About the course

The aim of Core Level 3 training is to help you to understand your role and responsibility in safeguarding children within a multi-agency context, in order to achieve better outcomes for children and young people.

This course is facilitated by independent trainer, Wendy Murdoch.

Course length: 3 hours

Location: online

Cost: Free ​to not-for-profit agencies in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland

Changes due to coronavirus: Due to coronavirus restrictions, we’re offering this course online. The virtual course will be shorter, with more pre-course information provided to participants, which you’re expected to read beforehand. This training has been reduced to 3 hours.

Who it’s for

The course is suitable for those who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers, who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening, and reviewing the needs of a child, as well as parenting capacity where there are safeguarding concerns.

For example: teachers, children’s social care staff, health visitors, probation staff, midwives, school nurses, sexual health staff, youth workers, paediatricians, those working in the Early Years sector, GPs, residential staff, and sports club welfare officers. This can also include professionals who work with adults with learning disabilities, mental health, alcohol and drug misuse services, and those working in community play schemes.


By the end of the training you’ll:

1. Understand the key principles relating to the identification and protection of vulnerable children within the Children Act (1989 / 2004) and Working Together 2018

2. Have raised awareness of learning from local and national Serious Case Reviews

3. Recognise the indicators of child abuse, and the subsequent short and long term impact on children and young people, including an understanding of the four categories of abuse

4. Recognise the potential pre-disposing factors of child abuse and neglect inducing family history and functioning, as well as the impact of parental mental issues, parental substance misuse, domestic abuse, and parental learning disabilities

5. Be able to identify those professionals who may be consulted for support and advice

6. Be able to respond appropriately to concerns regarding a child’s safety or welfare

7. Be able to carry out and/or contribute to sound child-focused assessments and evidence decision making, including an understanding of the Regional Assessment Framework (2013), as well as the process of professional challenge

8. Understand the importance of documentation, communication, and information sharing between professionals to effectively safeguarding children, whilst clarifying the issues of confidentiality

9. Be aware of the tasks, processes, principles, roles, and responsibilities outlined in national guidance and local arrangements (Tees Procedures) for safeguarding children and promoting their welfare – this includes the function of a child protection strategy meeting, case conference and core group meetings, and how to contribute effectively

10. Be able to work effectively with children and family members to recognise and address a lack of cooperation and superficial compliance within the context of your role

Training dates

Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, face to face training has been temporarily suspended, and we’re providing training virtually instead.

You can find course dates in the 2021/2022 training brochure (PDF).


To apply for the course, please email the STSCP Business Unit at stscptraining@middlesbrough.gov.uk.

You’ll need to include your name, job title, agency, email address, and work contact phone number, as well as the date of the course you want to attend.

Successful applicants will be sent an email at least one week before the date of the training course. The email will confirm that you’ve been successful in applying and have been allocated with a place on the course. It will also include:

  • instructions on how to use WebEx (if you have not used it before)
  • the pre-course reading
  • useful guidance
  • a blank evaluation form

There will also be an electronic diary invitation, which includes the WebEx link to the meeting. Please note, this link is only for the use of successful applicants and must not be shared with anyone outside of the email group.

If for any reason you’re unable to attend the training you’ve applied for, please email the STSCP Business Unit at stscptraining@middlesbrough.gov.uk as soon as possible.

Terms and conditions

By applying for this course you agree that if you’re given a place, you’ll do the required reading before the course.

By applying for this course you agree to complete an evaluation on the day, and an impact evaluation approximately three months after the course.

This training is free to not for profit agencies in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland. In accordance with the South Tees Safeguarding Children Partnership charging policy, your agency will be charged if you don’t attend, or don’t give us five days’ notice that you’re not able to attend. Your manager will also be told that you didn’t attend.