An Introduction to Safeguarding Children

Producer: Virtual College Ltd

Duration: 2.5 hours.
This product is an online product and is a single-user, 1-year licence.
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CPD Certified - on average contributes 2 - 3 hours towards your CPD.

This course helps to address the 'stay safe' outcome of the Government's 'Every Child Matters' policy – the current government approach to children and young people, looking from a broad perspective at ensuring the well-being of everyone from birth to age 19, making sure each child, whatever their background or their circumstances, have the support they need to:

- Be healthy
- Stay safe
- Enjoy and achieve
- Make a positive contribution
- Achieve economic well-being

The aim of the module is to concentrate on ways in which children and young people can 'stay safe' by minimising the incidence of child abuse and neglect. The module will help the learner gain a better understanding of the types of abuse or neglect to a child and explain what the learner must do if they suspect a child is being abused or neglected.

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

This course is aimed at anyone who comes into contact with children or their families. Please be aware that this training content deals with a potentially disturbing subject matter and material and images used may be of a graphic nature. The module carries links to help lines and national support agencies that can be contacted should you feel the need to talk about the subject to someone other than your colleagues or manager.

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

This product allows the student to print a certificate from the course on sucessful completion.

The recommended settings to run this course are:

- Minimum Internet Explorer 6/Netscape Navigator 7
- Flash enabled – Minimum V6
- Popup windows enabled
- Minimum Windows 2000 Operating System
- Silverlight may also need to be installed for some courses
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This course covers the following topics:

- Introduction to safeguarding children
- Physical abuse
- Sexual abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Neglect
- What to do if you suspect abuse or neglect
- Summary


Having completed this module, the learner will:

- Understand the various types of child abuse and neglect
- Identify the signs and what to look for
- Know what steps to take if there is a suspicion of abuse
- Know what to do if a child or adult discloses abuse
- Understand the importance of keeping records

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