Safeguarding Children - Level 1

Skills for Health
Delivery Method: eLearning

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This safeguarding children eLearning course provides staff in all roles within healthcare with an introduction to the key concepts and principles of safeguarding children. The session uses a number of real-world scenarios across a range of healthcare settings and roles to stimulate discussion and reflection on how individual staff can and should consider safeguarding in their role.

Safeguarding children and young people from harm and providing an environment in which children can flourish is a key societal value. This level 1 session aims to help all staff – both clinical and non-clinical, and volunteers - familiarise themselves with the key concepts and principles of safeguarding children.

Safeguarding children and child protection legislation is updated regularly and this course is kept up to date in this regard. This session may include information that you have not previously been taught, (for example female genital mutilation, radicalisation, and recognising when a colleague’s behaviour may indicate they are abusing a child or children).

Course content
  • Introduction to Safeguarding Children
  • Legislation
  • Neglect
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Physical Abuse
  • Other Types of Maltreatment
  • Knowing What To Do

Learning objectives
  • Discuss children’s rights in the safeguarding context and have a basic understanding of the relevant UK legislation
  • Define and explain key terms and concepts, as well as different types of child maltreatment
  • Explain who is responsible for safeguarding children and describe how their role contributes to safeguarding children
  • Explain how the parents’ and carers’ physical and mental health, exposure to domestic violence, and substance use or misuse impacts on the child(ren)’s safety and well-being
  • Name and describe examples of the risks associated with the internet and online social networking
  • Identify key guidance and describe local procedures to protect children, and reporting concerns, as well as understanding their importance in information sharing
  • Identify sources of advice and support with issues associated with safeguarding and child protection
Who is this course for?

All staff including non-clinical managers and staff working in health care settings.


The session is followed by a multiple choice assessment designed to test learners' understanding of the course. Learning progress and test results can be tracked by managers for internal development and learners can keep a certificate of completion for CPD.


This course has been developed in partnership with experts from North Bristol NHS Trust, Aylesbury Vale CCG, Bucks New University, Virgin Care and Dr Sheila Paul (forensic expert). This course meets the outcomes for level 1 of the Core Skills framework dependent on your degree of contact with young people and/ or carers.

Duration & CPD Credits

2 hours 35 mins approx.


Head to our new online shop to buy the course: On receipt of your order, our eLearning team will be in touch to arrange access, please allow 24 hours. Learners can access and re-visit the course for a year.

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Other Safeguarding Courses

If you have some degree of contact with young people and/ or carers, you may also be required to complete Safeguarding Children at Levels 2 & 3. Skills for Health offer a combined course for these levels as well as Safeguarding Adults courses.

Save more with bundles

If you are purchasing multiple courses for yourself or your organisation, you could save up to 87% with Skills for Health eLearning bundles. Find out more here.

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