Designated safeguarding officer in Northern Ireland (NI) training

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£155 per person

Northern Ireland

Training for anyone responsible with receiving concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people.

Our training course will help you gain the skills for a child protection role in Northern Ireland.

Taught by experienced professionals, you will you gain a clear understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the designated safeguarding officer, and have a clear understanding of how to recognise and respond to concerns about a child’s safety.

What will I learn?

In this classroom-based course, you’ll learn how to:

  • describe the role and main responsibilities of the designated safeguarding children officer
  • state your own values regarding child abuse and the impact of these on professional practice
  • describe the key legislation and guidance that determines your organisation’s policy for child safety and welfare
  • decide what steps your organisation needs to take to look after the safety and welfare of the children and young people it comes into contact with
  • identify the barriers that prevent children from reporting abuse
  • know how to respond effectively to a child who does report abuse
  • understand the barriers that prevent staff from reporting concerns, and how to overcome them
  • make the right decisions about what steps to take when concerns about a child have been raised
  • know what’s likely to happen following a referral to children's social care
  • explain the issues connected to recording and sharing information, including confidentiality
  • show an awareness of the emotional impact of safeguarding children and identify a network for personal support
  • talk about your organisation’s overarching policy and procedures.

Benefits of the course

  • CPD certified.
  • Delivered by expert trainers who are at hand to answer any questions you may have as you go along.
  • Covers the information you need to successfully fulfil your responsibilities in the designated safeguarding officer role.
  • Learning is underpinned by key legislation and guidance.
  • Train alongside peers and share your ideas, experience and learning.
  • Take part in a number of practical and interactive exercises, including group discussions and presentations.
  • Dedicated and neutral learning space so you can learn without distraction.
  • Resources to take home to help you protect the children you work with.
  • Personalised certificate of achievement upon completion of the course.

Who is this course for?

Our designated safeguarding officer in Northern Ireland course is for those who have a responsibility to coordinate the response to safeguarding concerns within their organisation, and support others in doing so.

You must have previously attended an introductory level course in child protection, and have a role in liaising with other agencies involved in child protection, especially children’s social care.

People who have taken this course include:

  • child care groups
  • professionals and volunteers from commercial and community organisations

This course doesn’t provide full training for people who work in a statutory agency.

Why take your training with the NSPCC?

At the NSPCC, we work to keep children and young people safe from abuse and neglect every day.

As the UK's experts on safeguarding and child protection, we understand the issues organisations and people working with children can face. That’s why professionals trust us to provide the support, training and resources they need to help protect the children and young people they work with.

Our highly-rated training courses are developed by experts. We work with a number of organisations, experienced consultants and subject matter experts in a range of sectors to develop courses that are clear, easy-to-use, up-to-date and in line with the latest statutory guidance, and tailored to your needs.

And as a charity, income generated from the sale of our training courses is reinvested back into the NSPCC to help protect children.

Take this face-to-face course

Our face-to-face training course can be delivered and tailored to your organisation's needs. 

If you are interested in commissioned training for a statutory agency or health named professionals, please call 0116 234 7246 or email

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