Sefton Local Safeguarding Children Partnership


Sefton SCP Training during COVID19 Restrictions

During COVID19 restrictions, Sefton SCP has moved training to virtual delivery.  Once restrictions are eased further, Sefton SCP will consider which courses can return to face to face delivery.  Some training will remain virtually.

This has been challenging for the team however we have arranged a host of virtual briefing sessions to keep you up to date. 

Visit the 'training calendar' to view the courses on offer.  

Sefton SCP has also produced a wide range of online resources to support practitioners relating to a whole range of safeguarding topics.  See Useful Links/Resources Page.

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

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 LSCB 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 LSCB Learning & Development Officer, Louise Roberts by emailing

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

Online / ELearning Courses and Links

Virtual College

Virtual College has produced a range of free e-learning courses in subjects such as Safeguarding Children, Health and Well-Being, Understanding Animal Welfare in Violent Homes, An Introduction to GDPR, Understanding Young Minds, Female Genital Mutilation, Keep Them Safe: Protecting Children from CSE, Awareness of Forced Marriage, Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and Get Moving, Get Healthy.

Virtual College have also made some useful resource packs, infographics and other resources available to down load from their website at

Child Sexual Abuse

At the heart of Seen and Heard is a video-based 60-minute e-learning module, built around the real experiences and stories of young people, told in their own words. One hour of your time could make all the difference.

Child Sexual Exploitation

Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and Virtual College have teamed up to provide this short (20 to 30 minutes) online course designed for parents and carers. Please note that this on-line package is also suitable for staff, professionals and practitioners who work with children.

Suicide Prevention

The session will describe how to recognise the warning signs and safeguard someone that could be contemplating suicide.

Zero Suicide Alliance - FAQs

Channel Awareness - (Home Office)

This training package is for anyone who may be asked to contribute to, sit on, or even run a Channel Panel.

Prevent Awareness - (Home Office)

Introduction to the Prevent Duty, aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

Prevent Referrals - (Home Office)

This package builds on the Prevent awareness eLearning training. It is designed to make sure that when we share a concern that a vulnerable individual may be being radicalised, that the referral is robust, informed and with good intention, and that the response to that concern is considered, and proportionate.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Recognising and Preventing FGM.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Resource Pack (HM Govt)

Female genital mutilation (FGM) guidance, case studies and support materials for local authorities, professional services and specialist voluntary organisations.

NSPCC Training (paid online courses)

The NSPCC has a range of online safeguarding and child protection training courses for anyone working or volunteering with children and young people. These courses carry a fee.

Antibullying Alliance

The course provides a greater understanding of difference between bullying and relationship conflict, bullying in schools, group behaviour and roles involved in bullying.

Self-Harm and Risky Behaviour

The MindEd Self-Harm and Risky Behaviour online module is aimed at a universal audience and provides the background to self-harm in children and teenagers, common associated conditions and the optimal approach to managing it in the community.

Gender Non-Conforming Young People

Online learning course to help healthcare and other staff understand the needs of gender nonconforming young people.

#Live Skills

Online learning course to help healthcare and other staff understand the needs of gender nonconforming young people.

NICE - Children’s attachment

Attachment in children and young people who are adopted from care, in care or at high risk of going into care.

Awareness of Forced Marriage

This online course aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform you of the correct actions to take should you suspect someone is at risk of forced marriage.

Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online 

This free online course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work.

Child Neglect

Online learning course with accompanying workshop to discover what to do when presented with cases of neglect.

Resources for training multi-agency participant groups in identifying and dealing with child neglect.

ECPAT UK Child Trafficking

Online learning course ‘In Your Hands – Safeguarding Child Victims of Trafficking’ to increase awareness of trafficked children.

Safeguarding Matters: Disabled Children

This session will describe why disabled children and young people are vulnerable to abuse, explore how to respond where abuse is suspected and offer guidance on how to build the resilience of disabled children and young people and their families.

Future Learn

Future Learn offers a diverse selection of free courses from leading universities and cultural institutions around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.  Find out more on their website  – some examples of recent courses.

How Can You Take Your Teaching Online?

Online learning has rapidly emerged and is now found in every area of education, from schools to skills training. More people than ever learn through online courses. But teaching online is different. If you work in education or training at any level, you need to develop new skills and understanding in order to make the right decisions, make the most of the opportunities, and overcome common challenges.


Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) (Education)


Designated Safeguarding Leads (DSL) (in Education)

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

Due to COVID19 restrictions, DSL training will be held virtually and will be a half day session.

Dates: check available dates on the LSCB Training Calendar or click the link below.

You can apply online by completing the following  booking link


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) this training must be 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)

The DSL has to undertake this every 2 years in order to be fully compliant with the DSL contribution to inter-agency working (Keeping Children Safe in Education - DfE)

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

Training Calendar

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

CLICK HERE to 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.

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