Introduction to Safeguarding

In this course learners will be given a general introduction to the concept of safeguarding and its importance in a childcare setting. The course will focus on: when to be concerned, i.e. what is abuse, how to spot possible signs of abuse, understanding setting policy for reporting concerns i.e. settings own policy and procedures and link to local safeguarding procedures, basic knowledge of the document 'What to Do if You Are Worried a Child is Being Abused', i.e. what it is and what it contains, whistle-blowing, i.e. importance of raising concerns about poor practice within own setting. The course provides an ideal background for learners going on to study the QCF unit as part of the Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce, or is useful as standalone training. The course is intended for learners working in nursery settings.

Learning outcomes:

  • Learners will learn about basic issues relating to safeguarding that cause settings to be judged inadequate
  • Learners will learn the aspects of running a setting that need to be focused on to promote safeguarding 
  • Learners will learn why having a basic understanding of safeguarding is one of the first things you should study 

Advantages of this course:

Safeguarding is an essential area of knowledge for those working which children and vulnerable adults. Through this course the learner has access to up to date resources from the UK government and child protection agencies offering advice and legislation on safeguarding. The course also identifies the different signs, symptoms and effects of abuse, and the different kinds of abuse. 

Additional activities encourage the learner to reflect on the learning. There is also suggested extra reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge. 



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