Safeguarding Children - Level 2 and 3

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Delivery Method: eLearning

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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.

Course content

Safeguarding Children Level 2:

  • Introduction to Safeguarding Children
  • Risk Factors and Vulnerabilities
  • Effective Advocacy
  • Working with Other Agencies
  • Protecting Children from Female Genital Mutilation
  • Protecting Children from Radicalisation
  • Protecting Children from Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation

Safeguarding Children Level 3:

  • Child-centred Approach
  • Assessment Framework
  • Real-world Scenario
  • Gathering Evidence
  • Overcoming Barriers

Learning objectives

Safeguarding Children Level 2:

  • Examine how risk factors, including parent’s mental and physical well-being, make children vulnerable to abuse
  • Explain ‘thresholds’ including how and when need or risk escalates
  • Describe the impact/importance of early prevention of maltreatment
  • Describe the different ways to be an effective advocate for children including facilitating disclosure
  • Identify when and how to refer a child including those suspected of being a victim of trafficking or sexual exploitation, at risk of FGM or those at risk of being radicalised
  • Explain the steps to make a child protection or safeguarding referral
  • Document safeguarding and child protection concerns
  • Describe the different ways multi-agency teams work together to safeguard children and the importance of sharing information
  • Act in accordance with key statutory and non-statutory legislation including the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child, and the Human Rights Act

Safeguarding Children Level 3:

  • Explain how to utilise a child/family-focused approach to identify signs of child maltreatment
  • Explain the importance of early identification of risk factors in the lives of the parents and the children
  • Determine the appropriate level of support intervention case-by-case
  • Explain the principles of assessments and how these can be put into practice
  • Describe the common assessment framework and list its domains
  • Determine the appropriate level of information sharing case-by-case
  • Illustrate how information is shared, recorded and evidence is gathered, including chronologies and body maps
  • Explain how findings from forensic examinations are presented to meet clinical and legal requirements
  • Describe how to effectively contribute to multi-agency groups
  • Describe the issues surrounding misdiagnosis, uncertainty and risk
  • Explain how important communication with children is including helping them to participate in decisions
  • Describe the issues around working with uncooperative parents and families and how to overcome that
  • Explain how peer reviews and supervision can help provide support and expertise
  • Describe how to identify ways to improve future practice when an individual is seriously harmed/dies as a result of maltreatment
  • List the ways to escalate concerns
Who is this course for?

Safeguarding children level 2 is for non-clinical and clinical staff who, within their role, have contact (however small) with children and young people, parents/carers or adults who may pose a risk to children.

Safeguarding children level 3 is for clinical staff (working with children, young people and/or their parents/ carers and/or any adult who could pose a risk to children), who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and/ or evaluating the needs of a child or young person and/or parenting capacity.


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 has been developed in partnership with experts from North Bristol NHS Trust, Aylesbury Vale CCG, Bucks New University, Virgin Care and Dr Sheila Paul (forensic expert). This course meets the outcomes for level 3 of the Core Skills framework.

Duration & CPD Credits
  • Safeguarding Children Level 2: 2 hours 30 minutes approx.
  • Safeguarding Children Level 3: 2 hours 15 minutes approx.

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Other Safeguarding Courses

Skills for Health offer a combined course for all three levels of children's safeguarding as well as Safeguarding Adults courses

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