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Designated child protection officer training (Scotland)

For those with a lead operational role for child protection within the voluntary, community and corporate sectors

What is the course about?

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29 Oct: Dundee
21 Nov: Edinburgh
1 Dec: Glasgow

26 Jan: Aberdeen

One day

£90 per delegate. 

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Further information
Call 0808 800 5000

This course will enable you to become familiar with the role and responsibilities of the designated child protection officer and develop competence and confidence in carrying out this role.

Who is this course for?

For those with specific responsibility to ensure appropriate steps are taken to protect and promote the welfare of children who are known to their organisations. This includes children who may be in need of protection from significant harm.

What level is the course and do I need any specific skills?

This is an advanced course designed for those who have received previous child protection training, for example the NSPCC's Introduction to child protection (Scotland).

By the end of the course, you should be able to:

  • describe the role of the designated safeguarding children officer and state key areas of responsibility

  • state your own values regarding child abuse and the impact of these on professional practice

  • describe the key Scottish legislation and guidance underpinning your organisation’s policy for responding to concerns about a child’s safety or welfare

  • understand the principles of the Scottish Government's Getting it right for every Child (GIRFEC) framework and the responsibilities of the named person and lead professional

  • decide what steps the organisation needs to take to ensure the safety and welfare of children and young people with whom it has contact

  • understand the blocks inhibiting children from disclosing abuse and respond effectively to a child who does disclose

  • understand blocks to staff reporting concerns and how to overcome these

  • make appropriate decisions about the action to take when informed of a concern about a child or young person

  • state what is likely to happen following a referral to social work and what further role you may have

  • explain the issues in connection with recording and sharing of information, including that of confidentiality

  • demonstrate an awareness of the emotional dimension of child protection work and identify a network for personal support

  • state the main tenets of your organisation’s policy and procedures.

How will I be taught?

Through face-to-face learning by experienced professionals. A range of methods will be used to help to develop your skills and knowledge and there will be opportunities to review your current organisation’s policy and procedures.

Methods include small and large group discussions, interactive activities such as the application of learning to case scenarios, and use or DVD materials.

Feedback from previous participants

Excellent training, really engaging discussions and presentations.

Excellent course. Learned lots from various learning materials and styles. Day went really fast and I found it enjoyable.

Very informative. Good 'learning atmosphere' created by the trainers.

Course venues

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For further information please call 0808 800 5000, email help@nspcc.org.uk or book online



What course could I take next?

As designated child protection officers are expected to update their knowledge of child protection guidance, legislation and processes you may wish to consider attending this update training every two years.

We offer a wide range of child protection training courses at our training centres across the UK. 

We can also develop or modify a course specifically to meet your organisation's needs. If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact us to discuss your requirements.