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The LSCBs have a responsibility to provide multi-agency safeguarding training and the two local boards (for Dorset and Bournemouth/Poole) have agreed a new joined up approach which commenced in April 2016. Under this approach training is centrally coordinated and bookable via one on-line booking system. The Pan-Dorset LSCBs Training Strategy sets this out.

On this page you can find information about multi-agency safeguarding children (level 3) training opportunities which can be accessed by everyone working with children and young people in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole.

Whether you come from a small nursery or childminding setting to a large organisation there will be training relevant to your needs. We encourage a mix of statutory, voluntary and independent workers on each course to enable participants to gain an understanding of safeguarding in other services and to form networks for future working. Multi-agency training enables staff to work effectively both within their own agency and across organisational boundaries.

The training programme offered by the LSCBs covers the two day Safeguarding Children course and one day follow up, Serious Case Review Workshops, Child Sexual Exploitation and courses on neglect, emotional abuse and sexually harmful behaviour. Training is also offered on Safer Recruitment, Managing Allegations, Supervising to Safeguard and Working with Resistant Families.


For the most up to date course information please see the Pan-Dorset Multi-Agency Training Brochure 2018-19.

For the most up to date training schedule please see LSCB Training Schedule 2018-19 


LSCB Level 3 Safeguarding Training is changing to 1 day in length

From September 2018, LSCB Level 3 Initial Safeguarding will change from being 2 days to 1 day in length. This decision has been made by the LSCB after consultation with partner organisations and reflects the need to adapt training to suit the requirements of the children’s workforce across Dorset. The LSCB will in due course be publishing details of additional courses which will be offered to support practitioners and managers in Safeguarding roles. Please look out for these here

Early Help Training

Dorset County Council’s Early Help – understanding your role course is aimed at professionals working directly with children, young people and their families. It provides an overview of the early help concept; getting in early to prevent problems escalating.

Sessions are all 2½ hours and held in various locations across the county.   

Aim – Exploring how the needs and strengths of a child can be understood and assessed through a ‘whole family’ approach.

Description – By the end of the course participants will be able to;

  • understand their responsibility in relation to early help
  • understand Family Partnership Zones and their role in them
  • feel confident in providing early help
  • have considered case studies to cement their understanding of the above

More details and book – Visit Dorset Nexus

NEW Online training

Virtual College are offering a range of short, free online training courses to support parents and professionals working with children. Please access these courses and share with colleagues and teams as appropriate.

Understanding Young Minds

Suitable for parents and professionals. This online course, ‘Talking to your children about emotional resilience and self-harm’, has been designed to provide you with a basic awareness of the subject to help you approach children with confidence about the issue.

Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM

This course is useful for anyone who is interested in gaining an overview of FGM, particularly frontline staff in healthcare, police, border force and children’s social care.

Keeping them safe: Protecting children from CSE

Suitable for parents and professionals. Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and Virtual College have teamed up to provide this short (20 to 30 minutes) online course designed for parents and carers. This course will be of interest to those working with children

Awareness of Forced Marriage

This course is aimed at all professionals who have a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable children, young people and adults at risk and is aimed specifically at child protection services, health professionals, education professionals, police officers, children’s social care, adult social care and housing authorities.



LSCBs Training FAQs


Here is some guidance that will help you to get set up on Nexus and to enable you to continue to book your LSCB training:

Q What do I need to do to book training in the future?

A To book training, every organisation must be set up as a site on Nexus. Smaller organisations e.g. nurseries, children’s centres need to apply to be set up as a Nexus site using the application form available from the Nexus team ( Larger organisations such as health trusts and local authorities are being set up centrally with teams being created as sites.

Q How do I get a Nexus account?

A In addition to sites, every individual who wants to attend training will need to have a Nexus account. These are easy to set up – you can create your own account or the CPD leader for your site can create one for you. When setting up your account it is very important that you choose the correct site for your team as this is linked to payment for your training. Please note that there will be multiple sites for some organisations. If your site or team isn’t listed please contact the Nexus team on

Q How do I get help with setting up my Nexus site or Nexus account?

A Please email with queries regarding setting up sites or accounts on Nexus.

Q Will I still be able to book training if I don’t have a Nexus site or account?

A No, Nexus will be the single booking system going forward.

If you want to look at Nexus please go to and click on Training and Events. If you enter ‘LSCB’ in the search box you will see all the LSCB courses listed.

Q Are there any free places?

A We reserve 1 place per training course. If you are a small charity you may be eligible. Please see LSCB Level 3 Safeguarding Training - Charity Free Places Guidance & Application Form - June 2018

Before booking please read our up to date  LSCB Cancellation Policy and T&Cs (June 2018)

Cancelling your booking

A quick reminder of our cancellation policy – if a booking is cancelled within 28 days of the course start date you will be charged in full unless you can send a colleague in your place. A copy of our cancellation policy is sent with each booking confirmation for delegates’ information It is also available on the Dorset LSCB website and the Nexus website at the time of booking.

For further information on the training available, course availability or for assistance with booking enquiries please email:

Inter-Personal Violence Training

In addition our core programme, the LSCBs encourage organisations to access the following safeguarding training provided by the Safer Poole Partnership.

  • Domestic Abuse Awareness
  • Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference (MARAC)
  • Sexual Violence Awareness
  • Honour Based Abuse and Forced Marriage Awareness
  • Abuse within Adolescent Relationships