NSCB multi-agency training

NSCB multi-agency training

Multi-agency safeguarding children training courses are targeted at all staff from statutory, voluntary and independent agencies who work with children, young people, families and vulnerable adults in the Northumberland area.

How to apply for NSCB multi-agency training

Here you will find information on how to apply for training.

Bookings should be made via 'Learning Together' platform. For instructions on how to register, click here.

For queries:

Charges for training
Anyone working within Northumberland with children, young people and families, in the statutory or voluntary & community sector (VCS) may apply for multi-agency training within this programme. For staff from agencies who contribute to the training according to the formula agreed by NSCB, places will be free of charge. However for any agency which does not contribute sufficient trainer days, fees will be payable at the following rate:
  • £50 per person for a half-day course
  • £100 per person for a full-day course
This fee also applies to GPs, school staff and private providers who wish to access the programme.
When booking a place on this basis the delegate will be asked to identify the name and address of the person to whom an invoice should be sent.

Small local VCS groups with an income below £100,000 per annum will be eligible for a free place. Charges apply to large, national VCS agencies whose income in above £100,000 per annum.

Places on courses will be allocated in accordance with the formula agreed by the Learning and Development Sub Committee. Details of this are available from the Learning and Development Officer. The purpose of this formula is to ensure the best multi-agency mix of delegates on each course.

If sessions/courses are oversubscribed, then places will be allocated at the discretion of the Learning and Development Officer.

Cancellation fees will be charged to your agency if you cancel your place within 5 working days of the course start date (this charge may be waived only in exceptional circumstances).  Cancellation fees are as follows:
  • £50 per person for half-day course
  • £100 per person for full-day course
  • £200 per person for a 2-day course
Bespoke training will usually contain elements of the Introduction to Safeguarding course, tailored to meet the needs of your particular service and your service user group. Depending on the needs of the group, this may be half day, or full day sessions. Requests for bespoke training will be considered by the Learning and Development Sub Committee and will be prioritised according to need, subject to the availability of trainers and will incur a charge (see below).

Based on groups of 8-24 delegates, the costs of commissioned training are as follows:
  • Half day (or part thereof)         £350                         
  • Full day (more than 4 hours)   £650
Venue and refreshment arrangements for bespoke training must be provided by the agency and should be discussed with the Learning and Development Officer.

If a commissioned course is cancelled, fees will be charged at the following rate:
  • Within 1 week of agreeing the contract – no charge
  • 22 days or more before delivery date - £100
  • 11-21 days before delivery date - £350
  • 10 days or less – full fee 

E-learning

Northumberland Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) has an innovative way to undertake safeguarding children training (child protection) aimed at staff and volunteers in organisations who have contact with children within Northumberland.

The training is hosted by the Virtual College, one of the UK's leading e-learning sites. The courses on offer via e-learning are: 

  • Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect (5 different versions dependent on your job role)
  • Hidden Harm – the effects of parental drug and alcohol misuse on children
  • Hidden Harm - Parental Mental Health
  • Domestic Abuse – suitable for all colleagues working with a parent experiencing domestic abuse
  • Self Harm and Suicidal Thoughts
  • Children with Disabilities
  • Short Break Care
  • Child Development
  • Sexual Exploitation 

How do I access the training?
Learners can register for any of these courses via the following link:
http://northumberlandlscb.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/
How does e-learning work?
The module has a number of engaging interactive learning screens, learner challenges, tracking and online assessment. There is a certificate available for successful applicants. The training takes approximately 1.5 - 2 hours to complete – some people will do it more quickly and others may take a little longer. You can complete it over a number of days/weeks if you wish and save your work – its flexibility is aimed to fit in with your work schedule.

For a free demonstration on this training course go to: http://www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/ then click DEMO.
How much does it cost?
This training is FREE to Family and Children’s Trust (FACT) partners throughout Northumberland.
For-profit organisations can access the training at a cost of £30 + vat per person.

External resources and training

Course information

Find out about the courses we offer.

Awareness of Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults (Groups 1 - 2)
This half-day course provides an initial, basic awareness of organisations’ responsibilities to safeguard and promote the welfare of both children and vulnerable adults. Delegates may then feel they need to undertake further training which looks in more detail at safeguarding either of these groups.
Learning outcomes
On completion of this course participants will have had the opportunity to:
  • Define the terms ‘child’ and ‘vulnerable adult’
  • Describe the categories of abuse
  • List signs and indicators of abuse
  • Know what to do if abuse is suspected
  • Identify their own role in safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults
Who should attend:
People who have infrequent or irregular contact with children, parents/carers or vulnerable adults

This training is provided by VoiCeS Northumberland. For further information or to book training please email contact@voices-northumberland.org.uk or ring 01665 713109
Introduction to Safeguarding Children for Voluntary Organisations (Groups 2 - 4)
This course is a half-day introduction to child protection issues for those who work with children within non-statutory agencies e.g. youth/church groups, advice centres, drop in centres, community centres, sports clubs etc.

The aim is to provide participants with a basic awareness of what child abuse is, child protection procedures and your responses to child protection concerns.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this course participants will have had the opportunity to:
  • Identify what we mean by abuse
  • Identify significant indicators of abuse
  • Identify personal values and attitudes to child abuse
  • Demonstrate knowledge of Northumberland’s child protection procedures and referral process
  • Identify the role of relevant agencies
Who should attend:
Staff who work in non-statutory agencies only.

This training is provided by VoiCeS Northumberland. For further information or to book training please email contact@voices-northumberland.org.uk or ring 01665 713109
Multi Agency Child Protection (Groups 2 - 4)
This 1-day course enables delegates to develop knowledge and skills in multi-agency working to safeguard children and promote their welfare. It provides an opportunity for colleagues from different agencies to learn together and explore professional dilemmas.

Learning outcomes:
By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Define categories, signs and indicators of abuse and neglect
  • Make judgements regarding concerns, based on normal child development, within a framework for assessment
  • Discuss learning from Serious Case Reviews
  • Identify relevant legislation, key terms and processes
  • Describe inter-agency roles and responsibilities
  • Identify protocols for information sharing
  • Describe the referral process as laid down in ‘What to do if you are worried about a child’
Who should attend:
Those who work with children, young people and/or parents or carers who may be in a position to identify concerns and/or contribute to assessing, planning and reviewing the needs of the child.
Delegates must have completed introductory level safeguarding training.
Fabricated or induced illness (Group 2-4)
This course provides professionals with the opportunity to explore myths and facts about Fabricated or Induced Illness and consider the implications for multi-agency working.

Learning outcomes:
By the end of session, participants should be able to:
  • Define Fabricated or Induced Illness (FII)
  • Discuss the prevalence of FII
  • Identify behaviour of carers where FII is a concern
  • Identify their roles and responsibilities in responding to concerns of FII
  • Discuss the management of individual cases
Who should attend:
Professionals and carers who have regular contact with children.
Delegates must have completed introductory level safeguarding training
Neglect (Groups 2 – 4)
Half of all child protection plans locally and nationally are in place to address neglectful parenting.
This 1-day course has been developed by the North East Safeguarding Children Trainers group to raise the profile of neglect and its impact on children and is currently being delivered throughout the region.

Learning outcomes:
  • Recognise impact of neglect on children and young people
  • Explore thresholds of neglect using FACT Thresholds document
  • Identify parent/carer behaviours which contribute to neglect
  • Understand your role in a multi-disciplinary approach to assessing risk factors
  • Recognise factors which indicate resistance to change in families
  • Identify appropriate strategies for support in working with neglect
Who should attend:
Professionals and carers who have contact with children and families.
Delegates must have completed introductory level safeguarding training.
Emotional abuse (Groups 2 – 4)
This 1 day course assists professionals and carers in the recognition of emotional abuse and gives an important insight into parent/child interaction.

Learning outcomes:
  • Provide an understanding of ‘normal development’ for children and young people, through looking at issues of attachment, emotional, social and psychosexual development
  • Recognising when children’s behaviour and emotional responses indicate cause for concern
  • Explore what parents/carers need to provide to promote healthy emotional development in children
  • Identify behaviour in parents/carers which is potentially damaging to children
Who should attend:
Professionals and carers who have regular contact with children and families.
Delegates must have completed introductory level safeguarding training.
Sexual abuse (Groups 2 – 4)
NSPCC statistics
  • 1:20 children in the UK have been sexually abused
  • 1:3 children who were sexually abused by an adult did not tell anyone about it
  • 90% of sexually abused children were abused by someone they knew
  • Over 2,700 children were identified as in need of protection from sexual abuse last year
  • 23,000 sexual offences against children were recorded in the UK last year
  • 1:4 rape victims are under 16

Learning outcomes:
By the end of the course delegates will be able to:
  • Explore the effect of attitudes, values and culture in relation to our perception of sexual abuse
  • Identify the immediate and long term impact of sexual abuse on children and families
  • Respond appropriately to disclosure, initiate a referral and contribute effectively to the enquiry and assessment process
  • Recognise their own role and that of other professionals within in this multi-agency response
  • Identify appropriate support strategies including the role of therapeutic services
  • Recognise the emotional impact of working with sexual abuse and identify strategies to manage this
Who should attend:
Professionals and carers who have regular contact with children and young people.
Delegates must have completed introductory level safeguarding training.
 
Sexual exploitation (Groups 2 - 4)
SCARPA is a project based within Newcastle City Centre, set up and funded to work with young people who go missing from home/placement and young people at risk of or who are being sexually exploited or trafficked for purposes of sexual exploitation. Their work around sexual exploitation covers the Northumbria area. The project is a collaboration between The Children’s Society, Barnardo’s and Save the Children. It is funded by The Children’s Society, Northern Rock Foundation, and Prét-a-Manger.
The training provides an opportunity to look at sexual exploitation issues in a local context, with the awareness developed from our work with young people in the region. It will also provide the opportunity to think and discuss what needs to happen in Northumberland to both respond to the needs of these young people, but also to tackle the people that exploit them. Whether you are a manager, trainer, or practitioner there will be something for you to take away from this event.

From this training participants will:
  • Have an understanding of what sexual exploitation is, its impacts and the pattern of sexual exploitation in Northumberland and Tyne and Wear
  • Be able to identify risk factors in young people that should lead to further questions around sexual exploitation
  • Understand the safeguarding process in relation to young people at risk of sexual exploitation
  • Be aware of what services are available for young people and how those services work with young people around sexual exploitation
  • Have examined their practice in relation to sexual exploitation issues
Who should attend:
Professionals and carers who have regular contact with children and young people.
Delegates must have completed introductory level safeguarding training.
Working with Men who Sexually Abuse (Group 2-4)
To work effectively with children and families who experience sexual abuse we must be able to identify abusive behaviour.  This workshop will give important insight into the motivation and behaviour patterns of adult perpetrators of sexual abuse.
Facilitated by Roger Kennington, Northumbria Probation.

Learning outcomes
On completion participants will have had the opportunity to:
  • Identify what sexual offending is
  • Understand cycles of offending
  • Consider interventions which aim to inhibit and stop offending
Who should attend
Professionals and carers who have contact with children.  Applicants must have completed introductory level safeguarding training in their own agency (formerly introduction to child protection).
Children who display sexually harmful behaviours (Group 2-4)
In recent years more and more children and adolescents have presented with sexually harmful behaviours, many at a young age. It is now accepted that approaches effective with adult offenders do not work well with children.
However, a new body of skills has gradually been developed from current practice and research, and the picture is not an entirely discouraging one.  Practitioners must balance the needs of the abuser, the needs of the victim and the requirements of the courts while working with parents, alternative carers and the local community.
This course aims to offer the opportunity for participants to identify and develop skills for working with children who display sexually inappropriate or harmful behaviours.

Learning outcomes
  • The tensions in defining and understanding appropriate sexual development
  • The effects of child sexual abuse on a child’ sexual development and behaviour
  • Identifying factors leading to concerns for victims and perpetrators of sexually harmful behaviour
  • The issues relating to perpetrators - who they are and how they are managed
  • Assessment and intervention within current guidance and policies
Who should attend?
Professionals and carers who have contact with children.  Applicants must have completed introductory level safeguarding training in their own agency (formerly introduction to child protection).
E-Safety (Groups 2 -4)
Swimming pools can be dangerous places; but rather than stopping children using them, we teach them how to swim.

New technologies provide significant opportunities for children and young people to learn, socialise and communicate but we need to teach them how to use this technology safely and securely.

This half-day course uses CEOP Ambassador training materials to support professionals in ensuring they recognise and manage the risks of new technologies. It will also enable delegates to disseminate CEOP materials and resources to children and young people.

Learning outcomes:
By the end of the training delegates will be able to:
  • Describe the role of CEOP and its work, including the Report Abuse mechanism 
  • Recognise the different technologies that young people use, how they use them and the risks posed by this use
  • Identify methods of protecting young people when using these technologies  
  • Identify what Cyber bullying is (including racism, xenophobia and homophobia) and how it can be combated 
  • Understand the term Child Trafficking and recognise possible indicators
  • Understand how to access Thinkuknow resources and use them safely and appropriately with young people 
Who should attend:
Anyone working with children and young people in Northumberland
NB: In order to meet CEOP requirements, all delegates attending this training must provide evidence of their CRB clearance (certificate or a letter from their manager) and photo ID. Please bring these with you on the day of the course.
Anyone failing to provide this evidence will not be allowed to complete the training.
Self harm (Groups 2 – 4)
This half-day course is provided by a multi-agency training team to widen the knowledge base about self harm for staff working directly with children and young people. It uses a strong evidence base and supports the new Northumberland Management of Self Harming and Suicidal Behaviour in Children and Young People (available on the NSCB webpage).

Learning outcomes:
On completion, participants will have had the opportunity to:
  • Identify and explore attitudes to self harm behaviour
  • Consider how these attitudes impact on practice
  • Explore the findings of recent research
  • Recognise how the Harm Minimisation Approach can support children/young people who self harm
Who should attend:
All professionals and carers who work directly with children and young people including social care staff and school staff. 

Delegates must have completed introductory level safeguarding training.
Vulnerable Adolescents (Group 2-4)
Although children are most vulnerable to dying from abuse in the first four years of life, research shows that vulnerability rises again in adolescence as young people experience less direct supervision, get involved in more risk-taking behaviour and start to explore intimate relationships.
The NSCB has Vulnerable Adolescents as a focus for the current work plan. This half-day course will explore specific aspects of teenage behaviour in order equip professionals to recognise their safeguarding needs.
 
Learning Outcomes
On completion, participants will have had the opportunity to:
  • Revise their understanding of adolescence as a developmental stage of childhood
  • Identify good practice in using the Risk Indicator Checklist to assess domestic abuse in teenage relationships (16-18 yrs)
  • Recognise current issues in relation to young people’s substance use / misuse
  • Explore current research relating to adolescent attachment
  • Consider use of Northumberland’s Vulnerability Checklist
 
Who Should Attend
All professionals and carers who work directly with children and young people including social care staff and school staff.  
Human trafficking
High profile cases of exploitation have highlighted the issue of human trafficking and enabled professionals to recognise the importance of understanding and applying trafficking legislation when working to safeguard children and adults.

This one-day course provides practitioners with a basic awareness of what constitutes Trafficking in Human Beings (THB). It  enables participants to better identify victims, improving their response and ensuring a victim=centred approach.

Delegates will be introduced to the First Responder Trafficking Handbook which is designed to assist in advanced victim identification and assistance.

The course covers all forms of human trafficking – into, within and out of the UK – and incorporates national and international legislation.
 
Learning Outcomes
On completion, participants will have had the opportunity to:
  • Define Trafficking of Human Beings
  • Recognise the difference between THB and human smuggling
  • Consider case studies on different types of THB including international trafficking
  • Identify UK trafficking legislation and THB control methods
  • Consider victim identification and best practice for working with victims
  • Develop awareness of  the National Referral Mechanism (NRM)
 
Who Should Attend:
All professionals and carers who work directly with children, young people and families or in adult services.
Hate Crime
This 2 hour session will allow attendees to gain an understanding of hate crime and hate incidents and enable them to identify ‘protected characteristics’. The reporting process will also be discussed. The training is provided jointly by the Safeguarding Adults Board and NSCB and links directly to the Prevent agenda. Participants have the opportunity to stay behind in order to complete the Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) which follows directly after the Hate Crime session. Places on the WRAP session must be booked separately
.
Learning Outcomes
On completion, participants will have had the opportunity to:
  • Understand the difference between hate crime and hate incidents
  • Identify who may be subject to hate crime
  • Understand the reporting process
  • Identify Northumbria Police Protected Characteristics
  • Recognise the link with the safeguarding and Prevent agenda
  • Raise confidence in supporting victims
 
Who Should Attend
Professionals who work in adult services and staff in all NSCB partner organisations.
Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) (Group 1-6)
The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 places a duty on all statutory organisations (local authorities, health and schools, including early years settings) to “have due regard to the need to prevent people being drawn into terrorism”. This is known as the Prevent duty.
 
This workshop will enable delegates to recognise the safeguarding issues relating to this duty and identify the factors which make young people and adults vulnerable to being drawn into terrorist behaviour.
 
Who Should Attend
Professionals who work in adult services and staff in all NSCB partner organisations
Impact of parental mental health on parenting
In the UK today, one in six adults is living with a mental health problem, most commonly anxiety or depression.  Many of these adults are also parents whose children are living at home; in fact mental health problems are more common in adults who have dependent children.  When working with an adult with mental health problems, practitioners need to consider how adult’s illness impacts on their children or those children with whom they have regular contact.
Learning outcomes:
  • Identify a range of adult mental health issues and their potential impact on parenting
  • Recognise the spectrum of parental mental health issues which may require support for the child and family, ranging from low levels of concern to child protection
  • Consider how to address the needs of children whose parents have mental health issue
  • Recognise the risks an individual with severe mental illness may pose to children
Who should attend:
Professionals and carers who have regular contact with children and young people.
Delegates must have completed introductory level safeguarding training
NB This course is not suitable for NTW staff.
Impact of Substance use in Familes
Learning Outcomes
On completion, participants will have had the opportunity to:
  • Consider the range and nature of substances used by children, young people and adults
  • Gain an understanding of how we define problematic use and criteria for assessing need and risk relating to substance misuse
  • Consider the impact of substance misuse on all family members
  • Recognise the role of your own and other agencies in identifying and working with the impact of  substance misuse across the spectrum of professional concern
  • Identify good practice when working with substance use
 
Who Should Attend
Professionals and carers who have regular contact with children, young people and families. 
Domestic Abuse Awareness (Groups 1-4)
  • Domestic abuse affects 25 % of women and 16 % of men
  • 2 women per week are killed by their current or former partner
  • 750,000 children witness domestic violence every year
Learning Outcomes
On completion, participants will have had the opportunity to:
  • Consider what constitutes domestic abuse
  • Recognise the different types of domestic abuse
  • Identify where to seek advice and report your concerns
 
Who Should Attend
Members of the children and families workforce 
Domestic abuse and safeguarding children (Groups 2 – 4)
Did you know that children live in 50% of the households where a domestic abuse incident is reported to Northumbria Police? Children are victims of this serious crime too. In recent years the prevalence of domestic abuse and its impact upon children has become more recognised by agencies and researchers.
Recent research shows clear links between child abuse and domestic violence. This half day course outlines the extent and forms of domestic violence and how it impacts on children of all ages.

Learning outcomes:
By the end of the course participants will be able to:
  • Describe and understand how domestic abuse impacts on children, young people and family members
  • Understand and contribute to the assessment of risk to domestic abuse victims
  • List additional support services for children, young people and their families – including work with perpetrators
  • Demonstrate knowledge of inter-agency procedures and how to work together to safeguard children who are victims of domestic abuse
  • Identify and promote ways to keep themselves safe
Who should attend:
Practitioners who work directly with children or adults who are parents and those involved in assessment and intervention to safeguard children.
Delegates must have completed introductory level safeguarding training and domestic abuse awareness. Both of these courses are available as e-learning modules. 
Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC) (Group 2-4)
MARAC brings together members and information from a number of agencies. Individual cases of high risk domestic abuse are discussed; actions are agreed for the provision of appropriate services to support the victim any children and also to deal effectively with the perpetrator.
The main aim of MARAC is to reduce the risk of serious harm or homicide for a victim and to increase the safety, health and wellbeing of victims – adults and any children.  In a MARAC local agencies will meet to discuss the highest risk victims of domestic abuse in their area.
The aim of this workshop is provide practitioners with an overview of MARAC procedures in Northumberland. It will ensure that attendees are fully aware of the purpose of the MARAC and how it operates. It will also give them the knowledge to complete a risk assessment and the ability to refer them into the MARAC.

Learning outcomes:
  • Define and understand MARAC
  • Understand what MARAC does
  • Identify how to refer to MARAC procedures within Northumberland
  • Identify what underpins MARAC
Who should attend:
Members of the children and families  workforce who work in settings where domestic abuse may be disclosed or those who provide services relating to domestic abuse.
MARAC training is provided by the Learning  and Development teams from children’s social care, adult social care and Cease 24.
Applications for this training should be made to:
LDU Community
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Trust
Merley Croft
Loansdean
Morpeth
Northumberland
Phone: 01670 394425
Fax: 01670 394501
LDUCommunity@nhct.nhs.uk
http://ldu.northumbria.nhs.uk/
Multi-Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) (Group 2-4)
A presentation facilitated by Northumberland MAPPA Strategy Group. It will raise the profile of MAPPA, ensure that agencies know how it operates and ensure that staff know how to refer into the arrangements and who to go to in their organisation for guidance and advice.
Course outline to include:
  • Background to Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements
  • Legislative authority
  • Relevant offenders
  • Levels of risk management
  • Risk assessment and risk management tools
  • Strategic management of MAPPA and the duty to co-operate
  • Roles and responsibilities of agencies
Who should attend:
Staff from all key agencies represented on the Northumberland MAPPA strategy group.
 
 
Safeguarding disabled children (Groups 2 – 4)
The protection of disabled children presents a great challenge for professional carers and families to work effectively together to provide appropriate safety from abuse.  The course provides an overview of abuse and the opportunity to review good practice.  This course is facilitated by Reconstruct Ltd.

Learning outcomes:
  • Upon completion of this course, participants will have had the opportunity to:
  • Improve awareness of the vulnerability of children with disabilities to abuse
  • Examine appropriate methods of investigation where abuse is a concern
  • Consider those procedures which enhance the safety of children with disabilities
  • Explore the needs of disabled children who have been abused
Who should attend:
All professionals and carers who have contact with disabled children. 
Delegates must have attended introductory level safeguarding training  
Introduction to attachment (Groups 2 – 4)
There is now consistent evidence about the importance of a secure attachment relationship in the development of a child’s emotional health and well-being. Early life experience, especially the early caregiver/child relationship, has a significant impact on brain development and consequently on achievement across all of the five Every Child Matters outcomes.
Recognition and understanding of attachment issues and appropriate intervention is fundamental to children achieving their full potential, either by preventing difficulties arising or by building resilience where difficulties have already arisen.
The multi-agency Attachment and Resilience Training (ART) Group has developed a range of training to ensure the key messages of research are disseminated across the Northumberland Children’s Workforce. The Introduction to Attachment provides a baseline of knowledge for anyone working with children, young people and families.
This course is provided as part of the Attachment and Resilience Training Strategy.

Learning outcomes:
  • Develop an understanding of what is meant by attachment
  • Recognise the impact of early experiences on the developing brain
  • Identify the significance of this for the health and emotional wellbeing of the child
  • Identify ways to develop resilience in children and young people
Who should attend:
All professionals and carers who work directly with children and families.
Delegates must have completed introductory level safeguarding training
Observation of parent/infant interaction (Groups 3 & 4)
Recognising the significance of specific behaviours in care-giver/infant interaction is a crucial part of the assessment process and the early identification of neglect and emotional abuse. This 2-day course focuses on assessment of interactions with children in the first year of life.
This course is provided as part of the Attachment and Resilience Training Strategy.

Learning outcomes:
  • Develop an understanding of the care-giver and infant behaviours associated with emotional health and wellbeing
  • Develop skills and knowledge around observation and analytical assessment of care-giver/infant relationships
  • Extend knowledge about the developmental abilities of infants
  • Explore strategies which the target audience can use with families
  • Identify good practice in recording observations and giving feedback to parents/carers
Who should attend:
Key staff involved in assessment, particularly social workers and health visitors.
Working with the impact of early adversity (Group 4)
Using evidence-based practice, this 2-day course focuses on strategies for intervention with children age 3-12 yrs.
This course is provided as part of the Attachment and Resilience Training Strategy.

Learning outcomes:
  • Expand understanding of the long term impact on children’s development of adverse early experience
  • Expand understanding of the factors associated with resilience and vulnerability
  • Develop knowledge and practical skills that build resilience
  • Identify approaches for use with children and care-givers
Who should attend:
Key professionals working with vulnerable children aged 3-12yrs and their families, particularly looked after children or those at risk of becoming looked after.
Section 47 Enquiries (Group 4)
To prepare staff for the undertaking and involvement in enquiries, where there are concerns with regard to significant harm.

Learning outcomes:
  • Examine current legislation, policy and procedures
  • Explore preparation prior to conducting an enquiry
  • Consider how to gather information, interview families and speak to children alone
  • Review how we assess risks and make judgements
  • Provide an understanding learning from Serious Case Reviews
  • Consider partnership issues
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of the police, health and social workers in the S47 process
Who should attend:
Social Workers, Police and Health Visitors     
Decision-making in child protection (Group 3 -5)
Decisions made in strategy discussions, strategy meetings, child protection conferences and core groups are crucial to the process of protecting children from harm and abuse.
However these are often situations in which professionals feel unsure about their own responsibilities and those of other professionals and lack knowledge and understanding of processes and procedures.
Working Together 2013 clearly requires all agencies and professionals to contribute effectively to the gathering and analysis of information about children who are, or may be, suffering significant harm. This involves making a positive contribution to assessing risk and implementing appropriate multi-agency child protection plans.
This course will address each stage of the decision-making process. It will provide delegates with an opportunity to explore the nature of effective inter-agency child protection decision-making, planning and practice.

Learning outcomes:
  • Identify the statutory and procedural context of decision-making in child protection
  • Recognise the purpose of strategy discussions, strategy meetings, child protection conferences and core groups in protecting children
  • Improve confidence in contributing to decision-making at all stages of the child protection process
  • Recognise your own and other professional’s roles in effective multi-agency decision-making
  • Gain experience of how Northumberland is using the Signs of Safety risk assessment tool
Who should attend:
Professionals who have specific child protection responsibilities and contribute to assessing, implementing and reviewing plans to meet the needs of children where there are safeguarding concerns. This includes those who attend strategy meetings and case conferences s part of their role.
Delegates must have completed introductory safeguarding training
Signs of Safety - 2-hr Briefing (Groups 2-4)
  • Have you heard colleagues talk about Signs of Safety but not quite sure what it’s all about?
  • Have you been to a strategy meeting recently and noticed a new approach to risk assessment in safeguarding?
  • Want to know why we are using a SoS approach and how it works in practice?
  • What have fairies and wizards and three houses got to do with safeguarding children?
2- hour briefing sessions, facilitated by Children’s Social Care Team Managers, have been scheduled throughout 2012 to ensure that the wider children’s workforce is fully informed about the SoS approach in Northumberland.

Who should attend:
Anyone working with children, young people and families in Northumberland.
Signs of safety – 2 day course (Group 3-4)
Signs of Safety is a risk assessment tool which uses solution-focused principles. It was developed in Australia in the mid 1990’s by Andrew Turnell and Steve Edwards (Turnell and Edwards, 1999).
Andrew Turnell described the Signs of Safety process as:
“The development of a joint understanding by workers, families and extended community as to what the attendant dangers, risks, protective capacities and family strengths are, and what clear, meaningful, behavioural changes and goals are needed to create “rigorous, sustainable, on the ground child safety.” 
This 2-day course provides professionals with the opportunity to see the model in action and practice with some of the tools which are integral to the process.

Who should attend:
Professionals who involved in decision-making and risk assessment in child protection, particularly social workers, managers and practitioners who regularly attend planning/strategy meetings and child protection conferences 
A 2-hour briefing session is available for practitioners who need a basic understanding of Signs of Safety. Please see previous page.         
Working with Resistant and Uncooperative Parents (Group 3-5, Group 6 & Group 8)
Facilitated by Sue Woolmore, Independent Chair, Wigan LSCB and training consultant.
Drawing on reliable research and practice experience, this style of sharing learning has been developed by Sue to provide a safe space, where practitioners, operational and strategic managers can reflect on their experience and knowledge of working with families, in a way which enhances professional wisdom. This is crucial to protecting children and strengthening the resilience of the children's workforce.

Learning objectives:
This training will provide participants with the opportunity to:
  • reflect on the characteristics and behaviours of families and professionals, who are engaged in a ‘resistant’ relationship
  • explore strategies for maintaining a child centred approach to practice, whilst addressing resistance from families
  • reinforce the role of reflective supervision for frontline practitioners
  • acknowledge the personal impact child protection practice has on professionals, exploring sources of support to build resilience
The delivery of the course will be designed to reflective the priorities and roles of each delegate group attending.
Within the session Sue will provide a 'reflective enactment', which is a unique and visual presentation, providing an experiential, rather than simply a theoretical, framework for engaging with models of good practice.

This is followed by a facilitated group discussion which will enable the participants to reflect on their own practice experience, whilst identifying the key indicators of a 'resistant' family and the challenges this poses for them as practitioners/managers.

Sue will provide an overview of the key messages from the knowledge review commissioned by C4EO, looking at the practice issues of engaging with 'resistant' families, in addition to other academic study and commentary.
Training for trainers in safeguarding children (Group 5)
This 1-day workshop equips participants with the skills and resources to deliver foundation level safeguarding training to staff within their own organisation. Delegates will gain experience of using and adapting a range of training materials and evaluating their use.
Delegates will be provided with a set of training resources for use in their own organisation.

NSCB expectations
The aim of this course is to establish consistency in the approach, delivery and use of training materials within single agency safeguarding training and ensure that single agency training meets the quality assurance standards required by NSCB.
Delegates will then be expected to attend annual meetings of the Safeguarding Trainers Forum to update their knowledge and training resources.

Learning outcomes:
  • Develop participants’ skills in planning and facilitating safeguarding children training
  • Enable learners to develop an understanding of learner styles and how they impact on teaching and learning
  • Facilitate learners’ awareness of, and insight into, the potential barriers to learning and to identify strategies for overcoming these
  • Be familiar with the NSCB Introduction to Safeguarding Children course materials
  • Recognise and apply the NSCB Quality Assurance standards for single agency training
Who should attend:
This course is aimed at those who have been identified to deliver single agency training at foundation level in safeguarding children.
Delegates should have previously attended NSCB training and have been identified as facilitators of foundation level safeguarding training in their own agency.
A maximum of 12 places are available
Facilitators: Experienced NSCB trainers
Safeguarding Trainer Development Forum (Group 5)
Keeping up to date with current legislation, guidance and lessons from Serious Case Reviews can pose a real challenge for professionals who deliver single-agency safeguarding training.
This newly established development forum will provide on-going support and professional development for delegates who have attended the NSCB Training for Trainers in Safeguarding.
Attendance at one meeting per year will ensure trainers are compliant with the NSCB Quality Assurance Standards for training and provide them with new and current training materials to support their work. It will also provide peer support and a forum for raising and resolving issues around the delivery of safeguarding training.

Learning outcomes:
  • Refresh and update knowledge about legislation, guidance, procedures and the provision of local services
  • Consider learning points from local and national serious case reviews and their application to training and practice in Northumberland
  • Share best practice in delivering safeguarding training
Who should attend:
Professionals who have attended Training for Trainers in Safeguarding
Designated Person for Child Protection in the VCS (Group 5)
The role of the Designated Person for Child Protection is crucial to way voluntary and community groups protect the children in their care. When staff or volunteers express concerns about a child, the DP has to make key decisions about when to make a referral, when to discuss these concerns with parents, how to support the child and the staff through the process of referral.

Learning outcomes:
  • Develop an understanding of the role and remit of the Designated Person
  • Explore thresholds of concern and appropriate responses using the Northumberland FACT Thresholds Document
  • Identify the stages of the referral process and the part you and your organisation play in it
  • Recognise the principles of information sharing
  • Share good practice in safeguarding children in the VCS
  • Recognise responsibilities and  procedures for managing allegations against staff/volunteers
  • Identify any further training needs
Who should attend:
Anyone holding the Role of Designated Person for Child Protection in a VCS organisation or group.

This training is provided by VoiCeS Northumberland. For further information or to book training please email contact@voices-northumberland.org.uk or ring 01665 713109
Safeguarding in education - training for schools
Northumberland Learning and Organisational Development team provides a range of training to support schools in their safeguarding role and meet inspection requirements in relation to child protection.
Training for the Role of Designated Safeguarding Lead
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Government guidance and Ofsted require that Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) are appropriately trained for this role and that this training is updated every 2 years. Newly appointed DSLs should complete the NSCB one-day Multi Agency Child Protection course and also complete the half-day course on ‘DSL: Roles and Responsibilities’. Thereafter, NCC provide regular half-day refresher courses for experienced staff who have completed the initial DSL training.

The NSCB also encourages DSLs to attend additional multi-agency training provided in the local programme in order to support inter-agency working.

Training for Trainers in Safeguarding Children is available for DSLss (or other appropriate staff) to gain resources and confidence to deliver their own ‘in-house’ training to NSCB quality assurance standards.

Charges:
The following charges apply to DP training:
  • £100 for Multi-Agency Child Protection and Training for Trainers in Safeguarding Children
  • £50 for DSL:Roles and Responsibilities and DSL RefresherTraining for the Role of Designated Safeguarding Lead’ 
Safeguarding for schools’ staff
All staff (and volunteers) working with children in schools should receive safeguarding training every 3 years. Training is available to support this as follows:
  • A free e-learning course which participants can complete at their own convenience on any computer which has Flash Macromedia  (see pages 16)
  • Depending on availability of the trainer, bespoke training can be arranged for individual schools (or groups of schools who wish to share costs) at a charge of £350 per half day or twilight session.
For further information or discussion about training provision for schools, please contact: Anne.Lambert@northumberland.gov.uk  (01670 623159) 
Safeguarding for school governors
Governors with nominated responsibility for safeguarding can attend the DSL:Roles and Responsibilities course (cost £50 per place). All governors should complete basic safeguarding in schools training because of their contact with children. Training for whole governing bodies to enable them to understand their responsibilities under ‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ can be provided, according to trainer availability – please contact carol.leckie@northumberland.gov.uk  
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