Wiltshire Safeguarding Children Board provides multi-agency safeguarding training courses for all staff from statutory, voluntary and independent agencies who work with children, young people, parents, families and vulnerable adults in Wiltshire.

What Training is Right for Me?

The WSCB has determined that all those working with children, young people and/or parents/carers must access training in child protection and safeguarding. This should include training as part of their agency induction and refresher training at least every three years. The exception to this guidance is for Designated Leads in Education settings who are required to attend refresher training every two years.

The WSCB recommends that those members of the workforce who predominantly work with children, young people and/or parent/carers, or who have specialist responsibilities or designated responsibility for child protection, or are operational managers involved in child protection should receive suitable safeguarding training for their roles.

There are changes to the 2019 training programme that include a new ‘Child Protection for DSLs in Education’.  This replaces the old Advanced Child Protection training.  The course previously called Foundation Child Protection training has been revised and is called Working Together a Shared Responsibility’.  This is to reflect the importance of multi agency working  in safeguarding children.  The new ‘Specialist Advanced Practitioner Training’ replaces the old Advanced Child Protection training for all practitioners who require advanced training but do not work in educational settings.

Key information for head teachers and governing bodies

The information HERE identifies what schools need to do to comply with current statutory guidance and local best practice.  This includes information and guidance on safeguarding and child protection training requirements.

For information about all safeguarding training available to Wiltshire schools Training-Guidance-for-schools-18-19


Booking for all WSCB e-learning and classroom training is via the Virtual College learning management system.  Please CLICK HERE to access the booking system. If you already have an account you can log in and open requested learning tab. If you do not have an account click on register and follow the instructions.

Instructions on how to apply for face to face training can be downloaded here.

For information on the levels of training and to find out what training courses are relevant to your job role, please see the course descriptors.

Please apply for one course date only. Applying for a course does not automatically reserve a place on that course. Once you have applied for a place you will receive an email confirming that we have received your application. This is not a confirmation of a place on the course.

Working Together a Shared Responsibility (Formerly Foundation Child Protection Training)

This training is designed to increase participants’ understanding of Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and other key legislation including inter-agency procedures and local guidance. The training is focused upon improving collaborative, multi-agency thinking and working practices. This course replaces Foundation Training.

09-Jan-2019 Melksham
05-Feb-2019 Trowbridge
06-Mar-2019 Potterne
18-Mar-2019 Salisbury
01-Apr-2019 Potterne
02-May-2019 Devizes
05-Jun-2019 Melksham
17-Jun-2019 Chippenham
11-Jul-2019 Trowbridge
05-Sep-2019 Potterne
02-Oct-2019 Potterne
05-Nov-2019 Salisbury
18-Nov-2019 Chippenham
04-Dec-2019 Trowbridge

Child Protection for Designated Safeguarding Leads in Education (Formerly Advanced Child Protection)

This course is designed to prepare learners for their role as designated or deputy designated leads within education settings. The course will increase the participant’s knowledge and understanding of statutory roles and responsibilities as outlined in Keeping Children Safe in Education 2018 and Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018. This course replaces the Advanced Child Protection Course and is for DSLs in Education only. This means Early Years, Schools, Academies and Colleges,

21-Jan-2019 Melksham
14-Feb-2019 Trowbridge
21-Mar-2019 Salisbury
24-Apr-2019 Potterne
12-Jun-2019 Potterne
27-Jun-2019 Melksham
19-Sep-2019 Chippenham
14-Oct-2019 Potterne
28-Nov-2019 Chippenham
09-Dec-2019 Trowbridge

Specialist Advanced Practitioner Training (Formerly Advanced Child Protection)

This is designed to create safeguarding practitioners who are better informed, more confident in their practice, in their ability to challenge and clearer about what their roles and responsibilities are. This course is evidence-based and considers the latest research in the field. It will also draw strongly on the work of Brandon et al and the research around Serious Case Reviews. This course replaces the Advanced Training for non-education safeguarding leads.

11-Mar-2019 Potterne
15-May-2019 Devizes
16-Jul-2019 Trowbridge
13-Nov-2019 Salisbury


Additional courses (including Safer Recruitment and refresher training) and dates can be found on the Virtual College booking system.

Allocation of training places

Priority will be given to staff from agencies and organisations that contribute to the WSCB and we aim to ensure all courses have appropriate multi-agency representation.

Once you have applied for a place we will contact you to confirm your place on the course. This process is to ensure that the right people are on the right course pre-requisites have been fulfilled.

If you are not allocated a place it is likely to be for one of the following reasons:

  • you have already completed the course and do not need to repeat it
  • you need to complete an update course
  • the course is not appropriate for your role
  • the agency allocation is full for the course


Anyone working within Wiltshire with children, young people and families, in the statutory or voluntary and community sector may apply for any WSCB training courses.  For staff whose organisations contribute to the WSCB budget, places will be free of charge. For those who do not contribute, fees will be charged at the following rate:
£50 per person for half-day training
£100 per person for a full-day course
E-learning courses are FREE of charge

Cancellation Policy

Any delegate failing to attend a course or cancelling a place without 10 working days notice will incur the following charges:

£75 for a one day course and £50 for a half day course.

For all queries regarding the training programme please contact wscbtraining@wiltshire.gov.uk

For technical difficulties in accessing your Virtual College account please contact learnersupport@virtual-college.co.uk