Safeguarding Courses

Safeguarding knowledge is a requirement for anyone working with vulnerable individuals, specifically children and adults at risk of abuse, neglect and harm. Our online safeguarding courses help trainees identify, stop and prevent abuse and neglect in children and vulnerable adults. Courses are structured at different proficiency levels to suit specific roles, responsibilities and legal obligations.

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About Our Safeguarding Courses

We offer safeguarding training courses specific to working with children and adults. Both pathways offer comprehensive and up-to-date training to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills needed to recognise, prevent, and respond effectively to instances of abuse, neglect, or exploitation in their field.

Why Are Safeguarding Courses Important?

In England, 541,535 concerns of vulnerable adult abuse were raised during 2021-22, according to the National Health Service (NHS). Figures are similar for children. According to the NSPCC, about half a million children in the UK suffer from abuse every year. These statistics emphasise the need for proactive measures to address abuse and safeguard vulnerable individuals.

Safeguarding courses train users to identify signs of abuse and take appropriate action to prevent harm and ensure the safety and wellbeing of those at risk. By raising awareness, developing knowledge and promoting a culture of vigilance, these courses play a significant role in breaking the cycle of abuse and protecting vulnerable children and adults.

Are You Aware of Your Responsibilities?

Every individual who comes into contact with a child or vulnerable adult has a responsibility and a role to help keep them safe. If your work involves interacting with or providing services to vulnerable children and adults in the UK, you must understand the relevant safeguarding laws and regulations.

Legislation that underpins the responsibilities for safeguarding children include:

  • The Children Act 1989
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Children and Families Act 2014
  • The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child 1992
  • The Human Rights Act 1998
  • Keeping Children Safe in Education 2019
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2018
  • The Children and Social Work Act 2017
  • The Education Act 2002

Legislation related to safeguarding vulnerable adults includes:

  • Care Act 2014
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006
  • Health and Social Care Act 2012
  • Mental Capacity Act 2005
  • Equality Act 2010
  • Human Rights Act 1998
  • Data Protection Act 2018
  • Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998

Why Choose Safeguarding Courses with Human Focus?

Study anytime & in bite-size sessions
Discounts on volume purchases
More affordable than classroom training
Excellent trainee support
Identify signs of abuse and situations where it commonly happens
Learn strategies to protect children and vulnerable adults
Know how to effectively respond to abuse and handle disclosures
Comply with safeguarding legislation

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Frequently Asked Questions

Safeguarding courses are programmes designed to train anyone working with children and vulnerable individuals at risk of abuse, neglect, or harm.

Safeguarding training is structured into three distinct levels. Level one serves as an introductory course to familiarise individuals with basic safeguarding principles. Level two is designed for individuals needing a more advanced understanding of safeguarding, especially those regularly in close contact with vulnerable children or adults. Level three safeguarding training is for anyone in a safeguarding lead role and acting as the the first point of contact for staff or individuals with safeguarding concerns.

To get your safeguarding training certificate, you must participate in the course content and pass all assessments. All courses are online and assessments are usually multiple choice depending on the level of training you’re completing. After you’ve completed the necessary assessments, you’ll be able to download and print your certificate immediately.

Yes. Our safeguarding courses are CPD-certified, which ensures that training is accurate, up-to-date and compliant. It also means you’ll receive a recognised certificate after completing your chosen course.

It is recommended that you refresh safeguarding training at least every two years to ensure your knowledge stays current with safeguarding best practices and legislation.

Online safeguarding training courses offer flexibility, accessibility and cost-effectiveness. You can complete any course at your own pace and from anywhere with internet access. Online learning is also generally more affordable as it avoids the overheads of in-person training.