Designated Officer Training

23may9:30 am12:30 pmDesignated Officer TrainingFeaturedVirtual Event


Ciaran Traynor

Learning and Development Officer

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Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm

Event Details

About this event

Trainer: Ciaran Traynor, Learning & Development Officer

Please note: this is an online (Zoom) event This live training session aims to provide information and guidance on the Designated Child Protection Officer (DCPO) role in non-statutory organisations.

This course will enable you to become familiar with the role and responsibilities of the Designated Child Protection Officer and develop competence and confidence in carrying out this role. Those who have operational responsibility for receiving concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people, and who make decisions about what action needs to be taken, will find this course invaluable.

This workshop will:

  • Develop understanding of the role and responsibilities of a DCPO.
  • Increase understanding of the structure and functions of statutory bodies.
  • Develop awareness of the complexities of the DCPO role and strategies to deal with them.
  • Improve understanding of forms of abuse (physical, emotional, neglect, sexual and exploitation) and risk and vulnerability factors.
  • Improve understanding of the complex concepts of need, harm, and significant harm.
  • Increase awareness of the legal and rights context underpinning the DCPO role.
  • Improve understanding of the Threshold of Needs Matrix.
  • Develop understanding of key safeguarding issues from case reviews and research.
  • Relate roles and responsibilities to organisation policy and procedures.
  • Increase awareness of the challenges of managing confidentiality, information sharing and data protection.
  • Develop and improve decision making skills.
  • Develop competence in recording and information sharing.
  • Explore good practice in use of UNOCINI.

N.B. for Social Workers this course is worth 18 PiP Professional Credits. These can be claimed via the NISCC website.

Please note:

CiNI recommends that the 3-hour online Designated Officer workshop be attended by those who have previously completed the full one-day Designated Officer training.

CiNI recommends that everyone undertaking the Designated Officer Training should have completed the Child Protection/Safeguarding Training in the last three years.

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Important Information:

**Your Invite to training will be sent a day or two prior to the course date**.

  • Our funding restrictions are such that this training is only available to those who work/volunteer for a voluntary, charitable, faith or community-based organisation. Please ensure you meet this criteria before applying.
  • While this is a free training event and places are limited and in high demand – if you cannot attend we urge you to get in contact so another can take up your place.
  • Due to the high demand for this training we can only offer a maximum of 2 places per organisation. Please do not apply for more than 2 places.
  • Please allow at least 10 minutes prior to training start time to check your computer/tablet/smartphone video & audio settings and to complete your Pre-Training Self Efficacy Evaluation.
  • If you have questions or need assistance, please email or call 028 9040 1290

This is a 3 hour (approx.) intensive safeguarding course delivered virtually through the online package Zoom.

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