2016/17 Multi-Agency Training Programme

Welcome to the BSCB Multi-Agency Training Programme April 2016 to March 2017 (preview of courses April to July 2017).  Please note the BSCB 2017/2018 Training Programme will be published on our website mid to late April 2017.

New to the BSCB Training Programme: Family Outcome Start Assessment Training – please see below for further details and how to apply.  Please note delegates can attend this course without the need to complete either Working Together OR Everyone’s Responsibility first. 



The BSCB training programme is for practitioners and volunteers who work predominately with, or who are in regular contact with, children and young people.

Those wishing to apply for the training must begin by undertaking an introduction course – either the ‘Everyone’s Responsibility’ (1 day) or ‘Working Together’ (2 day) course – the BSCB Training Pathway will guide you as to which of these initial courses is most suitable for your role.

Following completion of either of the above initial courses, applicants will then be able to apply for the BSCB Specialist Courses with the exception of CSE training (see below).

Child Sexual Exploitation specialist course – Please note that the BSCB recognise the importance of all staff working with children and young people having an awareness of the signs and indicators of CSE. We have therefore made the decision to allow delegates to attend this course without the need to complete either Working Together OR Everyone’s Responsibility first. You should still have completed a basic awareness child protection course either online or as part of single agency delivery.

For more information regarding individual courses, or to check availability for dates listed, please click on the relevant course link below.

The content of courses may change without notification to reflect current good practice and changes in legislation.

Early Help Awareness Raising

‘Providing early help is more effective in promoting the welfare of children than reacting later. Early help means providing support as soon as a problem emerges, at any point in a child’s life, from the foundation years through to the teenage years’. Working Together 2015

Dates: 21/4/2017, 21/4/2017, 11/5/2017, 30/5/2017

Family Outcomes Star Refresher

This session provides an update and overview of current approaches for the Family Outcomes Star. It explores how to work with the families to ‘score’ challenge where appropriate, and complete a good quality assessment and plan. PLEASE NOTE: • This training session is for people who have previously attended the full day Family Outcomes Star Assessment course. • This 3 hour Refresher session will not allow you to go on and carry out Family Outcomes Star Assessments without having completed the full day training first.

Dates: 11/5/2017, 30/5/2017

Assessment Tool: Graded Care Profile 2

The GCP2 is a practical tool which supports practitioners in measuring the quality of care delivered to an individual child from an individual carer or carers over a short window of time, and is designed to give a representative overview of the current level of care. The GCP2 helps professionals to be clear as to what the basic needs of a child are, and to what degree they are being met. This allows practitioners to make reasoned and explicit judgements in relation to neglect. (GCP Toolkit)

Dates: 16/5/2017

Assessment Tool: Family Outcomes Star Assessment Training

Please click on the above link to check availability and venues. Please note:- In order to use any version of the Star with service users you will need to obtain a licence. Delegates attending this training must work for organisations in Bucks and be working with children under 18 years of age in Bucks. Licences can be arranged by the employing organisation post training (a list of named contacts is given out at the end of the event). It is the BSCB assessment tool of choice that enables organisations to measure and summarise changes across a range of services, and support families with different levels of needs. It is also a keywork tool that can help parents make changes by providing them with a map of the journey they need to take to be more effective parents, and a way of plotting their progress. Family Star – Triangle Consulting Social Enterprise Ltd

Dates: 24/4/2017

1 Day Introductory Course: Everyone’s Responsibility

‘Safeguarding children - the action we take to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm - is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play... In order that organisations and practitioners collaborate effectively, it is vital that every individual working with children and families is aware of the role that they have to play and the role of other professionals.’ WTSC 2015

Dates: 8/6/2017

2 Day Introductory Course: Working Together in Safeguarding Children

'Ultimately, effective safeguarding of children can only be achieved by putting children at the centre of the system, and by every individual and agency playing their full part, working together to meet the needs of our most vulnerable children.' WTSC 2015. Please note this is a 2 Day Course

Dates: 18/4/2017, 17/5/2017, 15/6/2017, 10/7/2017

Specialist Course: Child Sexual Exploitation

‘The sexual exploitation of children and young people has been identified throughout the UK, in both rural and urban areas, and in all parts of the world. It affects boys and young men as well as girls and young women. It robs children of their childhood and can have a serious long-term impact on every aspect of their lives, health and education. It damages the lives of families and carers and can lead to family break-ups. Sexual exploitation of children and young people is completely unacceptable and we are determined to do all we can to help eradicate it.’ Safeguarding Children and Young People from Sexual Exploitation. Supplementary guidance to Working Together to Safeguard Children HM Government 2009

Dates: 26/4/2017, 6/7/2017

Specialist Course: Domestic Abuse & Child Protection

Seeing or hearing the ill treatment of another is included in the definition of emotional abuse. For many children being made subject to Child Protection Plans, a predominant concern is the impact of living with domestic violence.

Dates: 9/5/2017

Specialist Course: Introduction to Protective Behaviours

It is important for children to build resilience to deal with difficult situations using Protective Behaviours (PB’s), it is a functional and down to earth approach to safety. The PBs process is essentially a framework of ideas which provides direction on how to respond positively to challenges in all aspects of our lives. It supports children in identifying and responding to situations they may feel unsafe in and provides them with strategies and skills to respond to this. It is a simple, flexible and effective process which is inclusive and therefore accessible to everyone.

Dates: 8/5/2017

Specialist Course: Mentally ill Parents and their Children

A previous BSCB annual conference was about working with families where there are parents with mental health needs. We hoped to promote: ‘A shift in mindset to focus on the strengths and difficulties of the whole family rather than those of the parent or child in isolation.’ (Reaching out: Think Family Cabinet Office 2007)

Dates: 6/6/2017

Specialist Course: Protecting Disabled Children

‘Disabled children do however require additional action. This is because they experience greater and created vulnerability as a result of negative attitudes about disabled children and unequal access to services and resources, and because they may have additional needs relating to physical, sensory, cognitive and/ or communication impairments.’ Safeguarding disabled children: practice guidance HM Government 2009


Specialist Course: The Management of Escalation, Conflict Resolution & Challenge

A recurrent theme in Serious Case Reviews carried out by the BSCB has been the lack of challenge both within and between agencies. The focus is NOT on dealing with clients (see Working with Challenging Families) but on progressing difficult situations. This course will be run by Barbara Firth, an experienced facilitator of multi-agency training.

Dates: 20/6/2017

Specialist Course: Working with Challenging Families

As Harry Ferguson tells us; The impact of violence, fear, threats to and manipulation of professionals is not inevitable… If workers don’t feel authoritative and safe, the strong likelihood is that the child is not safe either. Child Protection Practice, Palgrave MacMillan 2011

Dates: 25/5/2017

Training the Trainers in Child Protection (2 days)

Due to the success of the last two Training for Trainers courses that we have delivered, we need to suspend, for the time being, accepting further applications to the multi-agency training pool in order to allow the new trainers the opportunity to be mentored and go on to deliver some of the training programme. Applicants can still contact us to ascertain when we might be taking applications again to join our multi-agency training pool. If attending this course is still of interest to you please contact Ann McKenzie, BSCB Training Manager, at annmckenzie@buckscc.gov.uk or Julie Marshall, BSCB Training Admin Officer, at jmarshall@buckscc.gov.uk to discuss further, ascertain payment terms and obtain the appropriate application form to apply for a place. Please note this is a 2 Day Course

Dates: 2/5/2017