Can I take online safeguarding training?

A common question we hear in the office at the Child Protection Company is, “Can I take online safeguarding training?” This topic remains a grey area for many professions, but for others, the answer is clear and simple: Yes, online training is perfectly acceptable as an alternative to face-to-face training sessions. The question is, which answer applies to you?


Education staff

If you work in a school, college, or Early Years setting, it is highly likely that our Safeguarding in Education or Safeguarding in Education: Early Years online training course is suitable for you. There are sometimes circumstances that might mean our online training alone is not acceptable (for example, in situations where a local authority requires you to take a specific training course), but the Child Protection Company trains over 1,500 schools in the UK and our online courses have seen many pass their Ofsted, Estyn, ISI and equivalent inspections with flying colours.



Generally speaking, if you are a Childminder who does not have additional responsibilities for other Childminders or specialist areas, our online Child Protection for Childminders training course is a suitable alternative to face-to-face training, and is a convenient way of achieving all your required learning outcomes in preparation for Ofsted inspections.


Equestrian staff

If you are an equestrian volunteer, our specific Child Protection for Equestrian Volunteers online training course provides a suitable overview of safeguarding. However, if you are an equestrian professional, it is a requirement of the British Horse Society that you take a face-to-face safeguarding training course initially, and online training courses can only be completed as refresher training. If you work as an equestrian professional and have attended face-to-face safeguarding training within the past 3 years, and would like to refresh your knowledge of safeguarding, our Child Protection for Equestrians – Refresher course is the best option for you.


Dental staff

If you work in a dental practice, depending on your role, our Introduction to Adult/Child Protection and Further Adult/Child Protection online training courses may be a suitable alternative to costly face-to-face training. You should always check with your line manager, local safeguarding board or NHS Trust before purchasing a training course to ensure that it matches the learning outcomes required of you. For more information about safeguarding training for healthcare professionals, please visit our dedicated page.


Don’t fall into any of the above sectors?

If you don’t fit into any of the categories above, it may be worth browsing our website to find a dedicated sector page for your area of work, or reading about each course on the individual course pages. Generally speaking, online training is an acceptable method of safeguarding training for most sectors, and our courses in particular have been developed to fulfil the expectations of current government and industry legislation and guidance, but you should always check with your line manager, local safeguarding board, or inspecting body before purchasing to ensure you are receiving the correct level of training for your unique role. To help decide which online training course is the best option for you, please visit our Which Course? page.