Safeguarding training 2024

We are now taking bookings for training courses in 2024.

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 is seen as a minimum requirement for all people working within settings which work with or have 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:

  • 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 14 May 2024, 09:15 - 14:45 
  • Wednesday 10 July 2024, 09:15 - 14:45

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:

  • Be able 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: 

  • Tuesday 9 July 2024, 9:00 - 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
  • Improved knowledge of the legislation, guidance and local procedures that exist to safeguard children
  • An understanding of individual roles and responsibilities within multi-agency working and the associated skills around this
  • 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


Training for Trainers

A multi-agency training day to enable organisations to deliver the LSCP Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People session in-house.

Participants will be trained to deliver the LSCP Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People training course and will also be given a copy of the resources for use in-house.

This course is aimed at Private organisations and Third Sector / not-for-profit agencies.

Participants must have completed the Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People either through their own agencies or the LSCP and have a good understanding of safeguarding and their organisations policies and procedures before they can attend this training.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course participants should be able to:

  • Understand the importance of safeguarding and the need for Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People training
  • Understand how adults learn and the different learning styles
  • Learn techniques of how to handle difficult training situations
  • Deliver the LSCP Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People course in-house
  • Understand the process of support from the LSCP to in-house trainers.

Dates available:

  • Wednesday 16 July 2024, time to be confirmed

Delivery method

This session will be delivered in a classroom 09:30 - 16:30 and delegates will need to attend the full session in order to complete the training. Failure to attend the full day may result in a non-attendance charge and the trainers reserve the right not to issue a certificate or the ongoing training materials.

The venue will be confirmed via email with the booking confirmation.

For further information and to book your place see: Training for Trainers


The following briefings are also available:

Prevent Awareness

The Prevent Duty was introduced as part of the Counter Terrorism and Security Act 2015. It came into force on 1 July 2015 and states that local authorities and other institutions must have "due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism". Amongst many other requirements, this means that we must be equipped to be able to identify and support any individual who might be vulnerable to radicalisation. This training session on Prevent Awareness offers an introduction to the Prevent duty and explains how it aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

This one-hour briefing will be delivered by practitioners from the Prevent Team.

Participants must have completed Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People (or another introductory level safeguarding course relevant to their role) before they can access this training. Please check Which training is right for me? for more guidance

Date available:

  • Thursday 2nd May, 10:00 - 11:00

For further information and to book your place see Prevent Awareness


Managing Allegations Against Professionals Who Work With Children

This briefing will provide an overview of managing allegations against professionals who work with children. The session, delivered by the Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs) will provide a guide to the referral criteria where there are concerns about professionals. They will explain the role of the LADO and the process undertaken following a referral. The session will also identify the responsibilities of agencies in identifying and responding to these concerns and allegations.

The session aims to develop knowledge and confidence in those who may need to deal with allegations about staff that they employ or manage in their organisations. This briefing is therefore particularly relevant to managers, senior leaders and those in a safeguarding lead role. 
This one-hour briefing will be delivered by the Local Authority Designated Officers (LADOs).

Participants must have completed Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People (or their in-house equivalent) before they can access this training. Please check Which training is right for me? for more guidance

Date available:

  • Wednesday 19 June 2024, 10:00 - 11:30

For further information and to book your place see Managing Allegations Against Professionals Who Work With Children


Preparing for Engaging in Child Protection Conferences (ICPC)

This session is specifically designed for practitioners who are required to attend Child Protection Conferences in Leeds.  It is aimed towards all agency representatives who are new to the process, those who don’t attend regularly or last attended some time ago and anyone who has attended conferences in other Local Authorities but is new to Leeds.  The aim of the session is to increase practitioners’ confidence and understanding of Child Protection Conferences using the Strengthening Families Framework.

It will help practitioners to understand the purpose of a conference, how they function within Leeds, provide an overview of the Strengthening Families Framework model, and clarify individual’s role within the conference. It will also help to build confidence and knowledge of what to expect when attending a conference in Leeds.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the session, participants will have an awareness of:

  • Understanding of the purpose of a Child Protection Conferences (CPC) and when one takes place
  • Understanding of the Strengthening Families Framework, and the operational model
  • Understanding of your roles and responsibilities within an CPCs
  • Understanding of the potential outcomes of an CPCs, including a child protection plan, and when plans may be discontinued
  • Increased knowledge and confidence to support effective participation within CPCs

This two-hour briefing will be delivered by the Child Protection Conference Chairs from the Integrated Safeguarding Unit, Leeds City Council.

Date available:

  • Thursday 20 June 2024, 9:30 - 11:30

For further information and to book your place see Preparing for Engaging in Child Protection Conferences


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


Introduction to County Lines

This session covers what county lines is, who is vulnerable (children and adults), key signs of county lines exploitation, what support is available and sharing concerns.

Delivered by West Yorkshire Police.

For further information and to book your place see: Introduction to County Lines


Fabricated and Induced Illness (FII)

This session will cover what Fabricated and Induced Illness (FII) is, what is meant by the terminology Perplexing Presentation, potential signs and symptoms of FII and what to do if you have concerns. Two fictitious case studies will also be used to illustrate how FII or Perplexing Presentation may present and how to respond.

Delivered by:

Dr Jonathon Darling, Paediatrician and Designated Doctor, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

Dr Ruth Skelton, Paediatrician and Designated Doctor, Bradford Teaching Hospitals Trust

Judith Easton, Deputy Designated Nurse, Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust

For further information and to book your place see: Fabricated and Induced Illness


Basic Introduction to Harmful Sexual Behaviour Displayed by Children

This session will cover what Harmful Sexual Behaviour is, the differences between, healthy, problematic and harmful behaviours and what to do if you’re concerned about a child.

Delivered by Nathalie Fontenay - Co-ordinator Sexually Harmful Behaviour, Leeds City Council.

For further information and to book your place see: Basic Introduction to Harmful Sexual Behaviour


General Awareness of Modern Slavery

This session covers the Modern Slavery Act, types of modern slavery, vulnerabilities and control methods used by traffickers as well as a brief overview of the National Referral Mechanism which offers support to any potential victim identified.

Delivered by Amy Morris, West Yorkshire Police, Modern Slavery Training and Partnerships Officer and Gerry Shevlin Programme Manager – Safeguarding & Domestic Violence Team, Safer Leeds.

For further information and to book your place see: General Awareness of Modern Slavery


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