Safeguarding Children Training


This online Safeguarding Children Training course is designed for anybody who comes into frequent contact with children at work. Covering both levels 1 & 2 and also covering standard 11 of the Care Certificate, this eLearning course helps users to understand the different types of abuse, how to identify abuse, and how to properly report concerns.

This CPD Accredited course takes approximately an hour to complete and provides the user with a printable certificate upon completion.

Learning Outcomes

In this course you will learn:

  • What is meant by a ‘child-centred approach’ to care, and how to apply this within your role.
  • How to comply with the Children’s and Young Persons Act 2008.
  • How to recognise signs of abuse in children under your care.
  • The importance of recording and reporting evidence of abuse, and how to do so.

Course Contents

This course consists of five sections:

Section 1: safeguarding responsibilities

Safeguarding children means protecting them from instances of harm, abuse or neglect while promoting their wellbeing. This section details the legal regulations and policies surrounding the safeguarding of children, as well as your individual responsibilities towards child protection as a carer.

Section 2: recognising abuse in children

There are multiple types of abuse, which may produce different symptoms and effects, both physical and mental. It is important to recognise any signs of harm as early as possible for the benefit of the child, even if you are unable to match the type of harm to a diagnosis for a specific form of abuse. This section explains common signs that a child is suffering abuse, and the ways in which they are most likely to be harmed.

Section 3: responding to abuse

Section 3 focuses on what to do if you witness signs of child abuse, or if a child tells you they are being harmed. This course promotes a child-centred approach to safeguarding, which means treating each child as an individual and responding to their needs and decisions. Building a relationship with a child in this way makes it more likely that they will disclose instances of abuse to you, but also that they will be believed. You are encouraged here to take any reports of harm seriously so that it can be reported to your Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) and acted upon as soon as possible.

Section 4: recording observations

Recording your observations of abuse or neglect is essential to prevent further harm. This section offers guidance on how to do so, including what information should be collected, and how to write a written report of what has occurred.

Section 5: reporting concerns

The final section of this course explains who to report to with your observations and evidence, as well as why it is important that you do so. It includes the relevant bodies that share responsibility for safeguarding children.

About the Course


One of the primary challenges in safeguarding children is that they may not know which behaviours are not acceptable because they have become a normal part of their lives. As vulnerable citizens who depend on adults for their safety and wellbeing, they are also more likely to be silenced by threats and shame. This course, therefore focuses on a child-centred approach to safeguarding, that considers each child as an individual and how to respond to their care needs accordingly.

Covering levels 1 and 2 of Safeguarding Children, this comprehensive course goes into detail about the four Rs of child protection—recognise, respond, report, and record—to increase your awareness of the potential risks to children under your care, and how to identify signs of harm and contribute to their being prevented.

This course works alongside the 14 other awareness courses that make up the care certificate standards. 

Offering practice-based information and advice, this course acts as a precursor to the practical training required to obtain the care certificate.

Available in 31 languages, the course takes around 60 minutes to complete.


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