March Newsletter

Child Exploitation Awareness Day

Led by the National Working Group, National Child Exploitation Awareness Day aims to highlight the issues surrounding Child Exploitation (CE); encouraging everyone to think, spot and speak out against abuse and adopt a zero-tolerance to adults developing inappropriate relationships with children or children exploiting and abusing their peers.

See the NWG website for information on how you can support the day.


Safeguarding Week date for your diary

This year Safeguarding Week takes place week commencing 24 June 2024 and once again it’s West Yorkshire wide.  

This is a fantastic opportunity for you to celebrate and share good practice, and raise awareness of the services you provide to protect and support families and promote this across the city.

This year we have teamed up with regional Safeguarding Boards and Partnerships to provide a programme of FREE events available to anyone in West Yorkshire. Further details and booking information will be published in future newsletters and on our website.

For now, save the date and start thinking how your organisation can take part.


Safer Sleep Week 

Safer Sleep Week is The Lullaby Trust’s national awareness campaign targeting anyone looking after a young baby. It aims to raise awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and the simple advice that reduces the risk of it occurring.

The theme for this year’s Safer Sleep Week campaign is the safest place. Babies’ airways are vulnerable, particularly in the first few months of life, so it is important that parents and carers are aware of this and the actions they can take to protect them. The simplest way to do this is by sleeping a baby on their back on a firm, flat surface with no padded or cushioned areas. This will help to keep their airways open and reduce the risk of suffocation and SIDS. A cot, Moses basket, bassinet, carry cot, or crib all fulfil these criteria. 

This year’s campaign will show parents and carers the simplest way to create a safe sleep space for their baby that will help to protect their vulnerable airway and reduce the risk of SIDS and accidents. 

Safer Sleep Week aims to reach as many people as possible. To find out more and see how you can get involved see the Lullaby Trust’s website and download their information pack. (pdf document).

LSCP Safeguarding Training

Places are available on the following courses:

Introduction to Safeguarding

Online introductory training for people who are in regular contact with children and young people either directly, through work with their families / carers or through the setting in which they work. See Which training is right for me? for further guidance.

This course is seen as a minimum requirement for anyone who works with, or has regular contact with children and young people.

It is recommended that people undertake Safeguarding Children & Young People Refresher Training every 3 years following completion of this training.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants will have:

  • An awareness of the signs and indicators that a child is experiencing abuse, neglect or exploitation
  • An awareness of the impact abuse can have on a child's development 
  • An understanding of the importance of being professionally curious and responding to concerns about a child
  • The skills to recognise and respond to safeguarding concerns in an appropriate way
  • An understanding of the importance of working alongside others, including family members and other professionals to respond to safeguarding concerns
  • A basic understanding of local and national guidelines, policy and procedure relating to safeguarding children.

Dates available:

  • Tuesday 19 March, 09:15-14:45 2024

For further information and to book your place see: Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People


Introduction to Child Exploitation

This online multi-agency course is for anyone working with children or young people who may be at risk of child exploitation. This course provides an overview of child exploitation in its various forms including county lines and sexual exploitation. The course helps practitioners to understand how to identify when a child or young person may be at risk of exploitation. It also looks at how practitioners can respond to identified or suspected child exploitation in order to safeguard the child from harm.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants should:

  • have the ability to identify the warning signs that a child might be risk of, or experiencing exploitation
  • have an understanding of the complexities of working with children at risk of, or experiencing exploitation
  • be familiar with how to respond appropriately to safeguard a child at risk of, or experiencing exploitation
  • know how best to share intelligence and information
  • be able to apply learning to practice.

Dates available: 

  • Wednesday 20 March 2024, 09:15-14:45

For further information and to book your place see: Introduction to Child Exploitation


Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People

This online multi-agency course is for any member of staff who is considered to be a lead professional for safeguarding or may be involved in multi-agency approaches to safeguarding children and young people in their organisation. This may include undertaking s47 (child abuse) enquiries, working with complex cases, or those who would regularly attend Initial Child Protection Conferences.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course participants will:

  • Have greater awareness of their own role and that of others in safeguarding children and young people and the prevention of abuse
  • Develop skills in undertaking effective assessments, along with understanding their own individual responsibilities for assessing risk
  • Have improved knowledge of the legislation, guidance and local procedures that exist to safeguard children
  • Have an understanding of individual roles and responsibilities within multi-agency working and the associated skills around this
  • Have a better understanding of and development of skills to increase effective professional practice when safeguarding children.

Dates available:

  • Bookings for part 1 are now available

For further information and to book your place see Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People


The following briefings are also available:

Safeguarding Children & Young People Refresher Training

Practitioners should regularly update their safeguarding training. This will ensure that their knowledge, skills and practice is current and reflects changes to legislation and practice both nationally and locally within safeguarding and child protection. It is recommended that training is updated on a three-year cycle, however practitioners should check with their agency as this may differ for some.

This course provides an update of safeguarding practice, legislation and messages over the last three years. It considers these from both local and national perspectives and covers information such as definitions, raising concerns with Children’s Social Work Services, legislation and key messages from from Child Safeguarding Practice Reviews.

Delivery method

This course is accessed by watching three YouTube videos which can be requested by completing the form below. Once all three videos have been watched you will need to complete a Knowledge Check and return to us within 3 months of registration along with an Evaluation in order to receive your certificate.

For further information and to book your place see Safeguarding Children & Young People Refresher Training

Dates for your diary

2 April - World Autism Awareness Day

13-19 May Mental Health Awareness Week

25 May International Missing Children’s Day

24 – 28 June Safeguarding Week 2024

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