How to book a training course

In order to be considered for one of the CHSCB training courses, you must complete an online training application form which can be accessed via the training calendar.

On the training calendar, select the required course. After reading the course outcomes and requirements click ‘book’ (at the bottom of the page) which takes you to the online booking form.

You will receive an automated notification at the time of your booking but this will be confirmed by the Training Coordinator directly. Training instructions will be sent to confirmed delegates two weeks prior to the course date. If you do not receive training instructions, please contact our training coordinator.

Please note, applications will only be accepted from organisations whose staff work in Hackney or City of London.

FAQs

How do I apply for a course?

In order to be considered for one of the CHSCB training courses, you must complete an online training application form which can be accessed via the training calendar.

Select the required course/date and after reading the course requirements, complete the online booking form at the bottom of the page.

Please note, applications will only be accepted from organisations whose staff work in Hackney or City of London.

What course do I pick?

In order to help you identify which course is right for you, the courses are categorised into three different training audiences; Group A, Group B and Group C. Please read the information provided below which describes the target audience for each group.

 

Before undertaking Group B or C training courses, you should have attended a Group A training course or an equivalent introductory safeguarding children course with another organisation or local safeguarding children board.

Group A

Training is for people who:

  • are in contact or work regularly with children and young people and with their parents/carers
  • have a responsibility to contribute to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children in the community but do not necessarily have specific organisational responsibility or statutory authority to intervene in the lives of children and their families
  • require the skills and knowledge necessary to manage the interface between themselves and statutory agencies (if not employed in one), and where appropriate the child and family
  • need to understand the nature of worries about children’s welfare and the systems in place to safeguard children from harm and promote their welfare.

People in this group will include housing and hospital staff, youth workers, child minders, those working with children in residential and day care settings and those working in sport and leisure settings.

Group B

Training is for people who:

  • work regularly with children and young people and adults who are parents/carers and may have particular responsibility for safeguarding children
  • need to be able to act on child welfare concerns and to contribute appropriately to the processes described in Working Together to Safeguard Children (HM Government 2006)
  • need to be able to work within an inter- or multi-agency context
  • need an understanding of the processes set out in the London Child Protection Procedures and the underpinning knowledge required to support their implementation
  • should be able to provide information on the child’s developmental needs and circumstances, if appropriate convey accurately the child’s views and advocate for or take action that will be in the best interests of the child.

 

IMPORTANT: Participants are expected to come with a basic understanding of the guidance on safeguarding children, of their own roles and responsibilities, of the Assessment Framework (Department of Health et al, 2000) and of the Common Assessment Framework (HM Government, 2006c).

 

People in this group will include practitioners in Children’s Social Care, health visitors, school SENCOs, children’s centre workers, probation staff, paediatric nurses, midwifes, senior staff nurses, specialist nurses, nurse consultants, nurse managers, health care assistants, nursery nurses, therapy staff, consultants, registrar and house officer, adult mental health and learning difficulties staff and drug and alcohol workers who work regularly with parents.

Group C

Training is for people who:

  • are operational managers in organisations employing staff to work with children and families or with responsibility for commissioning or delivering services
  • have strategic and managerial responsibility for commissioning and delivering services for children and families
  • hold supervisory responsibility in relation to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
  • hold particular professional/organisational authority and a substantial degree of personal responsibility and autonomy to act on child welfare concerns, including those where a child is or may be suffering significant harm
  • work extensively within an inter- or multi-agency context
  • often have responsibility for the work of others.

 

IMPORTANT: Managers should be competent to offer appropriate consultation and advice to practitioners; to challenge effectively; and to facilitate an understanding of the consequences of decision making for the organisation, themselves, practitioners, and children and families.  They should have an in-depth understanding of the processes described in the London Child Protection Procedures and the ability to work with others in a broad range of complex situations.

 

People in this group include social workers, police, paediatricians, and senior nurses with particular responsibilities for safeguarding children, designated/named professionals in health and education.

How do I know that I have got a place?

On receipt of application form, the Safeguarding Training Coordinator will send you an acknowledgment email with confirmation of place.

If you do not receive an acknowledgment email, please contact the Safeguarding Training Coordinator on tel: 020 8356 4826 to check on the status of your application form.

Approximately 2 weeks before the training course, full details will be sent to you via email. Please ensure you check your email on a regular basis. We are trying to cut down on paper in a conscious effort to be environmentally-friendly. A letter with instructions will only be posted to applicants who do not have an email address.

The courses run by the CHSCB are delivered to a multi-agency audience which means that professionals from different organisations and backgrounds join together for a shared learning experience with an emphasis on building relationships and working together*. The CHSCB training encourages the notion that safeguarding children is everybody’s responsibility. The Safeguarding Training Coordinator retains the right to allocate training places at their discretion to ensure good representation from each agency and a multi-agency balance on training courses.

Is there a fee?

All places on CHSCB training courses are free of charge to all agencies mentioned under ‘What course do I pick?’

Is there a non-attendance charging policy?

The CHSCB has introduced a non-attendance charging policy for multi-agency training courses from April 2010. Any delegate who is allocated a place on a CHSCB training course must give 5 days working days notice before the course date if they are unavailable to attend, so that the place can be offered to somebody else.

In the absence of receipt of a cancellation or notification of unavoidable absence, the agency will be charged a £50 non-attendance fee.

If there are genuine extenuating circumstances such as illness that prevents a delegate from attending (which are confirmed by line manager) the agency will not be charged.

Certification

Certificates of attendance from the City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board (CHSCB) are issued to all delegates who have successfully completed a full training course.

All training undertaken by delegates is recorded on a database kept by the CHSCB.