Shropshire Council

Training and events

We're developing training courses and workshops to complement the Early Help process, and we'll add details here as these progress. Training currently available is detailed below.

ECINS and early help training modules

Early Help: Introduction to Early Help & How to Manage an Early Help Episode

The aim of this half day training is to introduce practitioners to Early Help in Shropshire and to prepare them to use ECINS when appropriate.

By the end of this module, learners will be able to:

  • Appreciate that practitioners from a wide range of agencies are part of the early help offer in Shropshire, recognising their own roles and responsibilities and the importance of working together to identify, assess, and meet the needs of children where there are emerging concerns
  • Be aware of how the ECINS database is used to create and manage family cases.

From September 2018, professionals must attend this training prior to attending the hands-on ECINS training modules. ECINS training will now be delivered on a demand led basis.  Professionals need to ensure that they have attended this half day module and can then add their name to the waiting list for ECINS training with Strengthening Families Team on or 01743 253921.

This introductory training will be covered in the Training for new Designated Safeguarding Leads in education establishments delivered by Education Improvement Service from November 2018.

Understanding your child - parenting support information for professionals in Shropshire

In Shropshire we offer a wide range of training in the Solihull Approach to professionals who are working with and supporting families as part of their everyday practice. This training includes the two-day foundation course, and courses on understanding attachment and trauma. For a full list of courses and dates please see our 2019 programme.

TaMHS training

Targeted Mental Health Support in Shropshire - take a look at the TaMHS leaflet for more information. 

There is also a training schedule provided by the TaMHS Team 2015-2016. If you'd like to book on any of the courses please contact or 01743 253942.

Shropshire Safeguarding Children’s Board multi-agency safeguarding training modules

To view and book to attend any multi-agency safeguarding training modules, safeguarding e-learning modules and early help and ECINS training modules, please visit the SSCB Safeguarding Training webpage.

Locality meetings

Early help locality meetings are held every term in each locality area. These meetings are free of charge to attend and are an opportunity for professionals from all agencies working with children, young people or their families to share information about services available or issues affecting families within the locality area. 

All meetings are held from 3pm – 5pm.


  • Wednesday 25 September 2019 at Sunflower House, Harlescott, Shrewsbury
  • Wednesday 27 November 2019 at Sunflower House Harlescott, Shrewsbury

(Parking arrangement is with Wickes nearby, please park on the left).


  • Wednesday 17 July 2019 at Raven House, Cheshire Street, Market Drayton
  • Wednesday 11 September 2019 at The Centre, Oak Street, Oswestry
  • Wednesday 16 October at Raven House, Cheshire Street, Market Drayton
  • Thursday 7 November at The Centre, Oak Street, Oswestry
  • Thursday 12 December at Raven House, Cheshire Street, Market Drayton

(Parking for all the above is in nearby pay & display car parks).


  • Thursday 19 September 2019 at Early Help Hub, Old Street, Ludlow
  • Thursday 24 October 2019 at Early Help Hub, Bridgnorth YC, Innage Lane, Bridgnorth
  • Thursday 14 November 2019 at Early Help Hub, Old Street, Ludlow
  • Thursday 5 December 2019 at Early Help Hub, Bridgnorth YC, Innage Lane, Bridgnorth

(Parking for Ludlow is in nearby pay & display car parks – parking for Bridgnorth is on site or on street).


Please book with us in advance if possible, so that we can advise if there is any change to the meeting. Please contact Tracey Bowen, multi-agency training administrator, on or 01743 254370 with your name, job title, agency, workbase, contact email and contact number. A confirmation email with full venue details will be emailed out to you.

Strengthening Families through the Early Years

Copies of the presentations from the recent conference looking at strengthening families through the early years (from pregnancy to starting school), can now be found on this page.

This includes:

Domestic abuse briefing sessions

Domestic Abuse impacts upon many lives. The effects are often felt across the family especially children who live with this experience. When domestic abuse is experienced by adults with care and support needs there may be additional effects needing an Adult Safeguarding investigation.

These new 2 hour briefings will raise awareness of the hidden prevalence of Domestic Abuse. The signs and effects felt by the victims. Provide guidance on how to best support and guide those affected by Domestic Abuse.

These briefings have been funded by Shropshire Council and are free of charge to attend. The target audience for the briefing are:-

  • Individuals working with or who have any contact with adults, families or children or
  • Shropshire Council Employees.

It is expected that all workers will access this awareness/induction level of training.

For those working with vulnerable individuals we suggest you also attend the one-day Domestic Abuse Awareness training delivered by Joint Training or the Domestic Abuse & its Impact on Children module delivered by SSCB. These modules explore more about the perpetrator, hear from survivors and explore cases of domestic abuse.

  • Tuesday 29 January 2019 from 10am to midday at Festival Drayton, Market Drayton
  • Thursday 31 January 2019 from either 9.30am to 11.30am or 1pm to 3pm at The Lantern, Shrewsbury
  • Tuesday 12 February 2019 from either 1.30pm to 3.30pm or from 6pm to 8pm at Ludlow Elim Church
  • Wednesday 6 March 2019 from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at Whole Life Centre, Oswestry
  • Thursday 21 March 2019 from either 1pm to 3pm or 5pm to 7pm at the Lantern, Shrewsbury
  • Wednesday 15 May 2019 from 10.30am to 12.30pm at Dodington Lodge, Whitchurch
  • Wednesday 5 June 2019 either from 1.30pm to 3.30pm or from 6pm to 8pm at Halo Bridgnorth Leisure Centre
  • Wednesday 26 June 2019 either from 9.30am to 11.30am or from 1pm to 3pm at Riversway Elim, Shrewsbury

NB. Further dates will be added in North and South Shropshire once venues are confirmed.

For Children’s Workforce, excluding Shropshire Council Employees

Register and book through SSCB training.

For Adult Workforce, excluding Shropshire Council Employees

Book through Joint Training.

For all Shropshire Council Employees

Book through Leap into Learning.

Early help audit meetings

These meetings are held:

  1. To undertake multi-agency 'Strengthening Families through Early Help' audits, including occasional SSCB-themed audits, to quality assure practice and ensure effective outcomes for children, young people and their families.
  2. To report performance and effectiveness of early help to the Strengthening Families Through Early Help Partnership Board.
  3. To recommend and facilitate improvement based on learning from audit activity.

Early Help Stakeholder Audits schedule





Wednesday 5th                      

3.30pm – 5pm


Sunflower House Early Help Hub

Kendal Rd, SY1 4ES


Thursday 27th


3.30pm – 5pm


The Centre, M3 Meeting Room

Oak Street, SY11 1LW


Thursday 4th


3.30pm – 5pm


Early Help Hub, Family Room

Learning and Skills, Old Street, SY8 1NW


Thursday 15th

3.30pm – 5pm


Crowmoor Early Help Hub, Meeting Room

Crowmere Rd, SY2 5JJ


Thursday 26th


3.30pm – 5pm

Market Drayton

Infant School

Longslow Rd, TF9 3BA


Thursday 17th

3.30pm – 5pm




Thursday 21st


3.30pm – 5pm


Sunflower House Early Help Hub,

Yellow Room, Kendal Rd, SY1 4ES


Thursday 5th

3.30pm – 5pm



For further information or to book on any of the above meetings please