All those working with children, young people and adults at risk must have the appropriate level of training according to their role.
To ensure that the learning is applicable for each staff group; Safeguarding training should be updated and contextualised to adopt the processes and support available within each agency. Therefore, employees and volunteers are advised to undertake the training that is provided by their partner agency, irrespective of whether they have received this from within another organisation.
New Safeguarding Children Training Group 2-3 (COVID Interim Measure)
Quality Assurance and Endorsement of Safeguarding Training
Partnership Partners' safeguarding training can be quality assured by our Professional Advisors, Tracy Murphy - firstname.lastname@example.org, and Sadie Cable - email@example.com, or contact us on 01473 265359 and we will advise you.
Adult Safeguarding Training
The 'Adult Safeguarding - An Introduction' training slides can be accessed below to support partner agency knowledge and practice.
Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Framework - Train the Trainer Events
The Suffolk Safeguarding Adults Framework is now published. To ensure that this is fully embedded within practice, we arranged for further Train-the-Trainer sessions to take place across Suffolk to train one member of each organisation who will then be responsible for training staff within that organisation.
All training materials from the sessions can be downloaded below:
Safeguarding Children Training
Additional Safeguarding Training
Members of the workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking Section 47 enquiries, including professionals from Health, Early Help, Education, Police and Children’s Social Care, those who work with complex cases under CAF and social work staff or those who undertake a DSL role or are the safeguarding lead in SSP and Local Authority partner agencies, are required to attend higher level training every three years called ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’.
This course is run by the Workforce Development team and can be accessed through:
What Safeguarding Training Do I Need?
If you are unsure of what safeguarding training you require, the information below may help you:
Frequency of Safeguarding Training
All staff new to post in Suffolk should undertake the safeguarding training relevant for their role. Please refer to the Competences Does Matter document above for a summary of role specific training. As a minimum all staff should undertake the ME Learning Online training (please see below).
All professionals working in safeguarding should refresh their safeguarding training every two to three years. Social Workers and Family Support Practitioners should discuss the need to refresh their safeguarding training with their manager at their PDR.
Joint Adults and Children Training
These joint 'Children and Adult Safeguarding - An Introduction' training slides can be used to support partner agency knowledge and practice.
ME Learning - Online Training
Whilst the Safeguarding Partnership advocates 'face-to-face' training, it recognises that this is not always possible. To support our partners, basic introduction level ME e-Learning Safeguarding Children and Safeguarding Adults courses are available and are designed to ensure staff can recognise potential signs of abuse or neglect and know what they should do. They take 2-3 hours to complete.
There are also several other courses available ranging from information about the Care Act, Neglect, Domestic Abuse, Mental Capacity and lots more. A full list can be found below.
Please note - this system is not intended to replace Level 3 and 4 'face-to-face' training for social workers, childminders or staff who attend child protection conferences; it is for Level 1 and 2 Introduction to Safeguarding only.
To access the ME Learning courses, please visit www.suffolkcpd.co.uk and register. The instructions below will help access the courses:
If you have any questions please contact the Suffolk County Council Workforce Development Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01473 260464
Early Years and Childcare Providers Safeguarding Training
Please see the information on our dedicated Early Years and Childcare page.
Schools' Safeguarding Training
Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (SSP) has tried not to be overly prescriptive about how often schools deliver training courses. It is important that all new members of staff receive at least 2 hours Introduction to Safeguarding training and have a good understanding of basic safeguarding. Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) Sept 2016 recommends that staff are updated ‘at least annually’.
Section 13 states - All staff members should receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training which is regularly updated. In addition, all staff members should receive safeguarding and child protection updates (for example, via email, e-bulletins and staff meetings), as required, but at least annually, to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.
SSP recommends that schools give regular (at least annually, in line with KCSIE) updates for staff on recent safeguarding issues and agendas. Once this has been delivered, staff training records are updated and evaluations kept as evidence. These would sit alongside the ‘basic’ training records to form a complete safeguarding training portfolio for each member of staff.
Schools Choice is Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership's endorsed provider of Safeguarding training and can be contacted on:
Telephone: 0300 123 1420
Model Safeguarding Policy
Suffolk Education and Learning colleagues have developed a Model Safeguarding Policy for Schools.