Training Level Guidance

If you're not sure what level of safeguarding training you should be accessing, this guide will help inform your decisions.

Other Resources 

Please also see our Videos, Workbooks and Factsheets, 7 Minute Briefings and Professional Curiosity Pack.

E-Learning +

On this page you can access a wide range of free or low cost e-learning designed to support work to safeguard children, young people and vulnerable adults. 

On completion of a course, practitioners should notify their agency training representative to ensure that e-learning is captured on their training record.

NOTEThe RBSCP/RBSAB is not responsible for the content of external websites.

#LiveSkills resources focusing on live streaming risks to children

ACE's Video - Adverse Childhood Experiences

ACT - Action Counters Terrorism - ACT - Action Counters Terrorism 

Attachment in children & young people adopted from care – NICE

Understanding Attachment Theory - Attachment Theory - The basic principles of Attachment Theory - Iriss 

Awareness of Forced Marriage - a free course from Virtual College 

Brook Learn e-learning website -  (includes consent, sexual behaviours & CSE)

Child Neglect e-learning - Social Care Institute of Excellence

Child neglect - Training resources from the Department of Education

Child Sexual Abuse 'Seen & heard'   - how to recognise Sexual abuse.

Child Sexual Exploitation for health practitioners  

Child Sexual Exploitation for parents - Virtual College 

Child Sexual Exploitation - Keep them Safe - CSE Learning Tool - PACE

Children and young people’s participation - Open Learn

Children and Young People's Mental Health -MindEd

Children of Prisoners - SCIE

Children’s rights training resource (includes introduction to child development and communication) - Coram International

Consent, Sexual Behaviour and CSE - Brook Learning

Contextual Safeguarding Network 

Coronavirus: safeguarding and child protection (NSPCC)

Counter Terrorism Awareness - Counter Terrorism Policing

Cyber Security, an introduction to stay safe online - Open University - Staying Safe Online

Dementia Awareness - Social Care Institute for Excellence

Disability Basics - Disability Matters

Domestic abuse / toxic trio - AVA Project

Domestic homicide review training front line practitioners - Home Office

Female Genital Mutilation  Home Office 

FGM Resource Pack

Foster caring - British Red Cross 

Forced marriage - Virtual College 

Gender Non-Conforming Young People - GIRES - Understanding and supporting gender non-conforming young people 

Human Trafficking Awareness - Salvation Army

Infection Prevention and Control - provided FREE by Hopwood Hall College for the Rochdale Safeguarding Board/Partnership

'In Your Hands - Safeguarding Child Victims of Trafficking' – ECPAT

Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online - Open Learn

Introduction to Prevent - Home Office

Keeping Children Safe Online - NSPCC resource (£35 registration cost) 

Managing Sexualised Behaviour in School  - NSPCC - (£35 registration fee)

Online Safety - CEOP

Parental Mental Health and Families - SCIE

Parental Substance Misuse - Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)  

PREVENT (Radicalisation and Extremism) - HM Government

Introduction to Prevent - Home Office

Prevent responsibilities in further education and training - Education and Training Foundation 

Radicalisation /Channel General Awareness  Home Office

Safeguarding Adults - e-learning for health practitioners 

Safeguarding Adults - Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) 

Safeguarding Child Victims of Human Trafficking - ECPAT UK - In Your Hands

Safeguarding Matters: Disabled Children - Disability Matters

Safeguarding awareness training for workers who enter people's homes - NSPCC

Strengths Based Approaches Video's - SCIE

Sign of Safety - SoS Liverpool Video

Suicide Awareness - Zero Suicide Alliance - Lets Talk 

The Clinical Psychology of Children and Young People - Coursera (University of Edinburgh)

Trafficking Exploitation and Modern Slavery - ECPAT - £30 charge

Trauma Informed Practice - Free - provided by FutureLearn

Understanding Animal Welfare in Violent Homes - "When animals are abused, people are at risk - Virtual College

Understanding Attachment Theory  IRISS

Understanding children: Babies being heard- Open Learn

Child and adolescent mental health - MindEd E-learning:  

Open University
The Open University offers free online courses on their website on a range of subjects, including:

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: 

Multi-Agency Training Strategy 2023-26 +

December 2023


Rochdale Borough Safeguarding Board/Partnership (RBSB) are responsible for agreeing how organisations in the borough will work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, families and adults.

Working Together 2023 sets out a responsibility for Safeguarding Partners to monitor and evaluate the effectiveness of training to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

The Care Act 2014 states that Safeguarding Adults Boards must promote multi-agency training and consider any specialist training that may be required, and consider any scope to jointly commission training with other partnerships.

The safeguarding board and partnership in Rochdale have decided to exceed these requirements and provide multi-agency training directly, making sure that appropriate learning opportunities are available to everyone who works with adults and that this training makes a positive difference to practice.

This strategy sets out how the Board/Partnership will fulfil these responsibilities.

Purpose of the Strategy

  • To provide a framework for the delivery of all single and multi agency training to ensure that this is effectively co-ordinated and delivered to a consistently high standard.
  • To ensure that a process exists for quality assuring the effectiveness and impact of training and that there is sufficient, relevant training to meet workforce needs across the partnership.


  • There should be a culture of continuous learning and improvement across the organisations that work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, families and adults.
  • All training must be consistent with the requirements of national legislation, respect diversity and promote equality.
  • Professionals and organisations working with children, families and adults need to reflect on the quality of their services and learn from their own practice and that of others.
  • All staff must be alert to potential indicators of abuse and neglect, know how to act on those concerns and to fulfil their roles and responsibilities for safeguarding children, or adults in line with appropriate RBSB multi-agency policy and procedures.
  • All training should promote a child centred/ person centred approach where the needs of the individual are paramount and where people receive the support they need before problems escalate.
  • All training will ensure that the philosophy of “make no decision about me, without me” is embedded into practice

Training Objectives

  • Seek assurance for the Board that partner organisations have training in place that meets statutory and local need, and which adheres to the agreed minimum content and standards.
  • To provide a multi-agency training programme accessible to anyone who works or volunteers in the Rochdale borough.
  • To ensure the training provided meets statutory requirements and is informed by the learning of Child Practice Reviews, Rapid Reviews, Safeguarding Adult Reviews, Domestic Homicide Reviews etc. and local and national initiatives.
  • To conduct an annual Training Needs Analysis to ensure that the training programme is effective and efficient and meets partners’ requirements within the borough.
  • To recruit and maintain a pool of appropriate front-line practitioners to help design and deliver the training programme.
  • To ensure that the impact of training on front-line practice and outcomes for families and individuals is effectively evaluated and findings inform future planning.
  • To liaise with other Board sub-groups to ensure learning from audits is embedded within training and awareness raising campaigns are supported.
  • To produce a work-plan which outlines all activity for the coming year and to report progress in a quarterly report to both Boards.

The training offer to partners

Application process - The RBSCP website provides a training page on which courses are listed and can be booked.

Charges - Training is mostly free of charge but there is a charge for late cancellation or non-attendance. Full details are in the Charging Policy.

Online Learning - The RBSB websites will provide links to free e-learning packages on external sites.

Continuous Professional Development - It is important to recognise that the realities of building and sustaining competence are much more complex than simply attending a training programme. All multi-agency safeguarding training should be seen in the context of continuous professional development in recognition that what happens after
training is equally, if not more important than the training itself.

Individual practitioners should always discuss their specific training needs with their line manager and seek to develop their knowledge and skills, not only through formal training but through supervision, research, peer support and other relevant opportunities. The learner packs that will accompany every
RBSB course will include recommendations for further reading, study and skills development.

Refresher Training - The minimum requirement is that “Introduction to Safeguarding” training is undertaken every 3 years. However some sectors and specific roles require more frequent updating. It is the responsibility of each organisation / sector to make this clear in its own workforce strategy.

Single agencies have the responsibility to audit the training that their staff access so they can report to
the Board accordingly.

Evaluation - Participants are sent an evaluation form following the training and are also contacted three months after the course to elicit information on impact. Feedback is shared with the relevant trainers.

Single agency training - RBSB has developed training standards to ensure that single agency training is compliant with statutory guidance. Compliance is monitored on an annual basis.

To use this booking system, you will first need to create a user account and once you have done this, you will be able to manage your own bookings, access course evaluations, certificates and access your training history.


Title Occurences  
Allegations Management (Adults) 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Allegations Management/LADO/Safer Working Practice 0 in 0 locations View & Book
Children missing from home 0 in 0 locations View & Book
Complex Safeguarding: Responding to Child Exploitation 2 in 1 locations View & Book
County Lines/ Criminal Exploitation briefing 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Cuckooing/Home Invasion 2 in 2 locations View & Book
Cumulative Effects of Harm 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Domestic Abuse Awareness 2 in 1 locations View & Book
Domestic Abuse in the Deaf Community 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Early Help Training 10 in 5 locations View & Book
Family Safeguarding Model: Thresholds, Duties and Family Rights 0 in 0 locations View & Book
Honour Based Abuse/Violence (HBV/A) 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Intra-familial child sexual abuse (full day course) 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Mental Capacity Act/Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Mental Health Briefing – Self Harm and Suicide Ideation 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Modern Slavery and Trafficking 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Motivational Interviewing 2 in 1 locations View & Book
Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA). Duty To Co-Operate training arrangements 2 in 1 locations View & Book
Neighbourhood Level 3 think family Safeguarding Training 6 in 2 locations View & Book
Personality Disorder Briefing 2 in 1 locations View & Book
Professional Curiosity 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Provider Safeguarding Responsibilities (Adults) 0 in 0 locations View & Book
Reducing Parental Conflict practitioner training: 3 hours including intro to Relationship Toolkit and practical guide to using 3 in 2 locations View & Book
Safer Sleep for Babies and Coping with Infant Crying (ICON) 3 in 2 locations View & Book
Stalking 2 in 1 locations View & Book
The Stressed Out Brain 4 in 2 locations View & Book
Violence against Women and Girls 1 in 1 locations View & Book
Working Together to Safeguard Children 3 in 1 locations View & Book