Training Programme

Pricing Structure

Children’s MARS Board training is designed to reflect national drivers and local procedures. It will add value to a professional’s continuous professional development in the area of safeguarding and child protection. The Children’s MARS Board has tried to keep charges to a minimum although some charge has to be made to cover specific training courses.

Awareness – e-workbooks and signposting to relevant websites and resources will be available free of charge. (Note: there may be a charge for e-learning by a national body).

Intermediate/Masterclasses – There may be a charge for intermediate and masterclasses and this will be indicated in the course details.

Children’s MARS Training Offer

The below courses consist of the Children’s MARS core training offer. Additional or specialist training may be added throughout the year. If so, these courses will be publicised on the main training page, through our quarterly newsletter and via our training subscription list.

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The courses listed below are a minimum expectation of awareness training that should be provided to all staff within an organisation in relation to safeguarding children. These can be e-learning, workbooks, delivered courses or incorporated into safeguarding children awareness training. Below are links to publications, websites and e-learning available on these topics.

Safeguarding Children

The Children’s MARS e-workbook covering Safeguarding Children is available on the main training page.

Child Sexual Exploitation

The Children’s MARS e-workbook covering Child Sexual Exploitation is available on the main training page.

Guidance – Children’s MARS Child Sexual Exploitation Definition and Guide for Practitioners, local leaders and decision makers.

Child Criminal Exploitation

The Children’s MARS e-workbook covering Child Criminal Exploitation is available on the main training page. – COMING SOON

Guidance – Children’s MARS Child Criminal Exploitation Definition and Guide for Practitioners, local leaders and decision makers.

Child Sexual Abuse

The Children’s MARS Child Sexual Abuse Toolkit is available on the resources page.

Guidance – NSPCC Sexual Abuse Guidance

e-Learning – Child Sexual Exploitation in Sport, EduCare and NWG Network Training

Video – Child Sexual Exploitation and professional curiosity

Domestic Abuse

The Children’s MARS Domestic Abuse Toolkit is available on the resources page. – COMING SOON

Guidance – The Home Office Domestic Abuse: how to get help

Female Genital Mutilation

The Children’s MARS e-workbook covering Female Genital Mutilation is available on the main training page.

e-Learning – The Home Office and Virtual College FGM e-Learning

e-Learning – Recognising and Preventing FGM by The Virtual College

Guidance – The Home Office Female Genital Mutilation Resource Pack

Guidance – Children’s MARS guidance and procedure for identifying and responding to concerns about FGM

Honour Based Abuse

Guidance – What is Honour Based Abuse? Karma Nirvana

Guidance – Children’s MARS Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage protocol

Forced Marriage

e-Learning – Awareness of Forced Marriage by The Virtual College

Guidance – Children’s MARS Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage protocol


Guidance – Children’s MARS Neglect guidance

Children Missing from Home and Care

Guidance – Statutory guidance on children who run away or go missing from home and care, Department for Education (2014)

Guidance – Children’s MARS Children who Runaway or go Missing from home & care protocol

Modern Day Slavery

Guidance – The Home Office Modern Slavery Document Collection


e-Learning – The Home Office Prevent Awareness Course

e-Learning – The Home Office Channel Awareness Course

e-Learning – The Home Office Prevent Referrals Course

Safer Recruitment

e-Learning – NSPCC Safer Recruitment 

Emotional health and wellbeing

e-Learning – #TalkSuicide training


Face to face delivered courses for all staff who work directly with children, young people and families (appropriate to role)

Managing allegations against adults who work with children

To give all adults working with children an overview of the allegations process, policy and procedures. This course will make you aware of the process and legal framework regarding allegations, understand your responsibilities in procedures and understand the process about raising concerns regarding a staff members conduct towards a child.

Re:Form Workshops

Re:Form is a comprehensive prevention package based on motivational, experiential approaches, as recommended by Respect. The primary aim is to manage risk to victims and families, increase safety, and reduce incidents thereby improving outcomes around perpetrators being able to sustain non-abusive behaviour. Based upon a co-ordinated multi-agency approach to managing perpetrator behaviour alongside other statutory and voluntary agencies, it allows us to focus one-to-one attention on those individuals with the greatest need or who pose the greatest risk, whilst at the same time allowing those requiring early intervention to be able to access low level support for their abusive tactics/behaviours.

The Re:Form workshops provide an overview of the programme and provides practitioners with information including how to refer and what support can be offered.


Masterclasses are designed for a higher level of understanding

Child Protection

This course will develop an awareness of professional’s responsibilities to safeguard children and the key processes that underpin this. They will:

  • understand your roles and responsibilities to safeguard children
  • understand the role and remit of the Children’s MARS Board
  • understand how you apply statutory guidance
  • understand the importance of information sharing and interagency working
  • understand private fostering
  • understand the principles of Working Together to safeguard children

Must have completed Safeguarding Awareness through the Children’s MARS Board or own agency training before attending this course.

It is not necessary to repeat this course unless you have been out of front line local practice for more than two years.

Pre course reading includes:

  • Helping Children and Families (Threshold Document 2016 – 2020)
  • Children’s MARS Policy and Procedures Assessing Need and Providing Help
  • Working Together 2018

The above documents are available on the policies, procedures and guidance page.

Designated Safeguarding Leads Termly Forum

These sessions meet Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019 and Working Together 2018 requirements.

Topics covered include Ofsted Safeguarding Inspection, Child Death Review, Child Safeguarding Practice Review and Local Learning Reviews.

Please note: These are drop in sessions that do not require booking

Neglect and Graded Care Profile 2
Neglect – AM Session

This will provide an introduction to the topic of child neglect, taking a lived experience approach of the family. The session aims to provide an interactive approach to understanding the complexity around neglect, this will include:

  1. Understanding Neglect – neglect as the foundation stone for other forms of harm, neglect as a relationship-based phenomena rather than incident-led
  2. Developing the mindset – Lived experience of the child, child’s voice, observing and talking to children, what children mean within families
  3. How to help – Permissions to help and overcoming barriers
Graded Care Profile 2 – PM Session

This session will provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills to be accredited for use of the Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2). The GCP2 is a practical tool which supports practitioners in measuring the quality of care delivered to an individual child from an individual carer or carers over a short window of time, and is designed to give a representative overview of the current level of care. The grades are based on observations and good quality evidence gathered during this window. The GCP2 reviews “what it’s like” for the child not “why it’s happening”. However, parental issues are taken into account during the analysis and planning stage. A judgement of whether parenting is neglectful or not is based on whether the needs of a child are adequately being met. The GCP2 helps professionals to be clear as to what the basic needs of a child are, and to what degree they are being met. This allows practitioners to make reasoned and explicit judgements in relation to neglect.

Practitioners may choose to attend just the neglect morning session, just the GCP2 afternoon session or the full day.

For more information and frequently asked questions in relation to the Graded Care Profile 2, please visit the Neglect and Graded Care Profile page.

Reducing Parental Conflict – eLearning

The Reducing Parental Conflict Programme has been designed to upskill practitioners in supporting parents to reduce conflict within their relationship, whether they are together or separated. In turn, they can then improve outcomes for their children.

To view the module breakdown and further information, follow the below links

Training Flyer and Module Breakdown

Learner Journey and Course Outline

Training Course Disclaimer

Please note that some of the training courses are targeted for practitioners who are involved in particular areas of work with children, young people and families and that some of the content and/or delivery methods maybe of a sensitive nature and may cause distress to individuals.