Resources for Safeguarding Children

Practice guidance, websites, research, e-learning

Statutory Guidance 

Working Together to Safeguard Children (March 2013)
The latest Government guidance for organisations to inter agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004.

An interactive, web-based version of Working Together is available at   Links to background documents and legislation are also provided through this link.

Arrangements to safeguarding and promote the welfare of children under section 11 of the Children Act 2004 (DfES 2007)
Guidance for senior managers in all the bodies named in section 11 of the Children Act 2004.  Sets out key arrangements that must be in place to ensure that services provided have regard for the welfare of children.

Changes to CRB's and Barred List Checks

The Protection of Freedom Act came into force from 10 September 2012, and this has made changes to the agencies that processed Criminal Records checks and Barred list checks. If you employ people or use volunteers who work with children or vulnerable adults then these changes will affect you.

     - The CRB agency and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to form the    
       Disclosure and Barring Service
     - CRB checks will now only be completed for people over 16
     - The definition of regulated activity has changed; this has implications for whether you can 
       apply for a barred list check
     - The eligibility for applying for a CRB check has not changed however the government plans to bring 
       in a new on-line checking service and to make CRB's portable.

In order to ensure that you are compliant with the changes to the DBS and to avoid being fined or having your organisations status as a registered body for requesting CRB and barred list checks removed you will need to ensure that you are clear about which of your job roles fall within the new definition of regulated activity.

You may also wish to review your recruitment policy, job descriptions and ensure that at least one person with responsibility for recruitment has undertaken some safer recruitment training. For voluntary, community and faith organisations KSCB offer a free half day training course which is run in conjunction with the Kirklees Safeguarding Adults Board and covers the recruitment of people working in either the children's or adults sector.

To book on this course click on training course management system.

For more information on the changes to the DBS including detailed information on the new definition of regulated activity go to

Posted on 22 February 2013.

Yorkshire and Humber Safeguarding Children Boards Annual Conference 2013 - Working with Diversity in Faith, Culture and Communities.

AFRUCA (Africans Unite Against Child Abuse)

“How can a child die of starvation in the 21st Century?” - A case study

‘Whose Child?’ Children from overseas in private fostering in the UK

The art of conversation required in overcoming resistance related to culture and or religion

Abuse of positions of trust

Diversity and Safeguarding Children

Posted on 26/02/2014


Supplementary Practice Guidance

Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation (DCSF 2009)

Safeguarding Children in whom Illness is Fabricated or Induced (DCSF 2008)

Safeguarding Children who may have been Trafficked (DfE 2011)

Safeguarding Disabled Children (DCSF 2009)

Safeguarding Children from Abuse Linked to a belief in Spirit Possession (DCSF 2007)

Safeguarding children and young people who may be affected by gang activity (DCSF 2010) 

Handling cases of forced marriage (HM Government 2009)


Government Review of Child Protection

The Munro Review of Child Protection: a child-centred system (Professor Eileen Munro, May 2011)
This work was commissioned by the Department for Education in June 2010. The final report recommends a fundamental shift in the way the child protection system works, moving away from a tick-box culture and prescriptive timescales, to enable professionals to focus on the needs of children, young people and families and how to give them the best possible help.  The recommendations are aimed at creating long-term change to the child protection system.


Useful Websites, Research, E-Learning

What happens when texting goes wrong :( 
Information booklet and Helpline contacts for when texting goes wrong. 

SCIE E-Learning Resources
A range of free e-learning resources are available on the Social Care Institute for Excellence website .  Modules include:  Parental Substance Misuse; Parental Mental Health and Families; An Introduction to Residential Child Care; Poverty, Parenting and Social Exclusion. 

Department for Education
News, publications, consultations, statutory guidance and legislation.

Research in Practice
This website provides research papers, literature reviews, and a variety of e-learning courses.

Reconstruct Research Service
Free research to help all childcare professionals keep abreast of current developments in practice and policy. 

Action for Children
Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UKs most vulnerable and neglected children.  Two reports will be of particular interest to professionals:
Seen and now heard: Taking action on child neglect (2010)   
Neglecting the issue: Impact, causes and responses to child neglect in the UK (2010)

NSPCC inform
Child protection publications and research for anyone working with children, young people and families.

Anti-bullying alliance
Works to develop a consensus around how to stop and prevent bullying.  Resources, help and advice.

Child Accident Prevention Trust
Useful resources for frontline staff, and support available to senior practitioners and policymakers.
Free resources to help professionals work with people with learning disabilities.  Includes good practice guidance, booklets on how to make your information accessible and resources that help explain what safeguarding is, what it means to have a social worker involved, being on probation, sex and relationships and many more.

Additional (External) E-learning Courses 

Many organisations now provide free e-learning resources on a range of safeguarding topics. Here is a selection of some that we feel may be useful to you. Please note that KSCB does not administer these courses, has no control over content and completion of these courses will not appear in your KSCB training record as they are hosted externally. In case of difficulties please contact the e-learning provider - details should be given on their website. Posted 31 July 2013

Forced Marriage -

This e-learning training is designed to be used by all professionals (such as teachers, police officers, social and health care professionals, housing officers) and others who may have to deal with forced marriages in the course of their work.

It provides a basic understanding of the key issues surrounding forced marriage, how cases can present, and how to respond appropriately.

Drugs Awareness -

This free drugs training is suitable whether you are a parent, carer, employer, employee, friend or somebody who is worried about anyone who is or may be using drugs (legal and illegal substances).

There are two courses to choose from depending on whether you are working with young people or if you are supporting adults.

The package contains audio video clips which require enabled speakers or use of a headset via the computer audio output socket. When viewing the video please listen carefully to the 'opinions' being expressed together and consider them in conjunction with the video discussion points.

Domestic Violence -

Independent Domestic Abuse Services (IDAS) is a specialist service that provides support, accommodation and advice to adults and children who are victims of domestic abuse.

This training package is aimed at individuals in organisations and voluntary groups who work with adults and children or young people, to give a basic awareness of issues surrounding domestic abuse.

After completing the course you will understand what domestic abuse is including its prevalence, you should be able to recognise common effects and signs of abuse, you will know what services are available to victims of abuse and you will have an awareness of best practice.

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) courses

SCIE offer a wide range of free social care e-learning packages these include:

Parental Substance Misuse

Parental Mental Health and Families

Inter-professional and Inter-agency Collaboration

Law and Social work

Communication Skills

Residential Childcare

Children of Prisoners

Poverty Parenting and Social Exclusion

Child Trafficking -

This is a free resource which is appropriate for all professionals who may work with children who may have been trafficked. This course provides you with an awareness of the main issues around victim identification and what steps to take to provide support to a child victim of trafficking.

Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder - 
(Please note that the course is free but there is a charge of £20 should you wish to print the certificate).
This course has been designed for health, mental health, social service providers, educators and any professionals in the UK working with children, adolescents and adults affected by FASD. Parents, Caregivers and family members may also find the course useful.

The course provides an overview of FASD history, risk factors for Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, signs, symptoms, prevention and suggested treatment.

Emotional Wellbeing in Children and Young People-

This online learning is for anyone who wishes to better understand the different factors that affect the emotional wellbeing of young people. The modular course is designed to introduce you to issues around emotional health with the 'Introductory' and 'Risk and Building Resilience' modules.

Domestic Violence, Substance Misuse and Mental Health -

Domestic and sexual violence, problematic substance use and mental ill-health are three issues which often co-exist and when they do, things can become complicated.  This course is designed to 'uncomplicate' matters by raising your awareness about how the three issues interlink and reflecting on the most effective ways to engage with individuals and families who are affected by these issues.

Female Genital Mutilation -

This e-learning pack has been produced by Greater Manchester FGM group with special thanks to the Chair of the group Jaria Hussain Lala and the Vice Chair Susan Puffett for writing, editing and production of the package.

The Home Office has launched free online training for frontline professionals in identifying and helping girls at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). This comes as figures are released revealing that police forces have investigated dozens of FGM cases over the last three years.

Channel / Radicalisation Awareness -

Updated 21/07/2015



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