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 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’.

The Ofsted Inspection Framework states:- Staff, leaders, governors and supervisory bodies (where appropriate) and volunteers receive appropriate training on safeguarding that is updated regularly and know their responsibilities with respect to the protection of children, young people and vulnerable adults.

The LSCB would rather that schools gave regular (at least annually, in line with KCSIE) updates for staff on recent safeguarding issues and agendas. 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.

Most schools now have trained safeguarding trainers and Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) who are trained to deliver Safeguarding training in their school.

Schools Choice is the LSCB endorsed provider of Safeguarding training and can provide the following:

  • Basic Introduction to Safeguarding (School Staff and Governors)
  • Designated Safeguarding Leads (School Staff and Governors)
  • On-Line Safety Training
  • Single Central Record training
  • Safeguarding Training for Trainers (T4T)
  • Restraint training

Schools Choice 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

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

Delivery of Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training

Suffolk LSCB does not deliver Safeguarding training. This is now the responsibility of the Suffolk Workforce Development Team. They can be contacted at

Further information on all training courses available through CYP Workforce Development can be accessed via the following link

Quality Assurance and Endorsement of Safeguarding Training

As part of the LSCB's Learning and Improvement Strategy, Training can be quality assured by the Board's Professional Advisor. Partner’s training reports will be monitored and reviewed by the LSCB Learning and Improvement sub-group to ensure that the quality, scope and effectiveness of single and multi-agency training is meeting local need.

If you are considering getting your course endorsed by the LSCB – Here is the Quality Assurance Framework we will need to complete with you: Single agency training evaluation - June 2015 or contact us on 01473 265359 and we will help you.

Suffolk LSCB Safeguarding Children Online Training Courses

Single agency training is the responsibility of each organisation to ensure that those staff whose work brings them into contact with children and young people, whether this is directly or indirectly by contact with their families, should undertake introductory safeguarding training. Whilst the LSCB advocates face to face training, it recognises that this is not always possible.

In order to support our partners the LSCB are now able to offer the ME e-Learning Safeguarding Children Courses which are designed to ensure that all staff receive the initial training that will enable them to understand and recognise potential signs of abuse or neglect.

Read more about online training courses  

This page was updated on 21 June 2017 (2 days ago)

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