The Understanding Safeguarding Children - Level 3 Course provides the basic knowledge students will need of the legislative framework and the assessment and care proceeding steps.

Safeguarding children is becoming an increasingly widely talked about issue and something that people working in a wide range of disciplines need to be aware of.

The need to take measures to safeguard a child can result from many factors and is not a matter that can be taken lightly.

Safeguarding Children provides an outline of the relevant legislation relating to children, the reasons why a child may become known to social services or other agencies, and the steps that may be taken to ensure the child’s welfare and wellbeing needs are met.

Successful completion of the course provides students wishing to become social workers, teachers, doctors, nurses, childminders and any others who come into contact with children and their families, the underpinning knowledge they need to ensure the child’s welfare is paramount.

On successful completion of this course students will receive an accredited Level 3 Certificate of Achievement.

Course Objectives:

After studying this course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate their understanding of legislation relating to safeguarding children.

  • Understand the assessment process.

  • Demonstrate their ability to apply theory to their practical work with service users.

  • Identify issues which could lead to child protection measures being taken.

  • Discuss what steps should be taken when a child’s safety and wellbeing is in question.

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of legislation and proceedings drawing on conclusions from previous cases.

The Course Includes the Following subject areas:-

  • Child Protection Timeline

  • The Children Act 1989

  • The Protection of Children Act 1999

  • The Children Act 2004

  • Every Child Matters

  • Childcare Act 2006

  • United Nations Convention in the Rights of the Child 1989

  • The Sex Offenders Act 1997 and The Sexual Offences Act 2003

  • The Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

  • Guidance on Offences Against Children

  • Hidden Harm

  • Working Together to Safeguard children

  • Common Assessment Framework

  • Local Safeguarding Children Boards

  • Safeguarding Children and Child Protection

  • What is neglect?

  • Child Protection Plan

  • Model of need

  • Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (CAFCASS)

  • Emergency Protection Orders

  • Care and Supervision Orders

  • Social Policy and Social Exclusion

  • Child Poverty

  • Safeguarding Children

  • Domestic Abuse

  • Emotional abuse

  • Physical Abuse

  • Effects of domestic violence on children

  • Impact of Domestic Violence on Children

  • Parental Substance Misuse

  • Alcohol

  • Impact of Parental Substance Misuse on Children

  • Child Abuse

  • Munchausen by proxy syndrome

  • Sexual abuse

  • Ritual abuse

  • Parental Mental Health

  • Depression

  • Personality Disorders

  • Schizophrenia

  • Parental Mental Health: Facts

  • Working with Service Users

  • Communication

  • Listening

  • Barriers to communication

  • Effective Communication

  • Communicating with children

  • Clarification and challenge

  • Goal setting

  • Empathy

  • Values and Anti-Oppressive Practice

  • Oppression

  • Anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice

  • Power

  • Case Studies and Resources


There are no particular entry requirements.

Course Duration & Support:

You will have access to a tutor via post or email. In addition you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process.


You will be assessed on coursework which is detailed in the course materials. Most coursework consists of short paragraph answers to set questions. Your work can be sent back to your course tutor by email or by post.


ABC AwardsOn successful completion of this course students will receive a Understanding Safeguarding Children Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

Further information about Ofqual’s Qualification & Credit Framework level descriptors can be found at

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process. This means that the course developers (UKDLP) have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria.

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