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Safeguarding Children in Education

The Safeguarding Children in Education course has been created with child protection in mind, giving advice and information for schools and college staff using practical, real-life examples. The course is written by safeguarding experts with over 100 years’ joint experience in the education sector.

It is a statutory requirement that all staff working with children receive appropriate child protection training.

By completing this course you will be meeting these legal obligations and minimising the risk of bad publicity or lawsuits.

Even though the Department of Education states “Everybody who comes into contact with children and their families has a role to play in safeguarding children”, on average 1 – 2 children die each week from abuse or neglect in Britain alone.

On completion of this course learners will:

  • Recognise the legislation and guidance that governs safeguarding children in education
  • Identify safe working practices in education settings
  • Recognise the importance of early intervention and specific safeguarding issues
  • Recognise the signs of abuse and neglect
  • Identify what to do if you have concerns about children
  • Illustrate how safeguarding children works in practice

When you’ve completed this online training you will sit an online test and, once successful, you can download your certificate.

Lesson Plan

The subjects covered in this module include:

  • Background, legislation and guidance
    • The size of the problem
    • Serious case reviews
    • Key legislation
    • Statutory guidance
    • What you should know
    • Reflect on your role
  • Safeguarding in an education setting
    • Embedding safeguarding
    • Safe and appropriate working
    • Supporting you
    • Subject of an allegation
    • Reflect on your role
  • Signs of abuse and neglect
    • Early help
    • Definitions of abuse and neglect
    • Some signs of abuse and neglect
    • Reflect on your role
  • Safeguarding issues
    • Safeguarding vs child protection
    • Specific safeguarding issues
    • Sources of information
    • Reflect on your role
  • Dealing with concerns
    • Jigsaw or isolated incident?
    • Responding to concerns
    • Designated safeguarding lead
    • Making a referral
    • Poor practice
    • Inter-agency cooperation
    • Reflect on your role
  • Safeguarding in practice
  • Conclusion

Target Audience

This course is suitable for anyone working in education.


Approximately 2 - 3 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. The course is self-paced with 96 interactive screens and multiple components. Your progress will be recorded throughout.


This course is CPD certified.


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


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