Safeguarding Children Level 1

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).

What will learners get out of it?

By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  • Discuss children’s rights in the safeguarding context and have a basic understanding of the relevant UK legislation
  • Define the terms ‘child’ and ‘young person’
  • Explain the concepts of ‘safeguarding’ and ‘child protection’
  • Explain who is responsible for safeguarding children and describe how their role contributes to safeguarding children
  • Define the terms ‘abuse’ and ‘child maltreatment’
  • Describe different types of child maltreatment and provide an example of each type
  • 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
  • Describe your local procedure for reporting concerns including concerns you may have about the behaviour of colleagues which might indicate they are abusing children
  • Explain the importance of and procedures for 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 was designed with safeguarding specialists in the health sector. 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

45 mins

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Peace of Mind Guarantee

For your peace of mind, all Skills for Health eLearning comes with a 14 day money back guarantee. If you are not satisfied or decide the package is not for you for any reason, Skills for Health are happy to refund your payment in full (or cancel your invoice).

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.

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