Safeguarding is everybody’s business. The term is broader than ‘child protection’. It is the action taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Every child has the right to be protected from abuse and have a safe environment in which to grow. It is vitally important to protect them, otherwise their future could be negatively affected.
The importance of safeguarding children cannot be overemphasised. All organisations with staff who have contact with children, young people and families have a duty of care to keep them safe.
This includes staff being able to recognise signs, symptoms and and behavioural indicators, know how to respond and work with other agencies. This can feel overwhelming for staff who have not had training in this vital subject area.
This course is for all staff and volunteers who come into contact with children and families. All have an obligation and responsibility to protect, safeguard and promote the welfare of children. They need to understand how to embed this understanding into their everyday service.
This course contains the following modules:
- Understanding abuse - In this module you will look at definitions of child abuse, child protection and safeguarding, different forms that child abuse can take; physical, emotional, sexual and neglect. Signs and symptoms associated with these types of abuse. Further types of abuse including online grooming, child sexual exploitation, FGM, bullying and cyberbullying are also covered, as is radicalisation and the Prevent Duty.
- Responding professionally to a disclosure - In this module you will look at reporting a safeguarding concern, reporting a disclosure of abuse, handling a disclosure, what to record, who to report it to, when to report it (timescales) after a disclosure has taken place. Referrals to social care; the role of children's social services and what happens when they receive a referral, section 47 enquiries and the next steps.
- Additional risk - In this module you will look at where additional risk may come from, family circumstances and increased vulnerability to abuse. Contextual safeguarding, risk and protective factors.
- Legislation and guidance - In this module you will look at the Children Act 1989/2004, Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018, legal responsibilities, information sharing and confidentiality.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
All of our courses are certified. This is done by the CPD certification Service. They have been inspected by an independent assessor and meet national standards.
On completion of this course you will be able to print your CPD certified certificate. This can be used as evidence for compliance, audit or CPD hours.