Safeguarding children with SEND training

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£25 per person

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An introductory course for school/education staff who work with children who have special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and additional needs

Do you need to better identify safeguarding concerns when working with children and young people in your school? It’s not always easy to spot the signs of abuse. In some cases, adults may mistake the indicators of abuse as signs of a child or young person’s disability.

As the UK’s experts on safeguarding, this elearning course will help you to identify safeguarding concerns, communicate effectively with children and young people to help keep them safe and create a safe culture in your school or college.

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What will I learn?

By the end of the course you’ll be able to:

  • identify safeguarding concerns
  • understand why children with SEND can be more vulnerable to abuse
  • acknowledge that children with SEND can be abused and know how to act on any concerns
  • create a safe culture
  • communicate creatively with children and young people
  • empower children and young people to express their views, needs and opinions
  • be responsive to children and young people’s views, needs and opinions
  • work with parents and other agencies.

Benefits of the course

  • CPD certified.
  • No previous safeguarding training needed.
  • Up-to-date and in line with the key legislation and guidance in the UK’s four nations.
  • Complete at your own pace and in your own time.
  • Train anytime, anywhere and take the course as many times as you like within one year.
  • Income generated from the sale of our training courses is reinvested back into the NSPCC to help protect children.
  • Purchasing courses on behalf of your team? Easily download reports to show who has completed the course.
  • Personalised downloadable certificate of achievement.
  • Includes film interviews with experts and practitioners in the field, interactive quizzes, film scenarios and reflective tasks to help you develop your understanding and confidence.
  • 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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* We received 29,902 evaluation forms from people who had taken our elearning and face-to-face/virtual live training courses between 1 January 2020 and 31 December 2020. 29,503 (99%) said they would recommend the course they had taken.

Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at education professionals, but the learning is also relevant to people working with children with SEND in other settings.

Everybody working with children and young people has a responsibility to safeguard them from abuse and neglect.

Statutory guidance across the UK emphasises the need for people working with children with SEND to be alert to the additional risks they may face (Department for Education, 2019; Department of Education, Northern Ireland, 2017; Scottish Government, 2014; Wales Safeguarding Procedures Project Board, 2019).


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.

Technical requirements

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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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Call us on 0116 234 7246 or email if you have any questions.


Department for Education (DfE) (2019) Keeping children safe in education: statutory guidance for schools and colleges (PDF) London: Department for Education (DfE)

Department of Education, Northern Ireland (2017) Safeguarding and child protection in schools: a guide for schools (PDF) Bangor: Department of Education

Scottish Government (2014) National guidance for child protection in Scotland (PDF). Edinburgh: The Scottish Government.

Wales Safeguarding Procedures Project Board (2019) Wales Safeguarding Procedures. [Accessed 05/12/19]

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"I have safeguarding training but none that is focused on SEND children and so having this extra knowledge will be helpful to me in my role."

Activities and Volunteers Coordinator

"Increased and reinforced my understanding of safeguarding children with SEND."

Young Persons Practitioner