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All organisations working with children and families are responsible for ensuring that their staff/volunteers are competent to carry out their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Staff should have access to appropriate safeguarding learning and development in order that they have the knowledge and skills to identify and respond early to abuse and neglect.

Hampshire’s Board commissions and delivers multi-agency training to complement single-agency training.

Multi agency Safeguarding Training

Multi-agency training aims to promote a common, shared understanding of respective roles and responsibilities and the need to work closely with other professionals. Research has shown that multi-agency training in particular is useful and valued by professionals in developing a shared understanding of child protection and decision making.

HSCB’s training programme is funded by its partner agencies and is provided free of charge to:

  • Hampshire County Council (All Departments)
  • Hampshire Constabulary
  • Hampshire’s Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • Commissioned Health Providers
  • Maintained, Academy and Independent Primary, Secondary and Special Schools
  • Post 16 Colleges
  • District / Borough / City Councils (including commissioned services)
  • Hampshire Fire & Rescue
  • National Probation Service
  • NHS England (Wessex)
  • Hampshire & Isle of Wight CRC
  • Winchester Diocese
  • Portsmouth Diocese
  • A number of free spaces are allocated to voluntary sector organisations
  • For-profit organisations may also access HSCB training at a charge

HSCB commissions Hampshire County Council’s Children’s Services to manage delivery of its training programme. The training courses can be accessed here:

Current HSCB Multi-Agency Training

HSCB – Introduction to Child Neglect

An interactive, one day development workshop which will enable those who work with children and their families, in a variety of settings, to recognise signs and indicators of children and young people who are, or may be, neglected.

HSCB – Managing Safeguarding Supervision **NEWLY DEVELOPED COURSE**

This course is to support leaders and managers to fulfil their role and responsibilities in promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young people. It highlights HSCB’s Principles and Standards for Safeguarding Supervision and the requirement for managers to provide space for reflective practice to be carried out and support reflection on the impact of decisions made in their work with families. It is a one day face-to-face course targeted at operational managers. There is a selection process for this course, submitting a nomination is not a guarantee of a place.

HSCB – Working with Hostile Families and Disguised Compliance

This training will equip practitioners to understand the context and their responsibilities when working with hostile, resistant families and those who use disguised compliance. It is training which highlights to practitioners the importance of reflective, critical, analytical practice and the importance of regular supervision, and offers techniques and approaches to help practitioners to develop resilient strategies when working with complex families. This is a one-day face-to-face course.

HSCB – Safeguarding Disabled Children Including Those with Complex Needs

The aim of this course is to increase participant’s awareness of the particular vulnerabilities of disabled children and to provide them with an opportunity to explore ways in which we can effectively safeguard disabled children from harm. This is a one-day face-to-face course.

HSCB – Working Together and Preparing for Child Protection Conferences

A one-day face-to-face course enabling delegates to develop their skills to accomplish core tasks in safeguarding children in collaboration with other agencies and professionals.

HSCB – Learning Lessons Workshops from Serious Case Reviews

Workshops highlighting the learning from serious case reviews that are conducted when a child dies, or is seriously injured, and abuse or neglect are suspected. These part-day face-to-face workshops pull together key risk factors and practice recommendations to help practitioners understand and act upon the learning from serious case reviews.

HSCB – Listening and Responding to Children – The Impact of Abuse and Attachment Problems

This training is a two day face-to-face course to develop further skills in listening to and communicating with children and young people. The course emphasises skills development through experiential learning, participants should be willing to role play in a confidential and safe setting.

HSCB – Safeguarding in the Context of Social Media and Technology **NEWLY DEVELOPED COURSE**

HSCB / HSAB – Adopting a Family Approach to Tackling Substance / Alcohol Misuse, Mental Health and Domestic Abuse **NEWLY DEVELOPED COURSE**

Allocation of Places

Places are allocated on a first come first serve basis, although selection and prioritisation may be undertaken to ensure multi-agency representation.

Booking Spaces

Spaces on HSCB courses can be booked from the following website:


Anyone who is unable to book directly through the Learning Management System (LMS) can email cs.nominations@hants.gov.uk for support in setting up an account.

Cancellation Charges

In the case of non-attendance or cancellation more than 48 hours before a course, there is no charge.

In the case of non-attendance or cancellation within 48 hours of an event, the following fees will apply:

  • Cancellation less than 48 hours before the course for a full day course = £120
  • Cancellation less than 48 hours before the course for a half day course = £60
  • Cancellation less than 48 hours before the course for “Learning Lessons….” 3 hour course = £30

The fee will be waived if a substitute delegate is sent instead but you must let us know if this happens. All cancellations or changes must be sent in writing to cs.nominations@hants.gov.uk

What Training Do I Need?

All organisations working with children and families are responsible for ensuring that those working with children and families receive appropriate safeguarding training relevant to their role and responsibilities.

To assist organisations in fulfilling this responsibility, HSCB has produced a set of training standards which it expects all organisations working with children and families to follow. These standards are outlined in the HSCB Learning and Development Policy, which can be found on the Resource Library.

The HSCB cannot accredit or approve single-agency safeguarding training. All organisations working with children and families should evaluate themselves against the training policy in terms of their roles and responsibilities and compliance with the training standards. This evaluation should inform the organisation’s training strategy.

HSCB will hold agencies to account in their efforts to ensure that all staff and volunteers working with children and young people or their parents/carers are trained in safeguarding to an appropriate level.