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Last updated: 25.02.20

What level of Safeguarding training do I need?

Our safeguarding offer has comprehensive training content, meeting the safeguarding training needs for those working with children, young people and adults. The content is designed to match the requirements of different job roles and levels. We have designed this guide to help you to select the most appropriate pathways for your learners.

What does each level mean?

Each level has been designed to match the level of safeguarding responsibility the learner has in their role.

Take a look at each section below to help you work out what level of training you need.

Safeguarding Level 1

 From reporting concerns whilst maintaining confidentiality and being able to follow procedure in a safeguarding incident, Level 1 workers have important responsibilities when it comes to safeguarding. At this level, learners need to be able to recognise signs and symptoms of abuse and neglect and know how to report it.

This level will give learners a firm understanding of what to do in the event of a safeguarding incident in order to keep anyone concerned safe.

Jobs roles may include: administrative workers, receptionists, catering staff and cleaners, HR staff, health and safety officers, and drivers. In a healthcare setting this might include laboratory staff, transport staff, porters, maintenance staff and volunteers.

Level 1 courses available: Safeguarding Children Level 1, Safeguarding Adults Level 1, Safeguarding Everyone Level 1

Safeguarding Level 2

The learners who require level 2 safeguarding training will have an increased number of responsibilities, as well as the responsibilities required at level 1. This level of training will provide them with the necessary skills needed to participate in a safeguarding enquiry and report and record their concerns to assist such enquiries.

Learners will also gain insight and understanding into key safeguarding legislation and how it has been shaped through the years. This information will help them to understand how the legislation applies to their role. They will also learn how to effectively communicate with individuals at risk and gain the knowledge to identify potential abuse.

Job roles may include: carers, teachers, sports coaches, managers in a care setting, employment advisors, ambulance workers (paramedics require level 3), welfare rights workers, community pharmacists, rehabilitation workers, housing support officers and counsellors.

Level 2 courses available: Safeguarding Children Level 2, Safeguarding Adults Level 2, Safeguarding Everyone Level 2

Safeguarding Level 3

Undertaking Level 3 safeguarding training implies that the individual has an extremely active role in any safeguarding situation and requires the knowledge to help shape the safeguarding policies of their workplace. At this level those responsible will be able to contribute and manage safeguarding plans for individuals.

This level of training is appropriate for those who have a direct responsibility for investigating, reporting and recording any safeguarding concerns. Learners at this level not only require the same knowledge as those in levels 1 and 2, but they will also learn to act as an effective advocate for a vulnerable child or adult and be able to confidently contribute to inter-agency assessments.

Job roles may include: Social workers, care workers, doctors, GP, nurses and polices officers, nursery managers, school nurses, mental health staff, safeguarding professionals and adult learning practitioners.

Level 3 courses available: Safeguarding Children Level 3, Safeguarding Adults Level 3, Safeguarding Everyone Level 3

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