This online course comprises of 11 separate modules, which should take around 2-3 hours to complete.

The modules are:

Module One – Overview – Provides an overview of the issues surrounding child protection and safeguarding and the childminders role in keeping children and young people safe.

Module Two – Familiarisation – Looks at some of the terms and definitions used in the area of child protection and provides an overview of the legislation and guidance relevant to childminders in relation to safeguarding.

Module Three – What is Child Abuse and Neglect? – This module explores how child abuse is defined. By understanding the definitions of abuse and the various forms in which it may manifest itself you will be able to detect, prevent and reduce it.

Module Four – Maintaining a Child Focus – A child centred approach is vital whenever you’re working with children, young people and their families but even more so where there may be concerns for a child’s safety and welfare. This module reinforces that the safety and welfare of the child is paramount and should always be the focus of actual outcomes.

Module Five – Responding to Concerns – This module will help you to understand the correct procedures to follow in response to concerns of child abuse and/or concerns about the behaviour of an adult, including a step-by-step guide for referring any concerns you may have.

Module Six – Assessment Framework – This module details the assessment framework, how it is used and what the various component parts are and who is responsible for the different steps and processes. This helps to build a picture of how different agencies work together to safeguard vulnerable children.

Module Seven – Key Components of the Childminder’s Role – Due to their regular contact with children, childminders are in unique position for identifying concerns and may be the first to notice possible indicators of abuse and neglect.  This module outlines the childminders roles and responsibilities, and covers the areas of recruitment, training, policies and procedures.

Module Eight – Communication: recording and sharing information – Including the ‘Seven golden rules of information sharing’ this module looks at confidentiality, recording and sharing concerns. A case study, followed by questions for you to answer, is used to highlight the importance of sharing concerns with the appropriate agencies.

Module Nine – Working together with statutory and non-statutory agencies – Looking at the childminders role in working with other agencies, this modules helps to build knowledge and confidence to work with others to safeguard children.

Module Ten – Managing complaints and allegations – How to manage complaints regarding a shortcoming in the safeguarding or child protection process and what to do in the event of an allegation against yourself or a member of your staff/family/household. This module also outlines steps childminders can take to reduce the risk of complaints and allegations.

Module Eleven – Final Assessment –  Through a scenario based assessment discover how much of the course you’ve absorbed and why it’s so important for childminders and their assistants to have this training