Course Information

The Plymouth Safeguarding Children Board (PSCB) offers a range of up-to-date statutory training.  All courses are inter-agency, offering participants the opportunity to meet practitioners and managers from a variety of agencies, to better understand the essential inter-agency nature of all child protection work in Plymouth.  Full details of courses and access to course handbooks can be found below.

Understanding Child Protection (CPF)

This course is the gateway course to all PSCB training and learning opportunities.  It offers detailed instruction on the legal context of Safeguarding and Child Protection in England, the signs and symptoms of child abuse, the contemporary legal framework for the welfare of the child, current procedures including common assessment and child protection investigations, and explanations of the lead agencies and how to manage concerns within the multi-agency context.

Understanding Child Protection Course CPF

Understanding Child Protection (Refresher) (CPR)

Delegates who have successfully completed the Understanding Child Protection (CPF) course,  can access all other PSCB courses including Understanding Child Protection Refresher (half day).The half-day refresher course is for all staff who require updating on Safeguarding and Child Protection policies and procedures, who have previously attended an inter-agency ‘Introduction to Child Protection’ course (for example, the PSCB ‘Understanding Child Protection’ Foundation course).  If the applicant has not attended a core inter-agency ‘Introduction to Child Protection’ in the last four years, they are expected to attend the full one-day course Understanding Child Protection (CPF).

Child Protection Refresher Course Description (CPR)

Working Together to Safeguard Children

This course directly develops the learning offered at CPF. This advanced training takes place over two days and is delivered by lead officers in the field of child protection from both Health and Children’s Services. Ensuring consideration of the barriers to effective child protection caused by personal attitudes and behaviours, procedural deficiencies, agency boundaries and/or inter-agency rivalries, this programme asks practitioners to develop sound judgement and professional dignity to ensure the child’s interests are paramount at all times.   Reflective learning, including reading and group discussion is required, alongside role play scenarios and self-assessment.

Working Together to Safeguard Children Course (CPA) 

Introduction to Early Help Assessment and Multi-Agency Working

An introduction to the new Early Help Assessment Tool and outcome based planning and review documentation. The course will also cover the importance of robust whole family assessment for early help and guidance on assessment practice and multi-agency approaches. This session is aimed at professionals and agencies new to the early assessment process.

Early Help in Practice for Lead Professionals and Practitioners

A refresh course for professionals on the Early Help Assessment Tool and outcome based planning approaches for whole family assessment. The session will cover hints, tips and guidance on managing multi agency approaches as well as sharing best practice and refreshing the importance of the Lead Professional role. This session is aimed at professionals wanting a refresh of early help assessment, outcome based planning and who are used to working in a multi-agency approach.

Understanding Child Sexual Abuse

This course offers detailed consideration of the child protection issues raised by child sexual abuse, for all workers in any agencies accessed by children, young people and/or their parents and families, practitioners across all sectors, and their managers. The programme is delivered by the specialist practitioners from the PSCB, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) and Devon and Cornwall Police.

Understanding Child Sexual Abuse (CSAA)

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

This course provides an opportunity to improve awareness and skills in relation to CSE.    Participants will develop improved awareness of legislation and research, be able to recognise CSE and the vulnerabilities to becoming a victim, gain understanding as to how perpetrators think and act, and gain knowledge on undertaking risk assessment and securing effective interventions.   All course tutors are experienced in delivering and managing specialist missing and sexual exploitation services.

Understanding Domestic Abuse and Child Protection (DAA)

This course offers detailed consideration of the child protection issues raised by domestic abuse, for all workers in any agencies accessed by children, young people and/or their parents and families; practitioners across all sectors, and their managers. The programme is delivered by the specialist practitioners from the PSCB and the Probation Service.

Understanding Domestic Abuse and Child Protection (DAA)

Domestic Abuse – Working Together to Safeguard Children (DAS)

Domestic Abuse – Working Together to Safeguard Children (DAS) is a two day course and is available for successful participants from the one-day course, Understanding Domestic Abuse and Child Protection (DAA), offering more in-depth understanding of diagnosis and interventions.  This course offers an in-depth understanding of the new PSCB model for working with domestic abuse.

Domestic Abuse – Working Together to Safeguard Children (DAS)

Safeguarding Children with Disabilities (DIA)

This course provides participants with the information and context necessary to be alert to signals that a disabled child may be suffering as a result of abuse, for all workers in any agencies accessed by children, young people and/or their parents and families; practitioners across all sectors, and their managers. The programme is delivered by the specialist practitioners from the PSCB and Plymouth City Council Social Care for Children with Disabilities Service.

Safeguarding Children with Disabilities (DIA)

Understanding Hidden Harm (HHA)

Understanding Hidden Harm (HHA) is a one-day course, offering up-to-date research and best practice guidelines for the recognition of signs and symptoms of hidden harm to children caused by alcohol, drugs and substance misuse in the family. Practical guidelines for intervention, support and prevention will be considered, including the identification and analysis of risk with substance using parents.

Understanding Hidden Harm (HHA)

Hidden Harm – Working Together to Safeguard Children (HHS)

This  is a two-day course and is available for successful participants who have attended the one-day course Understanding Hidden Harm (HHA), unless line manager assesses the individual as being competent in this area.  This specialist course is for people working with adults or with children and young people where parental substance use/misuse is of concern and may impact on the lives of dependent children, offering more in-depth understanding of diagnosis and interventions.   It is advised that this course be undertaken within one year of completion of the Understanding Hidden Harm (HHA) training course.

Hidden Harm – Working Together to Safeguard Children (HHS)

Understanding Child Online Safety (OSA)

The course offers detailed information and the context necessary to be alert to signals that a child may be suffering from cyber-bullying or child abuse connected with information and communication technologies (computers, games consoles and mobile phones) and to know what to do.  The programme is delivered by the specialist trainers from the PSCB and Police.

Understanding Child Online Safety (OSA)

Safeguarding Children from Neglect and Emotional Abuse  (NEA)

This course offers detailed consideration of the child protection issues raised by physical or emotional neglect, for all workers in any agencies accessed by children, young people and/or their parents and families; practitioners across all sectors, and their managers. The programme is delivered by the specialist practitioners from the PSCB, Plymouth City Council Social Care, Education Welfare Service and Plymouth NHS Trust Safeguarding Team.

Safeguarding Children from Neglect and Emotional Abuse (NEA)

Supervision Skills for Child Protection (SSA)

For many years, the Government has expressed concern at the lack of sufficient supervision for practitioners who may have to deal with child protection. The PSCB  is committed to promote access to professional supervision and guidance for all those who may have concerns about children.  his  multi-agency training course for both practitioners and their managers, is based upon the most up-to-date research and knowledge of what works to protect children. Delivered by lead practice managers, this course will examine core principles of safe practice in-line with legislation and procedures.

Supervision Skills for Child Protection (SSA)