Our new multi-agency training calendar and programme of learning for 2021-22 is now available to view and book spaces.

We’ve learnt a lot during the time that we’ve been delivering all our sessions online and thank you to everyone who has attended the webinars, engaged in the discussions and continued to share just how committed the Plymouth workforce is to helping children and their families. We are now releasing our 2021-2022 training calendar for bookings with two key things you need to know:

  1. We will be continuing to deliver all training online until the end of July 2021. After the August break we plan to resume face to face delivery at our training room in Mount Gould Hospital. However because some of the sessions have worked really well online we are keeping them in the webinar style. The courses that will be permanently online for the whole of 2021-22 are the Child Protection Refresher and Online Safety Courses
  2. We still have some courses to add to the calendar including new courses but didn’t want to delay further releasing the vast majority of dates and sessions. So, please keep an eye on our website/Twitter for when we post the updated programme with the additional sessions.

The Training Calendar 2021-2022 and How to Apply 

The training calendar for 2021-2022 lists the course, date, time and style of delivery i.e. webinar or face to face. To apply for a course please complete our application form and email it to safeguardingtraining@plymouth.gov.uk Please also use this email address for all general training enquiries or Tel 01752 307535. You can also check our ‘frequently asked questions’ which we hope covers most of your queries. 

Most schools and organisations will require a purchase order number before booking a course. Please check with your agency before booking and include any purchase order number in the application form.

The links below will take you directly to the training calendar, application form and frequently asked questions.

The 2021 – 2022 Training Calendar

Training Application Form

Frequently Asked Questions 

Costs to Attend Training

There is a cost to attend training including the statutory and voluntary sectors. The costs are :

  • £75 per person for a one day face to face course
  • £45 per person for a half day face to face course
  • £25 per person for a two and a half hour webinar

The above costs apply to all of our courses except the Trauma Informed Practice and Early Help Assessment courses. These two sessions have separate funding arrangements and are free for all to attend.

Payment can be made through a range of methods including block funding arrangements and the issuing of invoices following attendance on training. If you are unsure if your agency is part of a block funding agreement please speak with your agency manager.

If your agency would like to be part of a block funding arrangement please contact Caroline Wilson, Lead Officer for Learning & Development  at caroline.wilson@plymouth.gov.uk

Training Levels and Pathways

We follow the levels of safeguarding training based on those included in previous versions of the multi-agency statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children. Our Training Levels and Pathways document sets out what level of training we deliver, who should be attending and how often depending on your role and responsibilities. In summary all our training is Level 3, with the exception of the Early Help Assessment course,  and will meet your safeguarding learning requirements. The link below will take you directly to the document but for quick reference also posted below is the training levels grid and pathway flowchart contained in the main document.

Training Levels and Pathway

The Levels 

Content to include

Single Agency or Multi Agency

Must be Updated

Level 1 : Staff / volunteers who have occasional contact with children and young people and/or parents/carers who may become aware of possible abuse or neglect.  

  • What is child abuse and neglect?
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Signs and indicators of abuse and neglect
  • Normal child development
  • Maintaining a child focus
  • What to do in response to concerns

Single Agency

Part of agency induction


At least every 3 years


Level 2 : Staff/volunteers in regular contact or have a period of intense but occasional contact with children, young people and/or parents/carers who may be in a position to identify concerns about abuse or neglect. The above plus:

  • Recording and sharing of information regarding concerns
  • Common Assessment
  • Safeguarding roles and responsibilities

Single Agency


At least every 3 years


Level 3 : Staff/volunteers who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and reviewing the needs of a child and parenting capacity The above plus:

  • How agencies work together to identify, assess and meet the needs of children with safeguarding concerns
  • Impact parental issues such as domestic abuse, substance misuse and mental health on parenting capacity
  • Recognising the importance of family history and functioning
  • Working with complex family dynamics
  • Lessons from serious case reviews
  • Current policy, research and practice developments
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Trauma informed and responsive


Multi Agency

At least every 3 years

For Designated Safeguarding Leads in schools/education settings at least every 2 years


Level 4 : Staff who have particular responsibilities regarding Section 47 enquiries, including professionals from health, education, police and children’s social care.

The above plus:

  • Section 47 enquiries, roles, responsibilities and working together
  • Thresholds decisions
  • Taking emergency action
  • Communicating with children in line with achieving best evidence
  • Specialist topics
Single Agency

Could also be multi-agency if content covers the relevant practice issues


At least every 3 years




Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership : Level 3 Training Pathway on PSCP Courses
Understanding Child Protection Course 
          You are asked to attend this course first if you have not previously attended any of the PSCP courses. Once completed there is no need to repeat.

Working Together to Safeguard Children Course 
        Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) in schools and education settings, as well as anyone who regularly attends/supports strategy meetings and child protection conferences, are asked to also attend this course having already completed the Understanding Child Protection course. Once completed there is no need to repeat.

All Other Courses/Events
Having attended the Understanding Child Protection, and if applicable the Working Together to Safeguard  Children courses you will need to update your Level 3 training every 3 years.  If you are a DSL you must update every 2 years. You can attend any of our other courses/events, except Early Help, and these will all act as your update. You don’t have to wait until your update is due to attend a course, you are welcome to attend at any time based on your learning needs or practice interests. The deadline for your update will be from the last course you attend.


Privacy Notice

Plymouth City Council, on behalf of the PSCP, collects information from professionals who book onto and attend PSCP training events for the purpose of analysing and evaluating the effectiveness of multi agency child protection training as required under statutory HM Government guidance ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’.   The full privacy notice can be viewed here.