Early Years and Childcare Providers Safeguarding Training

Please see the information on our dedicated Early Years and Childcare page.


Schools' Safeguarding Training

Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership (SSP) 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) Sept 2016 recommends that staff are updated ‘at least annually’.

Section 13 states - All staff members should receive appropriate safeguarding and child protection training which is regularly updated. In addition, all staff members should receive safeguarding and child protection updates (for example, via email, e-bulletins and staff meetings), as required, but at least annually, to provide them with relevant skills and knowledge to safeguard children effectively.

SSP recommends that schools give 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.


Schools Choice is Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership's endorsed provider of Safeguarding training and can be contacted on:


Model Safeguarding Policy

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


Additional Safeguarding Training

Members of the workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking Section 47 enquiries, including professionals from Health, Early Help, Education, Police and Children’s Social Care, those who work with complex cases under CAF and social work staff or those who undertake a DSL role or are the safeguarding lead in SSP and Local Authority partner agencies, are required to attend higher level training every three years called ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’.


This course is run by the Workforce Development team and can be accessed through:


What Safeguarding Training Do I Need?

If you are unsure of what safeguarding training you require, the information below may help you:


Frequency of Safeguarding Training

All staff new to post in Suffolk should undertake the safeguarding training relevant for their role. Please refer to the Competences Does Matter document above for a summary of role specific training. As a minimum all staff should undertake the LSCB ME Learning online training (details can be found further down this page).

All professionals working in safeguarding should refresh their safeguarding training every two to three years. Social Workers and Family Support Practitioners should discuss the need to refresh their safeguarding training with their manager at their PDR.


Delivery of Multi-Agency Safeguarding Training

Suffolk Safeguarding Partnership 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


Safeguarding Presentations

The PowerPoint Presentation slides below and additional paperwork, can be used to deliver the half day Introduction to Safeguarding Children Training:


We have also developed some slides below which can be used to deliver training on Child Sexual Exploitation and Gangs and County Lines. They can be used as stand alone training or as part of more detailed safeguarding training.


Quality Assurance and Endorsement of Safeguarding Training

Partnership Partners' safeguarding training can be quality assured by our Professional Advisors, Tracy Murphy -, and Sadie Cable -, or contact us on 01473 265359 and we will advise you.


Safeguarding Online Training Courses - ME Learning

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

There are also several other courses available ranging from information about the Care Act, Neglect, Domestic Abuse, Mental Capacity and lots more. A full list can be found below.

ME Learning Courses

Please note - this 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.


* Please note that from Tuesday 15th October, all courses previously hosted on ME Learning will now appear on the website.*

To access the ME Learning courses, please visit and register. The instructions below will help access the courses:


If you have any questions please contact the Suffolk County Council Workforce Development Team on 



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