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.
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.
Child Criminal Exploitation
The Children’s MARS e-workbook covering Child Criminal Exploitation is available on the main training page. – COMING SOON
Child Sexual Abuse
The Children’s MARS Child Sexual Abuse Toolkit is available on the resources page.
Guidance – NSPCC Sexual Abuse Guidance
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
Honour Based Abuse
Guidance – What is Honour Based Abuse? Karma Nirvana
e-Learning – Awareness of Forced Marriage by The Virtual College
Guidance – Children’s MARS Neglect guidance
Children Missing from Home and Care
Modern Day Slavery
e-Learning – The Home Office Prevent Awareness Course
e-Learning – The Home Office Channel Awareness Course
e-Learning – The Home Office Prevent Referrals Course
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 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
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:
- Understanding Neglect – neglect as the foundation stone for other forms of harm, neglect as a relationship-based phenomena rather than incident-led
- Developing the mindset – Lived experience of the child, child’s voice, observing and talking to children, what children mean within families
- 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 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.