Sefton SCP Training

Sefton SCP will be returning some face to face delivery during Spring 2022. Some training will remain virtually.

Sefton SCP has also produced a wide range of online resources to support practitioners relating to a whole range of safeguarding topics.

**NEW** Useful Links / Learning Resources & Materia

Sefton SCP Bite Size Learning Bursts

Sefton SCP brings a range of learning materials and guidance to support the children’s workforce in safeguarding children.

On this page you will find resources, guidance and even podcasts that should not impact on your time, the intention is to provide bite size opportunities for learning bringing confidence and knowledge to everyday practice.

We have introduced Podcasts and webinars which will provide a great opportunity to focus on a particular aspect of practice. Further guidance and opportunities for learning will be added in the future practice.

CLICK HERE to access our range of resources (updated August 2020).  This resource will be reviewed and updated so keep checking for more useful links.

Sefton SCP are committed to meeting the needs of Sefton Children’s Workforce, if there is an area of practice you would like to explore and is not included please contact Louise Roberts who will endeavour to source further information.

On-Line / E-Learning Training

Sefton SCP - Striving to Safeguard Sefton's Children and Young People

Due to COVID-19 virtual training is available. If you are able to and wish to extend your professional development, we have extended our online training offer. This may be particularly useful if you have been advised to work from home or are having difficulties in accessing any face to face training opportunities in the future.

On this page you can access a wide range of free or low-cost e-learning designed to support work to safeguard children and young people. Please note courses and e-learning have their own registration requirements and have not been developed by SSCP. For this reason, we are unable to monitor the quality and content.                  

The following questions may help you think how you can prioritise and make best use of accessing e-learning:

  • What are your organisations priorities or training needs analysis?
  • What are your gaps in your safeguarding knowledge?
  • Are you part of a senior leadership team and you wish to introduce a programme of training to your team that can be easily accessed?
  • How will you plan for training to be accessed e.g. as part of induction, quarterly, yearly, following appraisal and supervision?
  • How will you record engagement and access to the learning? E.g. on a table, confirmation of an email, email register, timeline, virtual staff meeting?
  • How will you measure the effectiveness of training and impact on future practice and learning? E.g. evaluation, feedback from individual, identified priorities of improvement, pledges?
  • Will you request a commitment or action plan following completion e.g. a new policy, a change in approach during face to face work, increased confidence and knowledge?
  • How will this help you identify future safeguarding priorities?

Remember if you are committing to something you need to see how it has impacted.

Sefton SCP has developed a template table containing all the on-line training on offer from various sectors.  You can download the template table here and adapt to reflect how you record your individual learning or to keep a record of how your team are accessing some of the resources.  For further information contact Sefton SCP Learning & Development Officer, Louise Roberts by emailing

NOTE: Sefton Safeguarding Children Partnership is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) (Education)


Sefton SCP is delivering the Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) Training for Sefton Schools and Colleges ONLY.  

DSL training will be held virtually and will be a half day session.

Dates: check available dates on the Sefton SCP Training Calendar.

For clarification:

As the Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) in a School or College you must undertake the following training:

  • Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) Education compliant training (this training is suitable for those new to the role of DSL and for those who need a refresher) it is recommended this training is updated by the individual DSL every 2 years.

and in addition;

  • ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children’ Level 2 (Level 2 is equivalent to Intercollegiate Safeguarding Training Level 3)

It is recommended that DSLs refresh this training every 2 years.

If you need any further information, please contact, Sefton SCP Business Team.

Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2)


NSPCC Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) – A tool to support you to confidently and accurately identify neglect

Improving the recognition of child neglect and providing effective support for a child impacted by neglectful or sub-optimal parenting is a top priority for the Sefton Partnership. To support multi-agency safeguarding practice, and to enable practitioners to confidently and effectively recognise neglect, Graded Care Profile 2(GCP2) is being re-implemented in Sefton.

A programme of Full Training and Refresher Training sessions are now available to practitioners across the partnership delivered by Sefton Council. On completion Practitioners will be licenced to use the GCP2 tool. This will include: School Nurses, Health Visitors, other Health Practitioners, Early Help Workers, YOS staff, Family Support Staff from the CVS, Children’s Social workers, and Relevant School Staff.

What is the Graded Care Profile2?

  • It is an evidence-based assessment tool for evaluating levels of parental care
  • Uses Maslow’s hierarchy of needs to ensure comprehensive coverage of child’s needs
  • Uses a graded scale (1-5) to capture levels of child’s physical and emotional care
  • Can help identify parental strengths and concerns
  • Targets aspects of neglectful care
  • Provides evidence that can inform intervention and care planning
  • Is used with single assessments, early help assessments or specialist assessments

The GCP2 is an evidence-based neglect tool which has been evaluated and updated by the NSPCC. It is a tool which aims to deepen practice around neglect and to support practitioners of different disciplines to identify whether and to what extent an individual child’s needs are being met by capturing the quality of care provided by a parent/carer.

Strengths of GCP2

  • Improved assessment process
  • More objective, evidence based
  • Unpacks the parenting capacity – improved breadth and depth of assessment
  • Promotes child centred approach
  • Participative process which encourages parental engagement
  • Multi-agency tool which can be used by practitioners from different settings

For further information contact:


Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Resources

The safety and wellbeing of children and young people is a concern for everyone.  Whatever their background, most parents and carers of children want the very best for their children and most do their utmost to ensure that they are achieving, developing well and growing up safe from harm.

Sefton SCP has collated some useful resources to support raising awareness of safeguarding children in BAME communities.

CLICK HEREto access and download the information and resources.

Unaccompanied Asylum Seeking Children (UASC) Resources

Raising Awareness of Unaccompanied Migrant Children and Child Victims of Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

Sefton LSCB has produced a suite of resources for practitioners to utilise to raise awareness and provide an understanding of UASC and associated issues.

CLICK HERE to access the table of resources.


Title Occurences  
Child Exploitation Training 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Children & Young People's Mental Health (Assessing and Managing Mental Health Difficulties Experienced by C&YP) 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Contextual Safeguarding (Inc. HSB/Peer on Peer Abuse) 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSLs) 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Domestic Abuse 'THE CHILD'S VOICE' 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Domestic Abuse (Advanced Level 2) 0 in 0 locations View & Book
Domestic Abuse Awareness 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Managing Allegations Briefing 0 in 0 locations View & Book
Protecting Children Against Exploitation 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Safer Recruitment Event for Sefton’s Children’s Workforce 1 in 1 locations View & Book
SERIOUS Training (Self Harm/Suicide Prevention) 0 in 0 locations View & Book
SMART Record Keeping (30 minute briefing) 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Supporting Children & Families Impacted by Drug/ Alcohol/Mental Health Issues in Sefton 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Working Together to Safeguard Children 2 in 1 locations View & Book