Learning and development

The North Somerset Children's Safeguarding Partnership offers a full range of multi-agency training opportunities. These aim to promote and reflect the principles of multiagency working, as well as provide a programme that reflects the Board's policies and priorities. 

The programme is agreed by the Learning and Development sub-group. Course content is regularly updated to take into account learning from Serious Case Reviews and national findings.

Core programme

Inter-Agency Child Protection: Basic Awareness 

  • course length: half day
  • who can take it:
    • anyone who works or volunteers with adults or children in North Somerset who doesn't have an introductory course supplied by their employer
    • anyone who works for the council
  • what it covers: signs to look out for and who to tell

Introduction to Inter-Agency Child Protection

  • course length: 9AM to 3PM
  • who can take it
    • whole children's workforce
    • designated safeguarding leads
    • anyone who needs to make decisions using the threshold matrix about single agency interventions and when to refer on.
  • what it covers:
    •  the impact of parental issues on the well-being of children

Advanced Inter-Agency Child Protection

  • course length: one day
  • who can take it
    • those with an active role in Child Protection Investigations
    • designated leads
    • anyone needing a level three course (as per the intercollegiate document for health)

Advanced Inter-Agency Child Protection - Update 

  • course length: half day
  • who can take it - any  practitioners that need to refresh or update their inter-agency training

We do not require practitioners to repeat the advanced course, but we encourage them to attend the refresher update every two years. 

The refresher course is updated constantly to reflect new messages and learning.

Child sexual abuse and exploitation courses

  • Sexual exploitation - basic awareness
  • Missing and return interviews

Specialised optional inter-agency courses

  • Safer recruitment
  • Domestic abuse - basic awareness
  • Domestic abuse - advanced
  • Inter-agency signs of safety
  • WRAP
  • Managing difficult conversations

How to book

For further information and to make a booking on all of the above courses, please visit the North Somerset CPD online website.

We can not make course bookings over the phone.

If you need help setting up an online account, you can contact us via email and we will get back to you.