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Level 2 Safeguarding Children

Safeguarding Children Level 2 introduces key areas of safeguarding and is suitable for a range of roles including; administrators, teaching assistants, and early years practitioners. This course will ensure you have up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding policies, legislation and guidance, and includes ways you can reduce the risk of abuse, the signs and symptoms of different types of abuse, and the impact well-known child abuse and neglect cases have had on legislation.

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Course Overview


  • Level 2
  • 1-2 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 3 CPD Points
  • CPD Certified

Course description

This Level 2 Safeguarding Children introduces safeguarding as a topic and covers key safeguarding areas such as, safeguarding jargon, working in a multi-agency approach and best practice.

This level 2 course will give learners the knowledge they need to be able to identify the signs and symptoms of abuse and what they need to do if they suspect a child is being abused or discloses sensitive information to them.

We also offer Safeguarding Children Training at Level 3

Unsure if you require Level 2 or 3 Safeguarding Children training? Check out our short guide to find the course that best matches your needs and requirements here.

This Safeguarding Children Level 2 course has been updated to be compliant with new Keeping Children Safe in Education 2022 legislation and how this applies in the workplace or when working with children and young people.

It is a statutory requirement for anyone who works with children to have up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding policies, legislation and guidance so they can proactively focus on keeping them safe from harm and maintain the ability to act on any concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people.

Why take this Level 2 Safeguarding Children course

If you are someone who regularly comes into contact with children in your work and needs to reach a more advanced level of safeguarding knowledge, then our course has been designed for you.

Our Level 2 safeguarding children training gives you a deeper understanding of safeguarding issues and how to effectively report them when abuse is suspected.

To help you apply your knowledge in everyday life, we have used real-world scenarios. These scenarios and the supporting case studies will enable you to see how your training can apply to you in your role. A key aim of this training is to provide you with strong context to the training so they can easily relate to the situations presented to you within the training.

On completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply the changes to practice made over the past three years to your work
  • Identify different levels of harm and follow the appropriate safeguarding procedures
  • Collect safeguarding children information from both a local and national context

Safeguarding Children Level 2 is underpinned by the principles of:

  • Working together to safeguard children
  • Keeping children safe in education

What does this Safeguarding Children training course cover?

The aim of this training is to develop an understanding of safeguarding children, making sure you have up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding policies, legislation and guidance, and how you can reduce the risk of abuse. 

Module What it includes
Understanding Safeguarding We look into the definitions of Safeguarding and why children must be protected from abuse.
What is Abuse? You will learn about the different categories of abuse, what abuse actually is and how it can be recognised. This will help make you aware of the indicators of abuse to look out for.
The Impact of Abuse This section delves into the impact abuse can have on chilren, be it physical harm, emotional ramifications like attachment issues or mental health difficulties such as anxiety and depression.
Early Help You'll learn what early help means, who needs it, and how schools can get involved. We explore the different types of early help so you'll be able to identify who needs it and when.
Children in Need This section explores the many different examples of children in need and the legislations involved. We also look onto the categories of families who are at the highest risk of significant harm. 
Social Services You'll learn about the role and responsibilities of social services. We also explore multi-agency working and duty to share information.
Reporting Abuse We explain how vital it is to recognise and understand your professional responsibility to protect those who need to be protected. We show you what do if a child discloses information. 
Referrals and Concerns: The Process This section shows you the sequence of referrals. We explain the importance of taking your concerns seriously. We also explore who is classed as an adult and what adult safeguarding is.
Multi-Agency Working You'll learn what multi-agency working is, and why it is so important. We look at the functions of agencies in multi-agency working and who could be involved.
Case Studies We provide case studies for you to read, now that you have further understanding of the processes and aftermath of abuse in children. We also provide you with helpful resources and information on organisations that can help with further learning.

Who should take this course

This Safeguarding Children Level 2 online course is suitable for a range of roles which includes frequent or regularly work with vulnerable children. Some of these roles may include administrators and reception staff, teaching assistants, early years practitioners and safeguarding teams.


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


Approximately 1-2 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.

You will learn

  • Recognise why safeguarding is important
  • Recognise the signs and symptoms of abuse
  • Know what to do if a child discloses information
  • Know how to help children who you suspect are subject to abuse
  • Recognise and report unsafe practices
  • Understand what is meant by multi-agency working
  • Key legislation underpinning multi-agency working
  • Understand why multi-agency working is important
  • Understand the roles in multi-agency working

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Level 2 advanced safeguarding children training is suitable for anyone who frequently works with children and needs a more in-depth knowledge of safeguarding legislation and procedure
  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • Childminders
  • Daycare Assistants
  • Doctors
  • Nurses
  • Care Workers
  • Health and Social Care Suppport Workers
  • GP Reception or Practice Managers
  • Housing Officers
  • School Governors
  • Trustees
  • Advocacy Workers
  • Community Safety Officers
  • Non-Clinical Staff

Level 2 Safeguarding Children FAQs

  • How long does level 2 safeguarding last?

    Our Level 2 Safeguarding Children course will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete but you can take as long as you like, there are no time limits on the course. 

    It is recommended the training is completed yearly to ensure your safeguarding knowledge is fully up to date with the latest requirements and guidance.

  • What is the difference between level 1 and level 2 safeguarding?

    There are several differences between level 1 and level 2 safeguarding children training.

    Level 1 Safeguarding is an introductory course designed to give an overview of the different types of abuse, how to recognise it and report unsafe practices.

    Level 2 Safeguarding goes into more depth and is aimed at those who regularly work with children. The course covers everything included in the Level 1 training as well as looking at multi-agency working, legislation and safeguarding procedures.

How the online courses work

  • Find a course

    To begin searching for your online training you can click on the course category section on our website and browse through all of our training categories.

    Alternatively if you already know the title of the training you’re looking for you can use the search bar located in the centre of the homepage and go directly to the course you want.

  • Buy the course

    When buying one of our courses, you will need to enter a valid email address which will be used to create your account with our Learning Management System – Enable – where you will take the training. We will also send your purchase receipt to this email address, and any additional courses purchased in future using the same email address will be added to your system account.

    Once you have purchased a course, you will be able to send this course to other people using your system account with Enable by entering the new learner’s email address so that they may access the training and set up their own system account with our Learning Management System.

    If you are not 100% satisfied with your course then we offer a 30-day, no hassle money-back guarantee. 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 have completed the training in order to make a valid refund claim. Any claim made after the training has been completed will be invalidated.

  • Take the course

    This online course consists of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk learners through the lesson material. Pages may include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help learners stay engaged and interested in the material. Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be paused and resumed at any stage.

    The course is self-paced so learners decide how fast or slow the training goes. There is no deadline for completion but some of our courses have a test at the end to check that learners have understood the material. If the course has a test at the end then learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark to successfully complete the course. Once learners have passed the test they are awarded a certificate, which can either be downloaded digitally or sent as a physical copy if this option was chosen when purchasing the course.

  • Your Certificate

    Upon completion of any of our courses, learners will be able to download a digital certificate from Virtual College and will include the accrediting bodies logo where applicable.

    If you have bought the posted certificate option (available on select courses), a high quality, seal embossed, certificate will be sent out at the beginning of the following working week.