Designated child protection officer in Scotland course

About this course

Training for anyone responsible with receiving concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people

Our training course will help you gain the skills to act appropriately and confidently to protect the children you work with in a designated child protection role.

Taught by experienced professionals, you will learn how to recognise, report and record concerns about a child.

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£310 per person
2-day face-to-face training course

Course content

In this classroom-based course, you’ll learn how to:

  • describe the role of the designated child protection officer and state key areas of responsibility
  • state your own values regarding abuse and maltreatment and the impact of these on professional practice

  • describe the key legislation and guidance underpinning the organisation’s policy for responding to child protection concerns within the National Practice Model of the GIRFEC approach

  • decide what steps the organisation needs to take to ensure the safety and welfare of those with whom it has contact

  • state the blocks that inhibits the disclosure of abuse and respond effectively to  someone who does disclose

  • state the blocks to staff reporting concerns and how to overcome these

  • make appropriate decisions about the action to take when informed of concerns, including concerns regarding staff or volunteers

  • state what is likely to happen following a referral to the relevant investigating agencies and what further role they may have

  • explain the issues in connection with recording and sharing of information, including that of confidentiality

  • demonstrate an awareness of the emotional dimension of child protection work and identify a network for personal support.

 Who’s this course for?

Designated child protection officer training (Scotland) is for anyone who comes into regular contact with children and young people.

You must have previously attended an introductory level course in child protection in Scotland, and successfully liaised with other agencies involved in child protection, especially children’s social care.

People who have taken this course include:

  • nursery managers
  • sports coaches
  • adult addiction service staff
  • leisure facilities managers
  • professionals from commercial, community and religious based organisations.

This course doesn’t provide full training for people who work in a statutory agency.

Note for health professionals: This course provides training equal to Level 2 - the minimum level required for clinical staff who have some degree of contact with children and young people and/or parents/carers. We can also deliver Level 4 training to your health organisation.

Want to commission specialist training?
If you are interested in training for a statutory agency or health named professionals, please call 0116 234 7246 or email

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£310 per person
2-day face-to-face training course


"Excellent training, really engaging discussions and presentations."

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"Excellent course. Learned lots from various learning materials and styles. Day went really fast and I found it enjoyable."

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£310 per person
2-day face-to-face training course

Dates and locations

Dates and locations

Forthcoming dates and locations for Designated child protection office in Scotland course.

Courses run from 9:30am to 4:30pm

Glasgow - 19-20 November 2019 - FULL
Please contact us if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Dundee - 11-12 December 2019
Dundee Voluntary Action, 10 Constitution Road, Dundee, DD1 1LL
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Glasgow - 20-21 January 2020 - FULL
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Aberdeen - 26-27 February 2020
Childline Aberdeen office, 3rd Floor, Ruby House, 8 Ruby Lane, Aberdeen, AB10 1QZ
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Edinburgh - 17-18 March 2020
St Pauls & St Georges Church, Edinburgh, EH1 3RH
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£310 per person
2-day face-to-face training course

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