This EduCare programme is written by the NSPCC for anyone who comes into contact with children, young people and their parents or carers through their work or volunteer activity in a sports or active leisure setting. It provides an excellent introduction to safeguarding children and young people. It will help you to recognise the early warning signs of possible abuse and provides guidance on what can be done to prevent children and young people suffering from abuse.
Module one: Child development
Learn what children need in order to develop fully and what can influence their development as they grow. By understanding the process of child development, you will be better able to recognise what is out of the norm.
Module two: Understanding the basics about child abuse
Learn about the different types of child abuse: physical, sexual and emotional abuse, and neglect. Understand how abuse can affect a child and eliminate misunderstandings by learning about some of the common myths and facts about child abuse.
Module three: Recognising child abuse
Recognise the possible physical and behavioural signs of abuse; know how to respond if a child confides in you and what you should do if you suspect a child is being maltreated.
Module four: Reporting child abuse
Understand the importance of taking action to prevent child abuse from occurring and know when and when not, to share your concerns with parents. Follow the step-by-step action plan to report any concerns you may have about a child and understand the processes that takes place once you have reported your concerns.
Module five: Good practice issues
Learn about the wider context with an introduction to the law and government guidance, as well as how organisations and individuals should work together to safeguard children.