Safeguarding and Prevent


‘Everyone who works with children has a responsibility for keeping them safe.’

– Working Together to Safeguard Children, 2018, Department for Education, HM Government.

‘Safeguarding’ (and promoting the welfare of children) is defined as:

  • Protecting children (defined as anyone who has not yet reached their 18th birthday) from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

The NSPCC states online (2018) that ‘there were over 58,000 children identified as needing protection from abuse in the UK in 2016’, and in 2016 the first Office of National Statistics Survey of its kind ‘showed that 9% of adults aged 16 to 59 had experienced psychological abuse, 7% physical abuse, 7% sexual assault and 8% witnessed domestic violence or abuse in the home.’

Spotting signs of abuse early is very important in order to protect the minor and prevent future abuse by the abuser/s. Therefore adults working in positions of trust should gain extensive safeguarding awareness in order to create and actively promote an environment that is safe for children.


From Revised Prevent Duty Guidance: for England and Wales 2015 (Home Office, HM Government), the ‘Prevent’ strategy from 2011 has three ‘strategic objectives’:

  • Respond to the ideological challenge of terrorism and the threat we face from those who promote it;
  • prevent people from being drawn into terrorism and ensure that they are given appropriate advice and support; and
  • work with sectors and institutions where there are risks of radicalisation that we need to address.

Schools and childcare providers are subject to a duty under section 26 of the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015, in the exercise of their functions, to have “due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism” – The Prevent Duty: Departmental Advice for Schools and Childcare Providers June 2015, Department for Education, HM Government.

Safesmart delivers Safeguarding and Prevent Training for your organisation through Smartlog – our comprehensive health & safety compliance software.

What is safeguarding – Who is responsible, what it entails, attributes associated with child maltreatment, and why safeguarding is important.

Legislation – Including The Education Act 2002, The Children Act 2004, Working Together to Safeguard Children Guidance 2018, Keeping children safe in education: Statutory guidance for schools and colleges September 2019, and the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

Inspection bodies  – The different inspecting bodies, their responsibilities/obligations, powers and criteria.

Understanding responsibilities regarding counter-terrorism (‘Prevent’) and safeguarding – Understanding what ‘prevent’ is, the ‘Prevent Duty’ for schools & childminders, and joint prevent & safeguarding duties under the law (The Prevent Duty June 2015).

Abuse – What defines as abuse, the different kinds of abuse: sexual, physical, neglect & emotional, and spotting the signs & symptoms of abuse.

School/Organisational Policy – Handling disclosure: what to do, reporting concerns: safeguarding team, ‘Designated Safeguarding Lead’ (DSL), contacting the local safeguarding agency, record keeping, staff guidance, and dealing with allegations against members of staff.

This course contains test questions and issues a certificate upon completion.

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*This course is certified by the CPD Certification Service


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