Introduction to Safeguarding Children Training Course (Level 1 Safeguarding)

Introduction to Safeguarding Children (Level 1)
£30 +VAT

Everybody is responsible for safeguarding children. This is regardless of your occupation, how frequently you work with children, or how often you interact with their families. We all have a responsibility to keep children safe. 

This Level 1 Safeguarding Children course provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to safeguard children. It describes the common types of abuse, how to recognise them, and how to respond to your concerns. It also explains how to correctly report your concerns. The course uses a variety of written text, interactive activities, and real-life case studies to help you understand your responsibilities. 

This course was updated on 24/08/2021 to include relevant changes in Keeping Children Safe In Education (KCSIE) 2021 guidance.
  • Developed by a qualified child protection professional 
  • Accredited by CPD 
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits 
  • Full audio voiceover 
  • Approximate duration: 3 hours 
  • On completion, certificate is posted the next working day

Who should take this course?

Anybody who works with children and/or their families, no matter how frequently, is required to have knowledge of how to safeguard children. This training course is suitable for anybody who fits this criteria and is required to take training as part of their role. 

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. Examples of people who may wish to take this training include: 

  • Teachers, nursery workers, teaching assistants, carers, and childminders. 
  • Doctors, nurses, paramedics, and health workers. 
  • Social workers, council staff, and immigration workers. 
  • Youth workers, activity leaders, and volunteers. 
  • Sports coaches and teachers. 
  • Church leaders, religious leaders, and volunteers. 

Looking for higher level training? We also provide Advanced Safeguarding Children (Level 2) and Designated Safeguarding Lead Training (Level 3).

If you work in Early Years, Schools, or FE, our Safeguarding Children in Education Training (Level 1) may be more suitable for your needs.


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

1Introduction What is safeguarding, who commits abuse, why safeguarding training is important, your responsibilities, and laws and guidance.
2Recognising Abuse What is child abuse, types of abuse, neglect, domestic abuse, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and emotional abuse.
3Recognising Further Types of Abuse

Online abuse, grooming, child sexual exploitation, child criminal exploitation (including county lines), bullying and cyberbullying, radicalisation and extremism, honour-based abuse, female genital mutilation, child trafficking, harmful sexual behaviour, sexual harassment, and peer-on-peer abuse.

4Recognising Parental Risk Factors Parental mental health and parental substance misuse.
5Responding to a Disclosure Recognising concerns, disclosures from a child, why children don't disclose information, why adults don't take action, and taking action.
6Reporting a Concern Your responsibilities, how to report a concern, preserving evidence, when to report a concern, what to report, check existing reports, talking to a child's parents, next steps, and further action.
7Recording Information The importance of good record keeping, when to record concerns, and what to record.

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Aims of the course

Upon completion of this training, you will: 

  • Understand what is meant by 'safeguarding' and why learning about safeguarding children is so important. 
  • Understand the difference between safeguarding and child protection. 
  • Understand your responsibilities both within and outside of the workplace. 
  • Understand all of the different types of abuse and neglect and how you can identify them. 
  • Know more about how to identify the indicators and warning signs of abuse. 
  • Know how to respond to any concerns that you have about a child. 
  • Be aware of how to act should a child disclose information about abuse to you. 
  • Understand the importance of reporting your concerns to another professional and know what happens at a higher level when a report is made. 
  • Be aware of the need to accurately record your concerns in writing.


The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 20 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 90%. 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.