Blackburn with Darwen LSCB advocates multi-agency training and ongoing professional development as a fundamental element of a safe, effective and skilled workforce.
Everyone shares a responsibility for safeguarding, protecting and promoting the welfare of children, irrespective of individual roles. Nevertheless, in order that organisations and practitioners collaborate effectively, it is vital that all partners who work with children are aware of, and appreciate, the role that each of them play, especially in times of austerity.
Research¹ has shown that inter-agency training is highly effective in helping professionals understand their respective roles and responsibilities, the procedures of each agency involved in safeguarding children and in developing a shared understanding of assessment and decision-making practices.
Furthermore, the opportunity to learn together is greatly valued; participants report increased confidence in working with colleagues from other agencies and greater mutual respect.
¹ Carpenter et al (2009) The Organisation, Outcomes and Costs of Inter-Agency Training to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.
Children and Young People Competencies
The LSCB Children and Young People Competencies is a framework that provides employers and employees with a benchmark for the minimum standard of competence highlighted as good practice in Working Together. It can be used as a reference document to develop specific learning/development programmes for individuals or utilised in full as evidence of safeguarding competence by managers, leaders or supervisors as part of appraisal processes.
Please click below to access the LSCB CYP Competencies
Safer Working Practice Guidance for Adults who work with Children and Young People
The ‘Safer Working Practice Guidance for Adults who work with Children and Young People’ contains information for all staff and volunteers in an education setting. It sets out clearly the professional boundaries and behaviours expected of adults who work with children and young people. This document complements but does not replace or take priority over advice or codes of conduct produced by employers or national bodies.
Please click below to access the LSCB Safer Working Practice Guidance
2019/2020 Safeguarding Training Opportunities
This framework has been developed for all staff (paid and unpaid) from all statutory, voluntary and independent agencies across Blackburn and Darwen. The important issue is that people are appraised, and trained, based on their roles relating to safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk.
It is the aim of the Safeguarding Children Partnership (SCP) and Local Safeguarding Adult Board (LSAB) to commission and provide high quality training in a safe and reflective learning environment which ensures that the key outcomes for multi-agency work to safeguard, protect and promote the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk.
All the learning and development opportunities you find in this training programme focus on supporting those working at various levels of responsibility for safeguarding. The training is aimed to equip all staff with the knowledge and skills required to operate safely, competently and effectively in partnership with other agencies.
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September 2019 – March 2020
April – June 2020
Online Learning Training on Prevent
This online learning package 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. The course is around 45 minutes long, and addresses all forms of terrorism and non-violent extremism, including far right wing and Islamist extremism threatening the UK. The course has been developed by HM Government following consultation with a range of individuals and organisations. It has benefitted from the feedback of teachers, local authority officials, community-based groups, youth workers and many others. To access this online learning course, please click on the link below:
Prevent Duty: catalogue of training courses
This catalogue has been produced by the Home Office to highlight some of the training courses to help individuals covered by the requirements of the Prevent Duty, contained in Section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015. The courses within this catalogue aim to support frontline staff in increasing their understanding and awareness of radicalisation and how it can be prevented. To access this please click on the link below:
To access training on Prevent Referrals, please click on the link below:
Channel General Awareness Online Learning
This online learning course includes information on how Channel links to the government’s counter-terrorism strategy (CONTEST) through the Prevent strategy. It also provides guidance on how to identify people who may be vulnerable to radicalisation and how to refer them into the Channel programme.
There are case studies to help you understand the process of identifying and referring vulnerable individuals, in addition to providing them with support, and provides you with a fundamental understanding of Channel. It takes approximately 25 minutes to complete and you need to click on all the boxes/numbers to complete fully and you can print off a certificate when finished.
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Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Training
Blackburn with Darwen Public Health Team have made an online training course on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) available to complete to partners. Please see below details on what the course entails and how to access this.
Is this course for me?
This course is relevant to all staff working in public services and is currently available to Blackburn with Darwen Council staff as well as Primary School and Nursery staff through the Virtual Learning Environments. We hope to roll it out to community members and other partners very soon.
This course will be of interest to people who have attended a screening of the film Resilience but you do not need any previous knowledge of ACEs to undertake this learning.
What will I learn?
The course will;
• Introduce the concept of ACE’s and build awareness of ACE science
• Promote the benefits and importance of being ACE aware and relevance to your own life or role
• Empower you to start to take action to prevent and address ACEs
• Provide an introduction to practical tools and techniques for preventing and addressing ACEs
• Signpost to sources of further information, resources and support
The course can be accessed here: https://www.blackburn.gov.uk/Pages/aces.aspx
Keep Them Safe – CSE Training
Keep them safe is a free online learning tool from Pace and Virtual College which has been accessed by more than 29,000 parents and professionals (as of March 2016).
Although the course is aimed at parents, safeguarding professionals will also find this 20-30 minute e-learning training course a valuable source of information to:
- find out more about child sexual exploitation
- learn the signs and indicators of when a child might be being exploited
- understand the impact child sexual exploitation can have on families
- know what to do if you suspect a child might be at risk of this abuse.
To find out more and sign up, please visit the link: http://paceuk.info/training/keep-them-safe/
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
The following provides a link to a free online learning course on FGM, provided by The Home Office
Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Training and Resource
Please find below a link to the Modern Slavery Awareness and Victim Identification Guidance, produced by the Home Office. This covers questions including ‘what is modern slavery’, ‘the law’ and ‘types of modern slavery’. The guidance also includes some case studies. To view the document, please click on the link below:
Please also find below a link to the Government’s Modern Slavery training resource page:
Child Sexual Exploitation
Please find below a link to an approved Department of Health online learning resource: Combating Child Sexual Exploitation for Health Professionals.
It contains key learning and messages in relation to CSE and for non-health professionals can be utilised until the Boards Sexual Abuse and CSE online learning course is available
Safeguarding Children Workbook
A Safeguarding Children Workbook has been created to enable those persons who are not having one to one contact with children to complete their Level 1 Training. Please click below to access the course.
We would ask you to note that this workbook does not provide you with a certificate but the book once printed off, completed and signed off by a line manager acts as proof of completing the course. This course is a written alternative to completing the online learning course.
Please click below to download the workbook.
Please click below to book onto a course.
How to book Blackburn with Darwen courses
For 2019/20 booking for online and face to face training is via one link. If you already have an account with MeLearning continue to use your current account and password details. If not you will be required to self register and set up an account to access all online and face to face courses.
Safeguarding Training Administrator
E-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org
We regret that we cannot accept bookings by telephone.
For general enquiries please call 01254 588839
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