Health & Social Care
Safeguarding Children (awareness level)

Participants will be able to recognize potential / actual abusive situations and act in accordance with their organisation’s and Local Authority’s procedures and protocols to safeguard children.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain why safeguarding children is an important issue
  • List the four broad categories of abuse
  • Describe how they might recognise these in their normal working environment
  • State clearly what their individual roles and responsibilities are if they suspect or discover that a child is being subjected to abuse or inadequate care
  • Describe how they would raise a safeguarding concern in their organisation
  • Discuss when they would call the emergency services
  • Describe how and where they would record their concern

One day.

This course should be run for groups of up to 16.

All staff working in settings where they come into direct contact with children or manage staff who do so.

The contents of this course will incorporate issues of equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice to assist participants in understanding and challenging all forms of discrimination.

  • Valuing people and treating them with dignity and respect
  • National Minimum Care Standards
  • Definitions used in safeguarding, e.g. Significant harm, Child in Need
  • 4 classifications of child abuse
  • Research
  • Working safely with children – professional boundaries, best practice
  • Legal framework including Human Rights Act (1998), Mental Capacity Act (2005), DoLs (2007)
  • Confidentiality, Responsibility to share information
  • Individual & organsiational roles & responsibilities
  • Who is responsible for making referrals to other agencies?
  • Record keeping & storage, Data Protection Act (1998)
  • Safeguarding Children’s Boards, Local Authority Safeguarding teams
  • Organisation´s policies and procedures (including Safeguarding Children, Confidentiality, Whistle blowing)
  • Risk management
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