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Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect (Core)
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect (Core)
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect (Core)
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect (Core)

Safeguarding children is everyone’s responsibility. This training material is an ideal introductory online course for those who work with children and need to have the knowledge to recognise any signs of abuse or neglect.

If you come in to contact with children for long periods during the course of your work or as a volunteer this is the course for you.

  • Online, self-paced training
  • Interactive course with colourful animations
  • CPD accredited training
  • Complete in one to two hours
  • Instant digital certificate on completion

It is crucial that anyone who works with children has the skills required to identify signs of abuse and neglect. This course is the ideal introduction to safeguarding children and ideal for anyone who works with children in a professional capacity or for anyone who currently does volunteer work with children.

Why take this Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect course?

Upon completion of this course, you will understand the different types of abuse there are, and begin to recognise and differentiate between different signs of abuse or neglect. You will understand how to keep accurate records, and understand what to do when you discover or suspect that a child is being abused.

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 course 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.

Topics covered in this course.

  • Introduction to safeguarding children / child protection
  • Physical Abuse
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Neglect
  • What to do if you suspect abuse or neglect

After completing this course, learners will:

  • Understanding the types of abuse and neglect a child in your care may suffer
  • Recognising the tell-tale signs of abuse
  • What the correct course of action is when a child is being abused
  • Reliable methods of keeping accurate records
  • Serious Case Reviews, Case Studies and Summary

Target Audience

Anyone who comes into contact with children or their families.


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


Approximately two hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.

Entry requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Test and certificate

The end of course test consists of 15 multiple choice questions. Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark, and, if necessary, may attempt the test six times at no extra cost.

If learners do not achieve the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting our support team.

Learners will be able to download a digital certificate on completion. This can be printed, and we suggest you keep it for your records.

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How It Works

Frequently asked questions

Do I need an e-mail address to buy this course?

Yes, you will need an e-mail address to buy this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.

If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.

If you pay by PayPal, we will use your PayPal email address to create your system account.

Can I buy this course and give it to other people?

Yes, you can buy the training using your own email address and then give it to other learners from your system account.

Each learner will need to have their own email address. This is so that we can send them a link to the training and give them their own system account.

Is there a refund policy?

We want you to be completely satisfied with your training. We offer a 30 day, no hassle, no quibble, money-back guarantee if you are not 100% satisfied.

To request a refund, you should email our learner support team with your receipt stating why you would like to be reimbursed. You, or your learners, must not complete the training in order to make a valid refund claim.

Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?

We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.

Is a specific internet browser recommended?

For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.

How long do learners have to complete a course?

There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.

Does the course contain sound?

Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.


Bulk discounts

Bulk discounts are available on purchases of 10 or more courses.

If you wish to discuss a large individual order for this course, and/or would like to be invoiced in advance, please call our sales team on 01943 885 085 to make an enquiry.

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Customer Reviews

Average Rating: (7)

Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Core
one month ago
Very interesting and helpful
– Nol
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Core
3 months ago
It was informative and balanced with asking questions so you had to think rather just read.
– Customer
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Core
3 months ago
An informative, professional and easy to access and use online course with all resources and guidance needed to complete. Also safe place support available if required.
– Customer
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Core
one year ago
good course to learn about the above subject
– J waring
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Core
one year ago
Interesting, clear and really good courses.
– Kristina
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Core
2 years ago
wery good information about some kind of child abuse grate course
– iwona
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect Core
3 years ago
I was refreshing my knowledge as have to update every three years as a childminder. Found this course very informative and easy to follow. I am not computer literate so took me a little longer than expected but I passed and was able to print off my certificate straight away. Wouldn't hesitate to use virtual college again.
– Christine Grimes
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