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The HSCB is responsible for developing local policies for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, in relation to the learning and development of practitioners who work with children or in services affecting the safety and welfare of children.

The HSCB will also evaluate the quality of this learning, and ensure that relevant learning and development is provided by individual organisations and checking that the learning is reaching the relevant staff within organisations.

The purpose of training for inter-agency work at both strategic and operational levels is to achieve better outcomes for children and young people by developing:

  • A shared understanding of the tasks, processes, principles, roles and responsibilities outlined in national guidance and local arrangements for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare;
  • More effective and integrated services at both the strategic and individual case level;
  • Improved communication and information sharing between professionals, including a common understanding of key terms, definitions and thresholds for action;
  • Effective working relationships, including an ability to work in multi-disciplinary groups or teams;
  • Sound child focused assessments and decision making;
  • Learning from Serious Case Reviews (SCRs) and reviews of child deaths.

The HSCB Conference: Safeguarding Children Living with Domestic Abuse took place on 21st March 2013.   Evaluation of the event is available via HSCB. 

The Working Together to Safeguard Children 2012 guidance is now available and this guidance will inform our training programme for 2013/14.  In the meantime we have a number of Safeguarding and Child Protection Training courses available:

Effective Multi Agency Safeguarding and Child Protection

Safeguarding and Child Protection for Managers/Designated Officers

Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness Raising Workshops

Graded Care Profile

PREVENT Training

Safeguarding Children with Disabilities

Please contact the HSCB for further information relating to these courses via

HSCB Learning and Development Strategy 2012- 2013

Learning and development course application forms

Learning and development course cancellation forms

Learning and Development Training Evaluation Form

Safeguarding Learning and Development Suggested Targeted Groups from Working Together