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Assessment, Referral & Investigation

Why is the BHSCP providing this course?

This second of the core courses, is aimed specifically at increasing the understanding, of all categories of abuse, around making assessments, and making appropriate quality referrals, thus preventing further harm/abuse. It will increase your knowledge of how agencies investigate jointly, and provide a better awareness of the purpose of a child protection investigation, how it can be conducted and how this may vary dependant of the type of harm. It should also help clarify your role as an individual and that of the other professionals involved. It is recommended that this training is undertaken by anyone new to a safeguarding role, and that it is completed in conjunction with the other core programme modules, prior to undertaking any specialised course.

Target Audience:

Members of staff, who work predominantly with children, young people and their families, parents or carers, and who could potentially contribute to the assessment, intervention and reviewing the safeguarding needs for a child or young person, where there are safeguarding concerns, and or potential risks. Please note that you must complete Developing a Core Understanding before taking this course.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To consider the assessment processes of children who require safeguarding.
  • To think about the thresholds for referral.
  • To be clear how to make a child protection referral.
  • To develop an awareness of own and others’ responsibilities in S.47 process.
  • To gain an understanding of the aims, purpose and process of S.47 Investigation.
  • To listen/hear the voice of the service user.
  • To consider how information is shared between agencies


To book a place on our Safeguarding Training or for support or enquiries,  please email


Training is free for Children’s Services staff, school staff, foster carers, community/voluntary sector groups, BHCC contracted organisations in Children’s Services, statutory health organisations, police and probation and all early years (including private early years) who are working in Brighton & Hove. For private organisations and those working outside the city the cost is £120.

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