Do you know if you need Level 1 safeguarding training to work in your role?
What is safeguarding training?
Safeguarding training (also sometimes referred to as child protection training) has been a legal requirement for all professions that come into close contact with children and vulnerable adults for many years.
Safeguarding is the process of working to protect individuals (especially children and vulnerable adults) from harm such as abuse, neglect, and exploitation. It ensures children grow up with safe and effective care and are given the best life chances.
Closely related, child protection is the process of working to help children who have already experienced harm in the form of violence, abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
You can complete safeguarding training as an online course (with a training provider who must be verifiable like us at the Child Protection Company) or in a face-to-face environment with a verifiable independent trainer or as part of a training session organised by your local authority.
What are the different safeguarding training levels?
Depending on the sector you work in, your safeguarding training will likely be categorised into levels to highlight the difference between introductory and further courses.
Safeguarding levels are becoming less common now as schools and education settings have stopped referring to safeguarding training in this way. However, as a leading provider of online child protection training in the United Kingdom, at the Child Protection Company, we often receive phone calls or emails from our clients who are confused about which level of training they need to take.
The simple answer is, if you work or volunteer in a role that requires you to come into close contact with children, young people, or vulnerable adults, it is your legal duty to complete at minimum an introductory safeguarding training course. Generally speaking, an introductory course such as our Introduction to Child Protection or Introduction to Adult/Child Protection will meet the requirements of Level 1 safeguarding training.
If you take on extra responsibilities for safeguarding in your workplace, a Level 1 safeguarding training course will not be enough to give you the full extent of knowledge you need to fulfil the duties of your role. This is where further safeguarding courses come into play.
At the Child Protection Company, we offer a further course suitable for individuals who need a higher level of safeguarding knowledge to fulfil roles such as the designated safeguarding lead in an organisation. When taken alongside our Introduction to Child Protection course, the Further Child Protection online safeguarding course gives you a level of knowledge roughly in line with Level 2 safeguarding training requirements.
However, for those working in specialised healthcare settings who require safeguarding training at higher levels, online courses are not necessarily the right fit. Many advanced safeguarding training courses will need to be taught in a face-to-face environment to ensure you have the specialist depth of safeguarding knowledge required at Levels 3 and beyond.
The good news is, most professionals (including dentists) will only need to worry about taking Level 1 (Introduction to Child Protection, Introduction to Adult/Child Protection) or Level 2 (Further Child Protection, Further Adult/Child Protection) safeguarding training depending on the roles and responsibilities of their job, and these courses can be taken entirely online in just 1 to 2 hours.
What information will be included in a Level 1 safeguarding training course?
A Level 1 safeguarding training course should include information on the following:
- An overview of safeguarding
The course should include an overview of safeguarding and child protection, including a definition of each and what the processes actually mean in the context of your role. There should also be an introduction to the key words and phrases that will crop up throughout the course and what they mean in the context of safeguarding.
- Information about safeguarding legislation and guidance
Safeguarding processes in any setting operate within a framework of guidance and legal procedure. The course should explain to you how this framework applies to your environment and the legislation governing your role. There should be an introduction to the various agencies and laws associated with safeguarding so you can build a clear picture of how these partners work together to tackle abuse and neglect in your locality.
- Definition of child abuse and neglect
There should be a definition of child abuse and neglect including the different forms of abuse (emotional, physical, child sexual exploitation, etc.) so that you are able to understand exactly what it is and how it manifests itself.
- Signs and indicators of abuse and neglect
A huge part of safeguarding is knowing what to look for and when to know if something isn’t quite right. Your course should include a detailed list of the most common signs of abuse and neglect, so that you are able to identify when a behaviour or disclosure might be cause for concern.
- Maintaining a child focus/person-centred approach
In every safeguarding incident or investigation involving a child under the age of 18, the focus should remain on the child. This is a vital part of identifying and reporting a safeguarding incident because so many children go overlooked before any action is taken against their disclosures. Your course should teach you effective methods for remaining child-centred in your safeguarding procedures.
If you are completing a vulnerable adults safeguarding course, there should be a section on how to take a person-centred approach.
- How to respond to safeguarding concerns
While it is not likely to be your responsibility to take safeguarding incidents much further than reporting, you should have a firm understanding of what to do in the event of a safeguarding concern or emergency in order to protect the welfare of the child and to ensure everyone else concerned remains safe. The course should include information on how and where to report concerns, including sections on confidentiality and the importance of following procedure in the event of an incident.
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.
Where can I find a Level 1 safeguarding training course?
The Child Protection Company offers a range of introductory and further level safeguarding courses suitable for professionals and volunteers working in a variety of sectors. Please click here to browse our full range of instantly-available online safeguarding courses now.
Got a question about safeguarding?
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