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Safeguarding Children (Levels 1 and 2)

Sanctuary Training

Safeguarding Children (Levels 1 and 2)



Prepare yourself for making safeguarding referrals (to the police and Children’s Social Care). Looking to brush up your knowledge? New to the topic and looking for a clear and thorough briefing – in case you are ever involved? Either way, this course is for you.


This Safeguarding Children (Levels 1 and 2) course is intended for staff who fall into the following work groups:

Group 3: Members of the workforce who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and reviewing the needs of a child and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding concerns.

Group 4: Members of the workforce who are responsible for making safeguarding referrals to the Police and Children’s Social Care

Group 5: Members of the workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking section 47 enquiries, including professionals police and children’s social care; those who work with complex cases and social work staff responsible for co-ordinating assessments of children in need.


The 10-course bundle explains the meaning and key principles behind safeguarding, child protection, child abuse and significant harm. You will also learn how to recognise and respond to child abuse; what are its causes, types, and effects; and all the key stages of the referral process – e.g. Children's Social Care and the components of 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.

NOTE: We have alternative versions of this course tailored specifically for people who work in Health and Education sectors. And if you have already undertaken Safeguarding Children Level 1 training, or our equivalent online course, then you should instead take Safeguarding Children (Level 2).


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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