A common question we get asked here at the Child Protection Company is whether or not we deliver Level 2 safeguarding training for schools. The answer is a little more complicated than yes or no…
Do I need level 2 safeguarding training for school staff?
It is true that you need (at minimum) a basic understanding of safeguarding if you work in a school. The only way you can evidence this knowledge is by having an up to date safeguarding training certificate.
However, safeguarding ‘levels’ are no longer referred to in education settings. If you have been told that you need level 2 safeguarding training for school staff, this simply means you need to find a safeguarding course that meets all the requirements that would have been originally expected of a level 2 safeguarding training course.
In short, it is less about searching for level 2 safeguarding training for schools, specifically. Because safeguarding levels are no longer referred to in statutory government safeguarding guidance, many courses are now simply called “introduction” or “basic” courses.
Why have I been told to take level 2 safeguarding training for schools?
Though the safeguarding levels for schools are, strictly speaking, now outdated, the terminology is still widely used. Because education safeguarding training levels were referred to for so many years, even though the language has changed, many people continue to use the previous terminology.
It is also true that the course requirements remain largely the same despite the name change.
If you have been told to take level 2 safeguarding training for schools, it is likely that you have been asked to do so by somebody who is familiar with the old terminology. It might also be the case that you have heard this from somebody who does not work in education, but in a sector that still refers to safeguarding training levels.
For example, healthcare professionals refer to safeguarding training levels when it comes to preparing for their CQC inspections. However, historically, the requirements for level 2 safeguarding training for schools have always been different to the requirements for level 2 safeguarding training for healthcare staff. It is important to be aware of this.
I have found a safeguarding course that is called Level 2 Safeguarding Training for Schools. Is this course out of date?
Some training providers continue to use safeguarding levels in their course titles. Courses are named at the discretion of the safeguarding training provider. For this reason, many safeguarding courses still keep level 1 or level 2 safeguarding training for schools in their titles.
This does not necessarily mean that a training course is out of date, but you should always pay attention to the learning outcomes for any safeguarding course before purchasing. Ensure that these meet the Ofsted or equivalent expectations and check that you are buying from a legitimate training provider who offers verifiable certificates.
We take great care in providing a high-quality training experience at the Child Protection Company. As such, all of our online safeguarding courses are written in line with current government and statutory guidance, and every member of staff will receive a fully verifiable safeguarding certificate for each course they successfully complete.
What is the equivalent of level 2 safeguarding training for schools?
At the Child Protection Company, we offer two ‘levels’ of safeguarding training.
Level 1 safeguarding training for schools
Our Introduction courses, or our education-specific Safeguarding in Education courses, are in line with the previously referred-to level 1 expectations. These courses should be taken by all staff in an education setting, including those who do not teach or work directly with children.
You can find more information about our level 1 equivalent safeguarding training for schools by clicking any of the following links:
- Introduction to Child Protection
- Safeguarding in Education
- Safeguarding for Early Years Providers
- Safeguarding in Music Education
Level 2 safeguarding training for schools
Following on from our level 1 equivalent courses, we also offer a course that falls in line with the previously referred-to level 2 safeguarding training for schools.
You must take this course alongside one of our level 1 equivalent safeguarding courses in order to cover the full breadth of knowledge. Our further course has been developed to lead on from the introductory courses and builds upon the knowledge you will learn in our introductory training.
How do I know which level of safeguarding training I need?
If you have not been given an indication of the level of safeguarding training you need, our basic guidance should help:
Introductory (‘basic’ or level 1) safeguarding training for schools is a requirement for everyone who works in a school or education setting, including volunteers in some cases. This rule extends to admin staff, caretakers, and any role that does not include direct contact with children.
Further (‘advanced’ or level 2) safeguarding training for schools is usually a requirement for staff who are taking on the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead Person, or staff who have additional safeguarding responsibilities within the school. However, some schools may use their discretion to encourage all teaching staff to take further safeguarding training.
It is possible that you may need additional safeguarding training at a higher level if you work in a specialist role, or if you have to take on extra safeguarding responsibility. Higher levels are not typically offered as online safeguarding training. You may need to consult your local authority or leadership team for further information about where to source additional training.
Can I take online safeguarding training for schools?
Yes, you can take online safeguarding training if you work in a school.
There is a lot of misinformation about online safeguarding training. Generally speaking, though, it is perfectly acceptable for you to take online safeguarding training if you work in a school. However, you must ensure that the course you are taking meets the specific requirements of Ofsted and equivalent inspecting bodies.
If you require specialist training (e.g. anything above and beyond the previous level 1 and level 2 safeguarding training for schools) then you may need to take this training in a face-to-face environment.