2022 Training

Virtual Training Programme 2022

Welcome to the 2022 Multi-Agency Training Programme, covering training sessions for the period 1 January to 30 June 2022.  (Sessions from 1 July 2022 onwards will be added closer to the time).

The Partnership is committed to delivering a high-quality inter-agency training programme. The COVID-19 pandemic is still impacting on the ability to provide face to face safeguarding training and as a result, we are continually adapting our training delivery methods. All our training sessions up to 30 June 2022 will continue to be delivered virtually, or through the provision of eLearning opportunities and training podcasts. This will continue to be monitored throughout 2022 in line with the authority's guidelines, and any changes will be communicated via the website with any new information relevant to future training.

Booking on a course and allocation of places

  • Prior to booking on a course, all employees and volunteers must ensure they have sought approval from their line manager
  • Places are allocated on a first come- first serve basis
  • All booking requests to be emailed to DSP.Training@darlington.gov.uk stating your preferred session and session date.  Please include the name and email address of each delegate
  • An email confirmation will be sent from the Training Team, along with a Microsoft Teams invite for each session.  Please accept the invite to confirm your placement
  • If you book this course for a colleague/team member, please ensure you pass on the dates and joining instructions/course overviews to the named delegate ahead of the training
  • If the session is fully subscribed, you will be offered an alternative date
  • If the session is under-subscribed, the trainer reserves the right to cancel the session in advance and an alternative date will be offered
  • Any training materials to accompany the training session will be sent to you approximately 1 week before
  • Please ensure that you are aware of our attendance and cancellation charges prior to booking on our courses.  For non-attendance, you may be charged.  Please go to Charging Arrangements and see "Non -Attendance/Cancellation Fees" for further information
  • All eLearning, Video Podcasts and alternative training resources are in addition to our Virtual Safeguarding Training sessions

Training Strategy

The training programme is underpinned by the DSP Training Strategy which outlines our commitment to the delivery of training to agencies and is designed to support agencies and practitioners with an aim to increase skills and knowledge across the workforce. Training Strategy [PDF Document]

Darlington Borough Council Training Directory

In addition to multi-agency safeguarding training, you may find alternative training and e-learning sessions on offer through Darlington Borough Council.  To access details to their training directory, click here; Darlington Borough Council Training Directory [external link]

Book your Safeguarding Training session here

 

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This training is aimed at professionals whose work brings them into contact with children and families and provides and introduction on the subject of safeguarding children and child protection.

Aims and Objectives

  • Introduce the subject of safeguarding children and child protection and its importance for all of us.
  • Explore the values and attitudes in relation to child abuse
  • Provide information on how to recognise signs and indicators of child abuse
  • Be clear on what actions to take if you have concerns about a child's welfare

2022 Training Dates

  • Wednesday 13 July 09:30 - 11:30
  • Wednesday 10 August 09:30 - 11:30
  • Wednesday 14 September 09:30 - 11:30

To book a place, please click here stating your preferred date.

For professionals whose work brings them into contact with Adults who are/or maybe eligible for services or are vulnerable or at risk of abuse.

Aims and Objectives

  • Increase understanding of abuse and how and where it occurs.
  • Enable participants to identify signs and symptoms of abuse.
  • Provide an understanding of participants’ role as a person identifying concerns and how to report a concern.
  • Raise an awareness of adults at risk and Safeguarding Adult’s issues.

2022 Training Dates

  • Tuesday 28 June 9.30 - 11.30 
  • Wednesday 20 July 9.30 - 11.30 
  • Tuesday 16 August 9.30 - 11.30 
  • Wednesday 21 September 9.30 - 11.30 

To book a place, please click here stating your preferred date.

This course is intended for all practitioners who work with children, young people and their families.

This course can form part of an induction programme for new starters.  It is also intended for all practitioners who want to improve their knowledge and continue their professional development.

Aims and Objectives

This course will enable you to:

  • Develop a solution focussed approach to completing an Early Help Assessment.
  • Gain the skills and confidence needed to complete robust and evidence-based assessments.
  • Gain an overview of practical support and advice in relation to Early Help Assessment.
  • Be clear on the role of consent.
  • Understand Information sharing and your duties in relation to Data Protection.

 

2022 Training Dates

New Dates TBC - Workshop 1

To book a place, please click here stating your preferred date.

 

This course is intended for nominated children’s workforce practitioners, i.e. all staff who work with children, young people and their families who are likely to take on the role of Lead Professional.

This course can be included in an induction programme for new starters, it is also intended for all people who want to improve their knowledge and continue their professional development.

Aims and Objectives

To understand the roles, skills and responsibilities of the Lead Professional
To understand the purpose and responsibilities of the Team around the Family and its members
To ensure practitioners are confident to undertake their roles and to challenge when appropriate.
Have an awareness of the step-up/step-down process form Children’s specialist services.

2022 Training Dates

New dates TBC - Workshop 2

To book a place, please click here stating your preferred date.

All applicants must have already attended Level 1 training. For those staff who work regularly with children and families who have considerable professional and organisational responsibility for safeguarding and promoting children’s welfare and be able to act on welfare concerns and be able to contribute appropriately for safeguarding processes.

Aims and Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of the Safeguarding Lead/Manager
  • Identify the categories of abuse, indicators of abuse and the threshold for taking action
  • Effectively utilise the Continuum of Need level indicators tool
  • Demonstrate an understanding of effective working together
  • Describe the child protection process in Darlington
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the Child Protection process and Core Groups

2022 Training Dates

  • Wednesday 3 August - 9.30 - 11.30 
  • Wednesday 24 August - 9.30 - 11.30
  • Wednesday 12 October - 9.30 - 11.30

To book a place, please click here stating your preferred date.

All applicants must have already attended Level 1 training.

For those staff who have considerable professional and organisational responsibility for safeguarding Adults at risk of abuse.

Aims and Objectives

  • Demonstrate what action to take if an allegation of abuse is identified
  • Identify what to consider when deciding whether to progress to a Safeguarding Referral
  • Confidently utilise and implement the risk support tool
  • Discuss and demonstrate knowledge of supporting the adult at risk and staff
  • Identify parallel processes that may be implemented
  • Explore and identify solutions/ways to keep the adult at risk safe and prevent further abuse

2022 Training Dates

  • Friday 5 August - 9.30 - 11.30 
  • Thursday 25 August - 9.30 - 11.30
  • Thursday 13 October 2022 -  9.30 - 11.30

To book a place, please click here stating your preferred date.

For those professionals who have responsibility for undertaking child and adult protection enquiries and who work with complex cases e.g. professionals from Children’s social care, adult social care, the Police, Health and Education.  Training at this level is for staff who hold professional or organisational authority and a substantial degree of personal responsibility and autonomy to act on child and adult welfare concerns.

Aims and Objectives

  • The impact of domestic abuse on victims
  • The reasons behind domestic abuse
  • The impact on children and vulnerable adults
  • Diversity issues in domestic abuse

Good practise in working with domestic abuse

 

 

 

2022 Training Dates

  • Thursday 28 July - 14.00 - 16.00 

To book a place, please click here stating your preferred date.

For those professionals who have particular responsibility for undertaking child protection enquiries and who work with complex cases e.g. professionals from Children’s Social Care, The Police, Health and Education.  Training at this level is for staff who hold professional or organisational authority and a substantial degree of personal responsibility and autonomy to act on child welfare concerns.

Aims and Objectives

  • Increased knowledge about different forms of exploitation, including criminal and sexual exploitation.
  • Explore how children become coerced  and drawn into criminal/sexual exploitation.
  • Identify risk factors and grooming process of child exploitation.
  • Understand multi-agency practical solutions to safeguard children who are exploited.

2022 Training Dates

  • Friday 22 July - 9.30 - 12.00
  • Wednesday 19 October -  9.30 - 12.30

To book a place, please click here stating your preferred date.

The course is for all those practitioners and managers who regularly work with children and families and who have professional responsibility for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. 

The completion of this training will support practitioners to evidence their continual professional development

Aims and Objectives

  • Ensure staff recognise the increased vulnerability of children with disabilities and Special Educational Needs (SEND) and understand how to take forward any safeguarding concerns.

2022 Training Dates

  • Wednesday  6 July - 09:30 - 11:30

To book a place, please click here stating your preferred date.

For Designated Safeguarding Leads or deputies in Education Sector.

Learning Outcomes

  • The aim of the course is to enhance the skills of experienced designated safeguarding leads in Education and increase awareness of and the response to current issues relevant to their role.
  • The training course will provide the required information and resources to enable designated safeguarding leads to deliver Safeguarding Partnership endorsed Level 1 training within their schools.

2022 Training Dates

  • Thursday 15 September - 09.30 - 11.30
  • Tuesday 11 October - 09:30 - 11:30 
  • Thursday 20 October (Refresher) 09:30 - 11:30

To book a place, please click here stating your preferred date.

For Designated Safeguarding Leads or deputies in Education Sector.

Learning Outcomes

  • The aim of the course is to enhance the skills of experienced designated safeguarding leads in Education and increase awareness of and the response to current issues relevant to their role.
  • The training course will provide the required information and resources to enable designated safeguarding leads to deliver Safeguarding Partnership endorsed Level 1 training within their schools.

2022 Training Dates

  • Dates TBC

To book a place, please click here stating your preferred date.

For all those working with children and young people.

Aims and Objectives

  • What is Child Abuse
  • What is CSA
  • Define sexual abuse
  • Myths
  • The Impact and effects of CSA

2022 Training Dates

This session is delivered by our colleagues at the Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Centre.

May - Dates to be confirmed

To book a place, please click here and you will be advised when new dates are confirmed

For professionals who are responsible for carrying out formal enquiries in Darlington as defined by the Care Act 2014.

Note: The course will not be applicable to police investigators/crime investigation

Aims and Objectives

  • Describe the Safeguarding Adults process
  • Demonstrate when it is appropriate to conduct a ‘Formal Enquiry’
  • Describe the ‘formal enquiry’ process
  • Demonstrate effective questioning styles   
  • Confidently utilise and complete the ‘Investigation report’

2022 Training Dates

  • Dates TBC

To book a place, please click here and you will be advised when new dates are confirmed

Aimed at all professionals and volunteers working with children.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to;

  • Demonstrate an understanding of cumulative harm.
  • Describe the barriers to the identification and interventions for cumulative harm.
  • Describe the possible indicators of cumulative harm.
  • Explore the tools available to support decision making.

2022 Training Dates

  • Wednesday 27 July - 9.30 - 11.30 
  • Wednesday 7 September 2022 - 9.30 - 11.30

To book a place, please click here stating your preferred date.

For anyone who works with children and young people, including those who work in a voluntary capacity.

Aims and Objectives

  • Ensure individuals are aware of what to do if they have concerns regarding staff, carers and volunteers.
  • Give clear advice on appropriate and safe behaviours for adults working with children and young people.

2022 Training Dates

  • To be confirmed

To book a place, please click here and you will be advised when new dates are confirmed

Aims and Objectives

MARAC provides a consistent approach to risk assessment which identifies those victims of domestic abuse who are most at risk of serious harm.

The process also enables effective information sharing, thus identifying risk that may not have been previously identified by the initial responding agency.  

The course will provide an introduction to and increased awareness of the MARAC process in Durham and Darlington.

Target Audience

The course is for all those practitioners and managers who regularly work with children and families and who have professional responsibility for safeguarding.

 

 

Training delivered by Durham Police

Please note this course is facilitated by Durham Constabulary MARAC Co-ordinator at Durham Police HQ.

Dates to be confirmed by

MARAC Co-ordinator, Catherine Glass

T: 0191 3752072

E: catherine.glass@durham.police.uk

Aims and Objectives

The purpose of this session is to increase awareness around illegal money lending, how it relates to your work and how we can help those who have borrowed from illegal lenders.  

 

The length of the session is approximately one hour and it will include an introduction to the England Illegal Money Lending Team, practical advice on how to spot individuals who may be involved with loan sharks, evidence of the devastating impact loan sharks can have on victims and communities, and how we can work together to stop people falling into the clutches of criminals.

 

The sessions will be facilitated by Laura Mawson, Liaise Officer, North East Region, England Illegal Money Lending Team

2022 Training Dates

Tuesday 14 June 2022 - 10.00-11.00

To book a place click here stating your preferred date.

Aims and Objectives

There are two sessions on offer:

Session 1 - Safer Recruitment Workshop - 2h interactive session

This workshop would benefit colleagues who carry out recruitment within their organisation.

The session will provide an overview of:

  • The benefits of DBS and you (employer/voluntary org) working together
  • The different levels of DBS checks
  • When an employee is eligible for a check
  • What Regulated Activity is
  • The DBS Update Service
  • Have an understanding of what safe recruitment practices can be in place that DBS checks can form a part of

 

Session 2 - Barring Workshop - 2h Interactive Session

This workshop is beneficial for safeguarding leads / managers responsible for managing allegations

  • Understand the benefits of DBS and you (employer/voluntary org) working together
  • Understand the three different referral routes
  • Understand when a DBS Barring referral should be made, including when the legal duty is met
  • Understand what Regulated Activity is
  • Understand how to make a good quality referral
  • Have a clear understanding of the consequences of not making appropriate barring referrals and the consequences of being included in one or both Barred Lists

Both sessions include participant interaction and video case examples.

The sessions will be facilitated by Beth Dale, Regional Outreach Advisor (North East), Disclosure and Barring Service.

2022 Training Dates:

  • 21 June 09:30 - 11:30

To book a place, please click here stating your preferred session and date.

The Partnership has developed a number of free eLearning packages and Video Podcasts to further support and enhance the multi-agency safeguarding training programme.  The podcasts are designed to share key messages from case reviews and are available to everyone.  In addition, the Partnership has access to a number of free training resources to further develop your knowledge of safeguarding.  See below for details;

There are a number of free eLearning packages supported by Darlington Safeguarding Partnership, details and how to access those currently available, are shown below.

Safeguarding Awareness eLearning

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership provide Level 1 eLearning Safeguarding Awareness packages for Children and Adults. 

Level 1 Child Safeguarding Awareness Workbook [word document]

Level 1 Adult Safeguarding Alerter Workbook [word document]

Completed workbooks should be forwarded to The Safeguarding Partnership Business Unit via email to DSP.Training@darlington.gov.uk

The candidate will then be issued with a Certificate. 

The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) for 16 and 17 year olds

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership has developed an eLearning resource to provide an understanding of The Mental Capacity Act in respect of 16–17 year old Children.  The aim of the eLearning resource is to provide information on:

  • How the MCA applies to people who are 16 and 17 years old;
  • The overlap between the Children Act and Mental Capacity Act;
  • What can be done for young people to maximise their capacity to make their own decisions;
  • Deprivation of Liberty and 16/17 year olds –an update on developing case law.

View the Mental Capacity Act (MCA) for 16 and 17 year olds guidance [PDF Document]

PREVENT Awareness eLearning

Radicalisation is another form of abuse and has links to safeguarding.

This eLearning training, developed by the government offers an introduction to the Prevent duty and explains how it aims to safeguard people from being radicalised into supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves. It will help you to respond appropriately if you become concerned about an individual - whether they are a member of the public, a customer, or a colleague.

Darlington Safeguarding Partnership recommends this Government introductory learning, which will be regularly updated.

Home Office: Prevent e-learning

Participants will be able to download their certificate of completion at the end of the course.

This e-learning replaces any previous e-learning on PREVENT from June 2022.

MAPPA eLearning Awareness

The Criminal Justice Act 2003 provides a framework for agencies to work together to ensure the protection of the public from serious harm caused by sexual and violent offenders.  The process is known as Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA).  The MAPPA process allows agencies to share information and concerns about the risk an individual presents in a confidential and structured manner and then supports the agencies to work together in the preparation of a detailed and robust Risk Management Plan. 

The eLearning session is aimed at all agencies who work with or support individuals who have the potential to cause serious harm to others.

Click here to access MAPPA eLearning. 

You will need to register by selecting ‘create an account’ and then by creating your own username and password. Both username and password are unique to you so as long as they fit the requirements (as indicated).

April 2022 - Predatory Marriage

A webinar on Predatory Marriage is available for you to view.  This has been developed by Daphne Franks and Hourglass Charity. Daphne shares the story of her mother who was the victim of predatory marriage. 

Click here to view a story about Predatory Marriage by Daphne Franks, YouTube Video

November 2021 - Domestic Abuse

A Multi-Agency Partnership Briefing Podcast on Domestic Abuse has been developed setting out the new protections under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

Click here to view the Domestic Abuse Briefing; You Tube Video

January 2021 - Professional Challenge

A 15-minute YouTube training video has been developed which discusses what is meant by the term ‘Professional Challenge’, when to apply it and examples of when it should be applied to support you in using the Procedure and guidance;  You Tube Video

July 2021 Information Sharing

The Safeguarding Partnership continues to develop ways in which it raises awareness of key learning points from reviews and audits, information sharing is a recurring theme.  A podcast has been developed to support practitioners in understanding when to share information which is crucial for the effective safeguarding of children and adults with needs for care and support but also to improve decision making;  You Tube Video

Child and Adolescent to Parent Violence and Abuse (CAPVA) 

A free training opportunity is open to wider partners of Darlington Safeguarding Partnership and will be delivered by RESPECT.  The one day  session is aimed at professionals who have contact with children, young people and families in a range of settings to increase their ability to recognise CAPVA, to understand the dynamic involved and provide the confidence to approach the subject of CAPVA with families. This training will help practitioners identify families who will benefit from the RYPP intervention programme. 

Details about the training and how to book are available here. [pdf document] 

Additional dates have been added click here for more information [pdf document]

Access to the RESPECT training Moodle

If you have not previously accessed the Moodle, you will need to set up as a new user and RESPECT will provide you with a password. The session will be delivered online via zoom.

PACE (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation) 'Keep them Safe'

PACE (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation) are providing a free CSE training resource for parents and professionals called 'Keep them Safe'.  It is an introductory online course designed to help teach the signs and impacts of CSE and what to do if you think a child is being exploited. The resource provides a good overall understanding of CSE with links to films and resources as well as e-safety advice. 

A certificate will be provided upon completion.  View the Keep them Safe resources. [External Link].

Virtual College has released their brand new Safeguarding Catalogue [external link] of courses which have been written in line with national frameworks using a multi-agency approach. There are over 330 ready to go eLearning courses covering various sectors and topics. Please note you may be charged to access some of their wider eLearning courses. 

Awareness of Forced Marriage

This free safeguarding course aims to raise awareness of forced marriage and help professionals who have a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable children, young people and adults. It explores the warning signs of forced marriage and the right actions to take to help protect potential victims.
Learning objectives for the training are:

  • Recognise the warning signs of forced marriage
  • Take the right actions to help protect the potential victim
  • Cooperate effectively with other agencies

To access the resource visit the Virtual College website [External Link].

Female Genital Mutilation

A recent study revealed that 137,000 women in England and Wales are estimated to be living with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). To address this issue, the Home Office and Virtual College have launched a free online FGM training.

The aim of this training is to provide an overview of FGM and professionals' safeguarding responsibilities in FGM cases.  The target audience for this training is professionals who, as part of their role (either directly or indirectly), have a responsibility for or interest in safeguarding children.
Learning outcomes for the training are:

  • Understand what FGM is and distinguish the four types of FGM.
  • Identify key health risks and consequences of FGM.
  • State the legal position in the UK regarding FGM.
  • Understand how and when FGM is carried out.
  • Identify who is at risk of FGM and describe the key indicators.
  • List some of the common justifications for FGM.
  • Be aware of your role in preventing FGM and supporting those who have undergone FGM.

To access the resource visit the Virtual College website [External Link].

Understanding Young Minds

Virtual College have worked in partnership with SelfharmUK to create a free online course to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children. Spotting the signs can be difficult, and approaching the subject can be uncomfortable. The aim of the training is to provide essential information that empowers and equips parents to better communicate with their children in the issue of self-harm.
Learning objectives for the training are:

  • Know what self-harm is and why young people may do it
  • Know what makes young people vulnerable to self-harming behaviour
  • Understand in what ways you can support a young person who is self-harming

To access the resource visit the Virtual College website [External Link].

Understanding Animal Welfare in Violent Homes

Virtual College offers this free online course for practitioners to understand the links between abuse of adults, abuse of children, domestic abuse, and animal abuse. This course will be of interest to professionals working with families with pets and will help them to recognise those at risk of physical and mental abuse.

This course is particularly appropriate to anyone involved with child protection services, children’s social care, adult social care and housing authorities. It is aimed at health professionals, police officers, teachers and education experts. To access the resource visit the Virtual College website [External Link].

The Partnership is committed to the principle of multi-agency training, as this provides very rich training to learn and share experience from each agency’s perspective. However, it is acknowledged this is not always possible. Subject to availability, training can be delivered in-setting free of charge, to those who contribute to the Partnership or to registered charities.  The following charges will apply to individual organisations who do not contribute to the Partnerships and for bespoke training requests;

Half day course with organisation’s own venue and refreshment arrangements (or Virtually) £250 (25 people maximum)
Full day course with organisation’s own venue and refreshment arrangements (or Virtually) £500 (25 people maximum).

To request training within your own setting or to request bespoke training, contact the Multi-agency trainer; Email: chris.ashford@darlington.gov.uk or DSP.Training@darlington.gov.uk  Telephone: 01325 406453 or 01325 406452.

The Safeguarding Partnerships in Darlington aspire to have excellent safeguarding practice across all professionals (employed or voluntary) who work with children, young people, adults at risk and their families. 

To provide the breadth of safeguarding training that is necessary which is informed through the annual training needs analysis, delegate feedback and through the findings of the training annual report, we do have to apply some charges.

Organisations who contribute financially to Darlington Safeguarding Partnership (DSP)

Organisations who contribute financially to the DSP are not charged for training - unless they book a place and do not attend without prior cancellation. 

Organisations who do not contribute financially to DSP

For all other organisations or groups that do not contribute financially to DSP are charged for each member of staff who attends a DSP training course. 

Registered Charities and Voluntary Community Groups

There are no charges for registered charities or Voluntary Community groups within the Borough of Darlington.  Unless they book a place and do not attend without prior cancellation.

[1] A list of contributing members is held by the Partnership’s Business Unit
[2] There is also a fee if the person does not attend the course they booked onto and did not cancel their place.

For further information, please read our Charging Policy [word document]

Fees

For those organisations or groups who do not contribute financially to DSP, Virtual Training carries a flat rate charge of £30 per person, per session.

The Partnership reserves the right to levy charges at a higher level for specific training purchased from specialist training organisations as appropriate.

Non-Attendance/Cancellation Fees

  • Candidate is unable to attend – Business Unit has been notified 10 working days or more prior to the course date. No charge
  • Candidate is unable to attend – Business Unit has been notified 10 working days or more prior to the course date, and a replacement/ other member of staff will attend in their place. No charge
  • Candidate is unable to attend due to sickness and Business Unit has been informed and a replacement/other member of staff will attend in their place. No charge
  • Candidate is unable to attend – Business Unit has been informed after joining instructions have been sent out and a replacement/other member of staff cannot attend in their place. Place Charged
  • Candidate is unable to attend due to sickness and Business Unit has been informed after joining instructions have been sent out and a replacement/other member of staff cannot attend in their place. Place Charged
  • Candidate is unable to attend – Business Unit has not been informed (e.g. does not attend on course date). Place Charged + £20 Admin Charge
  • Candidate is unable to attend due to sickness and Business Unit has not been informed (e.g. does not attend on course date). Place Charged + £20 Admin Charge

Dispute Charges

All requests must be made in writing to DSP.Training@darlington.gov.uk clearly stating the reasons for the dispute.  This will be reviewed by the Multi-Agency Trainer and the Safeguarding Partnership’s Business Manager within 5 working days of email receipt of charge.