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The serious case reviews of ‘Baby P’ in London and Daniel Pelka in Coventry are only two examples that highlight the importance of ‘Safeguarding Children’.  Although Child Protection Law originally dates back to 1889 (The Children’s Charter), a lot more has to be done to ensure the safety of children.

During the course, we’ll explore staff responsibilities in respect of safeguarding children. It also considers the ‘referral’ process to other agencies and likely staff involvement throughout. We will work to understand definitions and roles as well as the importance of providing children with a safe environment.

The course is dedicated to nursery and primary school teachers, teaching assistants, childminders, managers in nurseries and everyone whose work is related to children between 0 and 5 years old.


Learning outcomes

You will:

  • Know the definitions connected to safeguarding children
  • Know the characteristics of different kinds of abuse
  • Know how to identify the symptoms of abuse
  • Learn about vulnerable children and children in need
  • Know the difference between safeguarding children and child protection
  • Learn about different examples of abuse (shaken baby syndrome, FGM, breast ironing, and others)
  • Identify different legal acts to support your work
  • Know how to react for the disclosure
  • Know what situations of concern to report and to who
  • Know how to prepare a formal report
  • Learn about the requirements of Prevent Duty Act in regard to child settings


Course content

Comprehensive information on legislation, definitions of safeguarding and child protection, levels and symptoms of abuse. We will provide you with a detailed overview of how to recognise the warning signs of abuse, what to do if you have any concerns and how to feel confident in protecting children from harm. We will also give you full information about how to react in case of disclosure and how to formally report an abuse.

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