Adult Safeguarding Training

A list of e-learning opportunities is available here.

A free screening of the acclaimed film Resilience was held on 7th October 2019. Click here for more information about the film.

Executive Functioning of the Brain and Questions around Capacity

Date: 31st January 2023

AM: 9:30am to 12:30pm (20 places)

PM: 13:30pm to 16:30pm (20 places)

Delivery: Face to face training delivered in the Excellent Training Room, Portsmouth City Council, Floor 1 Core 5/6, Civic Offices, Guildhall Square


To give participants a general understanding of the concept of “Executive Mental Capacity” (sometimes called “Executive Functioning”) and how to apply that understanding in their work with people who struggle to put theoretical decisions into practice.

Target Group: For staff and practitioners that undertake Mental Capacity Assessments as part of their role.

Learning outcomes:

  • Be able to define the concepts of Executive Mental Capacity and Executive Functioning
  • Be able to define and identify the “Frontal Lobe Paradox”
  • Understand the difference between “talking the talk” (decisional capacity) and “walking the walk” (executive capacity)
  • Be able to apply the “Pyramid Model of Awareness” to assess a person’s mental capacity where it seems likely that they may be unable to implement a decision in practice, even though they can make it in theory
  • Be able to apply the “articulate/demonstrate” approach to assessing executive capacity
  • Have examined a range of real cases and case examples where executive functioning is an issue, and be able to apply the learning from these cases to their own everyday working practices

Training methods used:

All our training sessions are intended to be as interactive as possible. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, make comments, and bring up their own issues. We use lots of different methods including quizzes, case studies, video clips and small group work as well as direct teaching. We want participants to leave the session saying, “that was really enjoyable – and it was directly relevant to my working life.”

Booking: Portsmouth City Council employees please email / non Portsmouth City Council employees please email

Portsmouth Homelessness Training


To help participants support clients who may be homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, and to understand their role in preventing homelessness including the statutory Duty to Refer.

This training has been arranged in response to learning from the recent PSAB Safeguarding Adults Reviews: ‘YL’, and the thematic review of homeless deaths, which can be found on the PSAB website.

The training session will be delivered by Lauren Taylor, Rough Sleeping Manager (Portsmouth City Council).

Learning outcomes:

The session will cover:

  • Understanding the rough sleeping pathway in Portsmouth.
  • Understanding the responsibilities of Portsmouth City Council Housing and how they can help.
  • Understanding the statutory responsibilities of agencies under the Duty to Refer, and what professionals from all agencies can do to help prevent homelessness.
  • Understanding the services available for homeless people, including the homeless navigators.

Following the training, participants will have a good understanding of relevant services in Portsmouth and the roles and responsibilities of different agencies.

Target audience:

This training is suitable for professionals who work with adults/families who may be at risk of homelessness, including:

  • Adult Social Care
  • Children’s Social Care
  • Health services
  • Probation
  • Police
  • YOT
  • Prisons
  • Jobcentre
  • Voluntary sector

Dates and booking information:

This training is hybrid. To attend online via Teams, there is no need to book. Please put the session in your diary and join using the Teams links below. To attend in person, please use the Eventbrite booking links below to book a space.

Thursday 2nd February 2023 3-4pm (Online OR Conference room B, Civic Offices, Portsmouth)

Attend online (no need to book) Click here to join the meeting

Attend in person (booking essential) Book at Eventbrite here

Wednesday 15th February 2023 12-1pm (Online OR Conference room B, Civic Offices, Portsmouth)

Attend online (no need to book) Click here to join the meeting

Attend in person (booking essential)  Book at Eventbrite here

Wednesday 8th March 2023 9-10am (Online OR Conference room B, Civic Offices, Portsmouth)

Attend online (no need to book) Click here to join the meeting

Attend in person (booking essential)  Book at Eventbrite here

View the slides from this training.

Abuse of Position for Sexual Purpose (APSP)

Hampshire & Isle of Wight Constabulary’s Anti-Corruption Unit would like to invite you to a short virtual presentation on abuse of position for sexual purpose. The session covers:

• Spotting warning signs
• Reporting concerns to the force
• Reviews and appeals

This presentation is aimed at practitioners who work directly with vulnerable people across Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton and IOW.

18 April 2023 10am and 19 September 2023 10am.

The presentation will last around an hour and will include an opportunity to ask questions. To book your space please email

Safeguarding Vulnerable Dependent Drinkers

Monday 21st November 2022 9.30-12 – book here

Tuesday 7th February 2023 9.30-12 – book here

This course delivers the information and ideas in the Alcohol Change UK (ACUK) briefing Safeguarding Vulnerable Dependent Drinkers.

The aim of that document and of this course is to:

  • Encourage and enable professionals in England to use legal frameworks to manage and protect chronic dependent drinkers.

Its focus is on how to make most effective use of the three main legal powers which can protect vulnerable dependent drinkers: the Care Act 2014 in England or Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act 2014, the Mental Capacity Act and the Mental Health Act.

It also focuses on a handful of other relevant powers such as anti-social behaviour powers. In addition, it emphasises the importance of a process framework that will enable the powers to be used most effectively.

It is important to emphasise that using these powers is, in most cases, the last resort. These powers should not replace good community work as set out in ACUK’s Blue Light project manual.

Learning objectives

By the end of the training course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify chronic dependent drinkers who require the protection and support of key legal powers
  • Understand how the Care Act the Care Act or Social Services and Wellbeing (Wales) Act apply to this group
  • Understand how the Mental Capacity Act applies
  • Understand how the Mental Health Act applies
  • Understand what interventions flow from action under these powers
  • Understand what helps makes these powers work to their best effect

Who is this course for?

The course is appropriate for staff in all services who work with people who are at risk of alcohol related harm. This will include anyone working in public facing roles in health, social care, criminal justice, community safety, housing, homelessness, domestic abuse or other welfare roles.

Multi-Agency Risk Management

A podcast on the Multi-Agency Risk Management Framework is available here.

Chairing Multi Agency Risk Management Framework (MARM) Meetings training

Thursday 19th January 2023 10:00 to 15:00 via Zoom

This workshop is aimed specifically at those who have a responsibility to co-ordinate and chair MARM (Multi-agency Risk Management) meetings within their own organisations. This course is multi-agency and open to all partner agencies, including Adult Social Care, Police, Primary Care, NHS Trust, including Ambulance, Fire and Rescue, Care Providers, Housing Providers and the Voluntary Sectors. You will need to be familiar with the multi-agency adult safeguarding procedures and have attended safeguarding awareness training and be expected to Chair a MARM meeting within your organisation.

Workshop aims:

  • Provide an overview of the 4LSAB MARM Framework
  • Describe the decision making for s42 enquiries and MARM meetings
  • Identify the values and principles that underpin the MARM Framework
  • Understand your role as decision maker in relation to the use of the MARM Framework
  • Understand your responsibilities as Chair of the MARM meeting
  • Consider how to ensure that the MARM meeting is person centred and outcome focussed
  • Identify to tools and templates to support MARM meetings.

You must be familiar with the multi-agency adult safeguarding procedures and have attended safeguarding training and listened to the MARM webinar before attending this course. You must also be the person responsible for decision making and expected to Chair a MARM meeting within your organisation.

Booking: Portsmouth City Council employees please email / non Portsmouth City Council employees please email

Safeguarding Concerns training

Online webinars 2022-23:

This webinar is for multi-agency partners of the Safeguarding Adults Boards across the Isle of Wight, Portsmouth, Southampton, and Hampshire. This includes agencies such as Adult Social Care, CCG, Primary Care, NHS Trust, Fire & Rescue, Police, Residential & Nursing Home Sectors, Domiciliary Care & PAs, Probation Service and Voluntary and Community Sector. The purpose of this webinar is to help understand what constitutes an adult safeguarding concern, what should inform the decision to raise a safeguarding concern, what to report, where and when. The dates and links for booking are below.

27th October 2022 – 09.30-12.30

24th November 2022 – 09.30-12.30

12th January 2023 – 09.30-12.30

23rd February 2023 – 09.30-12.30

Safeguarding Concerns E-learning is available here.

Responding to Domestic Abuse

Delivered by Stop Domestic Abuse the “Responding to Domestic Abuse” training combines the previous ‘victim’- and ‘perpetrator’-focused training, and aims to:

  • Define what is domestic abuse
  • What does domestic abuse look like for: Victims, people using abusive behaviours, children, professionals
  • To increase knowledge and challenge stereotypes of victim, people using abusive behaviours, children and professionals.
  • Types of relationships
  • Engaging with your service users
  • Understanding and accessing the referral pathway
  • Effective safety planning and its application to your practice

Training dates:

  • 1st February 2023– 9.30- 4.30pm
  • 7th March 2023 – 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 9th May 2023 – 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 13th June 2023 – 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 11th July 2023 – 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 6th September 2023 – 9.30am – 4.30pm
  • 11th October 2023 – 9.30am – 4.30pm

To book a place contact Stop Domestic Abuse via email Training is likely to move to face to face, however this will be confirmed once you are booked onto the course.

PSAB Conference 2022

See the slides and information from the PSAB Conference here.

Female Genital Mutilation Zero Tolerance Day Training

Online training was held in February 2022 to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.

Download the slides here.

Watch the recording of the training session here.

Transitional Safeguarding workshop

Event postponed – new date TBC 8th Dec 2021 9.30-12.30 – booking here

This workshop will provide participants with an introduction to Transitional Safeguarding, exploring key issues and themes relating to this challenging area of practice. As well as raising awareness and understanding of national developments and emerging themes, the workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to think collaboratively about best practice in transitional safeguarding work. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the key issues and challenges they experience in safeguarding adolescents and young adults, as well as their successes. Key areas of focus will include discussion of:

  • Improving collaborative working across child and adult services.
  • Opportunities to promote the exchange of learning and sharing of expertise
  • Capacity, consent, risk and rights-based narratives in safeguarding work.
  • Challenging and addressing silos in culture, practice, policy and statutory framework
  • How to better meet the safeguarding needs of adolescents and young adults and to secure better outcomes
  • Engaging adolescents and young adults when undertaking safeguarding work.


Launch of the Multi Agency Fire Safety Framework

View the recording of this event and download the slides here.

Coronavirus Training Update

Please note that due to the Coronavirus all face-to-face training provided by PSAB and Portsmouth City Council has been cancelled. Safeguarding awareness e-learning is available via Portsmouth Learning Gateway which can be accessed by a range of partners. See the e-learning list above for details.

Free Coronavirus (Covid-19) e-learning is available:

This can be accessed via computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone and covers:

  1. What is coronavirus?
  2. Sign and symptoms
  3. How it is spread
  4. Protecting yourself and others
  5. What to do if you or someone you know has symptoms
  6. What to do if you think someone had been exposed
  7. Testing and self-isolation
  8. Waste disposal and laundry
  9. General advice for safety
  10. Care Quality Commission Guidance (residential, supported living, homecare)
  11. Facts not fake news

Resources for Coronavirus volunteers

See our animated video on Youtube for an introduction to safeguarding adults here

Video for Coronavirus volunteers produced by Waltham Forest here

One Minute Guide to Safeguarding (Children and Adults) – NHS leaflet

One Minute Guide to Safeguarding for Coronavirus Volunteers (Children and Adults)

Information from Ann Craft Trust on What do Volunteers Need to Know to Keep Themselves and Others Safe?

Adult and Child Safeguarding Training presentation