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An Introduction to Safeguarding Children

Course Overview

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On average this
course contributes
1-2 hours
towards your CPD

If you come in to contact with children for short periods during the course of your work or as a volunteer this is the course for you.

Safeguarding children is everyone's responsibility. You can ensure you are trained to level 1 in safeguarding and child protection issues in just a few hours with this online training. If you need training to level 2 you will need to undertake our core course

After completing this course you will have a better understanding of the types of abuse and neglect a child in your care may suffer, and most importantly how to identify the signs of neglect and how to take the correct course of action if you suspect a child is being neglected.

Other key areas of the training include knowing how to deal with a situation when a child or adult discloses abuse, and reliable methods of keeping accurate records.

If you are in contact with children for extended periods of time, either at work or in a voluntary position, you may want to consider completing Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Core.

Please be aware that this training content deals with a potentially disturbing subject matter and material and images used may be of a graphic nature.

We estimate that this e-learning will take approximately 45 minutes to complete (depending on learning speed).

Course Details

Lesson Plan

Key topics covered in this course include:

  • Introduction to safeguarding children / child protection
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect
  • What to do if you suspect abuse or neglect

The course also features a comprehensive summary


Approximately 1 - 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

CPD Accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

What our customers have said

The different sections were good as safeguarding isn't the nicest of subjects and you can go back and finish from where you last left. There is also a button to press of you need a break.
09/02/2017 LB
In all of the online training I have done for safeguarding, this is by far the best. Not only is it easy to navigate, constantly feedbacking gaps in knowledge it also provides a safe space for the person. Very good!
08/02/2017 SC
I think the system and module are very easy to follow and provide all the information I needed to make me aware of how to safeguard children
03/01/2017 RF
I liked the challenges and the fact that it prompted you to think about actual scenarios and what you would do plus the clear, factual info and descriptions of different types of abuse, warning signs etc and links to lots of useful background information. I do feel much better equipped to promote children's safety and wellbeing now.
01/01/2017 CE
Ease of use. Module broken down into smaller manageable sections so you can dip in and out as your time permits.
26/04/2016 MT
That you can do it at your own pace, go back over things that you are unsure of and the explanations and information on the system was very easy to follow and informative
11/04/2016 KW
I liked it all. I am not very technical; I find it great that such training can be provided online and so efficiently.
06/04/2016 GM
Having pictures and a colourful background etc was particularly good. Made the course easier to navigate and not boring.
04/04/2016 JD
As I have a very busy schedule of daily life and work it is convenient for me to run my other commitments smoothly and at the same time to participate on this training and gained knowledge. (From home and work place) Thank you
18/03/2016 EH
I liked how it identified how to recognise signs of abuse. It has shown me how to react when there may be a safeguarding issue. It is important to know when to take action. The training has given me some insight on how to properly evaluate a situation, For example: Is this really an issue? Does it need to be followed up? My knowledge to prevent and evaluate has improved considerably.
02/03/2016 DB
I liked the few questions asked throughout each section. It helped me to think through what was being taught instead of only waiting until the end to answer questions.
I thought the hyperlinks to legislation was good. The simplicity of use. logical. ability to stop and start at will - no need to complete in one sitting.
11/01/2016 HA AC
Good up to date links to relevant reading and legislation. Well set out and easy to navigate in general
05/01/2016 LA
Big green clear button to move on. Clear instructions and not confusing - very rare to get something this simple!
07/09/2015 AG
I found the pace of the module very beneficial allowing me to make notes and control my learning
02/09/2015 EB
The layout and presentation made it easy to concentrate on and take information from without feeling as though there is too much to take in
02/09/2015 RE
I enjoyed the audio component provided in each slide, as well as the ability to interact with the slides
AA 19/08/2015
I found the course really easy to follow and it was much better for me to do this online course as I was able to dip in and out whenever I had time
AJ 04/08/2015
It was very well laid out, easy to access and easy to understand what was being said and taught. it was very informative and efficient
ZS 31/07/2015

Cost and Discounts

£30 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone Sales on 01943 885083.

How it Works

  • Complete the course online at your convenience
  • Pages from the course can be printed
  • Notes can be recorded
  • Notes can be recorded, and you can re-visit any part of the training, even after you have completed the course.
  • Course material has been broken down into chapters, making it easier to complete in your own time
  • The Learning Management System automatically tracks your progress, making it easy to pause and resume at a later time.

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