Introduction to safeguarding and child protection training

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Introductory safeguarding and child protection training course for anyone working with children and young people

Do you feel confident in identifying the possible signs and indicators of child abuse and neglect, responding to them and reporting your concerns?

As the UK’s experts on safeguarding, the NSPCC's Child protection introductory training, will help give you the knowledge and skills to recognise, report and record concerns to protect the children and young people you work with.

What will I learn?

Each section takes around 30-45 minutes to complete and is followed by a set of questions. You’ll be given a full explanation of the correct and incorrect answers to help develop your understanding and confidence.

After completing this course, you will:

  • identify what is meant by child abuse and keeping children safe
  • describe the different types, signs and indicators of abuse and neglect
  • understand how to respond to concerns about the safety and welfare of children and know who to report to
  • understand what the process is for reporting your concerns and recording your observations.

Benefits of the course

  • CPD certified.
  • No previous child protection training needed.
  • Personalised certificate of achievement and completion.
  • Once you’ve taken the course, it doesn’t stop there. We have a range of further information, training and downloadable resources to help you protect the children you work with.
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Benefits of online training

  • Developed in line with current legislation in the UK’s four nations.
  • Regularly updated to reflect changes in legislation, guidance and best practice advice
  • Train anytime, anywhere and as many times as you like within one year
  • Purchasing courses on behalf of your team? Easily download reports to show who has completed the course.
  • Complete at your own pace and in your own time
  • Includes film interviews with experts, quizzes, film scenarios and reflective tasks to help you develop your understanding
  • Personalised downloadable certificate of achievement once you’ve completed
  • Once you’ve taken the course, it doesn’t stop there. We have a range of further information, training and downloadable resources to help you protect the children you work with.

Benefits of face-to-face training

  • Delivered by expert trainers
  • Share your ideas, experience and learning with participants from a wide range of sectors and organisations
  • Learn in a dedicated learning space, without distractions
  • Participate in interactive exercises and get direct support and guidance as you learn
  • Personalised certificate of completion
  • Resources to take home to help you protect the children you work or volunteer with.

Who is this course for?

Everyone who comes into contact with children and families has a role to play in identifying concerns, sharing information and taking immediate action, so children receive the right help at the right time.

So whether you’re a nursery worker, childminder, early years practitioner or a housing officer, our training will help you to gain the skills you need to help you keep children safe.

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 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.

Technical requirements

Our online courses will work in most browsers, though we recommend that you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge or Safari. You will need to make sure your browser is up to date for the course to run.

This course can be taken on PCs and Macs, as well as iPads or other tablet devices. Please note, we are unable to provide full technical support for tablet users. We do not support other mobile devices

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Interactive design, practical scenarios and group discussion really helped learning - made it real. This was excellent."

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"Thoroughly raised my awareness of the 4 R’s and the role we ALL have - whether through work or not - of keeping children safe from all forms of abuse and neglect.”

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