Safeguarding Children (Awareness) - for Health and Social Care

Overview

This course meets the national minimum training standards for Safeguarding Children at Level 1 as set out in “Safeguarding Children and Young people: roles and competences for health care staff.” (Intercollegiate Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health 2014).

Audience

This level 1 course is aimed at:

  • All staff in health care settings
  • New members of staff in Healthcare Support Worker roles
  • New members of staff in Adult Social Care Worker roles
  • Any staff members who provide direct care to patients or individuals needing support
  • This course will also be useful for:
  • Staff moving into new roles within their organisation
  • Refreshing the knowledge of any member of staff

    About this course

    This course contains fiven bite-sized modules that use practice-based scenarios, videos and engaging questions to bring the subject to life.

  • The five modules are:
  • Child maltreatment and its different forms
  • Relevance of parental, family and carer factors such as domestic abuse, mental and physical ill-health, substance and alcohol misuse
  • What to do if you have concerns and the importance of sharing information
  • Risks associated with the internet and online social networking
  • The looked after child and important legislation
  • Each module takes between five and ten minutes to complete; the modules that contain video clips take a little longer. The knowledge element of standard 11 of the Care Certificate is covered in this course and the course outlines the main issues in safeguarding children and provides information about what to do if you suspect that a child is being abused.

    Objectives

    In this course you will:

  • Know about child maltreatment in its different forms (physical including fabricated and induced illness, emotional and sexual abuse, and neglect) including child trafficking, female genital mutilation (FGM) child sexual exploitation (CSE) and radicalisation including prevalence and impact
  • Know about relevance of parental, family and carer factors such as domestic abuse, mental and physical ill-health, substance and alcohol misuse
  • Know what to do if there are concerns about child maltreatment, including local policies and procedures around who to contact, where to obtain further advice and support, and have awareness of the referral process
  • Know about the importance of sharing information (including the consequences of failing to do so)
  • Know what to do if they feel that their concerns are not being taken seriously or they experience any other barriers to referring a child / family
  • Know the risks associated with the internet and online social networking
  • Know what the term ‘looked after child’ means

    Content

    Here are some of the topics covered in this course:

  • Recognising potential indicators of child maltreatment – physical abuse including fabricated and induced illness, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect including child trafficking, child sexual exploitation and female genital mutilation (FGM) | Understanding the potential impact of a parent / carers physical and mental health on the wellbeing and development of a child or young person, including the impact of domestic violence the risks associated with the internet and online social networking | An understanding of the importance of children’s rights in the safeguarding / child protection context | Basic knowledge of relevant legislation (Children Acts 1989, 2004 and of Sexual Offences Act 2003) | Taking appropriate action if they have concerns, including appropriately reporting concerns safely and seeking advice