Levels of Learning

To describe which level of learning is most appropriate for professionals looking to access our learning and development opportunities, the Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership use a competency framework.

We apply four levels to our learning and development: A, B, C and D.

Level A

Awareness level

Those staff who are in infrequent contact with children and families.

At this level staff may become aware of possible abuse or neglect and it is important that individuals know what signs to be aware of which may be an indicator of possible harm. Staff at this level would are expected to be aware of who to contact should they have concerns.

Examples of staff in this group

  • Librarians
  • back office and administration staff
  • Receptionists

Core competencies

Core competencies expected at this level are:

  • recognising the signs of abuse and neglect
  • understanding what action to take if they have concerns, including reporting.

Assessment criteria

  • Demonstrates an understanding of abuse and neglect
  • demonstrates an understanding of the appropriate referral pathways and information sharing protocols

Level B

Awareness level

Frontlines practitioners who predominantly work with children, adults and their families and contribute to the assessment process.

Examples of staff in this group

  • Dentists
  • Classroom Teachers
  • Police Officers

Core competencies

Core competencies expected at this level are:

  • those previously outlined in level A
  • be able to identify and refer a child or adult suspected of being a victim of sexual exploitation, female genital mutilation, trafficking and criminal exploitation
  • be able to identify and refer a child or adult who is vulnerable to extremism and radicalisation

Assessment criteria

  • Those previously outlined in level A
  • demonstrate accurate documentation of concerns and can recognise and describe an event of concern to the most appropriate professional
  • demonstrate and awareness of how to alert relevant safeguarding professionals

Level C

Awareness level

Staff who work with children, adults and families who assess, plan, intervene and evaluate the needs of a child/adult where there are safeguarding concerns.

Examples of staff in this group

  • Early Help and Social Workers
  • Health Visitors
  • District Nurses
  • GPs

Core competencies

Core competencies expected at this level are:

  • those previously outlined in levels A and B
  • contributes to assessments including the analysis of risk
  • undertakes reflective reviews of own or team safeguarding practice
  • draws on professional expertise and experience of what constitutes abuse and neglect to identify it
  • works collaboratively with partner agencies to safeguard children and adults at risk

Assessment criteria

  • As previously outlines in levels A and B
  • demonstrates knowledge of patterns and indicators of abuse and neglect
  • articulates knowledge of the Trafford Strategic Safeguarding Partnership and relevant multi-agency policy and/or procedure
  • demonstrates an ability to assess risk and need and instigate processes for appropriate support and intervention

Level D

Awareness level

Strategic managers and named/designated safeguarding professionals.

Examples of staff in this group

  • Social Work Managers
  • Named and Designated Nurses and Doctors
  • Fire Service Community Safety Manager
  • District Police Leadership Team

Core competencies

Core competencies expected at this level are:

  • those previously outlined in levels A, B and C
  • contributes to the development of multi-agency safeguarding policy, guidance and procedures
  • effectively communicate local safeguarding learning
  • contributes to child safeguarding practice reviews, safeguarding adult reviews and domestic homicide reviews

Assessment criteria

  • As previously outlined in levels A, B and C
  • demonstrates effective consultation with other professionals in multi-agency discussions
  • demonstrates participation in audit, and in the design and evaluation of service provision including the development of action plans and strategies to respond to any issues raised via audit or child safeguarding practice review or safeguarding adult review