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Course overview

This online Safeguarding in Education course assists education staff in implementing effective safeguarding measures. It covers key areas such as recognising signs and symptoms of abuse, responding to disclosures and reporting procedures. The course also offers an overview of topics such as early help support and the threshold of needs, online safety, radicalisation and safeguarding legislation. 

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

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.

  • Developed by qualified safeguarding professionals
  • Accredited by The CPD Group
  • In line with the latest DfE statutory guidance: Keeping Children Safe in Education and Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • Fulfils safeguarding training outcomes specified by equivalent governing bodies
  • Specific safeguarding scenarios and content for education
  • Supported by a dedicated customer service team
  • Contains the content of three individual safeguarding courses, providing both time and cost savings
  • 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 setting’s course progress if coordinate team training

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What you will learn

In this online Safeguarding in Education training, you’ll learn about your legal requirements and safeguarding responsibilities. You’ll also become aware of the processes and actions required to fulfil your safeguarding duties.  

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

  • Identify and understand the legislation that informs the guidance for safeguarding in an educational setting.
  • Recognise the signs of abuse and neglect.
  • Maintain a child-centric approach in all your duties.
  • Reflect on the impact of personal values and attitudes towards abuse.
  • Report a concern with confidence when necessary.
  • Identify vulnerabilities to radicalisation.
  • Understand potential risks related to online safety.
  • Know the actions to take if abuse is suspected.
  • Understand the meaning of early help support and the graduated approach regarding services based on different thresholds of need used by local authorities.


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1. Introduction

Unfortunately child abuse, radicalisation, cyberbullying and child sexual exploitation are common today. This module will familiarise you with key safeguarding phrases and explain important safeguarding terms and ideas that are central to the course.

By the end of the module, you’ll better understand who is most at risk of abuse, the extent of its occurrence and the meanings of terms like ‘child’ 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 and legislation, learn what associated agencies you may be involved with and the legalities of safeguarding and child protection. You’ll also learn how these agencies collaborate to tackle the problems of abuse.

3. Early Help and Thresholds of Needs

‘Early help’ refers to support aimed at improving outcomes for children. This type of assistance can be offered at any point in a child’s life. In this module, you will explore the meaning of ‘early help’ and its impact on the welfare of children and young people. You will also be presented with case study scenarios of early help support.

In addition, you will learn how these services are part of a broader ‘continuum of support’, where services are based on different thresholds of need guided by the local authority. Most children fall into Level 1, where their needs are met through universal services, while early help services are categorised under Level 2 and are designed for those with a low level of need. As the need increases, the threshold of need for statutory services, such as Children’s Social Care, may be required.

4. What is Safeguarding?

This module will enhance your capability to identify children and young people who may be at risk. You’ll learn about safeguarding principles which will aid in understanding the main types of child abuse. We’ll then explore the different categories of abuse.

Upon completing the module, you’ll understand the difference between the terms ‘child protection’ and ‘safeguarding’ and learn about the specific safeguarding categories and their potential impact.

5. Online Safety

There are many advantages to children using technology, but it also brings certain risks. This module covers the importance of safeguarding and online safety. It provides an overview of the potential dangers children encounter online, including grooming, sexting and cyberbullying. The module also highlights the legal implications to be aware of if you become aware of a concern and offers strategies to empower children to navigate the online world safely and report any concerns.

By the end of the module, you will better understand the technological risks, the best practices for online safety in education and the specific dangers children may encounter.

6. Radicalisation and Extremism

Schools have a legal duty to prevent pupils from being influenced by extremism. Staff should counteract extremist ideologies and recognise signs of susceptibility in pupils. Additionally, Ofsted expects school leadership to take steps to protect children from exposure to radical views.

This module explores how radicalisation can impact young individuals, helps you identify groups that might attempt to indoctrinate them and contextualises the Prevent strategy.

7. Signs and Indicators of Abuse and Neglect

Children and young people might find it hard to express the abuse they face, and abusers can be adept at hiding their actions. It’s vital that any challenging behaviors signaling potential abuse are recognised.

By the end of this module, you will have a better understanding of the signs of physical, emotional and sexual abuse, as well as neglect and you’ll be informed of your professional responsibilities in an educational setting.

8. 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 module, you will have a better understanding of what it means to be child-focused and the responsibilities of educators in relation to documenting outcomes.

9. Responding to Concerns

Expanding on the previous content about identifying signs and types of abuse and collaborating with outside agencies, this module explores the different methods of disclosure.

While it’s vital to maintain confidentiality when required, it’s equally important to know when and to whom disclosures should be reported to. Quick and appropriate responses to abuse disclosures are critical. This module outlines the necessary steps and highlights the dos and don’ts to achieve the best outcome.

By the end of this module, you’ll have a better understanding of how to address potential abuse concerns and understand how to proceed if you’re worried about an adult’s behaviour. We’ve also provided a guide to assist with concerns that may result in a referral.

Who is this course for?

  • Teachers
  • Teaching assistants
  • Administration and finance staff
  • Governors
  • Caretakers and facilities staff
  • Headteachers and school leaders
  • Lunchtime controllers
This online Safeguarding in Education course is designed for any person who works or comes into contact with children and young people within a school or educational setting.


This online Safeguarding in Education training 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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I work in early years education, is this safeguarding course suitable for me?
We have a specialised version of this safeguarding training, our online Safeguarding in Early Years course. It is tailored for professionals working in the early years sector so we recommend you take this course.
When do we have to refresh our safeguarding training if we work in education?
We often update the online Safeguarding in Education training so it complies with new legislation and policy updates. You may notice updates when retaking the training, instead of going through the entire course again, we provide a refresher option. With this, you can review summaries of each module and any legislative or policy changes. However, you’ll still need to pass the final assessment to receive your updated safeguarding training certificate.

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