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Although levels are often referred to in relation to Safeguarding for Children, there is no set definition as there is within the healthcare sector. Whilst for many years safeguarding training was referred to in levels, it now tends to be referred to via terms such as Introductory, Advanced, Further and/or Designated Safeguarding Lead training.
In this article we’ll explore what safeguarding training is, the distinction between the types of safeguarding training and what information you can expect to find in a safeguarding training course.
What is safeguarding training?
Safeguarding training (sometimes referred to as child/adult protection training) is a legal requirement for many professionals who come into contact, directly or indirectly, with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults.
Whilst safeguarding training and child protection training seem to be interchangeable; safeguarding and child/adult protection are distinct.
Safeguarding can be thought of as a preventive measure, protecting all children and vulnerable adults from abuse or neglect and providing them with the best life chances.
Protection is a reactive measure, a process of helping a child or vulnerable adult who has already experienced or is at risk of experiencing abuse or neglect.
What are the different safeguarding training levels?
Nowadays, the majority of workplace settings which need safeguarding training tend not to refer to it via ‘levels’. However, we often receive phone calls and emails in which people refer to Level 1, 2 and 3 safeguarding courses. So, how does everything translate?
At the Child Protection Company, our Introduction to Child Protection and Introduction to Adult/Child Protection courses cover what used to be the first two levels of safeguarding training. Level 1 Safeguarding training offered a comprehensive knowledge of the signs of abuse and neglect; Level 2 Safeguarding training expanded upon this, including a more detailed understanding of safeguarding legislation and procedure. Our course brings both together under the same umbrella.
Employees who often require this level of knowledge include teachers, care home staff, taxi drivers, sports coaches and anyone else who, in their profession, comes into contact with children, young people and/or vulnerable adults.
‘Level 3’ Safeguarding training, meanwhile, is intended for those who take on extra, dedicated care responsibilities in their workplace. Now called Further Child Protection and Further Adult/Child Protection, ‘Level’ 3 courses are suitable for safeguarding leads in the majority of workplaces, those who lead and co-ordinate internal safeguarding efforts and co-operate with external services.
Please note that, for those working in healthcare and/or dental settings who may require an even higher, specified level of safeguarding, online courses with the Child Protection Company are not necessarily the right fit. However, the majority of healthcare or dental staff who interact with children and/or young adults will be properly educated with one of our courses.
What information will be included in a Level 2 safeguarding training course?
Any ‘Level 2’ safeguarding training course should include information on the following:
An overview of your responsibilities
The course should include an overview of the responsibilities you have as someone working with children, young people and/or young adults. It should also introduce the difference between child and adult safeguarding, if you are taking a combined course.
Neglect, Abuse and the Safeguarding Basics
A ‘Level 2’ course should detail the types of neglect and abuse, and other basic safeguarding knowledge also taught at ‘Level 1’.
Your role as a non-designated safeguarding professional
It should outline exactly your role as someone who works with vulnerable people. What exactly should you do in the event of a safeguarding concern and what is your chain of reporting? Who do you report concerns to? Above all, it should outline your need to maintain a focus on the needs of the vulnerable person.
A Level 2 safeguarding course should include information on how to communicate effectively to achieve best results at all stages of the safeguarding process. Information on how to handle sensitive information confidentially and how to contribute to an open culture of clear communication within your workplace.
No safeguarding course should be complete without an assessment to test your knowledge. You should only be able to receive a certificate if you have completed the full course and passed the final assessment, to evidence that you have retained the information you learned.
The safeguarding legislation
Any ‘Level 2’ course should also include some detail on the safeguarding legislation within the UK and what exactly it states.
The next steps
As the common parlance of ‘safeguarding levels’ is outdated and different to the language used by training providers, your exact requirements can be confusing. If you need any help or explanation, we’re more than happy to provide it. You can call us at 01327 552030, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or live chat with our customer support team.
Alternatively, to start your ‘Level 2’ training immediately, take our Introduction to Child Protection course today!
Got a question about safeguarding?
If you would like to speak to a member of our friendly customer support team about your safeguarding training needs, please get in touch today by calling us on 01327 552030, emailing us at email@example.com, or using the live chat feature on our website.
The Child Protection Company offices are open from 9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday.