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The Isle of Wight Safeguarding Children Partnership carries out annual training needs analysis, and from this, creates a programme of safeguarding training and development for the year. Our Workforce Development Training Policy is available here

How to Book:

  • Book your ticket on Eventbrite via the links in each training course below. We recommend you use the Eventbrite option to add the ticket/course to your Outlook calender.
  • Please be aware that not all training venues/training rooms will be accessible to delegates before the start of a training course.

Cancellations and Charges:

  • The IOWSCP provides free-to-attend training which is funded by the Safeguarding Partners.
  • If an individual cannot attend a course, please either cancel the ticket via Eventbrite or arrange for a suitable colleague to attend instead. Please inform us at SCP@iow.gov.uk if you will be sending a colleague in your place.
  • To cancel a ticket, log into Eventbrite (you will have created an account to obtain a ticket), click on Your Tickets, then the appropriate ticket, and then Cancel Order. Should you experience any difficulties please contact us at  scp@iow.gov.uk  or 01983 814545.
  • If an individual fails to cancel their ticket or cancels within 48 hours of a course, agencies will be charged a non-attendance fee of £120 (per whole training day).
  • For Face-to-face courses, a register listing those who have booked tickets will be at every training course and  it is the responsibility of attendees to sign the register as a record of their attendance . For virtual courses, the trainer will be provided with the details of those who have booked tickets and will record all attendees and mark those not in attendance.

General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR):

From the 25th May 2018 new data protection regulations (GDPR) came into effect about how organisations communicate with you and look after your data. By booking onto the events below, you are giving consent to receive pre and post-event communication and materials including an evaluation survey. For more details please see our Privacy Notice

Due to government guidance on COVID-19 our face-to-face training courses have been cancelled.

General Safeguarding

Launch of the:

HIPS Unborn Baby Protocol Launch Events

The Unborn Baby Protocol is a multi-agency protocol which sets out how to respond to concerns for unborn babies and new born babies, with an emphasis on clear and regular communications between professionals working with the mother and her family where risk is identified.

The sessions are aimed at professionals across the HIPS area who will directly or indirectly come into contact with children and families.

This multi-agency event is to launch the revised protocol and enable professionals:

  • To revisit and refresh minds in relation to the HIPS wide unborn baby protocol
  • To increase understanding as to each professionals role in utilising it
  • To understand the key changes and additions made to the unborn baby protocol
  • To share the new and revised tools available within the protocol and for professionals to understand how and when to use these

This event will be delivered via Microsoft Teams.

Please ensure you read the Cancellation and Charges section on this page

Tuesday 16th March 2021
(3 sessions - please select one of the times below)

9.30am - 11am

1pm - 2.30pm

7pm - 8.30pm
Engaging and Working with Fathers in Child Protection
(Level 3)


Working with fathers in child protection is an important part of safeguarding children, but it can be challenging, especially if they present a risk to their children.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe three different approaches to fatherhood.
  • Explain the legal status of different types of father.
  • Choose an appropriate strategy to engage both absent and present fathers as part of a whole family approach
  • Incorporate an analysis of a father’s strengths and risks into written records and professional assessments.
  • Involve fathers in the safety planning and monitoring process for children in need of protection.

Please ensure you read the Cancellation and Charges section on this page

Wednesday 17th and Wednesday 24th March 2021
9am - 1pm
Working Together to Safeguard Children
(Level 3)


This blended learning course will provide an understanding to staff who regularly investigate, and/or contribute to supporting children at risk of abuse and/or their families. This includes through multi-agency safeguarding procedures and assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of the child where there are safeguarding concerns.

This virtual course consists of a work book and a full-day Zoom webinar. 

***Please note that applicants for this course must have completed Level 2 training and be working confidently at this level to be suitable for Level 3 training***

Learning outcomes:

  • Provide an overview of relevant legislation and guidance to include updates within Working Together 2018, Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 and Local Policy and Procedures for Safeguarding Children on the Isle of Wight.
  • Outline other areas of abuse of children e.g. Peer-on-Peer abuse , FGM and County Lines.
  • Understand the risks associated with Domestic Abuse, Parental Alcoholism, Parental Mental Health and Safeguarding Children.
  • Identify the meaning of Think Family.
  • How to measure the extent of abuse and neglect using the local thresholds chart for intervening with abused and neglected children.
  • Understand the local process for referral and assessment of children.

Please ensure you read the Cancellation and Charges section on this page

Thursday 25th March 2021
9.30 - 4pm

*Tickets will be available soon*

Children's Reception Team (CRT) and Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH)

Level 2

Via Microsoft Teams

An overview of the role and function of the CRT and MASH team when a referral is initially made to Children's Services.

Trainer: Andy Jacobs, Team Manager MASH/CRT

Wednesday 28th April 2021, 9.30am-11am

*Tickets will be available soon*

HIPS Health CERAF - As a Health Professional, What Do I Need to Know?

Intercollegiate training level three

Via Microsoft Teams

This training, designed specifically for all health practitioners, aims to develop understanding and awareness of the different and evolving types of exploitation that children may experience and seeks to empower health professionals to recognise and respond to any identified risk factors.

Wednesday 5th May 2021, 9.30am-11am

*Tickets will be available soon*

HSCP & IOWSCP Understanding, Identifying and Responding to Neglect

Via Microsoft Teams

Trainer: Kathy Marriott

Wednesday 5th May 2021, 1.30pm-3pm

*Tickets will be available soon*

Missing, Exploited and Trafficked Children (MET)

Level 3

Via Zoom

This course aims to provide the participants with a greater understanding of Child Sexual Exploitation, Criminal Exploitation (including County Lines), Child Trafficking and Children who go Missing.

Trainer: Simon Snell, SAFE

** Applicants for this course must have completed Level 2 training and be working confidently at this level to be suitable for Level 3 training**

Wednesday 19th May 2021, 9.30am-4pm
*Tickets will be available soon*

Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People

Level 3

Via Zoom

This blended learning course will provide an understanding to staff who regularly investigate, and/or contribute to supporting children at risk of abuse and/or their families.

Trainer: Fiona Lee, SAFE

** Applicants for this course must have completed Level 2 training and be working confidently at this level to be suitable for Level 3 training**

Wednesday 9th June 2021, 9.30am-4pm

*Tickets will be available soon*

Teenage Sexual Behaviours

Level 2

Via Microsoft Teams.

Ths half-day workshop will provide an opportunity in which to explore and consider information and views in relation to sexual relationships and behaviour between children and adolescents.

This course is for Isle of Wight professionals only.

A date for this course will be advertised shortly

(Level 1)
This resource provides a flexible way of learning more about the Prevent duty and what individuals and organisations in the FE sector need to do. Other education sectors will also find it useful.There are modules for: Practitioners, Support Staff, Leaders and Managers, and Governors and Board members.

This online course is not run by the IOWSCP, therefore if you need assistance in accessing this course, please click here

Safeguarding Issues

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SOS+ County Lines Professionals' training webinar

IOW session Tuesday, 9th March 2021

Delivered by the St Giles Trust, it focuses on the realities and consequences of involvement with ‘County Lines’. 

Our Gangs & County Lines Professionals' Session consists of speakers utilising their lived experience within the criminal justice system to unpack the realities and consequences of county lines drug smuggling, gang involvement, criminal exploitation and serious youth violence. Perspectives from previous perpetrators and runners/transporters, combined with relevant case studies, aid audiences in gaining an authentic and credible understanding of this complex and cross-cutting issue.
The training has been delivered to a range of professionals working with at-risk young people across England and Wales.

The 90-minute training includes a Q&A session and is open to IOW professionals working with young people involved with, or at risk of, County Lines.

Book onto the FREE IOW Session here: https://stgilestrust-org-uk.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WJPomTPQTTuDJdOx5g2KiQ

Covid-19 e-learning
The Virtual College
Isle of Wight Council training coursesThere are a number of courses available for both the adults and children's workforce. 
Visit the IWC website here
All In Your HeadDomestic abuse and coercive control take cantre stage in a livestream performance of 'All in your head'. 

Women’s experiences of domestic abuse and coercive control will be brought to light in the one-woman
show All In Your Head, a pay what you can, live theatrical experience for audiences across the UK, in the
socially distant setting of YouTube livestream

All In Your Head is based on the real accounts of survivors, sharing their stories while showing that “just
leaving” isn’t as simple as it sounds.

Naomi Sparrow will portray the many subtle and covert ways that mental, emotional, and physical abuse
show up in relationships as she brings the script from internationally-nominated playwright Safaa
Benson-Effiom to life. Wellbeing Practitioner Lou Platt, from I May Destroy You, will also support the

All In Your Head will be performed on Sunday 14th February, at 7pm. Tickets are available on a sliding scale from £0 upwards to ensure everybody who needs to see the show, can.
Domestic Abuse
Against Violence and Abuse Charity (VAV)

AVA is an independent charity offering free webinars and online training through Home Office funding. Click on the links for more details about the course and booking information. Please book your space as soon as possible to secure a place as these free spaces will book up quickly as some of the others are fully booked already. 

Safeguarding awareness training for workers who enter people's homes

The NSPCC have temporarily made their paid-for online safeguarding course free in order to keep children safe. 

The 15-minute interactive elearning course will help workers who enter or have access to people’s homes to:

  • recognise the signs of possible child abuse and neglect
  • report concerns either through your work channels, the NSPCC helpline or, if the concern is urgent, the police
  • support those who may have already witnessed signs of child abuse and provide advice.
To access the course visit their website here 
DARE Toolkit
Hampton Trust

Using 25 years of experience of working with domestic abuse perpetrators and incorporated tried and tested approaches, the Hampton Trust have developed a Domestic Abuse Routing Enquiry (DARE) Toolkit. DARE is designed to enhance your service delivery and to give you quick and easy tips and techniques in engaging domestic abuse perpetrators to nudge them into services. The aim is not to provide additional work, rather to improve what you currently do. Please see attached details to register your interest for FREE training. 

Reducing Parental Conflict

Conflict between parents is normal, but if exposure is frequent, intense and poorly resolved, this can have a damaging impact on children, resulting in long-term mental health issues and emotional, social, behavioural and academic problems as they grow up.

Did you know?

  • Where a child lives with both parents in the same household, more than 1 in 10 (11%) of children have at least one parent who reports relationship distress.
  • Children living in workless families are 3 times more likely to experience parental conflict that in families where both parents are in work.
  • Children in workless families are almost twice as likely to live with at least one parent reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression. They are also nearly twice as likely to fail to reach expected levels at all stages of their education.

Two leaflets are avaialble on the subject, the first is aimed at professionals looking to find out more information and how they can access free training and the second leaflet provides information and support for families. Further information is also available on the reducing parental conflict webpages for both professionals and families. These pages are being continually updated with information, videos and resources to use as well as information about the training.

9th February 202,- 9.30 to 13.00: Recognising and supporting parents in parental conflict: Applying knowledge, skills and techniques
Click here to book tickets as IWC staff. Click here to book tickets as external staff

10th March 2021,  9.30 to 13.00: Working with parents in conflict: How do I support, refer or intervene?
Click here to book tickets as IWC staff. Click here to book tickets as external staff

DSL Conference

The first virtual DSL Conference was held on the 10th July 2020.

With feedback that led the content of the conference, as well as some important updates from KCSIE and how safeguarding has continued to be a multi-agency priority during the pandemic, it was an informative day and provides a good refresher and introduction to interventions, current and new services.
Access the virutal conference video here

NB: The content of this conference is aimed at DSL’s in educational and early years settings and is not for wider distribution. If you would like to use any of the material please could you request this directly from the appropriate presenter.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) Training For Designated Safeguarding Leads and their nominated deputies in Early Years Settings, Schools, Colleges and Childminders.
Delegates should be familiar with Keeping Children Safe in Education (2019) and there is an expectation that they have attended a level 2 safeguarding training course/event.
This course is aimed at Designated Safeguarding Leads and their nominated deputies in education settings. It aims to explain the expectations of the role to you and looks at some of the issues you could face whilst practising in this role. The course will also look at how delegates can start preparing their workplace for the safeguarding element of an Ofsted inspection. Visit the IWC website here for details
Suicide Prevention Training Zero Suicide Alliance have two types of suicide awareness training available, which provide a better understanding of the signs to look out for and the skills required to approach someone who is struggling. These can be access here 
MARM - Multi-Agency Risk Management  The IOW Safeguarding Adults Board have developed a podcast detailing a brief overview of what MARM is, how it relates to safeguarding, when it should be used, what a good MARM meeting should look like and where you can find further information if you need it. Access it on the IOWSAB website.
Hidden Sentence Training
A  1 day training course for all professionals who work with children and families, including children’s centre workers, social care staff, school staff, play workers, health visitors, family support teams and those working in the Criminal Justice System. This course gives a clear overview of the issues facing the families of prisoners and offenders and provides a range of strategies and resources to help you support them.
Learning Outcomes:
  • Understand the impact of imprisonment on prisoners’ & offenders’ families.    
  • Understand the prison system
  • Understand the support needs of prisoners’ & offenders’ families
  • Critically evaluate the use and importance of knowledge about the needs and wishes of prisoners’ and offenders’ families
  • Understand how to improve the coordination of services to provide more effective support for those affected by the imprisonment or offending of a family member
  • Critically reflect on how to improve own practice in supporting prisoners’ & offenders’ families

For more information and a booking form please contact:  amelia.brennan@barnardos.org.uk
Training course flyer available here

How Do I? Training

How do I ….? Supporting Children and Families Affected by Key Attachment Figure Offending. 
This new half-day workshop, developed by Barnardo’s, provides a follow-on training to Hidden Sentence and awareness raising workshops and focuses on the practice of supporting children and families affected by a family member offending.

Aimed at frontline staff working directly with children and families, it is a very practical workshop which provides:

  • Guidance on how to assess the needs of children and families affected by key attachment figure offending.
  • Guidance about how to develop support plans that meets the needs of children and families affected by key attachment figure offending.
  • Guidance about how to support children and families: ask the difficult questions, consider safeguarding implications, access the most effective resources, liaise with the appropriate agencies and support parents to talk to their children.

For more information and a booking form please contact:  amelia.brennan@barnardos.org.uk
Training course flyer available here

Targeted Early Help

Barnardo's provide Targeted Early Help services through a range of parenting courses/workshops for parents/carers. These are held at their centres. If more appropriate, one to one sessions with parents or family in a centre can be held.  Services available can assist with:

  • Building a bond with a baby
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Supporting children's learning through play
  • Developing a child's communication
  • Advice on safety and first aid
  • Advice on smoke free homes
  • Advice on money management
  • Parenting skills for toddlers, pre-school, primary aged children, teenagers
  • Advice on health eating and nutrition
  • Advice and support for children with ADHD
  • Advice and support for children with ASC
Barnardo's Responses for Requests Form is available here

These service offers have been adjusted in light of the Covid19 restrictions.  Please find here their current interim service offer and contact details here

Multi-Agency Forensic CAMHS and Harmful Sexual Behaviours Forum Workshop Suitable for all practitioners and managers of the multi-agency IOW workforce, the open forum is an opportunity for practitioners/managers to consult with the IOW/Hampshire FCAMHS service on a variety of subjects.
These workshops are taking place virtually via Microsoft Teams.
For further information and to attend please contact Steve.Whorwood@iow.gov.uk
Sexual Behaviours:
Traffic Light Tool Training
Brook's nationally recognised Sexual Behaviours Traffic Light Tool training provides a highly visible, multi-agency response that helps professionals identify and respond apppropriately to sexual behaviours. This indepth course aims to:
1. Recognise sexual behaviours and differentiate between those which are developmental/health and those which are unhealthy/harmful.
2. Explore your own values and understand how they impact on decision making
3. Develop a common language around development and unhealthy sexual behaviours