Child protection: an introduction course An online introductory safeguarding course for anyone who works with children

Gain the skills you need to act appropriately and confidently to protect the children you work with.

Working at your own pace, our introductory online training course will give you a clear understanding of how to recognise, report and record concerns about a child’s welfare.

Child protection course: an introduction

£20 per person

Approximately 3 hour online training course

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About this course

Working at your own pace, you’ll learn how to:

  • recognise possible child abuse
  • respond appropriately
  • report your concerns about a child
  • record what you’ve seen.

How the course works

Each section takes about 30-45 minutes to complete, followed by five questions. At the end of each section you’ll be given a full explanation of the correct and incorrect answers.

The course includes:

  • teaching pages
  • film and audio clips
  • reflective tasks
  • interactive learning activities and quizzes

You have access to your course for one year following purchase. Once you've successfully completed it you can download a personalised certificate of achievement.

This is an introductory course for anyone who works with children or families in their paid or voluntary work, so you don’t need any previous child protection training.

People who have taken this course include:

  • early year’s practitioners
  • nursery workers
  • childminders
  • housing officers
  • health and safety officers
  • fostering groups
  • professionals and volunteers from commercial and community based organisations
  • people working in children’s leisure and entertainment or religious organisations.

Our online training should run in most web browsers, though we recommend that you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, or Microsoft Edge.

Please note: our courses are not compatible with Mozilla Firefox.  Unfortunately our courses are also not currently compatible with iPads and other tablet and mobile devices.

Before beginning your course, we recommend installing the latest version of your web browser and Adobe Flash Player.

Having trouble? Try:

  • clearing your cache
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  • turning off private browsing
  • turning off your pop-up blocker

Customer reviews

“I thought this course was excellent - the information was conveyed very clearly, with very useful exercises and information about assumptions and myths.”

I now have a much clearer understanding of the safeguarding process.

Accreditation for Continuing
Professional Development

Our child protection and safeguarding training courses are CPD certified and delivered by experienced professionals.

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