Safeguarding Children (Level 1)

Overview

This Introduction to Safeguarding Children (Level 1) course will help to ensure that all people working with or who have contact with children and young people are equipped to carry out their safeguarding responsibilities effectively.

Audience

This Safeguarding Children Level 1 course is intended for staff who fall into the following work groups:

Group 1: Staff who are in infrequent contact with children, young people and / or parents / carers and who may become aware of possible abuse or neglect.

Group 2: Those in regular contact or have a period of intense but irregular contact, with children, young people and / or parents / carers, who may be in a position to identify concerns about maltreatment, including those that may arise from the use of a common / early help assessment.

Please note: if you fall within the three work groups outlined below, you would need to complete additional training.

Group 3: Members of the workforce who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and reviewing the needs of a child and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding concerns.

Group 4: Members of the workforce who are responsible for making safeguarding referrals to the Police and Children’s Social Care

Group 5: Members of the workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking section 47 enquiries, including professionals police and children’s social care; those who work with complex cases and social work staff responsible for co-ordinating assessments of children in need.

Please note: If you were in groups 3 to 5 above, you would need to complete the following course instead:

• Safeguarding Children Level 1 and 2 (Staff Group Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6)

Objectives

This course will enable you to: 
• Learn the background and legal basis for safeguarding
• Understand the importance of serious case reviews
• Understand the origins and core functions of Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards
• Know what is meant by safeguarding and child protection
• Learn the definition of child protection and child abuse
• Understand the concept of significant harm
• Learn the key principles of child protection
• Know what to do if child abuse is suspected
• Know who abuses children
• Learn the definitions of physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect
• Know the causes of abuse
• Learn how to recognise signs of abuse from the victim and perpetrator
• Know the effects of abuse on children
• Learn how to and how not to respond to concern that a child is at risk of harm
• Know what information to record
• Know what to do if you have concern
• Learn how to respond to a disclosure or allegation of abuse or neglect

Content

Here are some of the topics covered in this course:

Everyone saw Victoria suffering but no one saved her | Serious case reviews | Every Child Matters and the Children Act 2004 | Children’s Trusts and LSCB’s | Baby P (Peter Connelly) | The Munro report | Revision and streamlining of the legislation | Working Together to Safeguard Children | Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCB) | LSCB: core functions | What is meant by safeguarding? | Who is responsible for safeguarding children? | Some facts and myths | What are we safeguarding children from? | Definition of child abuse | Definition of significant harm | Parenting and abuse | How to establish whether there is significant harm | The role of Children’s Social Care | Is there really a problem? | Myths on how to treat children | Who abuses children? | Forms of abuse | Indicators of abuse | Children’s response to abuse | Safeguarding: important principles | Causes of physical abuse | Signs from the victim and Signs form the abuser | Effects on children | Definition of emotional abuse | Causes of emotional abuse | Components of emotional abuse | Signs of emotional abuse | Signs from the abuser | Emotional abuse during childhood | Myths of sexual abuse | Grooming | Signs of sexual abuse | Signs from the abuser | Disclosure | Cause of neglect | Signs of neglect | Asking questions | Attempt to resolve? | Making Promises? | Discuss with colleagues? | Can you wait? | Keeping good records | Concerns about a colleague? | What children fear | What children want | Types of disclosure | Safety first and avoiding promises | Listen carefully | Do not interrogate | Communicate appropriately | Actions to avoid | Actions to undertake