Accredited Training

The SACPA Advanced Certificate in Child Safeguarding Practice is a certificate programme for safeguarding managers and leads, heads of safeguarding, safeguarding hub managers and co-ordinators.  It has been developed to support safeguarding colleagues from a diversity of sectors to supplement and extend designated safeguarding lead training.  This programme may also support the safeguarding practice of behaviour leads, SENCO’s, pastoral support leaders and Designated Teachers for Looked After Children.

Key areas of contemporary safeguarding practice are explored in depth with particular attention to their application to leadership and management of safeguarding, interface with governors, trustees and board members responsible for oversight and scrutiny and the multi-agency safeguarding system beyond.

Delegates from year 1 SACPA Advanced Certificate in Child Safeguarding Practice 2022-2023 may have the opportunity to progress to year 2 SACPA Advanced Certificate in Safeguarding Practice 2023-2024.

Study Days:

  • Day 1: November 30, 2022
  • Day 2: January 23, 2023
  • Day 3: March 9, 2023
  • Day 4: May 23, 2023

Timings: 10:00-15:30


Course Outline

  • Safeguarding through the lens of Child/Student Voice
  • Contextual safeguarding, Child-on-Child, Exploitation and Radicalisation
  • Victims, Survivors and trauma-informed practice
  • Leaders, Governance and Partnerships.

The aims of the SACPA Advanced Certificate course are to:

  • Provide development for safeguarding leads to explore beyond Designated Safeguarding Lead Training
  • Focus on specific contemporary safeguarding subjects and developments
  • Support management and leadership of safeguarding, bridging the gap between operational delivery, the provision of management information to support strategic planning, oversight and working in partnership with trustees and governance bodies and local safeguarding partners
  • Increase confidence and competence through opportunities to study and develop expertise in specific areas of professional interest
  • Enhance a professional career path in safeguarding and to provide SACPA recognition of your achievement and successful completion of the course
  • To contribute to improved practice and raising standards within the safeguarding setting
  • Foster reflection and critical evaluation of safeguarding practice and professional issues, and to provide opportunities to share experience and good practice with colleagues.

How is the course organised?

The course is organised around a combination of four intensive on-line study days which contain a variety of teaching methods and opportunities to learn in different ways, which include short lectures, presentations and discussions led by students, together with group problem solving exercises and case studies.

Group discussion is a particularly important aspect of this course, enabling delegates to look at the theory in light of their own practical experience. Students will be encouraged to contribute ideas, opinions and questions, taking responsibility for their own learning, whilst contributing to the learning of the group as a whole.

The course is run by senior members of the SACPA staff.  Each delegate will have an experienced SACPA Tutor who attends the study days.

Course Assessment

Delegates may choose assessment via portfolio or assignment.