TSCP Training Offer 1st April 2020 to 31st March 2021

Welcome to Tameside Safeguarding Children Partnership (TSCP) training offer for 2020-2021.

Training courses on TSCP’s training programme are provided free of charge to professionals or volunteers from statutory organisations or services in Tameside, or professionals or volunteers from the community, voluntary or faith communities in Tameside, whose work brings them into contact with children and their families.

Charges will apply to private sector organisations or services and profit making organisations Please see 'Charging Policy' for details of charges and contributions.

Charges will also be applied for non-attendance at courses without due notice (a minimum of 5 working days), any exceptions to this to be discussed with the TSCP Administrator. Please see 'Charging Policy' for further details.

Please note that learners are required to attend face to face courses for the full duration of the course, i.e. the times as stipulated for each course on the 'Training Schedule 2020-2021' and attend at the venue in time for the start of the course. Failing to adhere to these requirements could result in the learner not receiving an attendance certificate or, in the event of not turning up on time, not being able to receive the training.

Our courses will continue to be categorised as follows:

Introductory Course

Introductory courses are aimed at anyone who works with children and/or their families in Tameside.

There is only one introductory course on the 2020-2021 training programme, which is ‘Working Together to Safeguard Children – Foundation Course’ this is a blended learning course, that is to say in order for learners to attend the face-to-face one day aspect of the course, they need to have successfully undertaken the level 1 e-learning module, ‘Safeguarding Children’. The module includes a concluding examination to test knowledge, which learners have to pass before acquiring a ‘certificate of completion’. The ‘certificate of completion’ will be required as evidence of successful completion of the module as part of the application process for the face-to-face course. Applicants who are unable to furnish the certificate will not be able to apply for the course.

There are six foundation courses on offer. Please see separate 'Training Schedule 2020-2021'.

Themed Courses

These courses provide a fuller understanding of particular themes or issues relevant to safeguarding children and are aimed at those who work regularly with children, young people and adults who are parents or carers.

All themed courses require that applicants have completed the 'Introductory Course' outlined earlier within this offer (click here), or ‘Refresher Training in Child Protection’ or pertinent themed courses in Tameside within the last three years. (Two years if you hold a designated or named post)

Please see separate 'Training Schedule 2020-2021' for details of the 'Themed Courses' on offer.

Special Interest Courses

Special interest courses are designed for those who have specific responsibilities for safeguarding children. The courses are tailored to look at a particular issue or safeguarding role in much more detail than that offered in a themed course. The topic may often involve complex and/or serious cases of child abuse or be targeting managers.

All special interest courses require that applicants have completed the 'Introductory Course' outlined earlier within this offer (click here), or prior to the 1st April 2017 have completed the previous level 2 courses, 'Working Together to Safeguard Children', 'Refresher Training in Child Protection' or pertinent level 2, 3 or 4 courses in Tameside within the last three years (Two years if you hold a designated or named post).

Please see separate 'Training Schedule 2020-2021' for details of the 'Special Interest Courses' on offer.

Viewing Course Content

The content of all courses under the training offer including learning aims and outcomes can be viewed by scrolling to the relevant course on the home page of the partnership’s training website (TSCP courses tab), please visit https://www.tamesidesafeguardingchildren.org.uk/professionals/trainingcourses.aspx.

Clicking either, ‘View Course Details’ or, ‘Book Now’ enables review of content. Having selected, ‘Book Now’, there is no requirement to complete the booking process if having reviewed content a potential applicant considers the course isn’t suitable for them to attend

Booking Courses or Events

There is an expectation for professionals and volunteers in Tameside wishing to access Multi-Agency training provided by the partnership to create, manage and take responsibility for their own ‘learning account’. The account facilitates electronic bookings for all courses and events and will store individual learning history.

Once created there is the facility for an individual account holder to amend their details in the event of changes; change of family name, job role or title, email address, or change of manager for example. This may be undertaken by logging into individual learning accounts, scrolling to ‘manage account’ and making the amendments. Remember to save the changes.

Professionals and volunteers wishing to create an account should avoid using personal email accounts.

In order to assist with creation and management of learning accounts, we have developed a ‘Booking training through TSCP’ document, which may be found at here.

The requirement to complete an online pre-course evaluation questionnaire as part of the booking process will continue. For this reason it is requested that course applicants do not have other people creating and managing learner accounts on their behalf. Apart from the online pre-course evaluation, end of course evaluation online is required via individual learner accounts, this facilitates the availability of an attendance certificate which can be downloaded or printed off.

The extent of knowledge gained between booking onto and completing a course is measured and arranging for third persons to manage accounts can affect this process and may result in problems with accessing attendance certificates or, maintaining an accurate learning history.

Whilst the the Partnership stands by the principle that managers or equivalent should authorise staff training, we have had to concede that historical practical difficulties this caused for a small minority meant the process could not be maintained. Consequently, the system of ‘notifying managers’ will continue and once an applicant has completed the course booking process an email will automatically be generated and will be sent to ‘notify’ their manager of the booking. If the manager considers that it is not appropriate for the member of staff to attend the course or event they should advise the applicant to cancel the booking via their individual TSCP learner account. The ‘notification email’ will draw the manager’s attention to TSCP’s charging policy requiring five working days’ notice of cancellations, which they should be mindful of before arriving at a decision.

The email address for notifications to learners and managers from TSCP’s website will be, TSCPTraining@tameside.gov.uk.

In the event applicants are unable to attend a course they should not send another member of their team or service to attend the course on their behalf. The original applicant should cancel their original booking and advise the intended replacement to book onto the course via their own individual learning account. Representatives who attend courses on behalf of colleagues having not followed this process may experience difficulty in accessing ‘attendance certificates’.

Applicants cancelling bookings in the above circumstances should also take account of the charging policy, which will be applied to cancellations that do not adhere to a minimum of 5 working days’ notice.

New Courses for 2020/2021

The partnership are supporting TMBC’s Parenting Team with courses relating to, ‘Reducing Parental Conflict’ and the, ‘Solihull Approach’.

The courses consist of:

  • Reducing Parental Conflict. One day course covering three modules dealing with understanding parental conflict and the impact on outcomes for children and young people, recognising and supporting parents in parental conflict; applying knowledge, skills & techniques and working with parents in conflict; ‘How do I support and intervene?’.
  • Reducing Parental Conflict: ‘The role of Supervisors and Managers’. Half day course highlighting how to support frontline practitioners to engage with parents in addressing destructive conflict with a view to improving outcomes for children and young people. It focuses on the skills practice of managing team members faced with parental conflict conversations to develop their skills and confidence levels, empowering managers to practically support their team members to consistently develop and subsequently apply their learning.
  • Solihull Approach. Two full days course with reflection in the workplace between day one and day two. The Solihull Approach aims to increase emotional health and well-being through both practitioners and parents. It does this through resources and training across the child and family workforce. Particular features of the Solihull Approach are:
    • It is used for workforce development: increases skills and knowledge, consistency and shared language across agencies using the Solihull Approach.
    • It can be used for early intervention and prevention in the early years, as well as across childhood and into adulthood.
    • It can be used for everyone in a team e.g. children’s centre, perinatal unit, school (from receptionists to support staff to teachers).
    • It provides parenting programmes from conception through to adolescence.
    • It has a particular emphasis on including fathers.
    • It provides a theoretical framework for working with emotional and behaviour difficulties and provides supporting evidence e.g. for Ofsted.

In collaboration with Greater Manchester Combined Authority a number of Multi-Agency Professionals in Tameside have received, ‘Training for Trainers’ in order to deliver a course dealing with, ‘Understanding Exploitation’. The course over one full day consists of:

  • Understanding Exploitation. Raising awareness and understanding of the exploitation of children and young people, which will include trauma informed practice, an overview of Child Sexual Exploitation, Child Criminal Exploitation, Modern Day Slavery & Human Trafficking.

The dates and venues of all the new courses outlined above can be found on the 'Training Schedule 2020-2021'.

More information about the content of the new courses can be found under ‘Applying for a course’ on the home page of the partnership’s training website (TSCP courses tab), please visit https://www.tamesidesafeguardingchildren.org.uk/professionals/trainingcourses.aspx.

Voice of the Child Traning

TSCP continue to work in collaboration with Tameside’s Youth Council, TMBC Youth Service, Tameside College and Clarendon Sixth Form College on the delivery of a ‘Voice of the Child Event’ when a representative group of young people from Tameside teach Multi Agency professionals what is meant by talking to, listening to and engaging with what children and young people have to say about the service they receive. Thus enabling professionals to use what they learn to change and develop their working practice.

Please see separate 'Training Schedule 2020-2021' for further details.

E-learning

The Partnership are continuing to work with the Local Authority in relation to the implementation of an e-learning programme ‘Me Learning’ who are facilitating access to a learning platform providing a selection of e-learning content across different subject areas to the ‘Association of Greater Manchester Authorities’ (AGMA).

The arrangement will continue to be monitored under the current Safeguarding Partnership Arrangements. Currently licenses are provided to facilitate access to the blended Introductory Course; Safeguarding Children – Level 1 e-learning module, which is mandatory, followed by the face-to-face one day course; Working Together to Safeguard Children – Foundation Course. It is worth reiterating that in order to secure a place on the face-to-face aspect of this course successful completion of the mandatory e-learning followed by completion of bookings via individual learner accounts is required. In order to minimise any confusion or ambiguity in this regard careful reference should be given to ‘Booking training through TSCP document’.

E-learning licenses are also provided to consolidate learning associated with topics aligned with strategic priorities of the safeguarding partnership, which are:

  • Domestic Abuse
  • Neglect

It is therefore recommended that Multi-Agency applicants intending to attend the face to face training courses associated with these topics should firstly undertake the relevant elearning course. Please note however that for these courses prior e-learning is not mandatory, applicants can book onto and attend the relevant face to face course without having completed associated e-learning.

It is not possible for Multi-Agency representatives to apply for and undertake stand-alone elearning modules or courses. Licenses for e-learning will only be granted for the associated ‘face-to-face’ training as described within the previous paragraphs of this section.

Once a license has been allocated in accordance with the parameters outlined, users must complete the relevant course in a timely manner prior the face-to-face course the e-learning is intended to consolidate. User activity will be monitored and prolonged periods of inactivity or misuse could result in accounts being closed down and charges applied in accordance with TSCP’s charging policy.

Any further enquiries related to e-learning should be directed to TSCP Administrator, Christine Bryan, via email: christine.bryan@tameside.gov.uk

Evaluation

In addition to online ‘pre’ and ‘end of course’ evaluation referred to earlier, short hard copy ‘end of course’ evaluation forms for attendees to complete at the venue upon conclusion of the course will be utilised. This process provides useful feedback in relation to course content and can influence course design.

Impact Evaluation

The Partnership is committed to a robust and efficient ‘Learning and Improvement Framework’, part of which measures the impact of learning acquired as a result of undertaking learning activity outlined in this offer.

Therefore, applicants who apply to undertake courses do so in the explicit expectation that they sign up to a process involving contribution to an impact evaluation process approximately three months post the learning activity.

The process is designed to capture the extent acquired learning has influenced professional practice and therefore impacted on outcomes for children and young people and their families. It may involve prioritising for contribution to administered survey questions or focus groups.

Training Venues

The following venues will normally be used to host our training courses:


Hyde Town Hall
Corporation Street
Hyde
Tameside
SK14 1AL

Training rooms normally utilised are, The Newton Suite, The Rutherford Suite and Hyde Hall. There is no onsite parking but there are a variety of Local Authority and Private Car Parks nearby. Hyde Bus and Railway Stations are also situated nearby.


Denton Festival Hall
Peel Street
Denton
Tameside
M34 3JX

Training rooms normally utilised are Rooms 6 and 7, the main Festival Hall and occasionally, the Pennine Suite. There is no onsite parking but a Local Authority Car Park is situated at the rear on Queen Street. There is no Bus or Railway Stations located nearby but there are a variety of Bus transport links into the Town.


Stalybridge Civic Hall
Trinity Street
Stalybridge
Tameside
SK15 2BN

The training room normally utilised is the District Assembly Room and occasionally, Rooms 3 and 4. There is limited free onsite parking and a small Local Authority Car Park situated nearby. Stalybridge Bus and Railway Stations are also situated nearby.


Highfield Pavilion, within Stamford Park
Astley Road
Stalybridge
Tameside
SK15 1NJ

Access to this venue is via Stamford Park’s side entrance on Astley Road. Limited free parking is available on the left side of Astley Road travelling from the direction of Stamford Street. The free parking is limited to four hours only. Limited parking on the other side of the road where there are no parking restrictions is free all day and there is limited unrestricted parking available in a number of streets off Astley Road. There are also Local Authority Car Parks nearby, one near the main entrance to Tameside General Hospital on Darnton Road and one near the boating lake in Stamford Park just off Darnton Road. Both are approximately a quarter of a mile from the venue. Stalybridge Bus and Railway Stations are also situated nearby.


The following additional venues will be used to host new courses associated with, ‘Resolving Parental Conflict’ and the ‘Solihull Approach’.

Greenside Children’s Centre
Greenside Lane
Droylsden
M43 7RA
Parking available onsite.
Hattersley Children’s Centre
Melandra Crescent
Hattersley
SK14 3RB

Courses relating to youth emotional wellbeing and mental health

Keen to be a Youth Mental Health First Aider?

Tameside, Oldham and Glossop Mind have been funded to deliver Youth Mental Health First Aid courses. This is an internationally recognised course designed specifically for those people that teach, work, live with or care for young people aged 8 to 18 years.

You will learn how to:

  • Provide information, tools and techniques to promote a young person’s mental and emotional wellbeing.
  • Support a young person who might be experiencing mental and emotional distress.

The Youth MHFA course is split into four manageable chunks. These are:

  • What is mental health?
  • Depression and anxiety.
  • Suicide and psychosis.
  • Self-harm and eating disorders.

Within each section there is clear focus on the issues faced by young people, including bullying/cyber bullying and substance misuse. The course also teaches the importance of promoting wellbeing and protective factors.

The course is free for workers in the Tameside and Glossop areas and is relevant for people who teach, work, live with and care for 8 to 18 year olds. This is a fantastic opportunity for Tameside and Glossop workers as this course normally costs up to £300 per person.

If you'd like to sign up you will have to complete 5 online modules (30 mins) with www.e-lfh.org.uk before applying.

Please visit https://www.togmind.org/services/youth-mental-health-first-aid for more information on the modules and the application process.

Please note this is separate and different to TSCP course booking process.

Queries & Further Enquires

Any queries regarding the training offer should be directed to:

  1. Andy McLean
    Training Organiser
    Tameside Safeguarding Children Partnership
    Tel: 0161 342 3891
    Email: andrew.mclean@tameside.gov.uk
  2. Christine Bryan
    TSCP Administrator
    Tameside Safeguarding Children Partnership
    Tel: 07870 395374
    Email: christine.bryan@tameside.gov.uk

Multi-Agency Training

TSCP Charging Policy for Safeguarding Training



Learn more about TSCP minimum standards...

TSCP minimum standards for basic single agency safeguarding children awareness raising training are designed to assure that relevant training across all agencies and services in Tameside is delivered to a consistently high standard. They will be utilised by the Learning Improvement and Activity Sub- Group to quality assure relevant training. It should be noted that basic single agency awareness training should not be utilised to negate the requirement for professionals or volunteers in Tameside, whose work brings them into with children and their families, from acquiring or refreshing their Multi-Agency safeguarding knowledge via TSCP’s Multi-Agency Training Offer.

What to do if you are worried about a child

If you think a child is being abused or mistreated or you have concerns about a child’s well-being please contact one of the numbers shown on this page.

Your phone call could help to safeguard a child who may be at risk.

If the situation is immediately dangerous for the child then ring 999 and ask for the Police.

If the child is not in immediate danger contact:

Children's Hub

  • Monday to Friday during office hours - 0161 342 4101
  • Monday to Friday outside office hours and weekends and public holidays – 0161 342 2222
  • GM Procedures Manual
  • Safeguarding concerns can be reported to the Children's Hub using the Online Electronic Referral form