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Safeguarding and Child Protection for Early Years

Safeguarding and Child Protection for Early Years
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4-6 hours
£25 +VAT per person

Who is this course for?
This Level 2 course is aimed at childcare practitioners working in Early Years settings including childminders and nursery staff.

Course Aim -
Provide important information regarding the safeguarding of children
• Enable learners to respond confidently and appropriately to concerns about the safety and welfare of a child
• Inform learners of their legal requirements when working within an early years and childcare context
• It takes into account Government guidance and gives examples of best practice to support early years practitioners in relation to safeguarding and child protection duties and responsibilities.

Course content -

Module 1 - Understanding the role of early years practitioners

• The role of early years practitioners in safeguarding • Safeguarding and welfare requirements
• Child protection requirements in EYFS 2017
• Being alert to issues for concern

• Safeguarding policy and procedures • Ensuring suitability of staff
• Designated Safeguarding Lead
• Possible signs of abuse and neglect • Staff Training

Module 2 - - Legislation and Government guidance

• Why you need to know about legislation and Government guidance • Key legislation - The Children Act 1989
• Key legislation - The Children Act 2004
• Key legislation - The Childcare Act 2006

• Other relevant legislation • Government guidance

Module 3 - Lessons from serious case reviews

• What is a serious case review?
• What can we learn from serious case reviews? • Key failures shown up by case reviews

Module 4 – Recognising signs and indicators

• Recognising signs of abuse and neglect • Categories of abuse and neglect
• Spotting signs of neglect
• Spotting signs of emotional abuse

• Spotting signs of physical abuse • Spotting signs of sexual abuse

Module 5 - Working with other professionals

• The principles of multi-agency working
• Working together to safeguard children
• Identifying the need for early help
• Knowing who to work with, when and how • Making a referral

• Children in need of immediate protection

Module 6 - Responding to a disclosure from a child

• Why children may not tell you about neglect and abuse • Your role as a practitioner in an early years setting
• How to respond if a child discloses abuse or neglect

Module 7 - Recording, reporting and sharing information and concerns

• Recording a concern
• Effective record keeping
• Responding to a concern in a timely way
• Responding to a concern and the role of the DSL • The importance of information
• Data protection, the law and best practice
• Guidance principles for information sharing

Module 8 - Current and emerging themes in child protection

Themes currently relevant to Early Years practitioners
• Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
• FGM and the law
• FGM and Early Years Foundation Stage requirements • Radicalisation and extremism

• Indicators of radicalisation - children
• Indicators of radicalisation - young people and adults
• Domestic abuse
• Definition of domestic abuse
• Signs that a child may be witnessing domestic abuse
• Child criminal exploitation - county lines
• The impact of child criminal exploitation on children and families

Module 9 - Allegations against professionals or trusted adults

• The potential for child abuse within the early years setting
• Responding to allegations of abuse in the early years setting

Duration: 4-6 hours

Assessment and Certification -
Continuous self-checks throughout the course (100% pass mark required to progress to next lesson) and an end of course multiple-choice test with an 80% pass mark.

Verifiable CPD points:

Access -
This online course can be completed on any PC or mobile device. Learners can study at their own pace and log in and out as often as they wish.

Features -
• Appeals to a broad range of learning styles with interactive quizzes and audio features. • Allows learners to work at their own pace, testing their knowledge as they progress through the course.
• The course has been designed in line with the British Dyslexia Association “Dyslexia friendly style guide” guidelines.