Introduction to Safeguarding Award – Short CPD Course


    This online CPD short introduction to safeguarding course will introduce students to the importance of safeguarding in a child care setting. This course provides qualified practitioners with additional learning to further enhance their CV and career development. Any employer will be impressed with your attitude to learning, by continually adding skills to your CV shows real commitment and dedication to your chosen sector.

    Short courses are:

    Ideal for developing skills to enter the workplace
    Adding to any recognised qualification you may already hold
    Linked to many subjects covered by courses currently listed on the RQF

    Learning outcomes

    • You will learn about basic issues relating to safeguarding that can cause settings to be judged as ‘inadequate’ by inspectors
    • You will learn the aspects of running a setting that needs to be focused on to promote safeguarding
    • You will learn why having a basic understanding of safeguarding is one of the first things you should study when working with children and young people

    Advantages of this course

    • Safeguarding is an essential area of knowledge for those working with children and vulnerable people
    • Through this course, you have access to up to date resources from the UK government and child protection agencies offering advice and legislation on safeguarding
    • The course also identifies the different signs, symptoms and effects of abuse and neglect, and the different kinds of abuse
    • Additional activities encourage you to reflect on your learning
    • There is also suggested extended reading that gives both practical information and links to websites to expand knowledge

    On successful completion of this course, you will have the option of purchasing a CACHE certificate. This certificate must not be confused with nationally regulated qualification achievement.

    Topics covered

    In this course learners will be given a general introduction to the concept of safeguarding and its importance in a childcare setting. The course will focus on: – when to be concerned, i.e. what is abuse, how to spot possible signs of abuse, – understanding setting policy for reporting concerns i.e. setting’s own policy and procedures and link to local safeguarding procedures, – basic knowledge of the document ‘What to Do if You Are Worried a Child is Being Abused’, i.e. what it is and what it contains, – whistleblowing, i.e. importance of raising concerns about poor practice within own setting.

    The course provides an ideal background for learners going on to study the RQF unit as part of the Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce, or is useful as standalone training. The course is intended for learners working in nursery settings

    Entry Requirements

    Students looking to enrol onto this course should meet the following criteria:

    Be aged 16 Years or above
    Possess a solid knowledge of the english language
    Have access to a PC and the internet for the duration of the whole course
    Basic computer skills
    Have a genuine desire to succeed


    Qualification Awarded

    CACHE ELP –  Introduction to Safeguarding (£18 certificate fee payable)

    This course provides successful students with a completion certificate from CACHE and their enhanced learning program. Awarding body CACHE is recognised as an awarding organisation by the qualification regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who are: the office of the qualifications and examinations regulator (Ofqual) in England, the Welsh Government and the council for curriculum, examinations and assessment (CCA) in Northern Ireland.

    CACHE is the UK’s only specialist awarding organisation for the children, adult and health care sectors, with a portfolio of qualifications ranging from Entry to Level 5. Last year, over 150,000 learners registered with them from over 1000 UK based Centres and overseas.

    Please note: Short courses provide students with CPD completion certification. To complete a fully recognised qualification students are required to complete a QCF listed course in addition. 

    Receipt of Certification: Certification is awarded by CACHE and can take up to 12 weeks to be received after completion of your studies. All certification will be delivered to students direct at their home address. UK Open College have no control over delivery of certification awarded by the external awarding bodies. Any outstanding fees are payable before certification is issued


    Course Duration

    These short courses can be completed in approx 10 hours of study. This will depend on student commitment and ability. Ideal for those who are considering a career in the childcare sector or indeed qualified practitioners looking to enhance their skills in a particular topic.




    Study Method

    Students are able to complete their course purely online though our student portal. Students can expect to receive access to the student portal via email within 3 working days of enrolment being received.

    Once enrolment is received we will email you access and log in information to make a start on our chosen course.


    Students will progress through a series of topics online through our student portal. At the end of the course students will complete a multiple choice quiz type assessment. If you dont complete first time you can try the assessment again at no extra charge. Upon completion students can download and print a college certificate whilst awaiting their CACHE endorsed certification.

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