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Multi-agency training complements single agency and professional training by focusing on effectively working together to meet the needs of adults, children and families. Attending multi agency training supports inter-agency working by allowing professionals to learn from each other.

The multi-agency training programme is overseen by the SVPP Practice Development Group and is designed to incorporate learning from case reviews and feedback from partner agencies.

Updating your training

With the exception of Designated Safeguarding Leads and Deputies who are required to update every 2 years, the SVPP recommends that safeguarding training is updated at least every three years.

To update your training, you can undertake any learning opportunities at the level appropriate to your role and responsibilities, through which to extend your skills and knowledge.  If you are unsure about the most suitable training option it is advisable to discuss with your line manager or safeguarding lead to identify any training needs.  All staff are encouraged to identify which training is most relevant to their safeguarding duties and select a course that has not already been undertaken

Guidance for education staff on training requirements has been produced by the Wiltshire Schools Effectiveness team.  

Please read through all (+) drop down menus below before applying for training. To book onto a course please go to the booking training page.

Working Together: A Shared Responsibility +

Course Description

This training is designed to increase participant’s understanding of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and other key legislation including inter-agency procedures and local guidance. The training is focused upon improving collaborative, multi-agency thinking and working practices. 

Learning Objectives

  • Identify actions needed to respond to concerns for the protection of children using the safeguarding procedures and the Wiltshire Multi-Agency Thresholds Guidance.
  • Identify the key sources of legislation, government and local guidance that directly relate to the safeguarding of children and promoting of their welfare.
  • State and understand agency roles and responsibilities in the safeguarding of children.
  • Understand processes for sharing information.
  • Have an increased understanding of what working together means and how agencies coordinating effectively can best achieve this.
  • Up to date understanding of risk areas in the safeguarding arena i.e. Domestic Abuse, Neglect and Peer on Peer abuse and CSE.

Target Audience

This course is for all staff and volunteers who have frequent / infrequent contact with children / young people and / or families / carers. 

Cost

This course costs £100 to attend for non contributing agencies. These are agencies that do not contribute to the SVPP and include Independent Schools, Academies, childminders, private nurseries etc.

Dates 

10th March 2022

17th May 2022

14th July 2022

More dates for Sep - Dec tbc


Child Protection for Designated Safeguarding Leads in Education +

This training is provided by Wiltshire Council and can be found on Wiltshire Right Choice Right Choice (wiltshire.gov.uk)


Conferences and Core Groups +

Course Description

This course is for those professionals who may have to attend a Child Protection Conference, Core Group or who want to feel more confident about the conference processes. This course includes ways of working with children and families in child protection conferences and core groups. The training will equip practitioners to understand the context and their responsibilities in relation to child protection conferences and core groups. It is recommended that this course is undertaken by all safeguarding leads including DSLs. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand the threshold for significant harm and the categories of harm and be able to recognise indicators of abuse and risk factors.
  • Understand the process of a child protection conference in order to further develop confidence in fully participating in them.
  • Be able to work alongside other professionals to develop outcome focused and SMART child protection plans.
  • Be able to further develop plans within the subsequent core groups. 

Target Audience

This training is for all staff working with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing planning intervening and evaluating the needs of a child or young person and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding/child protection concerns. 

Pre-requisite Course

All participants must have completed either the Child Protection for DSLs in Education course or the Specialist Advanced Practitioner Training course before undertaking this training. 

Cost

This course costs £100 to attend for non contributing agencies. These are agencies that do not contribute to the SVPP and include Independent Schools, Academies, childminders, private nurseries etc.

Dates

15th February 2022

7th June 2022

More dates for Sep - Dec tbc 


Child Criminal Exploitation +

Course Description

The course will support participants to understand the issues associated with the criminal exploitation of children and explore their roles and responsibilities to safeguard children. It has been designed to provide participants with an awareness and understanding of contexts, meanings and indicators of criminal exploitation to effectively contribute to safeguarding children. The course will address criminal and sexual exploitation of children, gang activity and County Lines. 

Learning Objectives

  • Explore the definition of criminal exploitation, what is known about it and the links to other child safeguarding issues such as CSE, youth violence and trafficking.
  • Identify the push and pull factors that bring children into criminal exploitation.
  • Recognise the grooming relationships associated with the exploitation of children.
  • Explore vulnerabilities and risk factors associated to children that may be at risk of exploitation.
  • Identify processes for recognising and responding to children who are at risk of or who have been exploited in Wiltshire. 

Target Audience

This course is aimed at all staff working in settings who may be in contact with children, young people and / or parents / carers who may become aware of possible abuse or neglect. Aimed at individuals and teams with a direct role in working with young people. 

Pre-requisite Course

All participants should have completed at least 'foundation level' training such as 'Working Together a Shared Responsibility' or equivalent level of learning in safeguarding children. 

Cost

This course costs £75 to attend for non contributing agencies. These are agencies that do not contribute to the SVPP and include Independent Schools, Academies, childminders, private nurseries etc.

Dates

TBC


Contextual Safeguarding +

Course Description

This half day course is intended to provide more detail and information about contextual safeguarding and this approach to how we protect children at risk from extra familial harm. 

Learning Objectives

The session builds on the awareness raising provided in the briefings and will cover:

  • Understand the challenges of the existing CP system for young people at risk of extra-familial harm.
  • Identify the key concepts relating to the need for contextual safeguarding (adolescence, extra-familial risk, vulnerability, capacity to safeguard, risk, contexts).
  • Consider the need for a different approach to assessment and intervention.
  • Develop the skills to respond contextually to extra-familial harm.
  • Understand the four domains of contextual safeguarding and how this approach can be embedded into practice in your service area. 

Target Audience

The course is aimed at any practitioner who wants to gain a more detailed knowledge and understanding of contextual safeguarding and is particularly appropriate for safeguarding leads and Contextual Safeguarding Champions. 

Pre-requisite Course

Though attendance at a safeguarding briefing would be helpful, it is not a mandatory pre-requisite to attend this course. 

Cost

This course is free to attend.

Dates

18th February 2022

17th March 2022

28th April 2022

19th May 2022

23rd June 2022

More dates for Sep - Dec tbc 


DASH Risk Assessment and MARAC Training +

Course Description 

The DASH (Domestic Abuse Stalking and Harassment) Risk Identification Checklist is the tool universally used across police and non police agencies when identifying and assessing the level of risk of victims of domestic abuse.  This session will look at the Checklist in detail, how to assess the level of risk and how to make onward referrals to appropriate support including the MARAC.  It will also look at the MARAC process in Wiltshire.

Target Audience 

This is a training session appropriate for frontline professionals whose role is to assess risk and make the onward referrals.

Cost

This course is free to attend.

Dates

24th February 2022

18th May 2022

7th July 2022

14th November 2022 


Domestic Abuse +

Course Description

This course outlines the impact that domestic violence and abuse has on victims and children, and assists learners to understand how to respond appropriately to their concerns. 

Learning Objectives

  • Recognise how children are affected by domestic abuse, the impact on children and how children respond.
  • Explore types of domestic abuse, statistics, who is at risk from domestic abuse and the impact on children.
  • Identify significant harm and processes for protecting children at risk.
  • Increased understanding of what support is available for children, young people and their families in Wiltshire including Operation Encompass.
  • Understand the role of the MARAC process in protecting children.
  • To enhance the skills of participants in the identification and assessment when working with children and young people who are living with domestic abuse. 

Target Audience

Individuals in organisations and voluntary groups who work with adults and children or young people, to raise awareness of safeguarding issues surrounding domestic abuse. 

Cost

This course is free to attend.

Dates

3rd March 2022

26th May 2022

27th June 2022

More dates for Sep - Dec tbc 


Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) Licensed Practitioner Training +

Course Description

The Graded Care Profile 2 tool is an evidenced based assessment tool to support the identification and assessment of neglect. This training is for all practitioners wishing to use the tool in their work with children and families. 

Learning Objectives

  • Become a licenced user of GCP2.
  • Consolidate knowledge in relation to neglect.
  • Know how the GCP2 fits with local practice. 

Target Audience

This course is aimed at all staff working in settings who may be in contact with children, young people and/or parents/carers who may become aware of possible abuse or neglect. 

Pre-requisite Course

All participants should have completed at least 'foundation level' training such as 'Working Together a Shared Responsibility' or equivalent level of learning in safeguarding children. 

Cost

This course is free to attend.

Dates

We don’t currently have any dates for this course but we do have a waiting list for it on Virtual College. Once we have enough people on the list, a new date will be booked in and those on the waiting list will be contacted. You can add yourself to the waiting list via the “Events” tile on your Virtual College account in the same way you would apply for a course place.


Neglect +

Course Description

There have been several high-profile cases both locally and nationally where children and young people have been subjected to neglect. This course is designed to raise awareness of the impact of neglect and best practice in safeguarding children. This course includes references Neglect Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) tool that has been adopted in for use in Wiltshire from 2019. For training on GCP2 please see additional training. 

Learning Objectives

  • An understanding of what neglect looks like in a family and the need to identify it at the earliest opportunity.
  • To consider the impact of neglect in the short and long-term.
  • Develop an overview of current research and context in relation to child neglect
  • Develop skills in the assessment of child neglect.
  • To enhance the skills of participants in the identification and assessment when working with children and young people who are neglected. 

Target Audience

This training is for front line staff working directly with children and families. 

Pre-requisite Course

All participants should have completed at least 'foundation level' training such as 'Working Together a Shared Responsibility' or equivalent level of learning in safeguarding children. 

Cost

This course costs £100 to attend for non contributing agencies. These are agencies that do not contribute to the SVPP and include Independent Schools, Academies, childminders, private nurseries etc.

Dates

16th March 2022

5th May 2022

5th July 2022

More dates for Sep - Dec tbc


Radicalisation and Extremism +

Course Description

This course is an introduction to the process of radicalisation and how to respond when concerns arise. It has been designed to provide participants with awareness and understanding of contexts, meanings, indicators and risk factors to effectively contribute to safeguarding children in relation to radicalisation.  This is not a Workshop to Raise the Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) Training. 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand what extremism and radicalisation are and why it is important to discuss and address in relation to safeguarding children.
  • Know the main elements of the Prevent strand of the government’s CONTEST strategy.
  • Better understand what makes people vulnerable to radicalisation and how children become involved in and react to exploitative situations.
  • Explore the types of intervention that can be considered by professionals when working with young people and their families.
  • Understand practitioner responsibilities and recognise indicators of radicalisation. 

Target Audience

This course is aimed at all staff working in settings who may be in contact with children, young people and/or parents/carers who may become aware of possible abuse or neglect. Aimed at individuals and teams with a direct role in working with young people (individually or in a group setting). 

Cost

This course costs £75 to attend for non contributing agencies. These are agencies that do not contribute to the SVPP and include Independent Schools, Academies, childminders, private nurseries etc

Dates

5th April 2022

13th July 2022

11th October 2022


Safer Recruitment +

Course Description

This course aims to support managers in understanding their roles and responsibilities in the recruitment process. It will help managers fulfil their responsibilities in the recruitment of staff to roles working with children. 

(Please note this is NOT a comprehensive workshop on staff recruitment and selection). 

Learning Objectives

  • Explain offender behaviour and risks posed by offenders to children and young people.
  • Define how safer recruitment fits with the wider context of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children.
  • Identify the key features of staff recruitment that helps to deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people.
  • Compare policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting.
  • Demonstrate and help participants begin to review their own and their organisation's policies and practices with a view of making them safer. 

Target Audience

This training is aimed at members of interview panels who recruit to roles working with children. The training is particularly relevant for staff working in schools, colleges and early years’ settings. 

Cost

This course costs £100 to attend for all delegates.

Dates

25th April 2022

17th June 2022

More dates for Sep - Dec tbc 


Sexualised Behaviour +

Course Description

This course is designed to improve the confidence of staff and managers working with children and young people who display sexualised behaviour. This will enable them to make effective decisions to safeguard children and to promote a pro-active multi-disciplinary approach to working with children and their families and carers. 

Learning Objectives

  • To raise awareness of the continuum of sexualised behaviours displayed by children and young people.
  • To enable delegates to respond appropriately to sexualised behaviour and within the existing safeguarding thresholds guidance. This will include responding to the child displaying the behaviour, the parents, other children, and those professionals managing the behaviour.
  • To understand the continuum of sexual behaviours that children and young people display from age appropriate developmental behaviours through to those that cause concern.
  • For professionals to understand how sexual behaviours can develop or be learnt.
  • Recognise the impact of inappropriate sexualised behaviour on children, young people and their families.
  • Understand how a multi-agency approach can help to manage these behaviours. 

Target Audience

All staff and managers working with Wiltshire’s children and young people and staff working with adults who are parents or carers. This course may be particularly relevant to those working in schools and early years’ settings.

Pre-requisite Course

All participants should have completed at least 'foundation level' training such as 'Working Together a Shared Responsibility' or equivalent level of learning in safeguarding children. 

Cost

This course costs £100 to attend for non contributing agencies. These are agencies that do not contribute to the SVPP and include Independent Schools, Academies, childminders, private nurseries etc.

Dates

28th April 2022

7th July 2022

More dates for Sep - Dec tbc


Safer Recruitment Refresher +

Course Description

To update knowledge from previous safer recruitment training. The training will help managers fulfil their responsibilities in the recruitment of staff to roles working with children. 

Learning Objectives

  • Update knowledge from previous safer recruitment training.
  • Summarise what’s new in safer recruitment.
  • To identify the changes to the Disclosure Barring Service (DBS).
  • Maintain a culture of vigilance in your own organisation.
  • Practice updating a safer recruitment action plan and individual action plan. 

Target Audience

This training is aimed at members of interview panels who recruit to roles working with children. The training is particularly relevant for staff working in schools, colleges and early years settings. This course is for delegates who have certification to confirm that they have successfully completed Safer Recruitment Course (1 day course) within the last three years. Those delegates whose certification has lapsed more than three years must repeat the full day course.

Pre-requisite Course

All participants must have completed the Safer Recruitment full day course within the last three years. 

Cost

This course is free to attend as the cost for this course is included within the charge for the Safer Recruitment course.

Dates

12th May 2022

11th July 2022

More dates for Sep - Dec tbc 


Specialist Advanced Practitioner Training +

Course Description

This is designed to create lead safeguarding practitioners who are better informed, more confident in their practice, in their ability to challenge and clearer about what their roles and responsibilities are. This course is evidence-based and considers the latest research in the field.

This course replaces the Advanced Child Protection Course for non-education safeguarding leads. 

Learning Objectives

  • Role and responsibilities and how to deal with the challenges of working as a safeguarding lead.
  • Examining ‘Professional Curiosity’ and skills for critical thinking and assessment.
  • Exploring common themes from Serious Case Reviews such as disguised compliance, working with difficult parents and escalating concerns.
  • Thresholds of intervention and providing the correct response to identified needs
  • Emerging safeguarding themes such as child exploitation and contextual safeguarding. 

Target Audience

Safeguarding leads and deputy safeguarding leads working in housing, health, charities, sports or leisure sectors any other area that involves working with children or adults. This course isn't for anyone working in schools, academies, colleges and early years settings. 

Pre-requisite Course

All participants should have completed at least 'foundation level' training such as 'Working Together a Shared Responsibility' or equivalent level of learning in safeguarding children. 

Cost

This course costs £100 to attend for non contributing agencies. These are agencies that do not contribute to the SVPP and include Independent Schools, Academies, childminders, private nurseries etc

Dates

22nd March 2022

24th May 2022

19th July 2022

More dates for Sep - Dec tbc