It is now essential for people who work with children to have the knowledge and understanding of how to safeguard them.

What is Understanding Safeguarding Children?

Since the shocking case of Victoria Climbie, the government found that more needed to be done to protect children from abuse and neglect. The Laming Report; the inquiry into Victoria’s death, found that children were not being protected sufficiently and that agencies needed more training and to work together in order to safeguard children.

The Laming Report resulted in a shake-up of the child welfare system, with the introduction of the Every Child Matters initiative, the Children Act 2004 and ContactPoint, a government database designed to hold information on all children in England and Wales, all aimed at ensuring that children suffering abuse will receive the help and protection they need.

People working with children need to be able to spot the signs of abuse and neglect while also knowing what steps need to be taken for the child to be protected. The four types of abuse are:

  • Physical Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Neglect

Our Course


The My Distance Learning Understanding Safeguarding Children course meets the level 3 NCFE criteria and can be completed in your own time in under 12 months. It is ideal for those wishing to become a social worker, teacher, nurse, childminder or any others who come into contact with children.

The course outlines the relevant legislation relating to children, the reasons why a child may be known to social services and the steps which may be taken to ensure a child’s welfare. It provides the basic knowledge of the legislative framework.

After studying the course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of legislation relating to safeguarding children.
  • Understand the child protection assessment process.
  • Demonstrate an ability to apply theory to practical work with service users.
  • Identify issues which could lead to child protection measures being taken.
  • Discuss what steps should be taken when a child’s safety and wellbeing is in question.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of legislation and proceedings drawing on conclusions from previous cases.


Careers Prospects

Safeguarding children is likely to be an issue of continuing importance to all people working or in contact with children in the future. Having the knowledge and understanding of this subject will be highly valuable to prospective employers and will certainly be of importance to you throughout your career.

Many childcare settings, schools and agencies have a designated member of staff for safeguarding and this course would be ideal for someone wishing to become this or who currently works in a setting without anyone responsible for safeguarding. It will also help anyone working with children to spot any signs of possible safeguarding issues and know how to act on these concerns.