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Child Safeguarding Training

The Minimum Training Requirements

Level 1:   All staff including non-clinical managers and staff working within health care settings; volunteers

Level 2:   Minimum level required for non-clinical and clinical staff who have some degree of contact with children and young people and /or parents/carers

Level 3:   Clinical staff working with children, young people and/or parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and evaluating the needs of a child or young person and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding/child protection concerns (includes GPs)

Level 4:   Specialist roles – Named professionals

Level 5:   Designated professionals


Training Requirements

Induction:   All staff to complete a minimum of 30 minutes within 6 weeks of starting new role

Level 1:   A minimum of 2 hours over 3 years

Level 2:   A minimum of 3-4 hours over 3 years

Level 3:  A of a minimum of 6 hours (for those at Level 3 core this equates to a minimum of 2 hours per annum)

For more information see 'Safeguarding Children - Roles and Competences for Healthcare Staff' March 2014 (RCPCH)


Links to Training

  1. E-learning training at Levels 1, 2 and 3 - Free to NHS staff and you can log in or register using the links at the top right of the page
  2. Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB) e-learning courses
  3. Kent Safeguarding Children Board (KSCB) multi-agency training courses
    1. Please note the Kent Safeguarding Children Board training courses in the link above are multi-agency and therefore do not break down the levels in the same way. Please refer to the learning outcomes and audience to determine if it is suitable or contact the Safeguarding Children Board or the Designated Nurse for advice on which courses are suitable
  4. Prevent training - All NHS staff should complete Prevent training


NHS Safeguarding App

The NHS Safeguarding App is a resource for healthcare professionals to increase their awareness and understanding of safeguarding requirements

  1. Click here for the NHS Safeguarding App on IOD devices
  2. Click here for the NHS Safeguarding App on Android devices

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