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An Introduction to Safeguarding Children

This introductory course for safeguarding children is designed for professionals who may only come into contact with children for short but regular periods of time throughout their work, or for volunteers who need to understand how they can safeguard children to the best of their ability.

Why take this introduction to safeguarding children course?

With this course material, learners can ensure they are trained appropriately to be able to work with children and they have taken the necessary steps to be able to identify the signs of child abuse.

Upon completion of this course, professionals and learners who are new to working with children will be able to recognise when a child is in danger, and what their responsibility is when it comes to reporting child abuse and neglect.

E-learning content

  • An introduction to safeguarding children
  • An introduction to child protection
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse
  • Neglect
  • What to do is you suspect abuse or neglect

Training outcomes

  • Learners will begin to understand what safeguarding means and why it is important in their work
  • Learners will then begin to understand the importance of child protection, and be ready to interpret different signals when it comes to identifying child abuse
  • Learners will then be able to identify different types of abuse including physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse and neglect, and to understand what each of those types of abuse may be
  • Learners will understand the appropriate actions they must take when they suspect that a child is in danger, and how they may report child abuse or neglect

Target Audience

Anyone who comes into contact with children or their families. 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. The course carries links to help lines and national support agencies that can be contacted should you feel the need to talk about the subject to someone other than your colleagues or manager.


The content of this course is certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.


Approximately one to two 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.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Test and certificate

The end of course test consists of 15 multiple choice questions. Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark, and, if necessary, may attempt the test three times at no extra cost.

If learners do not achieve the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting our support team.

Learners will be able to download a digital certificate on completion. This can be printed, and we suggest you keep it for your records.


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