Tips for single agency (in-house training)
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, young people and adults.
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 multi-agency training.
The MSB provide introductory safeguarding training, however some agencies may wish to provide their own training at this level.
We have provided a list of the core issues to be covered, but it remains the responsibility of the individual agency to audit their in-house safeguarding training against the core content. All of the information to support this can be found on this website.
- Accountability regarding child protection (it is everyone’s responsibility)
- Legislation – principles of the Children Act 1989 and 2004 and underpinning values, including the concept of significant harm
- Lessons from Serious Case Reviews (locally & nationally)
- Working Together (2018)
- What to do if you are worried a child is being abused (2015)
- Information Sharing Guidance (2015)
- What is Child Abuse -definitions of abuse and recognition
- Definition and signs and symptoms of the categories of abuse from Working Together (2015)
- Common sites for accidental and non-accidental injury
- Accident/incident recording – highlight vulnerable groups (eg babies, looked after children, disabled and asylum-seeker children)
- Children who harm children including bullying /sexual bullying
- How to respond to children
- How to respond to a disclosure – good practice
- Child development and maintaining a child focus – awareness of normal child development, acknowledging each child is different but significant discrepancies may indicate abuse
- How to seek professional support
- Impact of parenting issues including family history, family make up, compromised parenting
- Understanding your agency role and agency Safeguarding Policy and Procedures
- Staff conduct and managing allegations against staff – identification of the person in your agency with responsibility for child protection
- Reference to (where to find) MSB Guidelines and Procedures
- Agency support for their own staff – identifying and responding to need
- Understanding of the local early help approach and Levels of Need Framework
- Section 17 – Child in Need
- Section 47 significant harm
- Referral process and procedures
- Managing and challenging differences of professional opinion – escalation process
- Local services available to protect children and how to find them.
Who requires introductory level safeguarding training?
As a broad guide, introductory level training should be undertaken by staff and volunteers in the following roles:
- Staff in infrequent contact with children, young people and/or parents/carers who may become aware of possible abuse or neglect.
- 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 Early Help Assessments.
- 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 reviewing the needs of a child and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding concerns.
- Members of the workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking section 47 enquiries, including professionals from health, 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.
Some staff and volunteers may then need to pursue more intensive training in keeping with their role.
Our Training Offer – the MSB provides access to free face to face and online learning to multi-agency professionals who work with children and families in Manchester. The MSB does not deliver training to individual organisations/schools/agencies, as our duty is to provide multi-agency training.
Please note we cannot recommend any private training organisation; nor do we hold a list of recommended trainers.