Introduction to Safeguarding Children Training Course (Level 1 Safeguarding)

Also known as Level 1 Safeguarding Children

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Introduction to Safeguarding Children (Level 1)
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Anyone who works or interacts with children and/or their families must understand their safeguarding responsibilities. Regardless of your occupation or how frequently interaction takes place, it is essential to know how to monitor the well-being of children, to be able to recognise when maltreatment may be taking place and to take appropriate action.

This Introduction to Safeguarding Children course provides you with the knowledge and skills required to effectively safeguard the children in your care. It explains common types of maltreatment and how to recognise if they are happening, how to respond to a disclosure and how to deal with concerns about a child. A combination of written information, case studies and interactive activities will help you to feel confident in your safeguarding responsibilities.

This course was last audited on: 1st September 2023. It is updated to reflect Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023 Statutory Guidance.

  • Developed in collaboration with, and featuring video content from, safeguarding and child protection consultant and trainer, Joanna Nicolas
  • Written in line with Department for Education (DfE) statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018 and Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023 statutory guidance
  • Downloadable module summaries of key learning points
  • Accredited by CPD
  • Fully online course and assessment with no time limits
  • Full audio voiceover
  • Approximate duration: 3 hours
  • Earn 3 CPD points on completion
  • Same day digital certificate. Printed certificate posted the next working day.

What you'll learn

By the end of the course you will be able to: 

  • Recognise the difference between safeguarding and child protection and why they are important.
  • Identify key legislation and the statutory framework which underpin safeguarding practice.
  • Recognise and describe the different types of child maltreatment.
  • Identify things that make some children particularly vulnerable.
  • Recognise and respond to concerns and possible signs of child maltreatment.

In Partnership with Joanna Nicolas

Joanna Nicolas is an independent safeguarding consultant and trainer, a social worker by profession. Joanna is a co-opted Board member of Cafcass and a member of the Prince’s Trust Safeguarding Advisory Panel.

Joanna is a published author. She has been leading serious case reviews, now child safeguarding practice reviews, for 15 years, and undertakes assessments of individuals working in a position of trust with children. She reviews organisations' safeguarding policies/procedures and culture. She was a core trainer for her Local Safeguarding Children Partnership for 15 years.

Joanna has worked in social care for nearly 30 years.

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Why take this course?

It is challenging to put an exact figure on how many children in the UK are suffering maltreatment at any one time. This is because it can occur in many forms, and unfortunately, many cases of child maltreatment go undetected and unreported. Those who interact with children are responsible for safeguarding those in their care and ensuring that opportunities to address any issues are not missed.

By taking this Introduction to Safeguarding Children course, you will understand how to recognise when child maltreatment may occur. It will equip you with the skills needed to act appropriately should a child disclose information to you or should you have concerns yourself.

Course content

1Safeguarding and Child Protection

This module will define the terms safeguarding and child protection, and provide an introduction to abuse and maltreatment, whilst outlining the roles and responsibilities of all those who work with children and/or their families.

2Recognising Categories of Abuse

This module explains the types of abuse which children may experience in more detail, including the signs to look out for which may indicate that abuse is taking place.

3Recognising Different Types of Maltreatment

This module closely examines the types of maltreatment which children may experience and explains the signs to look out for which may suggest that a child is suffering some form of maltreatment.

4Risks and Vulnerabilities

This module details the various factors and circumstances which may lead to a child being more at risk to experiencing forms of maltreatment, such as their home life or past experiences.

5Responding to Disclosures and Concerns

This module looks at the best ways to respond should a child disclose information to you directly. It also explains the best course of action to take should you, or someone else have a concern about the well being of a child.

6Recording and Sharing Information

This module looks at how you must record concerns, or details about a disclosure. It looks at levels of confidentiality, and who should and should not be involved in communication when recording and sharing information concerning a child.

7Safeguarding in Education

This module features an option to choose the content which is most relevant. Those working in education can view the slides with information linked specifically to safeguarding in an educational setting, while those who don't can move forward to course summary information, downloads and assessment information.

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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?

It is important for anyone who works with children or interacts with them and/or their families to have a secure knowledge of safeguarding. This training course is suitable for all those who fit this criteria and are required to take safeguarding training as part of their role or feel that this would be beneficial.

This is an introductory level course; therefore, no previous knowledge is needed. It is suitable for those holding a variety of roles and working in various settings. 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 officers.
  • Youth workers, activity leaders and volunteers.
  • Sports coaches.
  • Religious leaders.

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.

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