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Course overview

In this online Safeguarding Children training, you’ll learn how to recognise the signs and types of abuse and understand how to respond to disclosures and report concerns. The course also covers current safeguarding guidance and legislation.

This is an introductory course requiring no prior knowledge. If you are a safeguarding lead, then you will need to take our more advanced online Designated Safeguarding Lead Training course in addition this one.

If you require training for safeguarding adults at risk, you can take our online Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults or our online Safeguarding Adults course.

The content meets the required knowledge previously set in the Level 1 and Level 2 safeguarding training framework, which was often used in education and other sectors. If you work in healthcare, then be aware that the framework referring to different levels of safeguarding training is still in use. The framework outlines minimum training and competency requirements for various roles and it is essential to refer to this framework to ensure you’re selecting the appropriate safeguarding course.

  • Developed by qualified safeguarding professionals
  • Accredited by The CPD Group
  • In line with the latest Department for Education statutory guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • Fulfils safeguarding training outcomes specified by governing bodies
  • Supported by a dedicated customer service team
  • Fully online and instant access 24/7
  • Use any device with internet access
  • Stop and restart at any point
  • Automated reminders when training is due for renewal
  • Free retakes if needed
  • Manage and track your course progress if you coordinate team learning

Bulk buy discounts

Number of courses: Price per course (excl VAT)
1 to 9 £25.00
10 to 19£22.50
20 to 49£21.25
50 to 74£20.00
75 to 99£18.75

Volume discount applied at checkout

What you will learn

In this online Safeguarding Children training, you’ll understand your legal requirements and safeguarding responsibilities and learn the processes and actions to take if you suspect a child is being abused.  

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

  • Understand the legislation and guidance on safeguarding and child protection.
  • Define various types of child abuse.
  • Recognise indicators of abuse and neglect. 
  • Reflect on the impact of personal values and attitudes towards abuse.
  • Understand your responsibility to report concerns. 
  • Maintain a child-centred focus.
  • Know the actions to take if abuse is suspected. 


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1. Introduction

In this module, we’ll explore the terms ‘child protection’ and ‘safeguarding’. You’ll understand key phrases and their significance in protecting and safeguarding children. Armed with a better understanding of terms such as ‘child in need’ and ‘significant harm’, you’ll be better positioned to contextualise the language of child protection and safeguarding.

2. Legislation and Guidance

Safeguarding and protecting children and young people operates within a specific framework of guidance and legal procedures. This section introduces that framework and its application. Additionally, this section will highlight the roles and responsibilities of various organisations in safeguarding, as well as the guidelines for protection.

By the end of the module, you’ll have a clearer understanding of safeguarding guidance, the associated agencies and the legalities of protection. You’ll also learn how these agencies collaborate to tackle the problems of abuse.

3. What is Child Abuse and Neglect?

For effective detection and prevention of child abuse, it’s essential to precisely define what it is and how it manifests itself. Understanding the categories of abuse helps us identify the tell-tale signs that it is taking place.

By the end of this module, you’ll have a better understanding of child abuse and its specific types.

4. Signs and Indicators of Abuse and Neglect

Children and young people might find it hard to express the abuse they face. Their anxiety might manifest through altered or challenging behaviours, signalling potential abuse. Recognising these signs can be the initial indicator of potential abuse.

By the end of the module, you’ll better understand the definitions of abuse and the signs and indicators associated with various types of abuse.

5. Maintaining a Child Focus

A child-centered approach is crucial, especially since children might report abuse multiple times before action is taken. This section uses a realistic scenario to illustrate the importance of maintaining this focus.

By the end of this moldule, you will have a better understanding of what it means to be child-focused and the methods to achieve it.

6. Responding to Concerns

Building on earlier content about inter-agency consultation and insights about recognising signs and types of abuse, this section delves into the various methods of disclosure.

It is essential to know when and to whom a situation should be reported. Prompt and appropriate responses to abuse disclosures are crucial. We’ll guide you through the correct procedures, emphasising actions to both pursue and avoid, ensuring the best outcome.

By the end of this module, you’ll have a clear understanding of how to navigate potential abuse situations and address concerns regarding an adult’s behavior. We’ve also included a step-by-step guide to help you with any concerns that may require referral.

Who is this course for?

  • Education staff 
  • Childminders and nannies
  • Out-of-school club and sports and leisure staff
  • Early years practitioners
  • Healthcare and non-clinical staff 
  • Social care workers
  • Administration staff that may come in contact with children or young adults
  • Volunteers, youth and church leaders and charity workers 

This online Safeguarding Children course offers comprehensive safeguarding for children training, encompassing topics from legislation to referral. It’s designed for any person who works or comes into contact with children and young adults. While suitable for all fields, we also provide sector-specific online safeguarding courses. These introduce safeguarding principles but also include bespoke sector scenarios and content, enhancing relevance.


This online Safeguarding Children training course is accredited by The CPD Group.

Upon successful completion of this online course, you’ll be sent a personalised digital certificate as a PDF, enabling you to download and print it.

You can access a copy, reprint or download this certificate on our LMS (Learning Management System). This is your proof that you have been trained in safeguarding best practices and achieved compliance. The certificates include a verification number so anybody can authenticate the certificate’s legitimacy.

Our certifications include a renewal date but there is no legal requirement to renew your training and certificate within a specific timeframe. However, we do recommend that you arrange refresher training after 2 years as safeguarding guidance does change. You should update your safeguarding knowledge and skills regularly.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Does this course cover safeguarding training for vulnerable adults and adults at risk?

No, this online course is specifically designed for safeguarding children and child protection. If your role involves working with both children and adults at risk, we recommend taking our online Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults training course.

Is this online Safeguarding Children training course suitable for people who do not work in a school? 

Yes, this safeguarding course offers a general introduction to safeguarding and child protection principles and is suitable for anybody who comes into contact with children and young people during work, voluntary or leisure activities. 

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    How do you deliver your training courses?

    We offer a range of flexible delivery options to meet your specific needs.

    For online training courses, you can access them through our user-friendly Learning Management System (LMS) from anywhere, at any time and at your own pace. These online courses include content modules, quizzes, a final assessment that can be taken as many times as you want at no extra cost and downloadable resources.

    For organisations and groups purchasing our online training, our LMS offers convenient online management tools and a central record for all your staff training. The organisation’s nominated administrator can easily track the training progress of all participants, ensuring timely renewals and keeping staff up to date on current topics.

    Alternatively, we offer face-to-face training sessions, some of which can be conducted virtually or delivered in-person. For our in-person training, our experienced trainers conduct the face-to-face training at your chosen location. All face-to-face courses are interactive and tailored to your organisation’s specific requirements. While face-to-face courses may be relatively more expensive, they provide valuable engagement and interaction for a deeper understanding of the training materials.

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    Do I receive a discount for multiple course purchases?

    Certainly! For our online courses, we offer bulk discounts for multiple quantities ordered and these discounts are automatically applied to orders at the checkout. You can view a breakdown of our bulk discounts on each course page and also on our organisations page.

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    How do I buy a course?

    You need to follow these simple steps:

    1. Add the course(s) to your basket.
    2. Proceed to the checkout.
    3. If you already have an account, sign in, otherwise, register for a new account.
    4. Once you’ve submitted your details, you’ll be directed to the checkout screen. Select ‘buy’ to go ahead.
    5. Follow the payment process to complete your purchase.
    6. After successful payment, you’ll receive an email confirmation with an attached invoice.
    7. A second email will provide you with instructions on how to start your course.
    8. You can then access/manage your training course(s) within our Learning Management System (LMS).
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    Why do I need to register to purchase a course?

    Your email address will be used to send you important information, such as your invoice, instructions on how to access the course and your certificate after course completion. Please refer to our privacy policy on how we use and protect your data.

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    What payment options are available?

    You can pay for our training using either a debit or credit card. Organisations (you will need to register as an organisation during the registration process) are able to receive an invoice and have the flexibility to pay via BACS transfer.

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    How do I purchase training if I am VAT exempt?

    If you are VAT-exempt and wish to purchase training, kindly get in touch with our customer services team who will be able to assist you.

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    I've bought the wrong course. Can I change it for another?

    Certainly! If you have purchased the wrong course and wish to change it to another one or have a query about a course, please contact our customer services team who are here to help you.

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    What happens if I change my mind after purchasing a course?

    If for some reason you change your mind about a recently purchased course, you can request a full refund within seven working days of the purchase date. To request a refund, please send us an email quoting your order number to our customer services team.

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    You will use our Learning Management System (LMS) to access your course. What is an LMS?

    Our online training courses are delivered and completed online using our Learning Management System (LMS). You can access your training courses at your convenience and learn at your own pace from anywhere with an internet connection. For organisations, the LMS is a centralised platform for administering your organisational training. It streamlines the process of managing, delivering and tracking your staff’s learning and you can monitor learner progress, send reminders and generate reports. You can learn more about our LMS on our Organisations page.

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    What technological requirements are necessary for accessing our online training courses?

    You will need the following:

    • A stable and quick internet connection is essential to ensure uninterrupted access to the online course materials.
    • You should have access to an electronic device (desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone) that has internet access, audio and video capabilities and sufficient system resources.
    • It is important to ensure that the device’s web browser is up to date for optimal performance.
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    How do I access my training course if I am an individual?

    You would have received an email with access instructions to the email address that was entered at the time of purchasing, along with an invoice/receipt. You can also log in from any page using the login button at the top of our website. To start the course, you just need to log in with the account you have created and click on the course title.

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    I work within an organisation that has paid for my training, but I can't find the sign-in option. What should I do?

    Please refer to the original email containing your sign-in details. If you encounter any issues, please contact your training course administrator or our customer services team who will try to assist you.

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    How do I change my personal details/password

    You will need to sign into your account, once you are on the LMS home page, locate and click on the ‘Account Details’ button. Follow the instructions to update your personal information or change your password.

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    What do I do if my password is not working?

    If you encounter issues with your password, it might be due to the browser saving an outdated password. To resolve this, we suggest trying to log in using a different browser or using incognito mode. Additionally, clearing your browser’s cache and cookies can help.

    If you’ve already tried requesting a new one and it still isn’t working, then please contact our customer services team for further assistance.

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    Can I take the course at my own pace?

    Yes, there is no time limit for completing the course and we have designed our courses so you can learn at your own pace. Feel free to split your training into different sessions, as your course progress will be saved automatically as you go along.

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    I've forgotten my user name/password. What should I do?

    Go our website home page and locate the sign-in option at the top of the page. Click on either ‘Forgotten username?’ or ‘Forgotten password?’ depending on which one you need to recover. Follow the instructions provided and you will receive an email reminder to help you access your account again.

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    I accidentally registered when I should have just signed in and now I have two accounts. What should I do?

    If you think you now have two accounts and unsure of which one to use, please contact our customer services team for assistance.

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    Are your courses accredited/assured?

    We offer accredited and approved courses by various leading awarding/industry bodies. Most of our safeguarding and online fire safety courses are accredited by The CPD Group. Most of our food hygiene and health and safety courses have been approved by RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents). Our face-to-face fire safety training courses have been approved by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE). To determine the accreditation/approved status of a specific course, please refer to the relevant course pages.

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    When will I receive my certificate? Can I get a replacement certificate?

    Upon completing the course and passing the assessment, your certificate will be emailed directly to you. You can also access and download an electronic PDF certificate online through your account. Should you wish to obtain another copy of your certificate later, simply login to your account, where you can access and download another certificate.

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    What happens if I fail the course assessment?

    If you don’t pass the course assessment, there’s no need to worry. You can retake the assessment as many times as you need and there’s no additional charge for doing so.

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    Will my course meet my CPD requirements?

    Yes, our courses typically fulfil the CPD (Continuing Professional Development) requirements for most professions. However, individual CPD targets may vary depending on your specific profession or industry. For precise information on how the course aligns with your CPD needs, we recommend referring to the guidelines provided by your institution or governing body for Continuing Professional Development.

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Complete the final multiple-choice assessment

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