Introduction to Child Protection


The Introduction to Child Protection course is suitable for those coming directly into contact with children in any setting, whether that be a place of education, a charitable organisation, play centre or after school club.

  • Identify what is meant by safeguarding and child abuse and recognise the signs and symptoms of physical, sexual, emotional abuse and neglect.
  • What is the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the incidents of domestic violence and child abuse?
  • Identify the relevant legislation and guidance that safeguards young people. We will explore the latest changes to Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) legislation.
  • What do we mean by early help and how is it relevant to you and your setting?
  • What do we mean by a child in need? We will discover the legislation that sets out the legal basis, for a child in need and the local authorities’ obligations.
  • Identify the barriers to children and adults reporting concerns.
  • Detail how to respond and report your concerns, according to your policies and procedures.

The Introduction to Child Protection course is CPD Accredited

Course Overview

So why do we need child safeguarding training?

Did you know that neglect is sadly a factor in 60 percent of all child deaths, that are investigated by a serious case review, but only 1 in 3 people, who are concerned a child is being neglected, go on to report it? We will explore what neglect looks like and how we can raise our concerns that a child is being neglected.

The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) estimated that one in five adults aged 18 to 74 years experienced at least one form of child abuse, whether emotional abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, or witnessing domestic violence or abuse, before the age of 16 years. The equates to 8.5 million people.

Domestic abuse can have a serious implication for children’s development. The Covid pandemic has had a significant impact on the seriousness of incidents of domestic abuse. In the first 3 weeks of the first lockdown, there had been sixteen domestic abuse killings of women and children in the UK, which was the highest for at least 11 years. We will look at the reasons why? and what we can do support young people.

Any child can be the victim of sexual abuse, but there are specific factors that make a child more at risk. This includes children with a special educational need or a disability. We will discover in more detail what these risk factors are and develop our understanding of which children have a greater vulnerability.

This course has been created and delivered by Milly Wildish, a child protection specialist who has worked in criminal and education settings. Milly is a national safeguarding panel member and is currently engaged in a large-scale independent investigation, into current and historical allegations of child abuse.

Your understanding of the course is tested though multiple-choice questions and you will receive a Continuous Professional Development (CPD) accredited certificate, on the successful completion of the course.

The Introduction to Child Protection course is CPD Accredited

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