Suffolk Safeguarding Children Board


Schools Safeguarding Training

Suffolk LSCB has tried not to be overly prescriptive about how often schools deliver training courses. It is important that all new members of staff receive at least 2 hours of Introduction to Safeguarding training and have a good understanding of basic safeguarding. Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) recommends that staff are updated 'at least annually'.

Section 65 of KCSIE states - '...all staff members should receive regular safeguarding and child protection updates (for example via email, e-bulletins, staff meetings) as required, but at least annually to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children.'

The LSCB recommends that this is face to face and could form part of a Professional Development day led by the Designated Safeguarding Lead. Once this has been delivered, staff training records are updated and evaluations kept as evidence. These would sit alongside the ‘basic’ training records to form a complete safeguarding training portfolio for each member of staff.

Schools Choice is the LSCB endorsed provider of Safeguarding training and can be contacted at:

Additional Safeguarding Training for Designated Safeguarding Leads

Designated Safeguarding Leads are required to attend higher level training every three years called – Working Together to Safeguard Children Level 3 (Multi-Agency). This is for staff that may be required to attend Child Protection Conferences. These courses, as well as CAF training, are run by the Workforce Development team and can be accessed through:

Model Safeguarding Policy for Schools

Suffolk Education and Learning colleagues have developed a model Safeguarding Policy for Schools.

What level of training do I need?

If you are unsure of what level of training you require, this guide may help you: WTG levels of training

Quality Assurance and Endorsement of Safeguarding Training

Board Partners' safeguarding training can be quality assured by our Professional Advisor Tracy Murphy – or contact us on 01473 265359 and we will advise you.

Suffolk LSCB Safeguarding Children Online Training Courses

Whilst the LSCB advocates face to face training, it recognises that this is not always possible. To support our partners the LSCB are now able to offer basic introduction level ME e-Learning Safeguarding Children Courses which are designed to ensure staff can recognise potential signs of abuse or neglect and know what they should do. It takes 2-3 hours to complete. All courses are accessed by delegates logging on to the system. A certificate is automatically upon passing the test which can be printed and used as evidenced learning.

To access the ME e-Learning system - Please send an email to giving your name, job title and location. You will then be emailed a link with an ID and Password.

Please note - The ME e-Learning system is not intended to replace Level 3 and 4 ‘face to face’ training for social workers, childminders or staff who attend child protection conferences. It is for Level 1 and 2 Introduction to Safeguarding only.



This page was updated on 4 July 2017 (2 months ago)

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