Local authorities provide services to adults who are responsible for children who may be in need. When staff are providing services to adults they should ask whether there are children in the family and consider whether the children need help or protection from harm. Children may be at greater risk of harm or be in need of additional help in families where the adults have mental health problems, misuse substances or alcohol, are in a violent relationship or have complex needs or have learning difficulties (Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2013). Salford Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) offers free training to practitioners from basic child protection awareness to specific training on more complex needs. Details of all our courses can be found on the SSCB website.
Since the introduction of the charging policy for non-attendance on courses, which was introduced in August 2011, there has been a dramatic improvement in attendance. This would indicate that managers are nominating and allocating training appropriately and have been diligent in giving training a higher priority which is fantastic, and we hope this pattern continues.
For the few managers who have unfortunately had staff unable to attend, can we remind you that the agreement to provide training is with the organisation and not the individual. If you choose to re-charge staff, it is the organisations responsibility to follow this up.
We will be emailing and or telephoning organisations individually to ensure we have the correct billing address for the company.