• If you have reason to believe that a child or young person is at immediate risk from harm contact the Police on 999 or Emergency Duty Team on 01905 768020
  • If you have any concerns about a particular child or young person and feel that they may be in need of protection or safeguarding contact the Access Centre on 01905 822666
  • If you feel that a family needs support to avoid their problems reaching a stage where their child’s welfare is being adversely affected, contact the Early Help Hub on 01905 822666 or click here for referral guidance


What are my responsibilities as a GP

1. Remember to consider safeguarding when dealing with parental issues such as domestic abuse, substance misuse or parental ill health: Think family’

2. Ensure that I and all of my staff are appropriately trained

This page deals with the training pathways available

‘Remember to consider safeguarding when dealing with parental issues such as domestic abuse, substance misuse or parental ill health: Think family’



There is an expectation by Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board that training should be multi-disciplinary and inter-agency, and delivered internally and externally

It could include:
• personal reflection
• scenario-based discussion, drawing on case studies, serious case reviews, lessons from research and audit
• regular multi-professional and/or multi-agency staff meetings
• vulnerable child and family meetings
• clinical updating
• clinical audit
• reviews of critical incidents and significant unexpected events
• peer discussions
• education sessions which could be a combination of e-learning or attendance at internal or external outside training courses.

GPs have a responsibility to ensure that all staff across their organisation have the knowledge and skills to be able to meet this requirement

Evidence of such learning has to be demonstrated at appraisal confirming that each member of staff is up to date and has the relevant skills, competencies and knowledge to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (as defined in the Intercollegiate Document 2014)



The Safeguarding Lead GP
• should undertake a minimum of 12-16 hours safeguarding children training over 3 years
• includes attending face to face multi-agency learning every year to ensure they are kept updated
• examples of face to face multi-agency learning could include multi-agency case reviews, the half day workshop provided by the WSCB (however, this should not be attended annually but once in every three years), BASCPAN or other external conferences (ie. on 1st April there is a free Safeguarding children morning event at the University of Worcestershire which could be used once in a 3 year cycle)
• other examples for training could include a 2 hour session from the Worcs medico-legal dept, evidence of reading relevant NSPCC updates or significant case reviews. Ellen Footman (Designated nurse for safeguarding) distributes additional information as it becomes available.
• we would suggest that you document and reflect on relevant learning within your Clarity Appraisal Toolkit and consider what additional training might be necessary

All GP’s
• should demonstrate a minimum of 6 hours every 3 years
• includes a minimum of two hours face to face training as per the examples above
• training should be Level 3 or Target Group 2

All practice nurses & practice managers
• should undertake Level 2 safeguarding children training
• over a three-year period, professionals at level 2 should receive refresher training equivalent to a minimum of 3-4 hours
• there is a flexible approach to learning but it should include multi-disciplinary/inter-agency and scenario-based discussion drawing on case studies and lessons from research and audit
• this should be appropriate to the speciality and roles of participants
• organisations should consider encompassing safeguarding learning within regular, multiagency or vulnerable family meetings, clinical updating, clinical audit, reviews of critical incidents and significant unexpected events and peer discussions

All non-clinical staff
• must be introduced to the Practice Child Safeguarding Policies and Procedures at induction and, if there is no training history, should have basic Level 1 training within one month of commencing duties
• the whole Practice team must be updated annually on any recent changes in child safeguarding policy or procedures and specific local issues
• this is an opportunity to review Practice protocols, to discuss any learning points from local case reviews (such as Serious Case Reviews or Child Death Reviews) and to reflect upon any significant Practice events involving children. This update may be facilitated by the Practice Safeguarding Lead or be part of single agency in-house training.

All practices will be required to regularly include safeguarding as an item at their PHCT meetings or equivalent to allow the Safeguarding Lead to update colleagues as required.


SW Healthcare are keen to support our member surgeries in ensuring that their staff have access to all of this necessary training. To this end we will coordinate extra Level 3 sessions depending on need.

• Click here to view the  Flyer for Safeguarding Level 3 training 2016

Click here to access details for the following courses:

  • Targeted Training 2 courses (equivalent to Level 3/Target Group 2)
  • Targeted Training 1 Courses (equivalent to Level 2 courses)


Mental Capacity Act / Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards training

Click here to view details of upcoming Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards training events.

e-Learning Training

To access these courses please apply after seeking permission from your manager on the Worcestershire Safeguarding Children Board e-Learning site
Note there will be a cost for each e-learning licence as follows:
• Contributing Partner Agencies: Free but £25 if course is not completed within 4 weeks
• Non-Contributing Agencies: £25
• Community & Voluntary Sector: £12.50

WSCB have the following Targeted Training 1 e-Learning training available:

These can be accessed to top up hours where necessary.


We would encourage GPs to access the e-learning below to build up their knowledge over the three years:



  • Comprehensive guidance around safeguarding



  • Thresholds Guidance


If you have concerns about domestic abuse within a household, download the Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence Information Pack 2014 for Professionals and victims by clicking here


  • Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conferences (MARACs) are regular local meetings where information about high risk domestic abuse victims (those at risk of murder or serious harm) is shared between local agencies. To make a referral, complete theMARAC referral form  and send to the MARAC Co-Ordinator securely via nhs mail at






Produced by: Dr Andy John (Director SW Healthcare & Training Academy Lead)
Ellen Footman (Designated Nurse for Safeguarding in Worcestershire)


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