It is important that each agency or organisation has a Workforce Development Plan that includes appropriate competencies of staff and volunteers in relation to safeguarding adults work. Staff will be required to attain different competencies depending on whether, for example, they are frontline staff or managers, but it is imperative that agencies ensure all staff are able to recognise abuse and neglect and know how to respond to it in a timely and effective manner.

Sunderland Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) has agreed to collectively implement a Multi-Agency Training Strategy, which provides the framework within which multi-agency safeguarding adults training is provided within Sunderland. Each partner agency has agreed to ensure that all relevant staff and volunteers receive safeguarding adults training at the level appropriate to their role.

The planning and development of training is seen as a shared responsibility across all partner agencies, and is part of the remit of the Learning and Improvement in Practice sub-committee.

The Board oversees the commissioning of a programme of multi-agency training covering all the levels required:

  • Raising a Safeguarding Concern – which incorporates Safeguarding Threshold Risk Assessment Guidance training
  • Multi-Agency Roles during the Safeguarding Process
  • Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Awareness and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS)
  • How to Assess Mental Capacity
  • Self-Neglect & Hoarding

There are also a range of e-learning courses on a range of safeguarding topics.

Each partner agency of the Safeguarding Adults Board has agreed to ensure that all safeguarding adults training to staff in their agency is provided in accordance with the requirements as set out by the Multi-Agency Training Strategy. Agencies are strongly encouraged to take up the Multi-Agency Training offer, or make alternative arrangements ‘in-house’ to train their staff to a sufficient standard around  safeguarding adults issues.

It is the responsibility of each partner agency or organisation to nominate staff for the multi-agency training and to record attendance (whether multi-agency or in-house training) within their own systems of supervision or staff development.

Regular programmes of training are made available through the year. For details of available dates, to register for a course or to register for or access the e-learning, see the Training page of the SSAB website here.