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Depending on your role, you are likely to fall into one of eight practitioner or managerial groupings. These groups ensure that people from different agencies learn alongside practitioners with a similar level of contact with children, parents and carers and who have a similar level of responsibility to safeguard children and promote their welfare.

GROUP 1
Those staff in infrequent contact with children, young people and/or parents/carers and who may become aware of possible abuse or neglect. For example, librarians, GP receptionists, community advice centre staff, grounds staff, recreation assistants, environmental health officers.
Please contact your Line Manager who will advise you what internal training is available to help you fulfil your role and responsibilities. Pan Bedfordshire LSCB Safeguarding Training offers FREE online E-learning courses and these can be applied for directly via:
http://bedfordshirelscb.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk

GROUP 2
Those in regular contact or have a period of intense but irregular contact, with children, young people and/or parents/carers including all health clinical staff, who may be in a position to identify concerns about maltreatment, including those that may arise from the use of EHA (Early Help Assessment). For example, housing, hospital staff, YOT staff and staff in secure settings, the police other than those in specialist child protection roles, sports development officers, disability specialists, faith groups, domestic violence services, community youth groups and play scheme volunteers.

GROUP 3
Members of the workforce who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and reviewing the needs of a child and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding concerns. For example, paediatricians, GPs, youth workers, those working in the early years sector, residential staff, midwives, school nurses, health visitors, sexual health staff, teachers, probation staff, sports club welfare officers, those working with adults in, for example, learning disability, mental health, alcohol and drug misuse services, those working in community play schemes.

GROUP 4
Members of the workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking section 47 enquiries, including professionals from health, police, education, and children's social care; those who work with complex cases and social work staff responsible for co-ordinating assessments of children in need.

GROUP 5
Professional Advisors, named and designated lead professionals.

GROUP 6
Operational managers at all levels including: practice supervisors; front line managers and managers of child protection units.

GROUP 7
Senior managers who are responsible for the strategic management of services; NHS board members.

GROUP 8
Members of the LSCB: Board members, Independent Chair, Director of Children's services, Elected member, Lay members, Members of the executive and sub/task groups, Business support team, and Inter-agency trainers.