NEW - National safeguarding training, learning and development standards

On 14th November the National Safeguarding Training Standards were launched as part of National Safeguarding Week 2022.

These standards are aligned to the Wales Safeguarding Procedures and set out the expectations for knowledge, skills, attitudes and values for people working with adults and children who may be at risk of abuse, harm or neglect. You can find details of the standards below. 

Regional All-Age Multi-Agency Training

Safeguarding people is everybody’s business.  The Mid & West Wales Safeguarding Board (MAWWSB) is committed to providing high quality multi-agency training programmes, supporting professionals and volunteers working in statutory, private and third sector organisations to safeguard and promote people’s wellbeing, which includes prevention and protection from abuse and neglect and other kinds of harm.

Regional All-Age Multi-Agency Training Strategy

Seminars, workshops & events

See below details of seminars, workshops, conferences and other events in Wales related to safeguarding children & adults.

Please apply for places direct via the provider.

Information on All Wales Basic Safeguarding Awareness Training is available on the Social Care Wales website:


Identifying and responding to intra-familial child sexual abuse

Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse is currently offering a free, short, accessible course for all professionals working with children on Identifying and responding to intra-familial child sexual abuse.

This new, short, introductory eLearning course is designed to help those in social work, policing, education, healthcare and beyond to recognise when children might be showing them that something is wrong and understand how to help.

The introductory course takes just 90 minutes to complete, is entirely free and consists of three engaging modules, with interactive tasks, video explainers and a final assessment. It’s designed for professionals at all stages of their career; for those new to safeguarding, or as a helpful refresher.

Learn more here: 

VAWDASV Lunch & Learns February, every Thursday 12:30-13:30

Every Thursday lunchtime from 12.30-13.30, Dyfed-Powys Police's Vulnerability Hub will be hosting a ‘lunch & learn’ session on behalf of the regional VAWDASV partnership, to learn about and discuss relevant topics across this area of business.

The sessions will be informal with opportunity for questions and discussion.

  • March 9th, Forced Marriage and FGM Protection Orders, Gill Squires
  • March 16th, Reflecting on Relationships, Dr. Laura Malloy, Forensic Psychology
  • March 23rd, DVDS (Clare’s Law), DS Ceri Evans, SRAU – Heddlu Dyfed Powys Police
  • March 30th, Dal i Godi Partnership, Michelle Whelan, Chief Executive Calan DVS

For joining information for any of the sessions please contact DI Delyth Evans at 

Forced Marriage Training Workshops - Feb/April/June for Social Care staff

The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) provides advice and support to victims and potential victims of forced marriage, and to professionals dealing with cases. Please see below for details of their free upcoming half-day workshops for UK Social Care staff on how to support victims of forced marriage. These are appropriate for staff safeguarding both child and adult victims.
Below are confirmed dates for Social Care free workshops which will be held on Teams, between Jan – June 2023.  Workshop timings:  0915-1200hrs. 
  • Thurs 23rd Feb
  • Thurs 27th April
  • Thurs 29th June

Eventbrite link for info: 


Introduction to Professional Curiosity

In response to recent adult and child practice reviews and Lord Laming's recommendations, the Regional Safeguarding Board has developed a multi-agency Professional Curiosity training package.

Ceredigion County Council Learning and Development Team are currently offering an Introduction to Professional Curiosity online training session. It is a 3 hour online session via Teams with the following dates  available:

  • 03/03/23 9:30am
  • 20/04/23 10:00am
  • 22/05/23 10:00am
  • 28/06/23 10:00am

To book your place please email with your contact details including the email address that you would like the Teams link to be sent to, name/names of attendees and job title.

Powys County Council are also offering a session to take place on 6th March for multi-agency staff. To book on this training email:

Welsh Government Training: Understanding, preventing and responding to incidents of online sexual harassment among children and young people


From January 2023 through to March, Welsh Government are offering a free 2 hour training session for secondary school DSPs in Wales to help with understanding, preventing and responding to incidents of online sexual harassment among learners within the school or setting.

Details on how to register here:

Stop It Now! Wales multi-agency webinar: Children and Young People with Autistic Spectrum disorder (ASD) engaging in harmful sexual behaviour

This online session will be delivered online via Teams by Beth Loader, practitioner for young people services with The Lucy Faithfull Foundation.

Monday 6th March 2023 10am - 12noon ~OR~Friday 24th March 2023 1pm - 3pm

Webinar content:

  • Brief overview of key issues around harmful sexual behaviour by children and young people
  • Recognising the common factors between children with ASD and those without who display HSB
  • How ASD may impact on harmful sexual behaviours
  • What the current research and knowledge in this area tells us
  • Key areas which parent and professionals need to consider when tackling behaviours


Non Violent Resistance Training 

A second round of VADASV training has now been announced for regional NVR training that will take place from February 2023. This training will cover the basics of Non Violent Resistance which has been developed to overcome aggressive, violent, controlling and self-destructive behaviour. Applications of NVR include: 

  • Anxiety (SPACE: Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Self Harm and Suicidal threats
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependency
  • Self Isolation
  • Internet Dependency
  • Adult Entrenched Dependency
  • Child to Parent Violence and Abuse

PartnershipProjects have been commissioned to undertake this work in our region, learn more about NVR from them here

Training will take place on Feb 28, Mar 07, 14 with a concluding Day 4 scheduled to be 8-10 weeks later.

For more details or information please contact Natalie Hancock on Tel: 07392317137 or email


Online Conference 'It is not just a bit of banter: Preventing and Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Workplace'

Welsh Women's Aid are hosting a FREE conference aimed at senior leaders' to take place on the 23rd of March 2023 at 09:15-13:00. 

The conference will address how to develop and implement legally compliant and effective employee behaviour, policies and procedures to prevent and respond to workplace sexual harassment.  

If you would like to book a place, please visit or contact  

Hafan Cymru VAWDASV training opportunities

Hafan Cymru is a Housing Association and provider of support services for people affected by violence against women, sexual violence and domestic abuse throughout Wales (VAWDASV). They have been commissioned by Welsh Government to deliver courses from the National Training Framework Group 4 Specialist Subject Syllabus over 2023 – 24, in partnership with Safe Lives.  All of these training courses are free to attend providing delegates are living and/or working in Wales.

All courses are relevant to those working within the VAWDASV sector and they can offer Agored accreditation for attendance – also free of charge. Courses available to book between Feb to April are:

  • Working with Male Victims of Abuse
  • Understanding & Responding to Street Harassment
  • Stalking in the Modern Day
  • Understanding LGBTQ+ Abuse

For more information see Eventbrite page -

Hugh James Abuse Conference 2023

Virtual Abuse Conference | 7 March 2023 an Annual Conference on Child Sexual Abuse which is being held virtually.

This conference is aimed at professionals and organisations involved in preventing, addressing and prosecuting Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) cases, and aims to strengthen the approach to CSA, to prevent CSA and to better support victims. 

There will be a live panel discussion in the afternoon where you will be given the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers. 

More detail and registration facility is available at: 

ACE Hub Wales - Trauma-Informed Communities Report Launch Event

In Person, Thursday 30th March 2023 at 9:30am in Aberystwyth

ACE Hub are looking forward to welcoming you to the launch of their new report: Trauma-Informed Communities; A Comparative Study of Welsh Models of Practice. This aims to showcase the work that is going on in each of the case study areas within it; providing the opportunity to learn much more about the innovative work going on across Wales that aim to embed a trauma-informed approach at the community level.

They will joined on the day by Bettws Early Learning Community, Wrexham Glyndwr University, Dyfed Powys Police and Ceredigion Council who have co-produced the report by way of sharing their work in the case studies. There will also be a range of workshops to share how other work across Wales is contributing towards trauma-informed communities. More details will follow after registration.

Booking details are available below. 

ACE Hub Wales - Trauma-Informed Communities Report Launch Event Tickets, Thu 30 Mar 2023 at 09:30 | Eventbrite

Safeguarding Children & Young People with BSL Interpreters (For deaf and hearing-impaired learners)

25th Apr 2023 9:30am to 4:00pm

This one-day course is fully interactive, delivered by one of Children in Wales’ expert trainers and is fully funded by the Welsh Government to allow for deaf and hearing impaired learners attend a course vital to their roles. The training day will be supported by BSL interpreters.

This course is aimed at anyone working directly or indirectly with children and young people in a wide range of workplace and community settings. The purpose of the training is to give participants confidence and essential knowledge on how to safeguard the children and young people in their environment.

To register your interest in attending this training, please email: or visit 

A reserve list will be set up, as places are limited. Please note - the training will take place at the Children in Wales' Office, 21 Windsor Place, Cardiff CF10 3BY.

Claire Sharp will be your trainer for the day and will meet you at the venue. If you have any questions for Claire before the training, you can contact her at or tel 07494 208 637.

CSA Centre training event - Understanding and responding to harmful sexual behaviour, (£125 plus VAT).

Thursday 27th April 2023, 9:30am

Children display a range of common and healthy sexual behaviours at different stages of their development. If their behaviour is considered to be outside of this range, it may be called ‘harmful’ if it does, or has the potential to, harm them or others.

Existing research suggests that children under-18 are responsible for a significant proportion of child sexual abuse, yet there remains little data on the scale of the full spectrum of harmful sexual behaviours. However, one third of all child protection assessments relating to child sexual abuse concerned a child or young person who had harmed another child or young person in England last year.

It is important that those in professional roles have the knowledge and understanding to respond and support children, and ensure their organisations are set up to maximise safety from harm. This one-day course is designed to help professionals respond to and manage this behaviour, and to provide effective support to both the child(ren) and their parent(s) or carer(s).

This course is for all professionals working with children, young people and/or their parent(s) or carer(s). This may include roles across education, health, children’s social care, prisons, probation, police, adoption services, fostering services etc.

Book here: