BSCB Training and Conference Team
Bristol Safeguarding Children Board is committed to providing a comprehensive and effective training programme to all agencies within Bristol.
The distinctive character of inter-agency child protection training is a result of a complex web of individual, professional and organisational differences and the challenging nature of child protection.
Training people together can make a significant contribution to building mutually respectful and trusting relationships, which form the foundation of any partnership working; therefore the process and experience of the courses are as important as the content.
Research has shown (Carpenter et al, 2009, The Organisation, Outcomes and Costs of Inter-Agency safeguarding Training to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. London: DCSF) that multiagency training in particular is useful and valued by professionals in developing a shared understanding of child protection and decision making.
Inter-agency Training Programme
The BSCB Inter-agency Training Programme aims to increase participants’ knowledge and skills in the field of child protection and safeguarding in order to provide high quality services and improve outcomes for children, young people and their families and carers.
It's our objective to deliver quality training in a safe and reflective environment, and to offer opportunities to all participants to support their own professional development.
To be considered for one of the BSCB training courses you should follow the steps outlined on page 4 of the training programme and complete the application form.
Course programme and application form
Please read the training pathways and course descriptions in the training programme before applying to ensure you’re booking the correct training.
Below is a list of FAQ. Please check these before emailing us with any queries.
Frequently asked questions
How often do I need to update my Inter-agency Child Protection Training?
BSCB recommends that Child Protection Leads and Senior Management update training at inter-agency level at least every two years. Other staff should update at least every three years. Please refer to the training pathways on page 5 of the programme to determine what training you need to do. All agencies should be giving in-house updates of a regular nature as well as sending people on our courses.
I need to refresh my inter agency Child Protection Training, which course should I do?
Identify which working group is most relevant for you in relation to Child Protection and Safeguarding duties – then select any course appropriate for that working group which you have not already completed. The training programme is refreshed annually so there will always be a range of options when refreshing.
Where are the Levels 1, 2, 3 etc?
Levels can mean different standards to each of our organisations, so we avoid using them for our courses as it causes confusion. The only exception to this is NHS staff. For those staff we have met with Safeguarding Leads in your settings to confirm what level our courses are and you will find this information in the course description.
NHS staff only – which course should I be doing?
We have mapped the training programme to your intercollegiate document with the help of your colleagues. You should still select the working group that best describes your Child Protection duties and responsibilities. When you select a course ensure that it is relevant to your working group, and check the course description to ensure that it meets your required intercollegiate level.
What is the difference between single and inter agency training?
Single agency training is specific to the work of your organisation. It can be delivered at any level of skill and knowledge, from a basic induction for Group A staff, to a highly specialist course providing specific techniques for practitioners, or a specialist course covering the exact duties of safeguarding leads within your organisation.
Inter-agency training focuses on more generic child protection topics that are relevant to all agencies working with children and families, and all inter agency courses will be attended by and/or delivered by a number of organisations. Inter-agency training will always contain a focus on how organisations work together to keep children safe, how to balance the competing priorities involved and how to overcome the barriers that exist.
Why should I do inter agency training?
Firstly, because we know there are lots of challenges involved in working together to keep children safe from harm – and over the last 20 years there have been a significant number of child deaths where difficulties in working together were highlighted. The more we learn about working with each other, and the more we put this into practice, the less likely those mistakes will continue to happen. As a result of those mistakes there is also a legal duty on us all to work together, and train together.
I already have lots of knowledge and skills in Child Protection, why should I do any more training courses?
The Child Protection landscape changes frequently. We have changes in legislation, in statutory guidance, and also in terms of our awareness of different types of abuse. We also have innovations in practice that enable us to develop new, effective, methods for working with families. If your job involves contact with children and/or families then you will never know everything there is to know about Child Protection. It is fantastic to bring that knowledge and experience to inter agency courses so that newer practitioners can benefit from it.
I can’t find the course that I want to do?
We revise the training programme and publish a new one each year (April – March). Not all courses are offered every year so it could be that we are not offering the course you are looking for. Email us with the details so that we can add your request to our training needs analysis, and if it turns out we can help you find the course elsewhere we will let you know.
The course that I want to do is full , will there be other dates available?
If a course proves more popular than we expect then, if we have capacity, we will run additional dates. If the course is full then complete an application form and send it in and we will place you on the waiting list and contact you if further dates are offered. It at all possible, book places early to avoid disappointment
I/My staff member is sick, what do I do?
Please contact the Training Administrator as soon as you are aware that they will not be able to attend the course due to illness. We need all cancellations in writing. Please email email@example.com
I need to cancel my place, will I be charged?
You can find details of our cancellation policy on page 37 of our training programme. The policy will be quote on your confirmation email when you book a place on one of our events.
I can’t attend my course – can someone else take my place?
Yes – as long as they belong to the same working group as you in terms of their safeguarding responsibilities. If you do need to change who will be attending a course then send us an application form for the new participant and confirm in the email who they are replacing, and whether you would like an alternative date for the person who can no longer attend.
How do BSCB decide what courses to offer?
Every year we send out a training needs questionnaire to our partner organisations, to safeguarding leads in those organisations and we encourage them to share this with anyone who might want to contribute to telling us what training is needed in Bristol for the year ahead. We also offer courses bases on learning identified in Serious Case Reviews, and Child Protection Incident Reviews and in response to any national or local priorities identified as relevant to child protection. We won’t always offer courses, sometimes we will recommend training delivered by another organisation to meet these needs.
Why are you contacting my manager about the course that I attended?
Training is only useful if it makes a difference to how you do your job. Part of our evaluation process is to ensure that your manager is considering whether the training was value for money, how it has affected your practice, and what further needs might arise as a result you completing a course with us.
My staff recently attended training, why am I being contacted about it?
This is related to the ongoing evaluation of our training and it's effect on proctice. You can find details on page 38 of our programme.
Why do you send me questionnaires after I have completed the training?
We need to know how you are using the training that you attended, and how useful you found it. We also need to find out if there are any concerns about the training, and we want to hear about any suggestions for improving our training. The online questionnaires only take a few minutes to complete but they provide us with lots of important information.
I need a group of staff to complete this course, why can’t they all attend the same session?
In order to ensure that the courses all run with an inter-agency group we often limit the number of places allocated to each type of organisation. All your staff will complete the same course, but we might book them onto different sessions so that the inter agency mix is maintained.
I belong to more than one working group – how do I decide which course to do?
This isn’t unusual, lots of people carry more than role at work. To decide which course is best for you, think about what your current training need is, and book on the course that is appropriate for that part of your work. For example, if you are an advanced practitioner and also a manager, which course you choose would depend on whether you wanted to develop your practice skills, or whether your focus was your role as a safeguarding manager. If you want to develop some awareness of a type of abuse you have not encountered before then you might choose to book onto an awareness course, even though you have advanced practitioner skills in other areas.
To make the right decision read the course content before making your choice.
I want to arrange for some in house staff training – can BSCB help with this?
Yes we can if we have capacity. Please see page 35 of our programme for further details
I can’t find the answer to my question, who do I contact?
BSCB Training Admin, Tel. 0117 922 4626, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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