Multi-agency training calendar and programme

of learning for 2021-2022 

Update November 2021 – We’ve just added some new ‘Sharing the Brain Story’ sessions to our training calendar. Our colleagues at the NSPCC are delivering this FREE session so if you’d like to book a space all of the dates have been added to our training calendar below so please take a look and apply in the usual way. For more detail on the course content please take a look at our front page post HERE

Update October 2021 – Staying online until end of March 2022 & new Adolescent Safety Framework course

Staying Online

We previously shared that we were hoping to return to face to face learning in January 2022. However we have decided to remain online until the 31st March 2022. As before here’s a couple of things you need to know;

  1. If you already have a course booking for an event during January 2022- March 2022 and received a confirmation email saying this would  be face to face and either a full or part day then this will now be delivered as a two and a half  hour online webinar. You do not need to rebook….your place is secured. The webinar timing for your already booked place will be  10.00am to 12.30pm except for some of the dates for the Early Help Assessment training when this is 1.00 – 3.30pm. We are contacting everyone with a place already booked individually to let you know the training will now take place online and we will contact everyone again with all the pre-course information and link to join the webinar at least one week prior to the course.
  2. We have updated our training calendar to say all sessions are now on line until the end of March 2022. A link to this is below.

In the meantime many of you have shared with us how you have missed face to face learning with all the interactions and support this brings. Equally you’ve also shared how you’ve found the online sessions of real value, creative and aided attendance. So as we plan for our programme of learning for 2022/23 we are taking all of these reflections into account and aim to develop a learning offer that is flexible and meets everyone’s different learning styles.

New Adolescent Safety Framework Course 

Plymouth is introducing a new way of supporting older young people experiencing harm outside the home called the Adolescent Safety Framework. As part of this we are delivering multi agency training courses on the new framework to explain what it is and what it means in practice. Below are the course dates and details for the Adolescent Safety Framework sessions and you can book a space on these in the usual way. Our training calendar has also been updated with this new course. Information on how to apply and a link to our training calendar is below. For more information on the Adolescent Safety Framework please go to our dedicated page on this topic Adolescent Safety Framework 

Adolescent Safety Framework sessions are :

  • Wednesday 10th November 2021 2.00pm – 4.30pm webinar via Microsoft Teams
  • Monday 22nd November 2021 2.00pm – 4.30pm webinar via Microsoft Teams
  • Monday 13th December 2021 2.00pm – 4.30pm webinar via Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 19th January 2022 2.00pm – 4.30pm webinar via Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 26th January 2022 2.00pm – 4.30pm webinar via Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 9th February 2022 2.00pm – 4.30pm webinar via Microsoft Teams
  • Wednesday 9th March 2022 2.00pm – 4.30pm webinar via Microsoft Teams

The Training Calendar 2021-2022 and How to Apply 

The training calendar for 2021-2022 lists the course, date, time and style of delivery. To apply for a course please complete our application form and email it to 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.

Training Calendar 2021-2022

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

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.