Course Groups


To ensure that multi-agency training is being accessed by the correct practitioners Working Together 2010 / 2015 describes target audiences (Groups 1-8) based on how much contact a worker has with children and families and job description.  These groups do not correspond to vocational or academic qualifications.  Please note that it is the role of your manager to discuss with you and to determine what training you should access.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough LSCBs only provides training which is multi-agency and is designed to support the needs of a complex multi-disciplinary workforce and may not necessarily meet any one agency’s internal requirements for compliance with professional standards.  Identifying which individual course meets which interagency level is a matter for you to discuss within supervision and with the support of your safeguarding leads within your organisation. Your attendance is greatly valued and we would seek to be flexible and supportive where we can. However, please be aware that we may not be able to accommodate your specific and individual training needs if it prevents us providing multi-agency training to all agencies at the required standard

Group One:

Staff who are in infrequent contact with children, young people and / or parents carers.

This group of staff need a ‘basic’ understanding and ‘awareness’ of safeguarding issues, know how to recognise child abuse, know what normal child development is and to know what to do if they suspect a child is being abused. (Level 1 Training)

Staff include: Librarians, GP receptionists. community advice centre staff, grounds men, recreation assistants, environments health officers.

Group Two:

Those in regular contact or have a period of intense but irregular contact, with children, young people and/or parents/carers including all clinical health staff.

In addition to basic understanding and awareness of safeguarding issues this group of staff need to have an awareness of the necessity of information sharing, assessment (Common assessment framework), accurate recording, knowledge of how to use the escalation policy and an appreciation of their own roles and responsibilities to safeguard children. (Level 2 Training)

Staff include: Housing, hospital staff, YOT staff and staff in secure settings, the police other than those in specialist child protection roles, sports developments officers, disability specialists, faith groups, community youth groups, play scheme volunteers

Group Three:

Members of the workforce who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers.

In addition to the skills needed for Groups 1 and 2 staff within this group need to be aware of the importance of family history, the impact of parenting issues and of working together to identify, assess and meet the needs of children where there are safeguarding issues (Level 3 Training)

Staff include: Paediatricians, GP’s, youth workers, those working in the early years sector, residential staff, midwives, school nurses, health visitors, sexual health staff, teachers, probation staff, sports club welfare officers, those working with adults in, for example, learning disability, mental health, alcohol and drug misuse services, those working in community play schemes

Group Four:
Members of the workforce who have particular responsibilities in : relation to undertaking section 47 enquiries.

This group of staff need to have the skills needed for the above groups and need to have an awareness of section 47 enquiries, taking emergency action, professional judgements, working with complexity and a greater understanding of engagement with children and families. (Level 3 Training) 

Staff include :Professionals from health, trainers, education, police and children’s social care, those who work with complex cases and social work staff responsible for co-ordinating assessments of children in need.

Group Five:

In addition to the content for Groups 1,2,3 and 4 this group of staff need to (if they are advising these groups of staff) have an understanding of promoting effectiveness, professional practice and giving advice to others (Level 3 / 4 Training)

Staff include: Designated Doctors / Designated Safeguarding leads

 Group Six: Operational Managers at all levels

Skills are needed for Groups 1 – 4 (if supervising staff in that group) and this Group of staff need an awareness of supervising child protection cases, managing performance to promote effective interagency practice and specialist training for key roles

Staff include: Practice supervisors, front line managers, and managers of child protection units

Group Seven: Senior Managers responsible for strategic management of services :

In addition to the content for Groups 1,2 and 3 this group need to have an awareness of Section 11 expectations, roles and responsibilities

Staff include: NHS board members

Group Eight: Members of the LSCB

In addition to the content for Groups 1,2 and 3 and roles and responsibilities this group need to have an awareness the expectations of members to promote effective co-operation and improve effectiveness, current policy, lessons learned from serious case reviews and specialist training to undertake their nominated roles.

Staff include: Board members, Independent Chair, Director of Children’s Services, Elected members, Lay members, Members of executive and sub/task Groups, business support team, inter-agency trainers

Health Level

Intercollegiate Level 1 - Access Groups 1 and 2 training courses

Intercollegiate Level 2 - Access Groups 1 and 2 training courses

Intercollegiate Level 3 - Access Group 3 training courses

Intercollegiate Level 4 & 5 - Access Group 3 training courses

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