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Training

Introduction

The Wirral Safeguarding Children Board (WSCB) offer a programme of safeguarding training.

All of our training is multi-agency and is 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)

Competency Framework

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/

Courses

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/

Application

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 e-mail asking you to confirm your attendance before you are allocated a place.

Non-attendance

You must inform us as soon as possible (and at least 3 days before the course) if you cannot attend. From April 2016 applicants ‘home’ agency will be charged for non- attendance at multi-agency safeguarding training. The charge will be:

  • £30 for courses or briefings up to half a day long
  • £50 for full day courses

To cancel your place on a course, please click here and provide the date and name of the course you wish to cancel.

e-Learning

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/