Learning and development

About NSAB Learning Opportunities

Each agency is responsible for ensuring that staff are appropriately trained to enable them to carry out their duties.

Single agency training is important in safeguarding adults and responding to instances of abuse and neglect, but no one agency can do this effectively without working in partnership with others.

Inter-agency training provided by the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) is an excellent way to enable practitioners to safeguard and promote the welfare of adults at risk in their work.

We aim to deliver high quality, up-to-date safeguarding training, making NSAB courses and events accessible to all practitioners who work with adults at risk in Nottinghamshire.

 All inter-agency programmes will consider the individual rights of both participants, and the adults served with regards to:

  • race
  • culture
  • gender
  • experience of disability
  • language, sexuality
  • sexual orientation.

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Competency Framework and Learning Pathway

NSAB’s learning pathway incorporates national standards; supports local strategic aims and promotes the need for cultural change for agencies who support adults at risk. The learning opportunities outlined, are based upon minimum standards and what outcomes specific groups of staff should be capable of achieving. The levels of competence those groups of staff should hold remains the responsibility of each organisation to measure with their own performance management processes. The competency framework and learning pathway profiles four groups of staff which may have different levels of responsibility to safeguard people

Competency Framework and Learning Pathway [PDF]

You can use this document:

  • for staff, to provide clear, relevant and proportionate learning and development opportunities
  • for management and senior staff: to measure competencies and identify gaps in knowledge/ training
  • to provide assurance to your organisation and commissioners of your service that your staff have attained relevant competencies.

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Local Safeguarding Adults Procedures and Guidance

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Level 1: Staff Group A

Members of this group have a responsibility to contribute to safeguarding adults, but do not have specific organisational responsibility or statutory authority to intervene.

See your own organisation or agency for support or awareness, or consult NSAB Competency Framework and Learning Pathway and Local Procedures and Guidance (link above).

Basic Safeguarding Adults Awareness Trainer's Pack

This level 1 Safeguarding Adults Awareness Trainers Pack has been developed to support you in delivering Safeguarding Adults awareness training to your staff team.

This pack contains all the information that we would expect staff to know at this level, as well as a couple of group exercises to promote discussion and thought about safeguarding adults.

The resource explores the following questions:

  • What does Safeguarding mean?
  • Who does Safeguarding apply to?
  • What is abuse?
  • What are my responsibilities?

Download your Trainer's Pack

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Level 2: Staff Group B

This group have considerable professional and organisational responsibility for safeguarding adults. They have to be able to act on concerns and contribute appropriately to local and national policies, legislation and procedures. This group needs to work within inter or multi-agency contexts.

Understanding Safeguarding Concerns

This course is aimed at those responsible for making Adult Safeguarding Referrals within your organisation based in Nottinghamshire County, as detailed in the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults procedure for raising a concern and referring [PDF]. 

If your organisation operates within Nottinghamshire County, and your role within that organisation requires you to act as Nominated Safeguarding Adults Referrer, you are invited to attend one of the dates that Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board has set up to provide learning on Understanding Safeguarding Concerns. 

It is our priority as a Board to safeguard those adults most at risk of abuse and neglect in Nottinghamshire. To do that, the MASH need to be able to focus on safeguarding adults referrals that meet the criteria for a safeguarding concern. This will also improve timely and appropriate responses for the adults themselves. 

As a result, we have overhauled our referrer level training, in line with recent guidance provided by the Local Government Association, and future referrer events will be under the title of Understanding Safeguarding Concerns. 

This course, aimed at those responsible for making a safeguarding adults referral for your organisation in Nottinghamshire aims to enable you to : 

  • Understand what constitutes a safeguarding adults concern 
  • Evidence- based decision-making in relation to safeguarding adults concerns 
  • What makes an effective safeguarding adults referral 
  • How to use the Nottingham & Nottinghamshire Multi-Agency Procedures and Pathways 

Choose your session:

NSAB Understanding Safeguarding Concerns 2023 dates. All MS Teams webinars 13:30-15:00



Book online

Wednesday, 1 March 2023

13:30 to 15:00

Book 1 March 2023 Understanding Safeguarding Concerns at Eventbrite

Wednesday, 5 April 2023

13:30 to 15:00

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Wednesday, 3 May 2023

13:30 to 15:00

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Wednesday 7 June 2023

13:30 to 15:00

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Wednesday 5 July 2023

13:30 to 15:00

Book 5 July 2023 Understanding Safeguarding Concerns at Eventbrite

Wednesday 2 August 2023

13:30 to 15:00

Book 2 August 2023 Understanding Safeguarding Concerns at Eventbrite

Wednesday 6 September 2023 

13:30 to 15:00

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Wednesday 4 October 2023

13:30 to 15:00

Book 4 October 2023 Understanding Safeguarding Concerns at Eventbrite

Wednesday 1 November 2023

13:30 to 15:00

Book 1 November 2023 Understanding Safeguarding Concerns at Eventbrite

Wednesday 6 December 2023

13:30 to 15:00

Book 6 December 2023 Understanding Safeguarding Concerns at Eventbrite

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Working with those who have Difficulty Engaging

As you will know, Self-Neglect was added as a category of abuse to the care Act 2014, and in 2018, the Board, in conjunction with Nottingham City Safeguarding Adults Board, developed its Multi-Agency Self-Neglect Advice and Toolkit [PDF].

In light of the ongoing pandemic, and in support of some recommendations from recent SARs, we are pleased to announce dates for an online webinar: Working with those who have Difficulty Engaging. This multi-agency webinar, facilitated by NSAB, and supported by Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service, and the Rough Sleepers Initiative, aims to enable you to:

  • Develop your understanding of self-neglect as a safeguarding concern
  • Understand how to use the Safeguarding Adults at Risk Self-Neglect Advice and Toolkit
  • Develop your understanding of Hoarding as a safeguarding concern and explore the multi-agency Hoarding Framework
  • Develop your understanding of Homelessness as a safeguarding concern – exploring routes for support
  • Develop your understanding of Making Safeguarding Personal/ person-centred approaches
Date Time Venue Registration Link
Friday 9 June 2023 13.00 to 15.00

South Forest Complex, Edwinstowe

Book 9 June 2023 Working with those who have Difficulty Engaging at Eventbrite

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Coercive and Controlling Behaviour

This online webinar presented by Equation will have an in depth look at coercive and controlling behaviours and will provide interactive learning and an opportunity for discussion.

Learning outcomes:

  • develop an understanding of what coercive control is and how to identify it
  • gain an understanding of the offence
  • identify some key good practice principles for working with survivors experiencing coercive control.

Please note that numbers are limited, and if oversubscribed we may have to add you to a waiting list.

Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board reserves the right to cancel any booking it feels does not meet the registration criteria. In this event, we will contact you to explain our decision.

Click the links on Eventbrite to sign up, or contact the NSAB Strategic Team on safeguarding1.adults@nottscc.gov.uk for more information.

Date Time Registration Link
To be confirmed    

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Disclosure and Barring Service Workshops

NSAB is working with the Disclosure & Barring Service’s Regional Outreach Adviser to the East Midlands, Lizzie Whittington, to offer you a two workshop series covering essential learning around DBS products and services and what you need to know to apply the learning in your organisation. These 90 minute workshops are ideal for those working in or supporting the Adult Care sector, particularly with recruitment or safeguarding responsibilities and while it is beneficial to attend both sessions, you can choose to attend one as a standalone event.

Workshop Date Time Registration Link

Session 1 – DBS Disclosure Workshop

Wednesday 28th June 2023


Book DBS Workshop 1 on Eventbrite

Session 2 – DBS Barring Workshop

Thursday 29th June 2023


Book DBS Workshop 2 on Eventbrite

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Trainers' Forum

3 times per year

This forum is open to people responsible for delivering Safeguarding Adults training within their organisation.

Whilst not a training course, nor a train the trainer course itself, this open forum aims to provide attendees with relevant safeguarding adults information to be able to facilitate learning amongst the staff in their own organisation.

Subjects may include:

  • changes and updates to legislation affecting Safeguarding Guidance, including Care Act updates
  • providing learning from Safeguarding Adults Reviews
  • a chance to share Best Practice and network with colleagues from other Care Providers and organisations
  • discussions around any safeguarding issues you may have experienced
  • relevant topics related to safeguarding adults.

If you would like to be included on the email list for invites to this event, and you are the person responsible for delivering Safeguarding Adults training within your organisation, then please email the team at safeguarding1.adults@nottscc.gov.uk.

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Level 3: Staff Group C and D

Staff group C This group is responsible for ensuring the management and delivery of safeguarding adult services is effective and efficient. In addition, they will have oversight of the development of systems, policies and procedures within their organisation to facilitate good working partnerships with allied agencies to ensure consistency in approach and quality of service.

Staff group D This group is responsible in ensuring their organisation is fully committed to safeguarding adults at all levels, and have in place appropriate systems and resources to support this work in an intra and inter agency context

All level 3 events will contribute to your Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Attendance certificates will be issued for your records.

Learning from SARs events

Aimed at level 3 staff (Groups C and D in Competency Framework)

Upcoming dates

Date Registration Link Location
To be confirmed    

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