SSCP Training Charter

The value of SSCP multi-agency training in safeguarding children lies largely in the rich and diverse experiences of participants who attend as well as the knowledge, experience and preparation of the trainers. They each bring a unique perspective to the learning process.

Some courses, however, are affected by poor attendance, both by failure to attend and by some people missing parts of the course. This can result in disruption to the course as well as a reduced capacity to learn from each other.

Courses are funded by the SSCP and are FREE to all. When courses are under-subscribed there are cost implications as venues and materials still have to be paid for.

In order to maximise the efficiency of training all agencies are asked to adhere to the following expectations.

Expectations of SSCP Training Team

  • To provide information about courses available via the website and e-communications.
  • To inform prospective participants about course places three weeks prior to the course and to send details of venue and course schedule.
  • To inform line managers and service leads when participants fail to attend or miss parts of the course.
  • To feed back any training issues to the Strategic Workforce Development Group and/or Training Pool.
  • To maintain a record of course attendance and to provide statistics to the LSCB regarding uptake.

Expectations of trainers

  • To prepare thoroughly for delivery of training by reading the trainers' pack, meeting with co-trainers and knowing the SSCP procedures relating to the course subject.
  • To maintain co-operative relationships with co-trainers and, by this, show a commitment to inter-agency working together.
  • To be a reliable time keeper, both in preparation and attendance at courses and to follow the programme.
  • To create a safe emotional environment for participants.
  • To maintain a suitable and safe physical learning environment.
  • To provide feedback to training pool about practice and training issues which arise in training courses.
  • To provide feedback to agencies about unsafe practice if noted during training by following the guidelines for cases where there are concerns about a participant's ability to safeguard children as necessary.
  • To be willing to participate in an annual review of own training performance and training needs.
  • To show a commitment to personal development in order to maintain competence.

Expectations of participants


  • To confirm attendance within 3 working days having received notification that a place is available.
  • To ensure their line manager has agreed to their attendance.
  • To inform the training team immediately if not able to attend and to give the reason for this.
  • To inform the training team of any special requirements they have to assist participation, i.e. large print handouts.

During the course

  • To adhere to the time schedule of the course.
  • To show respect for other course participants, especially when debating the issues.
  • To take responsibility for their own learning during the course, by asking questions, making a contribution to group work and interacting generally with other participants and trainers.
  • To give the trainers any constructive criticism about course content or training methods/skills either verbally or by use of the evaluation form.
  • To inform the trainers of any safety or comfort issues during the course.
  • To inform trainers if they have to leave the course at any point and to give the reason for this. (This should only be in cases of sickness or emergency).
  • To feedback to their agencies and colleagues any learning from the course relevant to practice.

Expectations of line managers

  • To nominate staff before the closing date.
  • To ensure staff have met the prerequisites for the particular course.
  • To release staff for the full time of the course and to arrange appropriate cover for their workload, including dealing with emergencies.
  • To feed back to the Training Pool or Strategic Workforce Development Group, via the Training Coordinator, any issues from training which need addressing by these groups.
  • To inform the training team if members of staff booked on courses are unable to attend (if the staff member can not do this themselves).

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