Designated child protection officer in Scotland course Training for anyone responsible with receiving concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people.

Our training course will help you gain the skills to act appropriately and confidently to protect the children you work with in a designated child protection role.

Taught by experienced professionals, you will learn how to recognise, report and record concerns about a child.

Child protection officer training Scotland

£145 per person

1 day face-to-face training course

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For more information, contact us on 0808 800 5000 or email

About this course

In this classroom-based course, you’ll learn how to:

  • describe the role and main responsibilities of the designated child protection officer
  • state your own values regarding child abuse and the impact of these on professional practice
  • describe the key Scottish legislation and guidance that determines your organisation’s policy for child safety and 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 your organisation needs to take to look after the safety and welfare of the children and young people it comes into contact with
  • identify the barriers that prevent children from reporting abuse
  • know how to respond effectively to a child who does report abuse
  • understand the barriers that prevent staff from reporting concerns, and how to overcome them
  • make the right decisions about what steps to take when concerns about a child have been raised
  • know what's likely to happen following a referral to children's social work
  • explain the issues connected to recording and sharing information, including confidentiality
  • show an awareness of the emotional impact of protecting children and identify a network for personal support
  • talk about your organisation’s overarching policy and procedures.

Designated child protection officer training (Scotland) is for anyone who comes into regular contact with children and young people.

You must have previously attended an introductory level course in child protection in Scotland, and successfully liaised with other agencies involved in child protection, especially children’s social care.

People who have taken this course include:

  • nursery managers
  • sports coaches
  • adult addiction service staff
  • leisure facilities managers
  • professionals from commercial, community and religious based organisations.

This course doesn’t provide full training for people who work in a statutory agency.  

Note for health professionals:  This course provides training equal to Level 2 - the minimum level required for clinical staff who have some degree of contact with children and young people and/or parents/carers. We can also deliver Level 4 training to your health organisation.

Want to commission specialist training?
If you are interested in training for a statutory agency or health named professionals, please call 0808 800 5000 or email

Courses run from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Edinburgh - 28 August 2018

St Paul's & St George's Church, 10 Broughton Street, Edinburgh EH1 3RH

Falkirk - 17 September 2018
Forth Valley Sensory Centre, Redbrae Road, Camelon, FK1 4DD

Glasgow - 8 October 2018
NSPCC, third floor Templeton Business Centre, 62 Templeton Street, Glasgow, G40 1DA

Aberdeen - 13 November 2018
Childline Aberdeen office, 3rd Floor, Ruby House, 8 Ruby Lane, Aberdeen, AB10 1QZ

Dundee - 10 December 2018
Dundee Voluntary Action, 10 Constitution Road, Dundee, DD1 1LL

Participant reviews

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.

£145 per person

1 day face-to-face training course

Book now

For more information, contact us on 0808 800 5000 or email

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