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The Dudley Safeguarding Children Board is responsible for making sure individuals and organisations represented on the board such as the police, fire service, NHS, Dudley Council, voluntary sector organisations, the ambulance service and schools etc. safeguard and promote the welfare of children and young people in Dudley.

The board manages this process by developing and implementing safeguarding policies, offering safeguarding training, promoting campaigns to safeguard children, sharing best practice and making sure lessons are learnt from Serious Case Reviews.

The aim of this site is to provide and share information to assist professionals in safeguarding children and young people.

Online Training

Dudley Safeguarding Children Board has commissioned a series of online learning modules through a partnership with the Virtual College. 

This is by no means a substitute for attending traditional training courses but is provided to support your learning and ensure everyone has the opportunity to access the necessary training.

There are six modules in total:

•Introduction to safeguarding children

•Foundation: awareness of child abuse or neglect

•Core: awareness of child abuse or neglect

•Awareness of child abuse and neglect – young people

•Awareness of child abuse and neglect – core police version

•Think safe, stay safe, be safe

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For more information and to find out which course you wish to register for please check Online Training

Training Calendar

The training & development sub-committee is primarily responsible for the co-ordination, commissioning, delivery and evaluation of the inter-agency safeguarding children training programme.  

Its primary purpose is to ensure that people working with children, young people and their families:

  • know of the predisposing factors and signs and indicators of abuse


  • are able to exercise professional skill in terms of effective information sharing and the ability to analyse this information
  • have the knowledge and skills to collaborate with other agencies and disciplines in order to safeguard the welfare of children

  • have a sound understanding of the legislative framework and the wider policy context within which they work, as well as familiarity with local policy and procedures


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Training Courses and Calendar

Please see the training calendar for training courses available.

Book a Course

Please select the course you are interested in attending from the training calendar.  This is different from online training.

Discuss the course with your manager who must agree your attendance.

Complete a course booking form and either: email to helen.pryor-andrews@dudley.gov.uk or post to Safeguarding & Review Unit, 6 St James's Road, Dudley, DY1 3JL fax to 01384 813062

Your attendance will be confirmed 6-8 weeks before the event and joining information will be sent 4 weeks before the event.

If the course is over-subscribed, you may request to be added to a waiting list. You will then be notified if a place becomes available on either the dates of your choice or the next available training course.

For more information please check the how do I book on to a course page

Book a course

Charging Policy

Dudley Safeguarding Children Board is committed to ensuring that staff from all member agencies have access to good quality training, which is free wherever possible. 

However, the delivery of an extensive training programme is costly, both financially and in terms of human resources. 

The vast majority of training is delivered by locally accredited trainers working within the statutory and voluntary sector, the remainder of the programme is commissioned through external trainers who cost between £400-500 per day. 

The majority of the programme is currently funded by agencies of the safeguarding board, most of who make relatively small contributions to the training & development budget.  However this is inadequate in fully meeting the actual costs of the programme.


The training & development sub-committee is responsible for the development and monitoring of the multi-agency training programme. In response to issues such as non-attendance, costs of trainers and venues, and the need to evaluate the quality of the training a charging policy was introduced.

All income generated is utilised to maintain and expand the training programme.

Dudley Safeguarding Children Board accredited trainers are also commissioned by member or non-member agencies such as independent (for-profit) organisations to deliver additional single agency training.  Income raised from this will be utilised by the safeguarding board if approved by the line manager of the trainer as a work commitment. 

In some circumstances, it will be appropriate for this to be considered a private arrangement between agency and trainer.