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London Child Protection Procedures Competency Framework

Level / Groups Professional Competency
Level 1 Training – Single Agency / E-Learning / Multi-Agency
Those who have occasional contact with children, young people and/or parents/carers.
  • Understanding what is child abuse and being able to recognise potential signs and indicators of abuse and neglect;
  • Recording and sharing of information regarding concerns;
  • Awareness of the organisation's basic safeguarding children procedures;
  • Awareness of who within the organisation should be contacted regarding any concern about a child's safety or welfare (including who to contact if that person is unavailable);
  • Awareness of who within the organisation should be contacted regarding any concern about a colleague's behaviour towards a child or potential risk that they may present;
  • Awareness of the expected standards of behaviour by staff towards children.
Level 2 Training – Single or Multi-Agency Training

Those in regular or in intensive but irregular contact with children, young people and/or parents/carers.

Those who work predominantly with children, young people and/or parents/ carers.
  • Recording and sharing of information regarding concerns;
  • Using the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families (: Own safeguarding roles and responsibilities;
  • Working together to identify, assess and meet the needs of children where there are safeguarding concerns. To identify child focused interventions and measurable outcomes;
  • Understanding the possible impact of parenting difficulties, such as domestic abuse, mental health, substance misuse, learning difficulties on parenting capacity;
  • Recognising the importance of family history and functioning;
  • Working with children and family members, including addressing lack of co-operation and superficial compliance within the context of role.
Level 3 Training – Multi-Agency Specialist Training
Those who have particular specialist child protection responsibilities.
  • Conducting section 47 enquiries, attending Child Protection Conferences and managing Core Groups; roles, responsibilities and collaborative practice;
  • Using professional judgements to make decisions as to whether a child is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm;
  • Working with complexity;
  • Taking emergency action;
  • Communicating with children in line with interviewing vulnerable witness guidance;
  • Promoting effective, professional practice;
  • Supervising child protection cases and advising others.
Level 4 Training – Multi-Agency or Single Training Agency Specific to the Role

Operational managers of services for children, young people and/or parents / carers.

Professional advisers and designated leads for child protection.

  • Supervising child protection cases. Managing performance to promote effective inter-agency practice;
  • Specialist training to undertake key management and/or supervisory roles in, for example, intake/duty teams;
  • Safer Recruitment Training.
Level 5 Training - Multi-Agency or Single Agency Training Specific to the Role

Senior managers responsible for strategic management of services for children, young people and / or parents / carers.

Members of Local Safeguarding Children Partnerships.

Board Level for Chief Executive Officers, Trust and Health Board Executive and non-executive directors/members, commissioning body Directors.

Local Authority Elected Members, Lay Members or Non-Executive Directors.
  • Section 11 expectations, roles and responsibilities;
  • Expectations on members in order to promote effective co-operation that improves effectiveness;
  • Current policy, research and practice developments;
  • Implementation of lessons from Serious Case / Learning and Improvement Reviews. Specialist training to undertake specific roles, for example Independent Chair; Business Manager;
  • Safer Recruitment Training.
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