Safeguarding Adults Board

Workforce Development

The Board's Workforce Development Strategy coordinates resources and gives direction to ensure the West of Berkshire has a workforce that can identify and respond to safeguarding issues with competence and skill.

The Safeguarding Adults Workforce Development Strategy 2014-17 is produced by the Learning and Development Subgroup of the Board. The training standards were reviewed and revised by the Learning and Development Group in November 2016: Training Standards


Reading Borough Council's training programme. Contact details for Reading's Learning and Workforce Development Team are: 0118 937 2102

West Berkshire

West Berkshire Council's training programme. Contact details for West Berkshire's Training Team are 01635 519373


Wokingham's training programme is available on the My Learning Portal. Click here for the Wokingham My Learning Portal Guide. Contact details for Wokingham's Learning and Workforce Development Team are: 0118 974 6116

Safeguarding adults bite-size workshops

These new two-hour interactive workshops are free to attend and open to all sectors across Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham. Each workshop will have a presentation on a specific theme, followed by discussion. The workshops will run quarterly across the area to provide topic-based safeguarding information and learning, to support and complement the Board’s approved training programme. No need to book, come along on the day.

Learning from Safeguarding Adults Reviews, delivered by Kathy Kelly and Jo Wilkins on 8 September 2017. Presentation and workshop exercises on Mrs H and Mr I.  

Advocacy services in safeguarding, delivered by HealthWatch (and others tbc).   18 January 2018  10:00 – 12:00, Reading Civic Offices Council Chamber

Safer recruitment, delivered by West Berkshire Council.    March 2018 - Date to confirmed

Mental Capacity Act Week 16-20 October 2017

A series of FREE workshops to support practitioners to develop skills and knowledge in understanding and applying the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Flyer and booking instructions.

Joint Children's and Adults' Safeguarding Conference 2017

FRIDAY 22rd SEPTEMBER 2017 The Joint Children's and Adults' Safeguarding Conference is for practitioners from adults’ and children’s services within the statutory, private and voluntary sector; anyone working or volunteering with adults at risk, children, young people and their families in the Reading, West Berkshire and Wokingham areas. The cost is £60 per delegate.

The focus of this year’s conference is Mental Health and topics will include: Mental Health versus Mental Illness; Impact of mental illness on individuals and families; Local support services and referral routes; Self-Harm and Suicide; Bullying / Cyberbullying; Self-Neglect and Hoarding; Early Help.

Conference Programme and Application Form


The Joint Annual Safeguarding Conference held on 23 September 2016 was based on the theme of safeguarding children and adults with disabilities. Copies of the presentations delivered by keynote speakers and workshop facilitators can be found here: Challenges in Safeguarding Children and Adults with Disabilities   Decisions, Capacity and EHC Plans  Disability Hate Crime  Implementing SEND  Preparing for Adulthood


The conference in 2015 was based on the theme of Challenging Cultural Assumptions in Safeguarding. Copies of the presentations can be found here: Cultural sensitivity in safeguarding, Safeguarding Prevent Duty, Working with interpreters, Engaging with potential victims of human trafficking, Protecting and identifying potential victims of human trafficking.