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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:

  1. Training is informed and governed by equal opportunities and reflects the diversity of the Cambridgeshire community.
  2. The training promotes and recognises the need for children and families to participate in the safeguarding process.
  3. Training promotes the need for inter-agency working to effectively safeguard children and adults from harm.
  4. All individuals who work with children, young people or adults at risk in the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors have access to the training.
  5. 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

Safeguarding Children Training Validation

It is a mandatory requirement that all single agency training in relation to safeguarding children provided across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area should be ‘validated’ by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Partnership Board. For more details on validated courses, or to have your course validated by us visit our Single Agency Safeguarding Children Training Validation page

Safeguarding Adults Training Endorsement

It is considered good practice that all single agency training in relation to safeguarding adults provided across the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough area are ‘endorsed’ by the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Safeguarding Partnership. For more details on endorsed courses, or to have your course endorsed by us visit our Single Agency Safeguarding Adults Training Endorsement Page

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.

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

Those in regular contact or have a period of intense but irregular contact, with children, young people and/or parents/carers including all clinical health staff

In addition to basic understanding and awareness of safeguarding issues this group of staff need to have an awareness of the necessity of information sharing, assessment (Common assessment framework), accurate recording, knowledge of how to use the escalation policy and an appreciation of their own roles and responsibilities to safeguard children.

Staff include: Housing, hospital staff, YOT staff and staff in secure settings, the police other than those in specialist child protection roles, sports developments officers, disability specialists, faith groups, community youth groups, play scheme volunteers

Members of the workforce who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers

In addition to the skills needed for Groups 1 and 2 staff within this group need to be aware of the importance of family history, the impact of parenting issues and of working together to identify, assess and meet the needs of children where there are safeguarding issues

Staff include: Paediatricians, GP’s, 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

Members of the workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking section 47 enquiries

This group of staff need to have the skills needed for the above groups and need to have an awareness of section 47 enquiries, taking emergency action, professional judgements, working with complexity and a greater understanding of engagement with children and families. (Level 3 Training)

Staff include: Professionals from health, trainers, education, police and children’s social care, those who work with complex cases and social work staff responsible for co-ordinating assessments of children in need.

Professional advisors, named and designated lead professionals

In addition to the content for Groups 1, 2, 3 and 4 this group of staff need to (if they are advising these groups of staff) have an understanding of promoting effectiveness, professional practice and giving advice to others

Staff include: Designated Doctors / Designated Safeguarding leads

Operational Managers at all levels

Skills are needed for Groups 1 – 4 (if supervising staff in that group) and this Group of staff need an awareness of supervising child protection cases, managing performance to promote effective interagency practice and specialist training for key roles

Staff include: Practice supervisors, front line managers, and managers of child protection units

Senior Managers responsible for strategic management of services

In addition to the content for Groups 1, 2 and 3 this group need to have an  awareness of Section 11 expectations, roles and responsibilities

Staff include: NHS board members

Members of the Safeguarding Children Partnership Board

In addition to the content for Groups 1,2 and 3 and roles and responsibilities this group need to have an awareness the expectations of members to promote effective co-operation and improve effectiveness, current policy, lessons learned from serious case reviews and specialist training to undertake their nominated roles.

Staff include: Board members, Independent Chair, Director of Children’s Services, Elected members, Lay members, Members of executive and sub/task Groups, Safeguarding Board’s Independent Safeguarding Partnership Service, inter-agency trainers

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

Those in regular contact or have a period of intense but irregular contact, with adults at risk including all clinical health staff

In addition to basic understanding and awareness of safeguarding issues this group of staff need to have an awareness of the necessity of information sharing, consent, assessment, accurate recording, knowledge of how to use the escalation/resolution policy and an appreciation of their own roles and responsibilities to safeguard adults at risk.

Staff include: Housing, hospital staff, staff in secure settings, the police, sports developments officers, disability specialists, faith groups,

Members of the workforce who work predominantly with adults at risk

In addition to the skills needed for Groups 1 and 2 staff within this group need to be aware of the importance of family history and of working together to identify, assess and meet the needs of an adult at risk where there are safeguarding issues

Staff include: GP’s, those working in the sector, residential staff, district nurses, sexual health staff, further education staff, probation staff, sports club welfare officers, those working with adults in, for example, learning disability, mental health, alcohol and drug misuse services

Members of the workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking section 42 enquiries

This group of staff need to have the skills needed for the above groups and need to have an awareness of section 42 enquiries, taking emergency action, professional judgements, working with complexity and a greater understanding of engagement with adults at risk and their families.

Staff include: Professionals from health, police and adult social care, those who work with complex cases and social work staff responsible for co-ordinating assessments of adults at risk.

Professional advisors, named and designated lead professionals

In addition to the content for Groups 1,2,3 and 4 this group of staff need to (if they are advising these groups of staff) have an understanding of promoting effectiveness, professional practice and giving advice to others

Staff include: Designated Doctors / Designated Safeguarding Leads.

Operational Managers at all levels

Skills are needed for Groups 1 – 4 (if supervising staff in that group) and this Group of staff need an awareness of supervising adult at risk cases, managing performance to promote effective interagency practice and specialist training for key roles

Staff include: Practice supervisors, front line managers, and managers of adult units/teams

Senior Managers responsible for strategic management of services

In addition to the content for Groups 1, 2 and 3 this group need to have an awareness of SAB selfassessment tool, roles and responsibilities

Staff include: NHS board members

Members of the Safeguarding Adults Partnership Board

In addition to the content for Groups 1,2 and 3 and roles and responsibilities this group need to have an awareness the expectations of members to promote effective co-operation and improve effectiveness, current policy, lessons learned from serious adult reviews and specialist training to undertake their nominated roles.

Staff include: Board members, Independent Chair, Director of Adult’s Services, Elected members, Lay members, Members of executive and sub/task Groups, SAPB Independent Safeguarding Partnership Service

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