Training for Education

Basic Awareness training – which should be refreshed, by a face to face session, for ALL school staff every 2 years. Contact Advisor directly – see Read More. Please also update staff regularly in staff briefings etc. and note this in your safeguarding training file.

FREE Online training offer – see online learning tab.

DSL Designated Safeguarding Lead Training – which is refreshed every 2 years, with evidence of at least annual updates, through forums, reading emails etc. Courses do fill quickly so please book in plenty of time. Initial DSL training in Wakefield is 2.5 days  – this includes 1 day Initial DSL, 1 day Working Together – a shared responsibility and half day Signs of Safety – see Read More. DSL’s will also need Prevent training – options are online or face to face through multi agency program.

FREE DSL forums – see Read More

FREE Safer Working Practices 1 hr session – contact advisor directly

Governor training – see Wakefield Traded Services website/ contact advisor directly

Safer Recruitment – See Wakefield Traded Services website

FREE Signs of Safety – anyone in the school working with families and/or attending cp meetings/CAF’s needs this training – see multi agency training.

FREE Multi agency – including Prevent/ Allegations against Staff (for head teachers and chair of governors)/ Working Together-a shared responsibility/ Online safety and cyber bullying etc. see Multi Agency Training – link on very top right of page.

FREE LAC teacher training – See Read More

FREE Mental Health training – see Eventbrite website – search Wakefield Mental Health.

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Basic Awareness

As Safeguarding is such a vital part of everyone’s role, ALL school staff should receive basic awareness training which is regularly updated. There is a statutory expectation that staff receive some form of update annually. Local advice is that there should be a face to face training session at least every 2 years with online learning and staff briefings used in between.

This includes support and site staff such as bus drivers, lunchtime supervisors and crossing patrol people. For this to be meaningful it is best that case studies can be tailored to each group, that is, having site staff training separate from teacher / TA training. However if you have a small staff group, the training for teaching and other staff can be combined.

Objectives of the basic awareness face to face training are:

  • Define safeguarding and abuse in a school context and recognise impact and prevalence.
  • Name and define the categories of abuse and recognise current signs and indicators
  • Identify vulnerable groups and current issues. (for example HBV, radicalisation, CSE, CCE, Peer on Peer)
  • Consider lessons learnt for schools in Serious Case Reviews.
  • State how to respond to concerns using school policy and procedures – safeguarding, whistleblowing, code of conduct (including best practice – disclosures, recording and information sharing)
  • Consider the local Wakefield picture.
  • Reflect on professional boundaries and attitudes.

The minimum timescale to effectively achieve these objectives is 3 hrs. Site staff training can be made shorter or delivered in house by the DSL.

Refresher training  is available but only for those who have had training from the advisor previously. This is 2 hrs. Secondary schools please contact advisor to discuss need.

All are welcome to attend this course but please bear in mind there is specific strategic Governor training available see below.

DSLs  / Headteachers and other senior staff are expected to keep up to date with basic awareness training.

If DSL’s are delivering this level of training in house please consult the TNA provided by Vicki Maybin before design and delivery to ensure the above objectives are covered. The advisor is also available for support and Quality Assurance if needed. Please also ensure that you are hitting the recognised minimum standards for safeguarding training – available from the Advisor.

Session numbers

For training to be effective, the maximum number in one session is limited to 25. This allows for effective group work, discussions, exploration of particular issues, or attitudes, and testing of skills. The minimum number is 8.

For a briefing session (for example, 1 hour) there is no limit. However please consider what you need to achieve from the session. There will be no opportunity for effective group work and feedback, meaning specific issues, attitudes and skills are unlikely to be fully explored.

It is recommended that the school completes a Training Needs Analysis (TNA -contact Vicki Maybin) before commissioning a briefing session to ensure confidence that the basic awareness objectives have been recently achieved.


£195 training

£295 briefing

Safeguarding – Let’s not hit the target but miss the point!

Due to the subject matter sessions MUST take place in a private area, that is not an area where pupils or other staff members may walk through.

Having a copy of your safeguarding policy, code of conduct, whistle blowing and recording forms available on the day will assist in message giving to staff.

Tables may be needed for activities, arranged so everyone can clearly see the projector screen.

Projector, screen, speakers are likely to be required.

Safeguarding Advisor for Education – Vicki Maybin

Business Team
Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Board (WDSCB)
Room 59 County Hall
Bond Street


WDSCB Online Training

There is also a free online basic awareness training course available, Safeguarding Children in Education.

This is through the Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Board (WDSCB). Online learning can be used in the year in between face to face training.

PLEASE NOTE This is free however please ensure people do not mistakenly register nor request courses several times.

DSL’s are advised to do the course first and, depending on the staff group, to provide assistance to staff who may not be computer confident.

 If there are any issues please contact the Safeguarding Training  Team:

DSL Training

This must happen every 2 years with regular updates in between (in the form of self reading/ noting emails sent by advisor/ attending DSL forums/multi agency training etc).  DSL training is booked through CPD/Wakefield Traded Services and can be contacted on 01977 721522. Due to high demand for courses please do not book onto DSL training every year.

It is strongly advised that all DSL’s also attend Working Together – a shared responsibility, and it is necessary to attend Signs of Safety and Prevent training, these are available through the free multi agency program;

DSL’s will also want to consider other courses on offer through the multi agency program including Wakefield Neglect toolkit/ Technology and cyber bullying/ Domestic Abuse/ CSE risk assessment tool/ Sexual development of adolescents/ Contributing to case conferences/ CAF etc.

Please ensure you always have DSL cover in school – i.e. do not have all DSL’s out of school on the same course!

If it has been well over 2 years since DSL training, and you have not kept up to date by other means, please redo the initial DSL course.

Please book in plenty of time as courses do fill quickly.

Do not use online training for this level of course, DSL training cannot be fully nor effectively covered by online training.

DSL Forums; 4pm – 6pm

Wednesday 24th October 2018 – Early Help/WESAIL offer

Thursday 15th November 2018 – Child Criminal Exploitation CCE

Monday 21st January 2019 – Contextual Safeguarding

Tuesday 12th March 2019

Wednesday 1st May 2019

Thursday 27th June 2019

To be held at a host school, topics and booking details to be announced via email and I point.

Past forum topics have included, FGM, Forced Marriage, Internet safety, CME, Drug Services, Prevent, CSE, Dealing with suicide, Domestic Violence, Young Carers.

Governor Training and Safer Recruitment

For these courses please see Wakefield Traded Services webpage.

For full governing body training at your school please contact the advisor directly. This is a 2.5 hr course.

Signs of Safety/Prevent etc.

Please see multi-agency training programme

Allegations against staff training

For headteachers (who are named as the case manager in statutory guidance).  Please see multi agency training programme

NB for school specific guidance please see useful links.

Additional or periodic training

Half day face to face training or day conferences are occasionally held in response to current issues, open to all staff. In the past this has included Suicide awareness for schools, CSE awareness and Domestic Abuse DASH risk assessment.

Promoted via email and iPoint.

Looked After Children Teacher Training

Training contact

Lead Teacher
Education and Inclusion
01924 303487
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Contact us

Safeguarding Advisor for Education – Vicki Maybin

Business Team
Wakefield District Safeguarding Children Board (WDSCB)
Room 59 County Hall
Bond Street


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