In order to assist with the identification of training and development needs, audiences are based on the following degree of contact with children. It is the responsibility of the individual and their Line Manager to make a decision about what level they are working at with families.
Group 1 - Occasional Contact
Those who have occasional contact with children, young people and/or parents/carers
For example, librarians, GP receptionists, community advice centre staff, groundsmen, recreation assistants, housing support staff, and environmental health officers
Group 2 - Regular or Intensive but Irregular Contact
Those in regular or intensive but irregular contact with children, young people and/or parents/carers who may be in a position to identify concerns about maltreatment, including those that may arise from use of the CAF/ Early Help Assessment.
For example, housing officers, hospital staff, YOS in secure settings and in the community, the police other than those in specialist child protection roles, sports development officers, allied health professionals, disability specialists, faith groups, community youth groups, play scheme volunteers
Group 3 - Work Predominantly
Those who work predominantly with children, young people and/or parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding concerns.
For example, paediatricians, GPs, youth workers, those working in the early years sector, residential staff, midwives, school nurses, health visitors, sexual health staff, teachers, probation staff, sports club welfare officers, those working with adults in, for example, learning disability, mental health, alcohol and drug misuse, those working in community play schemes.
Group 4 - Specialist
Those who have particular specialist child protection responsibilities
Members of the workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking section 47 enquiries, including professionals from health, education, police and children’s social care; those who work with complex cases and social work staff responsible for co-ordinating assessments of children in need.
Group 5 - Designated Leads
Professional advisors and designated leads for child protection
Group 6 – Operational Managers
Operational managers of services for children, young people and/or parents/carers including: practice supervisors; front-line managers and managers of child protection units.
Group 7 - Senior Managers
Senior Managers responsible for strategic management of services for children, young people and/or parents/carers
Group 8- Member of LSCBs
Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Board Members including:
- Independent Chair of SCB
- Directors of Children’s Services
- Elected member
- Lay members
- Members of executive and sub/ task groups
- Business support team
- Inter-agency trainers
(Taken from Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010)
Following the publication of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015, Stoke-on-Trent Safeguarding Children Board
has made the decision to continue to adopt the groups for training as stipulated in the 2010 version of Working
Together to Safeguard Children.