The Wirral Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) offer a programme of safeguarding training.
All of our training is multi-agency and is currently offered free of charge to any member of the children’s workforce. Attendance at safeguarding training will help ensure all professionals are competent and confident to deliver effective services to safeguard children and young people. Multi-agency training helps to improve your knowledge of safeguarding issues, including child protection processes. It also aims to improve communication and promote better decision-making.
“Research 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. Further the opportunity to learn together is highly valued; participants report increased confidence in working with colleagues from other agencies and greater mutual respect”.
(Carpenter et al 2009)
Before applying for training professionals should discuss the relevance of the courses to their role with their line manager. To help professionals and agencies to decide what might be appropriate courses to attend the safeguarding board has developed a Multi-Agency Training Competency Framework which should be referred to by a professionals and their line manager to judge whether the course is appropriate for them prior to course applications being made. The framework and details can be found here: https://www.wirralsafeguarding.co.uk/training-competency-evaluation/
The WSCB offers over 20 different courses throughout the year including Working Together, Neglect, Domestic Abuse, Child Sexual Exploitation, Substance Misuse and Managing Allegations. All of the courses including times, dates and venues are listed on the website and can be accessed here: https://www.wirralsafeguarding.co.uk/courses/
All of the multi-agency training provided by the WSCB is offered at no cost. However, professionals will be charged for non-attendance (see below).
Registration and Application
To register for the WSCB please follow the instructions on the course booking page. The following guide also explains how to register:
For schools and colleges, use the following guidance:
Application for the WSCB training is made directly from the website. Before applying you must have discussed your application and gained approval from your line manager. To apply complete the online form, and you will receive an automated e-mail confirming you have been allocated a place.
You must cancel any bookings as soon as possible (and at least 3 days before the course) if you cannot attend. Applicants ‘home’ agency will be charged for non- attendance at multi-agency safeguarding training. The charge will be:
- £50 for courses or briefings up to half a day long
- £90 for full day courses
- For schools, colleges and educational providers, you will be charged the full cost of the course.
To cancel your place on a course, please click on the link at the bottom of the original confirmation e-mail received on booking. If you have any difficulties with this process please click here and provide details.
The WSCB has introduced a full suite of e-learning courses for professionals in partnership with the Virtual College. Details of how to register can be found here: https://www.wirralsafeguarding.co.uk/safeguarding-e-learning/