I have been commissioned by Acorn Training to provide a number of courses.

These are open to all but need to be booked directly with Acorn.

Please follow the link here to their website 

 All courses are held in purpose built training rooms at Westcroft District Centre, Milton Keynes.

There is ample free parking.

Refreshments Provided 

Link to book all Acorn Training Courses here


The Following Courses are available:-


The Role of Designated Safeguarding Lead

2 Evenings Course - Attendance at both evenings required


  • To ensure that designated leads understand their safeguarding responsibilities in relation to the organisation and their colleagues

Learning Outcomes:-

  • Describe the role of the designated lead
  • State key areas of responsibility
  • Describe key legislation & guidance that underpins the role
  • Identify the steps your organisation need to take to ensure the safety of children
  • Detail barriers to staff reporting concerns about children and how to overcome them
  • Make appropriate decisions about action to be taken
  • Understand the importance of recording, storing & sharing information
  • Understand emotional wellbeing of staff


Date:Tuesday 20 February 2018 & Wednesday 21 February 2018

Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm


Date:Tuesday 22 May 2018 & Wednesday 23 May 2018

Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm 


Designated Safeguarding Lead Knowledge and Skills Refresher

To ensure that experienced designated leads have been updated on all changes to safeguarding requirements and that their knowledge is refreshed annually

Date: 18 April 2018

Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm


Working Together to Safeguard Children

This course is designed to meet the 'Working Together' guidance of 'training that equips people to work effectively with those from other agencies to safeguard and promote the welfare of children'

Learning Outcomes

  • By the end of the training delegates should be able to:-

-Describe how actions to safeguard children fit within the wider context of support to children and families
-Understand the roles and responsibilities of agencies working with children in need and children in need of protection
-Demonstrate awareness of the web-based Inter-Agency child protection & safeguarding procedures
-Identify their role and the roles of others in within Early Help
-Make a referral to a Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) using Levels of Need
-Understand the safeguarding context of the Children Act 1989, 2004 and related legislation
-Identify barriers to information sharing and how to overcome them
-Explore Serious Case review learning and its role in improving practice
-Explore the MK Think Family approach and how to raise concerns of adults at risk


2 Evenings Course - Attendance at both evenings required

Date: Tuesday 6  March  2018 & Wednesday 7 March 2018

Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm 


Safer Recruitment Accredited Course (Safer Recruitment Consortium)

This accredited course is endorsed by the Safer Recruitment Consortium. There should be at least one person on a recruitment panel who has undertaken this course

Aim: To enable those with responsibility for recruiting staff within their own agency to understand the context of safer recruitment, establish a safer recruitment process and maintain an ongoing culture of vigilance that deters and prevents abuse and challenges inappropriate behaviour.

Please note there is a competency test at the end of this training.

  • Participants will be able to:-
  • - Gain the skills to deliver safer recruitment to their own agency
  • - Identify the key features of staff recruitment that help deter or prevent the appointment of unsuitable people
  • - Consider policies and practices that minimise opportunities for abuse or ensure its prompt reporting
  • - Begin to review their organisations' policies and practices in recruitment with a view to making them safer

This training must be renewed every 5 years

2 Evenings Course Attendance on both evenings required. 7 hours minimum attendance required.

Date: Monday 12 March 2018 & Tuesday 13 March 2018 

Time: 6.00pm-9.30pm


Female Genital Mutilation Awareness

Aim: to provide an overview of FGM and professionals' safeguarding responsibilities in FGM cases.

 Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand what FGM is and distinguish between the four types of FGM.
  • Identify key health risks and consequences of FGM.
  • State the legal position in the UK regarding FGM.
  • Understand how and when FGM is carried out.
  • Identify who is at risk of FGM and describe the key indicators.
  • List some of the common justifications for FGM.
  • Be aware of your role in preventing FGM and supporting those who have undergone FGM.


Date: Monday  26 February 2018 

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm



Date: Monday 30 May 2018 

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm 


Safeguarding in a Digital World 

This course is designed to raise awareness of the threats that children face in a digital world and steps that you can take to mitigate these risks

Date: 14 May 2018

Time: 6.30pm - 9.00pm 

Link to Acorn Training to book here


If there are other safeguarding courses that you would like to attend in the day or evening. please contact Acorn via their enquiry form