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Safeguarding skills and competencies guidance

This directory is based on guidance published in 2010 which has since been updated and replaced (see below). While the training resources listed may still be useful, users should refer to the latest guidance for details of the appropriate levels or groups of staff to which they relate.

The Safeguarding Children Training Directory was published in 2012 and is based on two key documents produced by the Royal Colleges and the former Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) which set out the skills and competencies required of practitioners when working with children and young people.

Throughout the directory we refer to the levels (described in the roles and competencies document) or groups (described in the working together 2010 document) of staff and list the appropriate learning outcomes – as set out in these documents – for each. We then list examples of training options available to help individuals to achieve those outcomes.

More about the guidance

(This section last updated June 2016)

Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competencies for health care staff. Intercollegiate document (RCPCH, March 2014)
Level 6 has been altered from the 2010 version to focus on senior managers and executive leads with Board Level responsibility for safeguarding children and young people.

Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competencies for health care staff. Intercollegiate document (RCPCH, Sep 2010)
This document has been replaced by updated guidance published in March 2014. To protect children and young people from harm, all health staff must have the competences to recognise child maltreatment and to take effective action as appropriate to their role. They must also clearly understand their responsibilities, and should be supported by their employing organisation to fulfil their duties. This document, published jointly by the The Royal Colleges and professional bodies describes six levels of competences and provides model role descriptions for named and designated professionals. It details the particular knowledge, skills, attitudes and values that underpin the core competencies at each level.


Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (DfE, March 2015).
Statutory guidance on inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (DCSF, April 2013)
This document has been withdrawn and is replaced by updated guidance published in 2015.

Working together to safeguard children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (DCSF, March 2010)
This document has been archived and is replaced by updated guidance published in 2015. This document sets out how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in accordance with the Children Act 1989 and the Children Act 2004.


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