Safeguarding Children - Levels 1 and 2

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Delivery Method: eLearning

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Safeguarding children and young people from harm and providing an environment in which children can flourish is a key societal value. This safeguarding children eLearning bundle includes two separate courses - safeguarding children level 1 and safeguarding children level 2.

Safeguarding children and child protection legislation is updated regularly and this course is kept up to date in this regard. This session may include information that you have not previously been taught, (for example female genital mutilation, radicalisation, and recognising when a colleague’s behaviour may indicate they are abusing a child or children).

Course content

Safeguarding Children Level 1:

  • Introduction to Safeguarding Children
  • Legislation
  • Neglect
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Other Types of Maltreatment
  • Knowing What To Do

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

Learning objectives

Safeguarding Children Level 1:

  • Discuss children’s rights in the safeguarding context and have a basic understanding of the relevant UK legislation
  • Define and explain key terms and concepts, as well as different types of child maltreatment
  • Explain who is responsible for safeguarding children and describe how their role contributes to safeguarding children
  • Explain how the parents’ and carers’ physical and mental health, exposure to domestic violence, and substance use or misuse impacts on the child(ren)’s safety and well-being
  • Name and describe examples of the risks associated with the internet and online social networking
  • Identify key guidance and describe local procedures to protect children, and reporting concerns, as well as understanding their importance in information sharing
  • Identify sources of advice and support with issues associated with safeguarding and child protection

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
Who is this course for?

All staff including non-clinical managers and staff working in health care settings. Level 2 is for staff who have regular contact with children or carers.


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 2 of the Core Skills Training Framework.

Duration & CPD Credits
  • Safeguarding Children Level 1: 2 hours 35 minutes approx.
  • Safeguarding Children Level 2: 2 hours 30 minutes approx.

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