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 15 minutes (9:15am to 12:30pm)

Location: online

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

Changes due to coronavirus: We’re currently 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 15 minutes.

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

We’re currently providing all of our training virtually. You can find course dates in the 2023/2024 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, team, agency, email address, and work contact phone number, as well as the date of the course you want to attend. All applicants will receive an email within 48 hours confirming if places are available on the date of the course requested, and that they have been allocated a place accordingly. If places are not available, the applicant will be advised about the availability of places on future courses.

Successful applicants will be sent an electronic diary invitation at least one week before the date of the training course. The diary invitation will include:

  • instructions on how to use Microsoft Teams (if you have not used it before)
  • the pre-course reading
  • useful guidance

Please note, this link is only for the use of successful applicants and must not be shared with anyone outside of the email group. Towards the end of the course, the trainer will provide applicants with the link for the digital evaluation form, which is to be completed.

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.