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Safeguarding Children - for Health (Levels 1 and 2)

Sanctuary Training

Safeguarding Children - for Health (Levels 1 and 2)



Check your competencies for working with children match up to what is expected of you by the Royal Colleges and other professional bodies. Certify your competence (a) for recognising maltreatment, and (b) for taking effective action as appropriate to your role and responsibilities. The course is for clinical staff (Level 3), those working in a specialist capacity (Level 4) or as designated professionals (Level 5), and for experts (Level 6).


The Health Safeguarding Framework identifies 6 levels of competence, and gives examples of groups that fall within each of these. This course is intended for staff groups in Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6, i.e.:

Level 3: All clinical staff working with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child or young person and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding/child protection concerns. This includes GPs, forensic physicians, urgent and unscheduled care staff, mental health staff (adult and CAMHS), child psychologists, child psychotherapists, adult learning disability staff, learning disability nurses, health professionals working in substance misuse services, youth offending team staff, paediatric allied health professionals, sexual health staff, school nurses, health visitors, all children’s nurses, midwives, child psychologists, obstetricians, all paediatricians, paediatric radiologists, paediatric surgeons, children’s/paediatric anaesthetists, paediatric intensivists and paediatric dentists.

Level 4: Specialist roles - named professionals This includes named doctors, named nurses, named health visitors, named midwives (in organisations delivering maternity services), named health professionals in ambulance organisations and named GPs for Primary Care Organisations

Level 5: Specialist roles - designated professionals This applies to designated doctors and nurses

Level 6: Experts


This comprehensive course covers the causes of child abuse, how to recognise it, and some essential definitions (e.g. safeguarding and child protection). You will learn how to respond if a child is at risk of harm, and what to consider before making a referral to Children's Social Care. Also covered are the key principles and steps within the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need.

You will automatically get a course certificate on course completion – with your name, the CPD hours, the date and learning objectives.

The course contains additional resource materials, useful links and a refresher guide.


Once you’ve completed this course, you’ll have a knowledge of:

  • Background, legal basis and definition of safeguarding, child protection and child abuse
  • Serious case reviews and core functions of Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards
  • Concept of significant harm, what to do if child abuse is suspected as well as the key principles of child protection
  • Who abuses children and the definitions of physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse and neglect
  • Recognising signs of abuse from the victim and perpetrator
  • Causes and effects of abuse on children
  • Information to record and what to do if you have concern
  • Responding to a disclosure or allegation of abuse or neglect
  • Types of questions that can be asked, should be asked, and should be avoided
  • Considerations before referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care
  • Information you should provide to Children’s Social Care and the questions you should ask
  • What you and Children’s Social Care should do following a referral
  • The Framework for the Assessment of Children and their families and its principles
  • Assessing children’s needs
  • Understand the ‘Domains’ and ‘Dimensions’ of the Framework
  • Importance of keeping an up to date chronology and how to record one
  • Purpose and possible outcomes of a Strategy Discussion and Section 47 Enquiries
  • Initial Child Protection Conferences


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