Children's Safeguarding

Surrey Safeguarding Children's Board Training

The Surrey Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) commissions and provides multi-agency training to equip staff in all agencies with direct or indirect dealings with children and young people, with the skills and knowledge to safeguard children in Surrey.

Details regarding training available through the SSCB can be found on their website (http://www.surreyscb.org.uk/), under the Events (http://booking.surreyscb.org.uk/events-list) page.

Please note that there are new SSCB training charges from September 2017 onwards.

Anyone booking onto our courses will abide by the SSCB Learning Agreement (PDF).

On this page you will find the following:

  • Safeguarding Children Training Pathways
  • Exemption checklists
  • Additional training opportunities
  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
  • Forced Marriage
  • Internet Safety
  • Modern day slavery, human trafficking and exploitation
  • Prevent (radicalisation and extremism)


Safeguarding Children Training Pathways - What Safeguarding Training should I do?

To find out what safeguarding children training you should do, please refer to the Safeguarding Children Training Pathways - What Safeguarding Training should I do? (PDF) document. 

Exemption checklists

The SSCB have produced the following exemptions:

These are to be used by line managers and safeguarding leads when members of staff have completed an alternative safeguarding introductory courses. The exemption checklist must be completed by a line manager and countersigned by the safeguarding lead and SSCB Training and Commissioning Officer.

To find out more information about Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) training and exemptions, please see DSL Pathway (PDF).

For further information contact the SSCB at sscb.training@surreycc.gov.uk.


Additional Training Opportunities

One of the SSCB's priorities is to safeguard children who are or may be at risk of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).  Please see the SSCB CSE Training Pathway (PDF) for details of learning and development.



Online Training and links to useful websites

Child sexual exploitation (CSE) 

In this course you will see short films and sound clips based on real stories of young people. The clips aim to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation and to alert individuals to risk factors. This training can be accessed through this site. If you are new to Surrey Skills Academy you will be required to create an account before you can access the training. Returning users will need to login.

Once you have logged in choose Sector, then Children's Workforce and Education, then Training and Development and finally Awareness of CSE.

Domestic abuse

This training can be accessed this site.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Please see the FGM Training Pathway (PDF) for details of learning and development.

Mandatory reporting of FGM

From 31 October 2015 all regulated health and social care professionals and teachers in England and Wales have a mandatory reporting duty to report any 'known' cases of FGM in under 18's in the course of their professional work to the police.

FGM is physical abuse, and whilst it is perceived by parents not to be an act of hate, it is harmful, it is child abuse and it is unlawful.

To learn more about recognising and responding to this safeguarding issue please see the Government FGM webpages below:

There is also an e-learning course which is useful for anyone who is interested in gaining an overview of FGM, particularly frontline staff in healthcare, police, border force and children's social care.

Health Education England (HEE), in partnership with a number of key stakeholders (March 2015), have launched an e-learning resource which is designed to raise greater awareness and help support healthcare professionals when working with women and girls who are victims of female genital mutilation (FGM). Supported by the Department of Health’s FGM Prevention team, the e-learning resource focuses on issues related to health, legal status and referral pathways. The sessions are knowledge based and will provide practical support to healthcare professionals facing challenges such as how to approach a conversation about FGM with patients.

New support package for healthcare professionals and organisations

From 31 October 2015, healthcare professionals must report to the police any cases of female genital mutilation in girls under 18 that they come across in their work.

The new support package includes documents that support the introduction of the duty. They include:

  • a poster explaining what the duty means for healthcare professionals
  • guidance on what healthcare professionals should do if they think a child has had or is at risk of FGM
  • a training package to introduce the duty to healthcare professionals
  • a leaflet explaining the duty to patients

You can also visit the NHS Choices website to see Vanessa Lodge (National FGM Prevention Lead) and Juliet Albert (Specialist FGM Midwife) discuss what the new duty means for professionals.

Forced marriage 

Information and practice guidelines for professionals protecting, advising and supporting victims of forced marriages can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Freedom or Freedom Charity is a UK-based charity formed to give support to victims of forced marriage and violence upon women thought to have brought dishonour on the family. For further information please visit: http://www.freedomcharity.org.uk/.

Internet Safety

Cyber Crime: Cyber criminals often target the most vulnerable in our communities, including our children. Over the last few years, the Home Office has put significant resource into national cyber-crime prevention initiatives but by its own admission has struggled to drive behavioural change, with one third of families still failing on basic security measures.   Recognising that preventative activity and messages are often most effective when delivered at a local level, by organisations that are known to and trusted by individuals, the Police and Crime Commissioner for Surrey has developed the CyberSafe Network – an online resource for professionals and practitioners in Surrey designed to empower them to better safeguard our communities from online threats.   The Network provides the following to registered members:

  • Easy access to the latest news, warnings and cyber-crime prevention messages – the Network aggregates content from a wide range of trusted resources, bringing it altogether into one place.
  • A one-stop-shop for all the latest and best cyber-crime prevention advice, resources and intelligence
  • Relevant cyber-crime alerts by email, including notification of local and national campaign
  • Easy networking between members and a shared calendar of upcoming events and campaigns 

The CyberSafe Network is a free resource.

Modern Day Slavery, Human Trafficking and Exploitation

Slavery is not an issue confined to history or an issue that only exists in certain countries - it is something that is still happening today. It is a global problem and the UK is no exception. It is a growing issue, affecting men, women and children.

Modern slavery encompasses slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. Traffickers and slave drivers coerce, deceive and force individuals against their will into a life of abuse, servitude and inhumane treatment.

This strategy details the wide-ranging actions that we expect from government departments, agencies and partners in the UK and, importantly, internationally. Civil society organisations are equally important partners in delivering commitments across our response.

The scale of modern slavery in the UK is significant. Modern slavery crimes are being committed across the country and there have been year on year increases in the number of victims identified. Work by the Home Office Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Bernard Silverman, has estimated that in 2013 there were between 10,000 and 13,000 potential victims of modern slavery in the UK.

The Modern day slavery government strategy 2014 builds on and adapts the framework that has been successfully implemented in both our serious and organised crime and counter terrorism strategies. It has 4 components:

  • Pursue: prosecuting and disrupting individuals and groups responsible for modern slavery.
  • Prevent: preventing people from engaging in modern slavery.
  • Protect: strengthening safeguards against modern slavery by protecting vulnerable people from exploitation and increasing awareness and resilience against this crime.
  • Prepare: reducing the harm causes by modern slavery through improved victim identification and enhanced support and protection

The Home Office has published the new research led by its Chief Scientific Adviser, Professor Bernard Silverman, to establish a better understanding of the scale of modern slavery in the UK.


What is modern day slavery? Spot the signs - see the Modern Slavery website for further detail.

Child Trafficking - child trafficking is child abuse. Children are recruited, moved or transported and then exploited, forced to work or sold. Children are trafficked for:

  • child sexual exploitation
  • benefit fraud
  • forced marriage
  • domestic servitude such as cleaning, childcare, cooking
  • forced labour in factories or agriculture
  • criminal activity such as pick pocketing, begging, transporting drugs, working on cannabis farms, selling pirated DVDs, bag theft 

Many children are trafficked into the UK from abroad, but children can also be trafficked from one part of the UK to another.

Safeguarding Trafficked Children Guidance and Toolkitthis guidance helps agencies identify and support children who have been trafficked. It aims to support social workers, teachers, police, health workers and other professionals who may come into contact with suspected victims of trafficking, and have been piloted extensively in a number of local authorities across London and the UK over the past 18 months. It is linked to the London Safeguarding Trafficked Children Toolkit 2011 , which includes a number of additional tools to assist professionals in both assessing the needs of the child and the continuing risks that they may face, and referring their case to the competent authority.

Child trafficking online training - Children and Families Across Borders [CFAB] offer free training on child trafficking. Please email training@cfab.org.uk for further information or visit their website.

If you work with children or young people who may have been trafficked into the UK you can contact the Child Trafficking Advice Centre (NSPCC), a specialist service for information and advice on 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk for more information.

What is child trafficking? More information and a short video can be found on the NSPCC website.

Prevent (Radicalisation and Extremism)

Prevent is part of the Government counter-terrorism strategy. It is about supporting individuals, including young people, who are at risk of radicalisation, from becoming involved in terrorism. Support may be provided via the Channel process. This is a multi-agency partnership that evaluates referrals of individuals at risk of being drawn into terrorism, working alongside safeguarding partnerships and crime reduction panels.

For further information about Prevent in Surrey please see Surrey's Prevent Strategy and Action Plan (PDF) and Surrey Children's Services Prevent Strategy Oct 2015 (PDF).

The Channel General Awareness online resource helps raise awareness - please close the "Content Blocked Box"  and progress with the e-learning.

Prevent within Schools: As with other forms of safeguarding strategies, early intervention is always preferable. Schools, working with other local partners, families and communities, play a key role in ensuring young people and their communities are safe from the threat of terrorism. Please see the Prevent Education Tool Kit for further information.

Information for Colleges of Further Education: Prevent Duty Guidance For FE - the latest version published on 16 July 2015 is awaiting Parliamentary approval.

Information for Health Professionals: Building Partnerships, Staying Safe Dof H 2011- the health sector contribution to HM Government's Prevent strategy: guidance for healthcare workers.

The Department for Education has launched a helpline for anyone concerned about a child who may be at risk of extremism, or about extremism within an organisation working with children and young people: counter.extremism@education.gsi.gov.uk  Telephone: 020 7340 7264

Last modified: Tuesday, 29 August 2017, 11:40 AM