Somerset Safeguarding Children Partnership recognises the importance of keeping practitioners up to date with the latest research, knowledge and best practice available in child protection. Training is developed to provide a multi-agency experience which complements the single-agency and professional learning opportunities offered by individual agencies.

Due to the continuing COVID19 global pandemic restrictions we are delivering all Working Together to Safeguard Children for Designated Safeguarding Leads and Working Together Update training sessions online until further notice.

Please see dates and booking information below.

Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times.

Please see SSCP Training Programme for details of courses, dates and booking information.

Most queries can be answered by looking in the programme, but if you do require further information please contact or phone 01823 355975

New Working Together Update Saturday Sessions!

In order to provide flexibility for professionals during a challenging time we have organised some Working Together to Safeguard Children Update courses to run on a Saturday.

This course is open to all professionals who have completed the specified prerequisite training, including Childminders who have completed the “Introduction to Child Protection” or “Child Protection for the Designated Lead Role for the Childminder” training within the last two years and replaces the “Child Protection for the Designated Lead Role for the Childminder” course.

The first of the Saturday Sessions is being run on 28th November 2020 with more dates to follow.

Spaces are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Basic Awareness Child Protection Cascade Packs

We are really pleased to announce that this years Basic Awareness Child Protection Cascade Pack is now available for instant download.

This year the Cascade Pack has been tailored to focus on the needs of Children and Young People in different settings and has been split into Early Years & Primary and Secondary & Beyond packs to ensure the information is most relevant to your teams.

We’ve also taken on feedback provided and ensured that the packs are in Powerpoint format for ease of delivery and contain full notes and resources referred to in the presentation for the facilitator to pick up and deliver the training.

We’re also keen to support Designated Leads and so this year have compiled a ‘DSL Resource and Information Pack’ which provides links to support various topics highlighted in the Cascade Pack presentations, as well as tools to help you engage and support Children, Young People and their Families.

We have also simplified the process of obtaining the cascade packs, which are now available for instant purchase and download.

Lunchbox Learning 

Free bite size training session for practitioners to share Learning Outcomes from recent Serious Case reviews and Learning reviews designed to be delivered in half an hour:

Private Fostering

Child Sam – Learning from the Serious Case Review 

Learning and Development LOs


Early Help – A quick Guide

A free bitesize cascade training presentation together with session plan to raise awareness of Early Help support within Somerset.  Both of the documents below are designed to work alongside each other.  Click the image and link below to presentation to access full training package.

Early Help – A quick guide (presentation)

Developing an effective response to Neglect

The Child/Young Person’s Neglect Toolkit is designed to assist you in identifying and assessing children and young people who are at risk of and experiencing neglect. It is to be used when you are concerned that the quality of care of a child/young person you are working with suggests that their needs are being neglected.

Somerset SCP have developed a Cascade training pack which provides the information and resources that will support you in training people within your organisation in developing an effective response to Neglect and how to apply the Neglect toolkit to inform your assessment of need. The Neglect Toolkit is a tool to aid discussion in supervision and for the clarification of the issues, designed to support not replace professional judgement.

To CLICK HERE download your FREE copy of this training resource.


MAPIGs are forums established in each of the four districts in the county, so that staff from all agencies can meet up regularly to learn more about specific issues, which relate to children and share positive experiences of services and gaps in provision.

Each forum is held twice a year and will be attended by a member of the Safeguarding Board Executive, who can take your issues to the Safeguarding Partnership  and relay information from the Partnership back to forum members.

Forums are held in Taunton, Sedgemoor, South Somerset and Mendip.

The March 2020 forum meetings had to be cancelled due to Covid 19.  However, online multi-agency practitioner forums are being trialled this summer – please see flyer for details.




Elearning is accessible via the Home Office

 If you’ve any questions please either email the Public Health Training Administrator at or contact the Local Authority Prevent lead 

Click here for current Prevent and Channel referral toolkit and guidance.

Many of our partner agencies offer multi-agency training opportunities on a variety of specialist themes. We will update this section as and when training becomes available. Please contact the training provider direct for further course information and attendance.

Somerset Phoenix Project (working in partnership with SARSAS)

A specialist service supporting the development of professionals in Somerset. We are here to reduce the negative impact of child sexual abuse (CSA) on the lives of children and families living in Somerset. We offer training and consultation to professionals working alongside survivors of sexual abuse aged 5-18 years.
Please refer to our website for further details and dates for forthcoming training.

Avon and Somerset Police

This hub is an interactive tool providing teachers and educators access to lesson plans created by Avon and Somerset Police aligned to local policing priorities.
The lesson plans can be downloaded and delivered by teachers, or there is a facility to request support of your local policing team.
The hub provides links to a number of schemes, policies and partners who can support the PSHE agenda.
The lesson plans are aimed primarily at Years 7-9 but need to be reviewed against the context of the class they are to be delivered to check they are suitable.

For further details regarding training, bookings, frequency and course information please contact the SSCP Training Administrator :

Stephanie Gonzalez or 01823 355975