Covered in this course

The Safeguarding Children Training course is broken down into 5 sections.

1) What is Safeguarding?

This section looks at the children who may be at risk. It looks at WHAT could put a child at risk and WHO they might be at risk from.

It emphasises the importance of a child-centred and coordinated approach. And it looks at the different organisations involved with supporting children.

A cartoon tree with colourful handprints showing the jobs where safeguarding children is necessary

2) Recognising Abuse in Children

This section looks at what constitutes abuse. It covers the 4 major types of abuse and 7 other types of harm that may be inflicted on children and it includes smacking.

It highlights the tell-tale signs that abuse might be happening, so you know what to look out for.

Extra resources: 

Our course now includes 'off-thread' printable booklets, full of extra information relating to the safeguarding responsibilities of people working in an educational setting. They focus on the topics of 'Prevent Duty' and 'Female Genital Mutilation' (FGM).

Images showing that bruising, bite marks and cuts are signs of child abuse as part of safeguarding children training programme

3) Responding to Abuse

Dealing with abuse and reporting abuse can be upsetting and should be handled sensitively. It's important to ACT and it's crucial to act QUICKLY.

In this section we give step by step guidance explaining what to do if you think abuse might be taking place, or if a child tells you they are being abused. We also look at what NOT to do.

Large image of a baby lying on the floor with a warning against abuse to safeguard children

4) Reporting Concerns

In this section we look at the importance of having a safeguarding policy and knowing who to report to.

We detail what should be reported. And we look at who should be told.

Diagram of a woman with words to do with child centred approach to safeguarding children

5) Recording Observations

Finally, we explain what should be included in a written record.

We also emphasise the importance of working together and sharing information with the other agencies a child may come into contact with.

Screenshot of a recorded observation for the safeguarding of children as part of our safeguarding children training course

Safeguarding Children Certificate

Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This Safeguarding Children Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your Safeguarding Children Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.​

Safeguarding Children Training Certificate

Real user reviews

Based on 853 real user reviews.

4.39 out of 5
Excellent and thought provoking course.

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clear and to the point.

The course was informative clear and to the point and easy to understand.

An in-depth view on child safety.

An easy to understand course which covers everything you need to know on child safety policies. Great for bite sized learing and straight forward to complete.

I learnt a lot.

Suitably challenging, clear, well presented. I learnt a lot.

Excellent and Informative

No summary provided

The training is clear and uncomplicated

It is not clear whether the content of the course can be accessed, printed or downloaded some weeks or months later to refresh the memory, especially in a crisis. Also it does not cover what to do in cases of disclosure of past abuse, which of often happens. Also, is the training suitable for those working therapeutically or is there a more advanced course?

Very clear and informative

The content was clear and easy to follow. The course covered a wide range of safeguarding issues. Thank you.


Easy to navigate, very informative training.

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Legislation relating to the Safeguarding of Children

It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work. Take a look at relevant legislation below.

The Childrens Act 2008

What is The Childrens Act 2008?

The primary purpose of the Children's and Young Persons Act 2008 was to give boundaries and help for local authorities and/or other entities to better regulate official intervention in the interests of children.

The United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child has 54 articles, each listing a different right that children have, and different responsibilities that the Government, and others, have to make sure that children have these rights. One of these rights is Protection from violence, exploitation, abuse, neglect and maltreatment: The Government must make sure children are protected from any type of physical or mental violence, injury or abuse, neglect, maltreatment or exploitation, including sexual abuse or exploitation, while they are living with their parents or in the care of anyone else.

The Equality Act 2010 ensures equal treatment of everyone regardless of their protected characteristics, which includes age.

HM Government's Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015 is a guide to inter-agency working document to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. It stipulates the need for policies and procedures to this effect:

Training [is necessary] for persons who work with children or in services affecting the safety and welfare of children [...] Training should cover how to identify and respond early to the needs of all vulnerable children

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2015), Chapter 1, Section 4

Employers are responsible for ensuring their staff are competent to carry out their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and creating an environment where staff feel able to raise concerns and feel supported in their safeguarding role. 

  • Staff must be given appropriate supervision and support, including undertaking safeguarding training.
  • Staff should be given a mandatory induction, which includes familiarisation with child protection responsibilities and procedures to be followed if anyone has any concerns about a child's safety or welfare.

In England and Wales, every council area has its own Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) -  a partnership made up of the local council, schools, social services, NHS, Police, Probation Service, Emergency Services and other local organisations involved with children. The LSCB is legally responsible for putting into practice a child-centred approach and working together to oversee the safety and well-being of children and young people in their area.

In Scotland, this role is provided by Child Protection Committees, and it is the Safeguarding Board for Northern Ireland who are responsible for this in Northern Ireland.

The information and advice in this training course follows:

  1. HM Government's statutory guidelines in, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015
  2. HM Government's publication, What to do if you're worried a child is being abused
  3. And is in line with Level 1 of the competency framework in the Intercollegiate document, Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competencies for Healthcare Staff 2014.

KCSIE 2018 Changes 

Every institute of education that purchases any one of our education courses will receive free access to our KCSIE 2018 course. The KCSIE 2018 is mandatory training for school staff and has been enforced by The Department of Education. 

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