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Online Safeguarding Children Training Courses and Qualifications - Child Safeguarding Training Courses Online - E-Learning Safeguarding Children Courses - Child Protection Courses Online - Safeguarding Children and Young People - e-Learning for Healthcare.
Welcome to The Mandatory Training Group's online safeguarding children courses. Safeguarding legislation and government guidance says that safeguarding means: protecting children from maltreatment. preventing impairment of children's health or development. ensuring that children are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care.
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All organisations that work with or come into contact with children should have safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity, can be protected from harm.
Setting up and following good safeguarding policies and procedures means children are safe from adults and other children who might pose a risk.
This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs.
Safeguarding is the action that is taken to promote the welfare of children and protect them from harm.
Child protection is part of the safeguarding process. It focuses on protecting individual children identified as suffering or likely to suffer significant harm. This includes child protection procedures which detail how to respond to concerns about a child.
Safeguarding children and child protection guidance and legislation applies to all children up to the age of 18.
This film shows young people talking about the things that make them feel safe. It's a good resource to use with groups to encourage the participation of children in safeguarding plans.
All organisations that come into contact with children should have specific safeguarding policies and procedures in place. This includes voluntary and community organisations, faith groups, private sector providers, as well as schools, hospitals and sports clubs.
Organisations need to make sure that the way they work with children keeps them safe and does not place them at unacceptable risk of harm.
They can do this through:
Government guidance for each UK nation sets out the responsibilities of different organisations to work together to safeguard and protect children. The guidance also sets out what they should do if they have any concerns that a child is at risk of abuse. Find out how the child protection works in England, Northern Ireland, Scoltand and Wales.
Why are these online safeguarding children courses important?
This e-learning resource for Safeguarding Children and Young People is an important and timely project to support the work of all healthcare staff.
Delivered by HEE e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) in partnership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the e-learning aims to meet statutory training requirements so that healthcare providers can ensure their teams are up-to-date with the issues surrounding Child Protection.
"This Safeguarding Project will have a significant impact on the current training and education provision and make a positive contribution to the prevention of child abuse, physical, emotional and sexual, as well as reducing the prevalence of neglect, as incorporated in the modern child safeguarding agenda"
Julia Moore OBE - National Director, e-LfH
"We are confident that this revised resource, in line with the latest Intercollegiate document, will continue to support those needing safeguarding knowledge and training. This training is vital for staff working directly or indirectly with children to ensure children are appropriately protected across the health economy."
Dr Jamie Carter, Assistant Child Protection Officer, RCPCH
All health professionals have a key role to play in safeguarding children and young people. Section 11 of the Children Act places a statutory duty on key people and bodies to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of those they come into contact with.
These e-learning modules offer a clear and effective solution to achieve this aim and meet the National Workforce Competences.
The modules are broken down into short 30 minute learning sessions and are easily available to all learners whether at work or at home.
Safeguarding children and young people from harm and providing an environment in which children can flourish is a key societal value. Children and young people have a right to be “protected from all forms of violence, abuse, neglect and bad treatment by their parents or anyone else who looks after them.” (United Nations 19897 ). Organisations are required to co-operate with other agencies to protect individual children and young people from harm. The importance of this has been powerfully highlighted as part of recent inquiries exploring child and young people safeguarding issues (Children’s Commissioner 20128 ). Supportive and trustful relationships between children, their families and healthcare staff will be a key factor in enabling effective safeguarding management. Dependent upon roles, healthcare workers can be in an important position in helping to recognise child maltreatment. Healthcare staff need to be alert to signs and symptoms of maltreatment or neglect. They will have a vital role in ensuring effective recording, communication and sharing of information, to help improve identification and ensure appropriate support is put in place for children and young people in need or at risk of harm. Healthcare staff will need to exercise professional judgement focused on the safety and welfare of children and young people (Munro 20119 ), and know how to make a referral when appropriate. Accordingly, healthcare organisations need to ensure that all staff that might be in contact with children or involved with their care have a clear awareness and understanding of safeguarding issues.
Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and in particular protecting them from significant harm is dependent on the effective joint working between agencies and professionals that have different roles and expertise.
The purpose of training for inter-agency work is to help develop and foster the following, in order to achieve better outcomes for children and young people:
The e-learning covers Level 1 - for non-clinical staff; Level 2 - for all clinical staff and Level 3 - for clinical staff working with children, young people and/or their parents/carers as described in the Intercollegiate Document - Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Competences for Health Care Staff 2014.
Target Audience The target audience and levels given here are those that have been stated in the Intercollegiate Document, Safeguarding children and young people: roles and competences for health care staff, Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (2014). Level 1: All staff including non-clinical managers and staff working in health care settings. Level 2: Minimum level required for non-clinical and clinical staff who have some degree of contact with children and young people and/or parents/carers. Level 3: Clinical staff working with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child or young person and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding/child protection concerns. Those healthcare staff who undertake specialist safeguarding roles and responsibilities including named professionals, designated professionals, experts and board members will need to receive higher levels of training and opportunities to promote acquisition of skills to ensure they can develop the desired level of competence for their role and thus contribute to effective safeguarding. The training standards and learning outcomes at Level 4 (Named professionals) and Level 5 (Designated professionals, Health Board Executives and non-executive directors/members) are set out in the Intercollegiate Document (2014).
The Intercollegiate Document was commended by Dame Sally Davies (former CMO) and Dame Christine Beasley CBE (CNO) and produced jointly by:
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Virtual College have a range of safeguarding children e-learning modules covering all areas of child protection and child abuse. If you work in an "Early Years" setting you may also be interested in our range of modules developed in conjunction with the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA). As with all our courses, discounts are available for multiple purchases. Email or phone 01943 605976 for details.
The following section reflects the level and core learning outcomes in accordance with the Intercollegiate Document (2014). However, it needs to be emphasised that dependent upon role/speciality there may be additional learning needs which will need to be addressed. While some of these needs can be addressed through training, some will be achieved through clinical experience and supervision.
The learner will: a) be able to recognise potential indicators of child maltreatment – physical, emotional, sexual abuse, and neglect including radicalisation, child trafficking and female genital mutilation (FGM) b) understand the impact a parent/carers physical and mental health can have on the well-being of a child or young person, including the impact of domestic violence c) understand the importance of children’s rights in the safeguarding/child protection context d) know what action to take if there are concerns, including to whom concerns should be reported and from whom to seek advice e) understand the risks associated with the internet and online social networking f) be aware of relevant legislation (i.e. Children Acts 1989, 2004 and the Sexual Offences Act 2003).
Level 2 (Level 1 Outcomes plus the following)
The learner will: a) understand what constitutes child maltreatment and be able to identify any signs of child abuse or neglect b) be able to act as an effective advocate for a child or young person c) understand the potential impact of a parent’s/carer’s physical and mental health on the wellbeing of a child or young person in order to be able to identify a child or young person at risk d) be able to identify their own professional role, responsibilities, and professional boundaries and those of colleagues in a multidisciplinary team and in multi-agency setting e) know how and when to refer to social care if safeguarding/child protection is identified as a concern f) be able to document safeguarding/child protection concerns in a format that informs the relevant staff and agencies appropriately g) know how to maintain appropriate records including being able differentiate between fact and opinion h) be able to identify the appropriate and relevant information and how to share it with other teams i) understand key statutory and non-statutory guidance and legislation including the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Human Rights Act
j) be aware of the risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) in certain communities, be willing to ask about FGM in the course of taking a routine history, know who to contact if a child makes a disclosure of impending or completed mutilation, be aware of the signs and symptoms and be able to refer appropriately for further care and support k) be aware of the risk factors for radicalisation and know who to contact regarding preventive action and support for those vulnerable young persons who may be at risk of, or are being drawn into, terrorist related activity l) be able to identify and refer a child suspected of being a victim of trafficking and/or sexual exploitation.
Level 3 (Level 1 & 2 Outcomes plus the following)
The learner will: a) be able to identify possible signs of sexual, physical, or emotional abuse or neglect using child and familyfocused approach b) know what constitutes child maltreatment including the effects of carer/parental behaviour on children and young people c) understand forensic procedures in child maltreatment, and know how to relate these to practice in order to meet clinical and legal requirements as required d) to be able to undertake forensic procedures and demonstrate how to present the findings and evidence to legal requirements e) know how to undertake, where appropriate, a risk and harm assessment f) know how to communicate effectively with children and young people, and how to ensure that they have the opportunity to participate in decisions affecting them as appropriate to their age and ability g) know how to contribute to, and make considered judgements about how to act to safeguard/protect a child or young person h) know how to contribute to/formulate and communicate effective management plans for children and young people who have been maltreated i) understand the issues surrounding misdiagnosis in safeguarding/child protection and to know how to effectively manage diagnostic uncertainty and risk j) know how to appropriately contribute to inter-agency assessments by gathering and sharing information k) be able to document concerns in a manner that is appropriate for safeguarding/child protection and legal processes l) know how to undertake documented reviews of safeguarding/child protection practice as appropriate to role (e.g. through audit, case discussion, peer review, and supervision and as a component of refresher training) m) know how to deliver and receive supervision within effective models of supervision and /or peer review, and be able to recognise the potential personal impact of safeguarding/ child protection work on professionals
Level 3: Additional learning outcomes for specialist roles
Additional specialist learning outcomes for paediatricians, paediatric intensivists, dentists with a lead role in child protection, forensic physicians, child and adolescent psychiatrists, child psychologists, child psychotherapists, GPs, children’s nurses, forensic nurses, school nurses, child and adolescent mental health nurses, children’s learning disability nurses, specialist nurses for safeguarding and looked after children, midwives and health visitors depending on role. The learner will: a) know how to work effectively on an inter-professional and interagency basis when there are safeguarding concerns about children, young people and their families b) know how to ensure the processes and legal requirements for looked after children, including after-care, are appropriately undertaken c) know how to advise other agencies about the health management of individual children in child protection cases d) know how to apply the lessons learnt from audit and serious case reviews/case management reviews/significant case reviews to improve practice e) know how to advise others on appropriate information sharing f) know how to appropriately contribute to serious case reviews/case management reviews/significant case reviews, and child death review processes g) know how to work with children, young people and families where there are child protection concerns as part of the multidisciplinary team and with other disciplines, such as adult mental health, when assessing a child or young person h) know how to obtain support and help in situations where there are problems requiring further expertise and experience i) know how to participate in and chair multi-disciplinary meetings as required.
Proposed Refresher Period It is recommended that refresher training should take place at: Level 1 – Induction, to ensure awareness of local procedures and no longer than every 3 years. Level 2 – No longer than every 3 years. Level 3 – No longer than every 3 years. Organisational Implications: Each healthcare organisation will need to determine the required refresher training periods, particularly for those staff groups most likely to come into contact with children and young people and/or their parents/carers, ensuring that any agreed training schedule is incorporated into local policy. Refresher training will be indicated for all staff if there is a change in Safeguarding Children and Young People legislation nationally, or an organisation has amended its policy locally.
Where a staff member* or learner can demonstrate through robust pre-assessment, including where relevant, practical assessment, the required level of current knowledge, understanding and practice, then this can be used as evidence that knowledge and skills have been maintained and the staff member may not need to repeat refresher training. Where a staff member* or learner does not meet the required level of current knowledge, understanding and practice through pre-assessment they should complete the refresher training and any associated assessments required. * Except those staff members who have been working outside of the area of practice or have had a career break
The employing organisation should be assured that Learning Facilitators who are involved in the delivery of Safeguarding education or training have the appropriate qualifications, experience or background to deliver training to a satisfactory standard. For guidance, this may include the following: A thorough knowledge of Safeguarding issues and safeguarding procedures and an understanding of their application and practice within a healthcare setting. Learning Facilitators should also be familiar/have an awareness of diversity and cultural issues. Experience of teaching and learning, including the ability to meet the competences expected for LSILADD04 Plan and prepare specific learning and development opportunities Preferable to have a relevant qualification in Safeguarding Vulnerable Children such as a Post Graduate Certificate in Safeguarding Children and Young People. Where any training delivery is supported by a person who is not an expert in the subject, then the organisation should ensure that they have put in place a quality assurance mechanism, whereby the accuracy of the content and the effectiveness of its delivery has been quality assured and is subject to periodic review. Training needs to be flexible, encompassing different learning styles and opportunities. E-learning is appropriate to impart knowledge at levels 1 and 2 and can also be used at level 3 as preparation for reflective team-based learning. At level 2 training, education and learning opportunities should include multi-disciplinary and scenario-based discussion e.g. drawing on case studies and lessons from research and audit as appropriate to the speciality and roles of participants. At level 3 Training, education and learning opportunities should be multi-disciplinary and inter-agency, and delivered internally and externally. It should include personal reflection and scenario-based discussion, drawing on case studies, serious case reviews, lessons from research and audit, as well as communicating with children about what is happening as appropriate to the speciality and roles of participants.
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Following recommendations from national research and Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010 - 2013 now archived) updated in 2015, all training courses will be evaluated to assess their impact on practice including how they have made a difference to outcomes for children.
All courses will have their own evaluation forms and various courses will be selected each term for a follow-up evaluation after 3 months. This will be done by the participant together with their line manager as part of their professional development and learning.
Certificates please note: when a course is being evaluated certificates will not be given out at the end of the course, they will be sent out on receipt of a completed 3 month evaluation form.
Child protection training is important for everyone no matter your occupation nor how frequently you work with children and/or their families.
This Introduction to Safeguarding Children course is a positive first step towards increasing and improving your knowledge and will provide you with a thorough overview of how to recognise the warning signs of abuse, what to do with any concerns that you may have and how to feel confident in protecting children from harm.
The course uses a variety of written text, interactive exercises and real-life cases to help you understand more about your responsibilities.
Safeguarding children is a responsibility of all professions and so this training course is suitable for anybody required to take training as part of their role. It is a requirement for all those working with children and/or their families to have knowledge of how to safeguard children and by taking this training course you will fulfil that obligation.
This course is written at an introductory level and so no previous knowledge is required. The course is also suitable for workers of all levels, including managers, supervisors, full-time staff, part-time staff and volunteers.
Examples of people who may wish to take this training include:
If you work in Early Years, Schools or FE, our Safeguarding Children in Education Training may be more suitable for your needs.
On successful completion of the course you will be sent a quality assured certificate through the post the next working day. This can be used to provide evidence for compliance and audit.
All of our courses are accredited by the CPD Certification Service as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.
The course is divided into five accessible, interactive modules and includes an assessment at the end:
By the end of this course you will:
The online assessment is taken on completion of the training material. You will be asked 15 multiple choice questions with a pass mark of 80%. The answers are marked automatically so you will instantly know whether you have passed. If you don't pass don't worry! You can take the test as many times as you need with no extra charge.
Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. After completing this introductory course, you will have a better understanding of the types of abuse and neglect a child in your care may suffer, how to identify the signs of neglect, and how to take the correct course of action if you suspect a child is being neglected.
If you come in to contact with children for short periods during the course of your work or work with children as a volunteer, this is the course for you.
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.
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.
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.
There are no specific entry requirements for this course.
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.
Safeguarding Children is all about protecting children and keeping them safe from harm. This Safeguarding Children Training has been designed for anyone who comes into contact with children, either through their work or through volunteering. It doesn't matter how frequently you work with children, training is essential.
Safeguarding children is about protectionand keeping them safe from harm. It’s about promoting their health and welfare and helping them to grow up in a safe and supportive environment.
It's estimated that for every child identified as needing protection from abuse, another 8 are suffering abuse in hidden view. It is, therefore, becoming increasingly important for those working with children to be able to identify and deal with child abuse.
This Safeguarding Children Training programme covers the difficult subject of child abuse; the different types of abuse, how to recognise the signs and how to correctly and discreetly report concerns. It also looks at the importance of speaking up and acting quickly.
The course addresses the 4 ‘R’s of child protection – Recognise, Respond, Report and Record to help to explain the safeguarding process - and is particularly suited to those working in the Education (See our safer recruitment in education training), Care and Leisure sectors.
You may also be interested in our other course, Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults.
Safeguarding children is everyone’s business but certain professional groups (including police, teachers and healthcare staff) have statutory responsibilities with regards to safeguarding children and child protection. This safeguarding children course includes safeguarding children at level 2 and level 3 and is suitable for workers who work with children or parents/ carers on regular basis.
***NOTE: Safeguarding Children level 1 is a prerequisite for level 2 and 3, therefore this level 2 & 3 bundle should only be purchased if you have you have previously completed level 1. If you haven’t completed level 1, then our Safeguarding Children levels 1, 2, & 3 bundle offers the best value for all three courses***
Safeguarding Children 2 & 3 eLearning Overview:
The safeguarding children level 2 eLearning course provides staff with a more detailed understanding of the issues associated with safeguarding children and child protection.
The safeguarding children level 3 eLearning course provides staff with an understanding of assessment, evaluations and interventions relating to safeguarding & child protection concerns.
Safeguarding Children level 2 will allow you to:
Safeguarding Children level 3 will allow you to:
Safeguarding children level 2 is for staff who work with children and young people, families, or parents/carers on a regular basis
Safeguarding children level 3 is for those staff who work directly with children and who will be expected to contribute to the assessment, planning, intervening and evaluating the need of a child as well as aspects such as parenting capacity, family and environmental factors.
The session is followed by a multiple choice assessment designed to test learners' understanding of the course. Learning progress and test results can be tracked by managers for internal development and learners can keep a certificate of completion for CPD.
This course was designed with safeguarding specialists in the health sector. This course meets the outcomes for level 1 of the Core Skills framework dependent on your degree of contact with young people and/ or carers.
Our FAQ should answer most of your questions, but please do get in touch if you're still not clear about anything.
For your peace of mind, all Skills for Health eLearning comes with a
This level 3 course provides a thorough understanding of child protection by covering a breadth of topics relevant to anybody with a responsibility for safeguarding children and young people.
Child Protection Level 3 provides an opportunity for anyone who has undergone basic child protection training to learn about the subject in greater detail and at a higher level.
This training course is not designed to meet the training standards required by any Local Safeguarding Children Board for a designated safeguarding lead (DSL) but will complement any face-to-face training that staff may already have received, and provides evidence of learning.
The nine-module course delivers 9 CPD hours and covers:
This 'Skills for Health Aligned' Safeguarding Children training course is designed for nurses + care staff who need to understand the roles and responsibilities for safeguarding the welfare of children and young people.
This certificate lasts for three years!
This course is essential for all nursing and care staff whose work brings them into contact with children - E.g Paediatric Nurses and Midwives.
'Working Together to Safeguard Children 2010' requires that employers ensure their staff are competent in carrying out their responsibilities for safeguarding and promoting children's welfare.
This training course has been accredited by the CPD Standards office - meaning it can be put toward your Continual Professional Development hours for Revalidation!
All of our Safeguarding Level 3 Trainers have worked with children for more than twenty years including six years spent working with Children's Social Services.
Our lead Safeguarding Children expert runs this particular training course. She currently works in a large London NHS Hospital, previously as the paediatric manager, now specialising in Child Protection work. She is involved with training all trust employees in child protection awareness, writing policies and guidelines for the Trust and supervising and offering front-line support and advice for all clinical staff.
Our lead Safeguarding Children expert is also a member of the Local Safeguarding Children's board sub-group for Health, Training and Serious Case Reviews.
The Safeguarding Children Level 3 Designated officer DSL e-Learning course is targeted to an audience of Head Teachers, School Governors, Teachers, Head of Years, Child Protection Officers, Children Homes Manager / Deputies, Head of Care, Nursery and Children Centre Managers, FE Managers, Doctors, Nurses, Dental Staff and those with any pastoral care responsibilities.
Online Safeguarding Children Training Courses and Qualifications.