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									Suffolk Safeguarding
Children Board

Inter Agency Training and
Development Strategy

2007 – 2009
Aims of the Strategy

Suffolk SCB inter agency training and development strategy provides the background and
training objectives for all those working with children and their families.

The overarching aim is to achieve a reduction of harm and neglect to children and young people
and promote their welfare and raise awareness to how to identify children who may be at risk by
providing those working with children with the knowledge and skills to work effectively and in
partnership.




Contents:


1.     Introduction

2.     The Role of the Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board

3.     The Purpose of Training for Inter Agency Work

4.     Roles and responsibilities for Training

5.     Target Audiences

6.     Framework for Training

7.     Role of Individual Agencies

8.     Role of Employees

9.     Levels of Training

10.    Training Objectives

11.    Training Standards and Action Plan

12.    Conclusions

13.    References




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1.       Introduction

1.1      In order to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, young people and those
         working with children, and with adults who are parents or carers, they must have the
         knowledge and skills to carry out their own roles.

1.2      This includes:-

                Being able to recognize and raise concerns about the welfare of a child

                The ability to work effectively with others both within their own agency and across
                 organizational boundaries

1.3      The above is best achieved by a combination of single agency and multi agency
         training.

2        The Role of the Safeguarding Children Board

2.1      Effective high quality training on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is
         most likely to be achieved if there is:

                A member of the SCB with lead responsibility for training

                Agency representation on the training and development sub group

                Suitably skilled staff to take forward the training and development work of the SCB

2.2      The SCB in Collaboration with the Children’s Trust is strategically required to: -

2.3      Determine a workforce strategy that includes safeguarding training based on the needs
         identified by the SCB. The Trust is required to determine with the SCB how training
         should be commissioned and delivered within the local authority to all organisations
         working with children and young people. The SCB can deliver training directly or work
         with the Trust to determine who should be commissioned to provide training.

         The SCB must be confident that those organisations providing the training have the
         skills and knowledge to do so and are fully up to date with what is expected of them.

2.4      Ensuring training needs are identified and met within the context of local and national
         policy and practice developments.

2.5      Regular consideration must be given by the SCB to ensuring that recommendations
         from:-
         Inspections
         Audits
         Serious case reviews
         are reflected in SCB inputs to training.

2.6      Ensuring that training addresses current SCB priorities and strategies and that single
         and inter agency training responsibilities are negotiated and agreed upon.

2.7      The SCB, and the Training Sub-group acting on its behalf, is responsible for
         ascertaining local training needs, ensuring that appropriate training is provided, and
         taking a strategic overview of how inter-agency training should be provided.




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2.8      The SCB has a statutory duty to ensure that all training which is provided within the
         local authority area is delivered to a high standard and ensure robust quality assurance
         systems are in place to evaluate the effectiveness and that the standards of the training
         are being met.

3        The Purpose of Training for Inter Agency Work

3.1      The purpose of multi-agency training is to help develop and foster the following in order
         to achieve better outcomes for children and young people.

3.2      -       A shared understanding of the tasks, processes, principles, roles and
                 responsibilities outlined in national guidance and local arrangements for
                 safeguarding children and promoting their welfare

3.3          -   More effective and integrated services at both the strategic and individual case
                 level

3.4          -   Improved communications between professionals including               a   common
                 understanding of key terms, definitions and thresholds for action

3.5          -   Effective working relationships, including an ability to work in multi-disciplinary
                 groups or teams; and,

3.6          -   Sound decision-making based on information sharing, thorough assessment,
                 critical analysis and professional judgement.

4        Roles and Responsibilities for Training

4.1      Partners in each local area, through the children’s trust arrangements and in discussion
         with the SCB, should decide which bodies are best placed to:

4.2      -       Scope the requirement for single and multi-agency training on safeguarding and
                 promoting the welfare of children

4.3      -       Decide on priorities and allocate resources

4.4      -       Commission or carry out the training

4.5      -       Evaluate the training and take that into account in specifying requirements and in
                 commissioning/carrying out training.

4.6      -       Suffolk SCB will determine annually the amount of training which will be
                 commissioned and that, which will be provided directly on a single agency basis
                 and by the SCB. The SCB currently has two training posts for the provision of
                 multi agency training and some single agency training. The expectation is that the
                 larger organisations will provide their own single agency awareness training with
                 the SCB trainers providing multi agency training programmes. The SCB will also
                 provide specialist level 3 training and commission some courses where specialist
                 skills are identified which cannot be readily provided by staff within Suffolk.

         -       By working in partnership with SafeChild the SCB will provide awareness training
                 to the voluntary, independent and commercial sectors in Suffolk.

         -       The SCB will also provide access to on line awareness training to organisations
                 within the county to supplement face to face training.




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5        Target Audiences

5.1      Training and development for inter agency work is targeted at the following groups from
         voluntary, statutory and independent agencies:

         -    Those in regular contact with children and young people and with adults who are
              parents/carers. These will be people who are in a position to identify concerns
              about maltreatment, including those, which may arise from use of the Common
              Assessment Framework [CAF]. This includes housing, leisure and sport, youth
              workers, child minders, learning support staff;

         -    Those who work regularly with children and young people, and with adults who
              are carers, including practitioners contributing to assessments of children in need.
              This includes GP’s, hospital and community health staff, family centre workers,
              teachers, education welfare officers, social workers, mental health and learning
              disability staff, probation officers;

         -    Those with a particular responsibility for safeguarding children, such as
              designated health and education professionals, police, social workers and other
              professionals undertaking child protection [section 47] enquiries or working with
              complex cases, including fabricated and induced illness;

         -    Operational managers who supervise practitioners and volunteers in the above
              groups and who have responsibility for commissioning or delivering services;

         -    Those who have a strategic and managerial responsibility for commissioning
              and delivering services for children and families. This includes those in each of
              the agencies listed in section 11 of the Children Act 2004, any other members of
              SCB’s, school governors and trustees.

6        Framework for Training

6.1      Training on safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children can only be fully
         effective if it is embedded within a wider framework of commitment to inter agency
         working, underpinned by shared goals, planning processes and values. It is most likely
         to be effective if it is delivered within a framework that includes:

6.2      -    A clear mandate from senior managers [eg through the SCB], with endorsement
              and commitment from member agencies;

6.3      -    Adequate resources and capacity to deliver or commission training;

6.4      -    Policies, procedures and practice guidelines to inform and support these
              standards;

6.5      -    Opportunities to consolidate learning made available within agencies;

6.6      -    The identification and periodic review of local training needs using standards for
              practice followed by decisions about priorities;

6.7      -    A training strategy that makes clear the difference between single agency and
              multi agency training responsibilities and which partnerships or bodies are
              responsible for commissioning and delivery of training;

6.8      -    Structures and processes for organizing and coordinating delivery



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6.9      -    Systems for the delivery of inter agency training; and

6.10     -    Quality assurance processes [for example, as part of evaluation processes put in
              place by the SCB].

7        Role of Individual Agencies

7.1      Individual agencies are responsible for ensuring that their staff are competent and
         confident to carry out their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting children’s
         welfare.

7.2      There are six areas of expertise that everyone working with children, young people and
         families, including those who work as volunteers, should be able to demonstrate. These
         are:

7.3      -    Effective communication and engagement with children, young people and their
              families and carers

7.4      -    Child and young person development

7.5      -    Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of the child

7.6      -    Supporting transitions

7.7      -    Multi agency working

7.8      -    Sharing information

8        Role of Employers

8.1      Before attending multi agency training, employers should ensure their employees are
         aware of how to recognize and respond to safeguarding concerns, including signs of
         possible maltreatment. They should also understand and have the necessary
         knowledge, skills and values to carry out their own roles and responsibilities and be
         aware of safe practice within their work setting.

8.2      Employers also have a responsibility to identify adequate and reliable resources and
         support for multi agency training by:

8.3      -    Providing staff who have the relevant expertise for membership of the SCB
              training sub-group and contribute to training development;

8.4      -    Allocating the time needed to complete multi agency training tasks effectively;

8.5      -    Releasing staff to attend the appropriate multi agency training courses and
              ensuring that members of staff receive relevant in-house training, which enables
              them to maximize the learning derived from inter agency training. In addition, staff
              should have opportunities to consolidate learning from multi agency training; and

8.6      -    Contributing to the planning, resourcing, delivery and evaluation of training.




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9        Levels of Training

9.1      Training is offered at different levels. This is not progressive or incremental, but relates
         to the needs of or job and how staff work with children eg whether direct contact with
         children or indirect by contact with their families.

9.2      Induction

9.3      Human Resource departments within all agencies should ensure that all new members
         of staff must receive an SCB endorsed induction leaflet highlighting their responsibility
         to be alert to concerns regarding the safeguarding and promotion of welfare of all
         children and young people.

9.4      Human Resource departments should also ensure the distribution of the booklet issued
         by DoH entitled What to Do If You Are Worried a Child is Being Abused.

9.5      Level 1: Raising Awareness

9.6      -     Level 1 training must be undertaken by all staff whose work brings them into
               contact with children and young people whether this is directly or indirectly by
               contact with their families.

9.7      -     Completion of this course is the responsibility of each organization. However,
               Single agency training can be provided to those agencies/ organizations who
               cannot provide this through their own resources.

9.8      Level 2: Multi Agency

9.9      Level 2 training is multi agency training for those who work regularly with children and
         young people.

9.10     Level 1 training must be completed before attending Level 2 training as a foundation for
         Level 2.

9.11     Level 3: Specialist Seminars, Joint Investigation Training, Recruitment and
         Selection etc

9.12     Level 3 training is specialist training for specific target groups but it is expected that staff
         will have already undertaken Level 1 and Level 2 training, as knowledge of identification
         and referral of concern of abuse will be assumed.

9.13     Target groups will be identified as appropriate to the subject being covered.

9.16     Level 4

9.17     Training courses at this level are for specialist areas of work. They are likely to be
         provided or commissioned by the individual agency, as and when relevant.




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   11.       Training Objectives

                       Level                                          Objectives

   Induction:
   Explanatory leaflet to all new and existing      To facilitate ensuring that all staff
   staff through payslips and HR departments        understand:

   Distribution of DoH booklet What to Do if You         The concept of safeguarding children
   Are Worried That A Child is Being Abused
                                                         What to do if they are concerned about
                                                          a child

   Level 1
   In-house training to raise awareness to all           For participants to understand the
   who come into contact with children, young             context of safeguarding and promoting
   people or their carers, within their work or           the welfare of children and young
   voluntary capacity, to understand their roles          people within a statutory framework
   and responsibilities to safeguard children and         and the role of the SCB
   young people

                                                         To enable participants to acquire an
                                                          increased knowledge in the recognition
                                                          of child abuse

                                                         To provide participants with knowledge
                                                          of their individual roles and
                                                          responsibilities and clear
                                                          understanding of what is expected of
                                                          them within their agency when they are
                                                          concerned about a child or young
                                                          person’s welfare

                                                         Provide a forum for discussing best
                                                          practice when working with children
                                                          and young people




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         Level 2

         Generally multi agency training provided          Have a clear understanding of what to
         by the Suffolk SCB for those who work              do when they have concerns about a
         regularly with children and young people           child or young persons welfare
         and with adults who are carers, this would
         include practitioners contributing to
         assessments of children in need and               Understand how to work as part of a
         would be expected to contribute to the
                                                            multi agency or multi disciplinary team
         investigation and ongoing work of child
                                                            when following a process as set out in
         protection
                                                            guidance

                                                           Ensure clarity of roles and
                                                            responsibilities during assessment,
                                                            planning, intervention and reviewing
                                                            processes for children in need,
                                                            including those requiring safeguarding

                                                           Understanding of the statutory
                                                            requirements governing consent,
                                                            confidentiality and information
                                                            sharing, and how to apply these in
                                                            relation to a particular child or young
                                                            person about whom they have
                                                            concerns

         Level 3

         Specific courses for those with                    All objectives will be specialist as set
         responsibility for safeguarding children, or       for each individual course or seminar
         who are involved with child protection             and will have defined learning
         enquiries or complex cases and/or those            outcomes
         that manage staff with the above
         responsibilities




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                                 11. Inter Agency Training and Development Action Plan: 2007 – 2009


Standard 1                                                          Action                                  Measure             Timescale
                                                                                                                               For Revision
The SCB will ensure that arrangements to          -   Safeguarding training strategy           -   SCB Training strategy         April 2008
enable both single and inter agency training to       revised
safeguard children and young people in Suffolk                                                 -   Timely programme Flyers
are in place.

                                                  -   Individual assistance, support and       -   SCB Web site
                                                      materials provided to single
                                                      agencies/organizations                   -   Defined budget

                                                  -   Single agency training can be            -   Training the trainer
                                                      provided to those agencies/                  programme
                                                      organizations who cannot provide
                                                      this through their own resources         -   SCB Leaflet for Induction
                                                                                                   Training

                                                  -   Provide an inter agency training     -       Generic Level 1 training
                                                      programme resourced by the SCB               materials




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Standard 2                                                          Action                                Measure             Timescale
                                                                                                                             For Revision
Ensure that single and inter agency               -   Members of the SCB to collate their    -   Minutes of SMT and PAG      December 2007
safeguarding children and young people training       agency’s training needs to inform
is clearly linked to need, which should be            the planned training programme         -   Content of training
identified at national and local levels                                                          programmes

                                                  -   The Safeguarding Children Board        -   SCB Newsletter
                                                      Management Team [SMT] and and
                                                      Training Sub Committee to be           -   Course evaluations
                                                      informed by national and local
                                                      trends and practice development,
                                                      through literature, reviews,
                                                      legislation, guidelines and research



Standard 3                                                          Action                                Measure             Timescale
                                                                                                                             For Revision
Ensure specific inter agency safeguarding         -   Endorsement by the SCB of the          -   Membership of SMT             April 2008
children and young people training                    inter agency training strategy
complements single agency training and reflects                                              -   Membership of PAG
SCB strategies

                                                  -   Single and inter agency training is    -   Minutes of these meetings
                                                      negotiated and agreed through
                                                      SCB’s SMT and PAG




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Standard 4                                                            Action                                 Measure                Timescale
                                                                                                                                   For Revision
The SCB are accountable for coordinating inter      -   Ensure that training is a regular       -   Membership of SMT                April 2008
agency training                                         agenda item on SCB, SMT and
                                                        PAG                                     -   Membership of PAG

                                                                                                -   Minutes of these meetings



Standard 5                                                            Action                                 Measure                Timescale
                                                                                                                                   For Revision
Ensure that training needs are prioritized by the   -   Inter agency members of Training        -   Training needs analysis        Annual analysis
SCB Professional Advisory Group to take                 Sub Group will identifying the                                              completed by
account of national and local legislation,              priorities of training needs for all    -   Data of course participants,   December 2007
guidance, reviews and research                          partner agencies for Level 1 to 3           nominations and attendance
                                                        based on a needs analysis by
                                                        partners .
                                                    -   Training Sub Group members take
                                                        responsibility for communicating
                                                        inter agency training priorities to
                                                        their member agency/organization

                                                    -   Training Sub Group members to
                                                        ensure the nomination of
                                                        participants to inter agency training




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Standard 6                                                            Action                                Measure        Timescale
                                                                                                                          For Revision
Ensure that single and inter agency training        -   Planning, design and delivery of       -   Training Programme     By March 2008
maintains a child centred focus at all stages and       training to endorse that the welfare
promotes the principle of partnership with              of the child is paramount              -   Course handbooks
parents/carers. To be reviewed annually
                                                                                               -   Course materials
                                                    -   Course content, materials and
                                                        facilitation to be child centred
                                                                                               -   Course handouts
                                                    -   Course content, materials and
                                                        facilitation to promote partnership
                                                        practice



Standard 7                                                            Action                                Measure        Timescale
                                                                                                                          For Revision
Ensure that single and inter agency training is     -   Level 1 trainers to have relevant      -   Personal Development       Train the
delivered by trainers who are working to an             background knowledge and have a            Reviews                trainers course
agreed level of competence appropriate to their         relevant training qualification or                                      to be
role and responsibilities                               have attended the Training the         -   Personal portfolio        undertaken
                                                        Trainers course provided by the            development              twice a year
                                                        SCB                                                                  Spring and
                                                                                               -   Supervision                 Autum
                                                    -   All inter agency trainers to hold a
                                                        recognized training qualification




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                                                 -   Presentation and facilitation skills of
                                                     all trainers to be monitored and
                                                     reviewed annually by line manager

                                                 -   Resources to be provided to meet
                                                     trainers own learning and
                                                     development needs


Standard 8                                                          Action                                  Measure               Timescale
                                                                                                                                 For Revision
Ensure that resources and materials used in      -   Course handbooks and all                  -   Training programmes and       To be reviewed
training are clear, accurate and relevant            handouts to reflect the subject               course materials                annually by
                                                     matter, current legislation, policy                                          March 2008
                                                     and practice                              -   Course evaluations


                                                 -   Ensure that venues are accessible,
                                                     of suitable size, lighting, heating etc
                                                     and are conducive to learning


Standard 9                                                          Action                                  Measure               Timescale
                                                                                                                                 For Revision
Ensure that the outcomes of course evaluations   -   All training will be evaluated            -   Independent collation of      Annually March
are considered when single and inter agency                                                        training evaluations              2008
training is developed

                                                 -   Collated evaluations will be used by      -   Minutes of SCB Training Sub
                                                     the SCB Training and Development              Group
                                                     team to inform all training
                                                                                               -   Course revisions when
                                                                                                   required




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Standard 10                                                            Action                               Measure           Timescale
                                                                                                                             For Revision
The SCB to ensure a commitment that equal            -   Ensure that training events are       -   Training strategy           April 2008
opportunity issues are addressed at all stages of        planned across varying times and
the training cycle                                       venues to ensure that everyone can    -   Programme of training
                                                         access appropriate training               events


Standard 11                                                            Action                               Measure           Timescale
                                                                                                                             For Revision
Training should be sensitive to differing family     -   All training standards should take    -   Training programmes and     April 2008
patterns and lifestyles and child rearing patterns       this into consideration                   course materials
that vary across different racial and cultural
groups                                                                                         -   Course evaluations



Standard 12                                                            Action                               Measure           Timescale
                                                                                                                             For Revision
Ensure training methods are varied and take          -   More than one method of training      -   Course programme          To be evaluated
account of how adults learn and of the diversity         delivery to be used in all training                                   and to inform
of the participants                                      events                                -   Course materials           training needs
                                                                                                                                  analysis
                                                                                                                             December 2007
                                                     -   Training methods to be based on       -   Course evaluations
                                                         adult learning theories




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Standard 13                                                         Action                                 Measure         Timescale
                                                                                                                          For Revision
Ensure that training is delivered at a range of   -   Ensure that venues have                  -   Course programme         April 2007
venues and times to allow appropriate access to       wheelchair access
take account of any special needs of course                                                    -   Course materials
participants
                                                  -   Ensure that venues have a hearing        -   Course evaluations
                                                      loop

                                                  -   Course materials are provided in
                                                      suitable format for those who may
                                                      be visually impaired


Standard 14                                                         Action                                 Measure         Timescale
                                                                                                                          For Revision
Ensure that those involved in SCB training are    -   Training the Trainers course to be       -   Personal Development   December 2007
provided with access to professional                  reviwed                                      Reviews
development opportunities
                                                  -   Trainers to be ensured of places at
                                                      SCB Seminars


Standard 15                                       -          Action                                        Measure        Timescale for
                                                                                                                            Revision
Develop e learning opportunities which meet the   -   Purchase and provide access to       e       Course programme       Review impact
standards and quality required by the SCB             learning to all organisations in                                     of course and
                                                      Suffolk                                                                  take up
                                                                                                                          December 2007




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12       Conclusion:
         Inter Agency Training and Development Strategy 2007 - 2008

12.1     -    The Training Strategy will be reviewed annually

12.2     -    Evaluation of the training provided in 2007– 2008 will be audited in order to adjust
              the training programme content, as necessary.

12.3     -    Training needs of staff will be re-evaluated in light of audit and changed
              legislation.

12.4     Outcomes to be achieved for all those who attend SCB training are that they:-

12.5     -    Have a clear understanding of what to do when they have concerns about a
              child’s welfare

12.6     -    Know how to work as part of a multi agency or multi disciplinary team when
              following the processes set out in SCB guidance

12.7     -    Be clear of their roles and responsibilities during assessment, planning,
              intervention and reviewing processes for children in need, including those
              requiring safeguarding, and

12.8     -    Understand the statutory requirements governing consent, confidentiality and
              information sharing and how to apply these in relation to a particular child about
              whom they have concerns.




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13       References

13.1     -   Children Act 1989 [1989] HMSO London

13.2     -   Children Act 2004 [2004] HMSO London

13.3     -   Department of Health [2003]
             What to Do If You Are Worried a Child is Being Abused
             DoH publications, London

13.4     -   Working Together to Safeguard Children 2006

13.5     -   Common Core of Skills
             Knowledge for children’s Work Force
             www.everychildmatters.gov.uk

13.6     -   Standards for Inter Agency Working, Education and Training [Salford University]

13.7     -   Department of Health [2004] National Guidance Framework for Children, Young
             People, Maternity Services
             Standard [5] 15.1 Training and continuing staff development

13.8     -   The Victoria Climbié Inquiry [2003]
             The Stationery Office
             www.dh.gov.uk
             Recommendation 14 – Training and effective joint working

13.9     -   Safeguarding Children Board website
             www.suffolkscb.org




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                                    SAFEGUARDING AND PROMOTING THE WELFARE OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
                                        TRAINING NEEDS ANALYSIS TEMPLATE FOR …………………………….
                                    TO MEET NEW STATUTORY REQUIREMENTS OUTLINED IN THE CHILDREN ACT 2004
                  LEVEL                                         OBJECTIVES                         JOB TITLES    DEPARTMENT   NUMBERS

INDUCTION:                                    To help ensure all staff understand:                   All staff
Explanatory leaflet to all new and existing
staff through payslips and HR                      The concept of safeguarding children
departments                                        What to do if they are concerned about a
                                                    child
Distribution of DoH booklet What to Do if
You Are Worried That A Child is Being
Abused

LEVEL 1:                                      For participants to understand the context of
                                              safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
In-house training to raise awareness to       and young people within a statutory framework and
all who come into contact with children,      the role of the Safeguarding Children Board.
young people or their carers, within their
work or voluntary capacity, to understand     To enable participants to acquire an increased
their roles and responsibilities to           knowledge in the recognition of child abuse.
safeguard children and young people
                                              To provide participants with knowledge of their
Some staff in this category will then         individual roles and responsibilities and a clear
require level two, but not all.               understanding of what is expected of them within
                                              their Organisation/Group when they are concerned
eg:                                           about a child’s or young person’s welfare.

                                              Provide a forum for discussing best practice when
                                              working with children and young people




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LEVEL 2:                                      Have a clear understanding of what to do when they
                                              have concerns about a child’s welfare.
Generally multi-agency training provided
by the Suffolk Safeguarding Board for         Know how to work as part of a multi-agency or multi-
those who work regularly with children        disciplinary team when following a process as set out in
and young people and with adults who          guidance.
are carers, this would include
practitioners contributing to assessments     Be clear of their roles and responsibilities during
of children in need and would be              assessment, planning, intervention and reviewing
expected to contribute to the investigation   processes for children in need, including those requiring
and ongoing work of child protection.)        safeguarding.

Some but not all of these staff will need     Understand the statutory requirements governing
be eligible for level three training.         consent, confidentiality, and information sharing, and how
                                              to apply these in relation to a particular child or young
                                              person about whom they have concerns.


LEVEL 3:                                      Objectives will be specialist as set for each individual
                                              course or seminar.
Specific courses for those with
responsibility for safeguarding children,
or who are involved with child protection
enquiries or complex cases and/or those
that manage staff with the above
responsibilities

Some courses will be very role specific
and will be detailed for individual courses
and seminars.




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