Safeguarding Children (Short Course)

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Why Study Safeguarding Children?

The safety and wellbeing of children must be the top priority for those who work with, care for or educate children of any age.  All too often, the warning signs of abuse or mistreatment are overlooked or ignored.  By the time action is taken to safeguard a victim of abuse, the physical and psychological damage endured may be irreversible.  Consequently, it is the responsibility of those who come into contact with children on a regular basis to adopt a proactive approach.  Prevention of abuse and mistreatment is the only effective way to protect children from potential harm.  Being able to spot the potential signs of abuse is therefore paramount, for anyone who works with, cares for, or supports children in any way.  Ideal for newcomers and experienced candidates, this free child safeguarding course provides an essential overview of the basics of child protection.

By the end of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Understand who takes responsibility for safeguarding children
  • Identify some of the potential warning signs of abuse or neglect
  • Take appropriate action where a child is believed to be atrisk

All free online certificate courses at Oxford Home Study Centre are 100% free of charge from start to finish.  There is no enrolment fee, all study aids are provided via our online learning platform and all of our courses are self-paced for total flexibility.

Our exclusive free courses provide the perfect opportunity to expand your knowledge, develop new skills and explore new professions.  Upon completion of your free online certificate course, you will have the option of claiming one of three different types of certificates for a small fee:

  1. An official Course Completion Certificate from Oxford Home Study Centre
  2. A CPD Accredited Certificate to boost your CPD profile
  3. An Endorsed Certificate issued by the Quality Licence Scheme

Each of these certificates could prove helpful in supporting future job applications, or helping you climb the career ladder with your current employer. All certificates are 100% optional upon successful completion of your course - available to purchase with your preferred postage option.

For more information on certificate costs, head over to our pricing page or contact a member of the team at Oxford Home Study Centre anytime. 


This Safeguarding Children course covers the following key topics:

  • Who is Responsible for Safeguarding?
  • What is Safeguarding?
  • What is the Purpose of Child Safeguarding?
  • The Six Safeguarding Principles
  • Type of Actions if There is a Concern for Safeguarding a Child
  • What is Considered Neglect from a Child Safeguarding Perspective?
  • Safeguarding Responsibilities of School Staff
  • The Safeguarding Responsibilities of Teachers



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Course Level Short Course
Awarding Body OHSC
Study Method Online
Course Duration 20 Hours
Entry Requirements Open to All
Start Date Ongoing