Safeguarding Essentials Training (Level 1)

CPD Approved
Safeguarding Essentials (Level 1)
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Safeguarding people is not just the responsibility of those who spend a lot of time with children and adults at risk. Regardless of your profession and how much time you spend with people, we all have a responsibility for safeguarding. We must all remain vigilant to the signs of abuse, neglect and exploitation and act on any concerns we have. Speaking up about concerns may be the lifeline that somebody needs to escape their abuse.

This Level 1 Safeguarding Essentials course provides you with the skills and knowledge that you need to keep people safe. It covers both adults and children, as any of us could fall victim to abusive or exploitative behaviours. You will learn about the common types of abuse and safeguarding concerns, signs that may indicate them, and what to do if you have a concern or somebody discloses abuse to you. You will also learn about the importance of good record keeping, and be taught how to write a safeguarding report.

This course was last audited on: 30th March 2023
  • Developed by qualified safeguarding professionals
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 2-3 hours
  • Same day digital certificate. Printed certificate posted the next working day

Aims of the course

By the end of this course, you will:

  • Understand what is meant by the term ‘safeguarding’ and why it’s so important.
  • Understand your responsibilities for safeguarding people.
  • Be aware of the different types of abuse and neglect.
  • Be able to recognise indicators and warning signs of abuse and neglect in children and adults.
  • Understand what to do if you have concerns or someone discloses abuse to you.
  • Know how to report and record concerns or disclosures.
  • Understand the importance of accurate record keeping in safeguarding children and adults.
  • Be aware of what happens after concerns are reported.


CPD Approved

All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit. 

This certificate does not have an expiry date. However, based on industry best practice guidelines, the recommended renewal period for this training is 3 years. We will print this recommended renewal date on your certificate.

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Course content

1 Introduction to Safeguarding

Defining safeguarding, defining a person 'at risk', importance of safeguarding, responsibilities for safeguarding and law and guidance.

2Types of Abuse

Defining abuse, types of abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence or abuse, sexual abuse, psychological or emotional abuse, financial or material abuse, modern slavery, discriminatory abuse, organisational or institutional abuse, neglect and acts of omission and self-neglect.

3Further Types of Abuse and Safeguarding Concerns

Exploitation - sexual and criminal, cuckooing, grooming, radicalisation and extremism, honour-based abuse, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), harmful sexual behaviour and peer-on-peer abuse.

4Recognising and Responding to Disclosures

Consequences of abuse, signs of abuse, why people don't disclose abuse, why people don't take action, recognising concerns, responding to a disclosure and preserving evidence.

5Reporting and Recording Concerns

Reporting concerns, recording concerns and disclosures, after reporting, whistleblowing and further resources and support.

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The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.

Who should take this course?

This course is suitable for anybody who interacts with children and adults as part of their job role and is well placed to spot safeguarding concerns. This includes:

  • Taxi drivers and bus drivers.
  • Workers who enter people's homes, such as gas engineers, maintenance workers and cleaners.
  • Health and social care professionals, such as paramedics and health visitors.
  • Religious leaders and volunteers.
  • Sports coaches and activity leaders.
  • Council staff and immigration workers.

This course is written at an introductory level so no previous knowledge is required. It is suitable for workers of all levels, including managers, supervisors, full-time staff, part-time staff and volunteers.

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