Child Protection Training – who needs it?

Child protection training is a statutory requirement for many organisations, and individuals, who work with children and young people and is regulated by authorities such as Ofsted (Education) and CQC (Health). However child protection is the responsibility of everyone. Anyone who regularly comes into contact with children and young people as part of their work, paid or voluntary, needs to be aware of child safeguarding issues.

Working Together to Safeguard Children (2010) , the key government guidance document on safeguarding children, states the following:

“Child protection is a part of safeguarding and promoting welfare to protect specific children who are suffering, or are likely to suffer, significant harm.”

“All agencies and individuals should aim to proactively safeguard and promote the welfare of children so that the need for action to protect children from harm is reduced.”

Many governing bodies have produced guidelines and standards on child protection, for their members, to specify how organisations should be meeting the requirements of Working Together (2010) . One example is the Child Protection in Sport Unit, CPSU, which has published Standards for Safeguarding and Protecting Children in Sport in conjunction with the NSPCC.  These CPSU standards state that:

  • Organisations providing sporting activities for children have a responsibility to provide training and development opportunities for  staff and volunteers.
  • All staff and volunteers are provided with opportunities to learn about how to recognise and respond to concerns about child abuse.

An online child protection training course, with an assessment of learning, is an effective way of ensuring people who work or volunteer with children have the necessary knowledge to fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities. online courses have specific versions for those who work in education or sport as well as a course for Dental staff and a general version relevant to all.  For more information on online child protection courses click here.