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Professionals Training Pathways

Level groups

  1. Effective communication and engagement with children, young people and families;
  2. Children and young people development;
  3. Safeguarding and promoting children and young people welfare;
  4. Multi-agency working;
  5. Information sharing.

Refresher training

  • Named, Designed Leads for Child Protection should undertake refresher training every 2 years as directed by agency specific guidance.
  • Everyone else, every 3 years or as directed by agency specific guidance.


111Those who have occasional contact with children, young people and/or parents/carers.
222-3Those in regular or in intensive but irregular contact with children, young people and/or parents/carers.
232-3Those who work predominantly with children, young people and/or parents/ carers.
344-5Those who have particular specialist child protection responsibilities.
354-5Professional advisers and designated leads for child protection.
464Operational managers of services for children, young people and/or parents / carers.
575Senior managers responsible for strategic management of services for children, young people and/or parents/carers.
  • Members of Local Safeguarding Children Boards./ Multi-agency safeguarding partnerships.
  • Board Level for Chief Executive Officers, Trust and Health Board Executive and non-executive directors/members, commissioning body Directors.



Level / GroupsProfessional Competency

Level 1 / Group 1

(Inter-Collegiate level 1)

  • Understanding what is child abuse and being able to recognise potential signs and indicators of abuse and neglect;
  • Awareness of the organisation’s basic safeguarding children procedures;
  • Awareness of who within the organisation should be contacted regarding any concern about a child’s safety or welfare (including who to contact if that person is unavailable);
  • Awareness of who within the organisation should be contacted regarding any concern about a colleague’s behaviour towards a child or potential risk that they may present;
  • Awareness of the expected standards of behaviour by staff towards children.

Level 2/ Groups 2-3

(Inter- Collegiate Levels 2-3)

  • Documentation and sharing of information regarding concerns;
  • Using the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (: Own safeguarding roles and responsibilities;
  • Working together to identify, assess and meet the needs of children where there are safeguarding concerns. To identify child focused interventions and measurable outcomes;
  • Understanding the possible impact of parenting difficulties, such as domestic abuse, mental health, substance misuse, learning difficulties on parenting capacity;
  • Recognising the importance of family history and functioning;
  • Working with children and family members, including addressing lack of co-operation and superficial compliance within the context of role.

Level 3 / Groups 4-5

(Inter- Collegiate Levels 3-4)

  • Conducting section 47 enquiries, attending Child Protection Conferences and managing Core Groups; roles, responsibilities and collaborative practice;
  • Using professional judgements to make decisions as to whether a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm;
  • Working with complexity;
  • Taking emergency action;
  • Communicating with children in line with interviewing vulnerable witness guidance. • Promoting effective, professional practice;
  • Supervising child protection cases and advising others.

Level 4 / Group 6

(Inter-Collegiate Level 4)

  • Supervising child protection cases. Managing performance to promote effective inter-agency practice;
  • Specialist training to undertake key management and/or supervisory roles in, for example, intake/duty teams.

Level 5 / Group 7-8

(Inter- Collegiate Levels 5-6)

  • Section 11 expectations, roles and responsibilities;
  • Expectations on members in order to promote effective co-operation that improves effectiveness;
  • Current policy, research and practice developments;
  • Implementation of lessons from Serious Case / Learning and Improvement Reviews. Specialist training to undertake specific roles, for example Independent Chair; Business Manager.

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