless otherwise advised all training will be held virtually through Microsoft Teams.
Please ensure that you check your reminder emails for details as to timings
Safeguarding Partnership Board training is free to all agencies who contribute to the Safeguarding Partnership Boards budget (See list below).
- Peterborough City Council
- Cambridge County Council
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group
- NHS England
- North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust
- Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
- Cambridgeshire Community Services,
- East of England Ambulance Trust
- Royal Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
- Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Foundation Trust
- Cambridgeshire Constabulary
- National Probation Service
Free training is also available to the following non-contributing agencies:
Education—including nursery, pre-school
At the discretion of the Head of Service of the Safeguarding Boards, agencies who contribute to the Safeguarding Boards “in kind” will be allocated free places on Safeguarding Boards Training. For those agencies who do not contribute the following fees apply:
£175 per person for a full-day course,
£90 per person for a half-day course and
£45 for a two hour course.
A week prior to the date of the training you will be sent a reminder email with directions. Should you be unsuccessful for your preferred date, you will be offered an alternative date for your chosen course or you will be added to the waiting list.
Some courses may have pre-course literature which will be sent via email in advance for you to print off and take with you to the Training event. Please check you delegate confirmation details carefully
Places on courses are limited, so please inform the Safeguarding Partnership Boards Office by EMAIL ONLY to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 2 working days before the course date if you are unable to attend; otherwise a non-attendance charge will apply as follows:
£100 for a full day course and £50 for a half day course.
For non-attendance on the day of the course, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Partnership Boards will follow up with delegates and line managers to ascertain the reason for non-attendance. In all cases it is important to advise the Business Support Officer for Training on tel. 01733 863747 or email: email@example.com if you are off work unexpectedly and are unable to attend.
PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND TRAINING UNLESS YOU HAVE RECEIVED A REMINDER EMAIL (these are sent a week prior to the course). IF YOU CANNOT ATTEND, PLEASE DO NOT GIVE YOUR PLACE TO ANYONE ELSE AS THERE ARE WAITING LISTS FOR ALL COURSES. YOU MAY BE ASKED TO SHOW A COPY OF YOUR REMINDER/CONFIRMATION EMAIL AT THE TRAINING SESSION.
ANYONE ATTENDING WITHOUT BOOKING WILL BE CHARGED THE FULL COST OF THE COURSE.
Certificates of Attendance will be only be issued to delegates if they attend the whole of the training course and once they have completed the Impact of Training Review which they should receive approximately six weeks after the training session. Please be aware that if delegates arrive late or leave early, they may not be awarded a Certificate of Attendance.
All of the information on the applications forms are kept on a Safeguarding Boards database for future Safeguarding Boards Training reference purposes and contact regarding evaluation of the Safeguarding Boards training, certificates for attendance and any charges. Should you wish to receive any Safeguarding Boards flyers regarding future Safeguarding Boards training, conferences and local practice groups you must let the Safeguarding Partnership Boards Business Support Unit know to add your details to our communication lists.
Please note all dates, venues and times though correct at the time of publication are subject to change. We will make participants aware if a change takes place.
In order for all participants to get the most from the virtual training opportunities offered, please follow the code of conduct below:
- Only those invited to the virtual training should attend
- You will have been sent an email in advance with a Microsoft Teams invitation. You will need to accept this invitation in order to take part
- On the day and time of the training please click on the’ join teams link’ (this will be on the calendar invite that was sent to you that you have accepted)
- If you have an issue with your internet connection / IT then you will need to contact the relevant person within your own agency. It might be useful for you to try out Microsoft Teams prior to the training so that you can see how it works and what you need to do
- Please do attend on time, as the virtual workshops are time limited these will start promptly
- Given that the virtual workshops will be about safeguarding children and will be covering sensitive topics please ensure that you are able to log onto Microsoft teams in a safe and secure environment. If you have children at home or family members around you then undertaking this training at this time may not be suitable for you. Alternatively you could use headphones – but visually the slides used may also contain graphic content
- All attendees must put their microphones on mute but do please put your cameras on– this is to ensure better connectivity and so we can see you
- If you wish to ask a question please use the hand button or if this is a short virtual session please write your questions within the ‘chat box’ – the trainer in the session will tell you which to use. We will endeavour to answer all of your questions on the day and if not we will send out a Q and A sheet to all attendees
- Please do take the time to think about yourself and how some of the content and discussion may affect you. Should you wish to leave the training please do so and if you need to talk things through with the trainer by all means directly message them or send them and email
- If you are asked to participate in the training via the chat button or white board then please do so – remember the more you contribute the better the learning experience in terms of understanding roles and responsibilities, safeguarding and working together
- If you want to discuss cases or situations / experiences then please remember that this is not a safe environment to do so and please remember to anonymise names, addresses that you might mention
- As with the face to face safeguarding training if issues of inappropriate practice are raised that puts either a child or adult at risk of significant harm, then this may be discussed with you and your line manager as we need to make sure that service users are safe
- For certain training sessions by attending the training you are agreeing to the session being recorded – where we do record sessions this will be indicated to you in advance. The recorded session may then be put onto YouTube for you and other professionals to access at a later date via a link sent from the safeguarding board. We are unable to put the links directly onto our website as this is a public facing platform and our safeguarding training is only for professionals. You can ask to access the links to the virtual training sessions that have been recorded and put on YouTube by completing a short permission form found at https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ZLMn4x4EUUyC8skGp4-cySMxUuO1WjVDvPpKOsoqExlUOVhWTFlNOFJKQ0c4QkMzOFhLODUzUkFPNC4u Please note that the link is for you only and must not be shared.
- At the end of the session we will ask you to complete a very short feedback sheet on Microsoft Teams– please do complete this as this helps us to improve future learning opportunities and it also informs us if the training meets your needs
To ensure that multi-agency training is being accessed by the correct practitioners the table below describes target audiences (Groups 1 -8). These groups do not correspond to vocational or academic qualifications and are for multi-agency training and single agency safeguarding training endorsement/validation only.
Safeguarding Children Course Levels
Staff who are in infrequent contact with children, young people and / or parents carers
This group of staff need a ‘basic’ understanding and ‘awareness’ of safeguarding issues, know how to recognise child abuse, know what normal child development is and to know what to do if they suspect a child is being abused.
Staff include: Librarians, GP receptionists. community advice centre staff, grounds men, recreation assistants, environments health officers
Safeguarding Adults Course Levels
Staff who are in infrequent contact with adults at risk
This group of staff need a ‘basic’ understanding and ‘awareness’ of safeguarding issues, know how to recognise adult abuse and neglect, know about making safeguarding personal, the mental capacity act, deprivation of liberty and know what to do if they suspect an adult at risk is being abused.
Staff include: all support staff in health and social care settings, GP receptionists, Drivers and other transport staff, clerical staff, domestic and ancillary staff