NSSP 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.

Information and dates on our training programme.

Download the NSSP Training programe for 2020-2021.

The Early Help and Prevention Training programme for 2020-2021 can be found on the Early Help webpage.
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:
This charging policy is temporarily suspended until the resumption of face to face classroom 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 NSSP, 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.

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 
NSSP 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.

Northumberland County Council offers a range of e-learning modules free of charge to NSSP partner organisations. This offer includes modules on a wide range of safeguarding and child protection topics which can be accessed via ncc.learningpool.com.
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection for the Children's Workforce
  • Recognising and Responding to Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Abuse and Safeguarding Children
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Child Protection Processes
  • Signs of Safety Awareness
  • Criminal Exploitation
  • Early Help for Children and Families
  • Children with Disabilities
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Female Genital Mutilation
  • Honour-Based Violence and Forced Marriage
  • Private Fostering
  • Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking
Click the links below to access other training and resources

Find out about the courses we offer.

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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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 NSSP 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.  
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 NSSP 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 NSSP partner organisations.
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.
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. 
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  
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.
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     
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
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.

NSSP 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 NSSP.
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 NSSP/NSCB Introduction to Safeguarding Children course materials
  • Recognise and apply the NSSP/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 NSSP/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 NSSP/NSCB trainers
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 NSSP/NSCB Training for Trainers in Safeguarding.
Attendance at one meeting per year will ensure trainers are compliant with the NSSP/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
This is provided by the Safeguarding in Education team.
Please email for information: carol.leckie@northumberland.gov.uk
This is provided by the Safeguarding in Education team.
​Please email for information: carol.leckie@northumberland.gov.uk
This is provided by the Safeguarding in Education team.
​Please email for information: carol.leckie@northumberland.gov.uk