Safeguarding Children and Young People - e-Learning for Healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
  • The Royal College of Midwives
  • Royal College of General Pracitioners
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Royal College of Anaesthetists

About the Safeguarding Children and Young People programme

Delivered by Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare (HEE e-LfH) in partnership with the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH), the Safeguarding Children and Young People programme aims to meet statutory training requirements so that healthcare providers can ensure their teams are up-to-date with the issues surrounding Child Protection.

The programme consists of:

  • Level 1 – for non-clinical staff
  • Level 2 – for all clinical staff
  • Level 3 – for clinical staff working with children, young people and/or their parents/carers as described in the Intercollegiate Document

Further information regarding each of these levels can be found below.

The Level 3 course has been updated (March 2020) to reflect the most up-to-date guidance set out in the Intercollegiate document.


About the content

All health professionals have a key role to play in safeguarding children and young people. Section 11 of the Children Act places a statutory duty on key people and bodies to make arrangements to safeguard and promote the welfare of those they come into contact with.

These e-learning sessions offer a clear and effective solution to achieve this aim and meet the National Workforce Competences.

The curriculum in detail

  • Safeguarding Children Level 1

    Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People
  • Safeguarding Children Level 2

    Recognition, Response and Record
  • Safeguarding Children Level 3

    Maintaining and Updating Competences

Project team

  • Nicole Beckford

    Nicole Beckford

    Project Manager, RCPCH
  • Andi Blackmore

    Programme Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Emma Nye

    Emma Nye

    Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Alice Denham

    Alice Denham

    Lead Learning Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH-staff-Alex-Drinkall-learning-profile

    Alex Drinkall

    Communications and Stakeholder Lead, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Phillip Fey

    Phillip Fey

    Marketing Executive, RCPCH
  • Ian O’Donoghue

    Ian O’Donoghue

    Education Lead and eLearning Project Manager, RCPCH
  • Dr Vicki Walker

    Dr Vicki Walker

    Clinical Lead, RCPCH

Review team 2020

Clinical Lead:

  • Vicki WalkerConsultant Paediatrician (community & general); Head of Service Community Paediatrics


  • Esther Corker – Consultant Community Paediatrician, Kings Mill Hospital
  • Vaishali Desai –Consultant Paediatrician; Designated Doctor for Looked after Children and Named Doctor for Safeguarding Warwickshire
  • Jo Gifford – Consultant Paediatrician CWPT; Designated Doctor for Child Safeguarding, Coventry & Rugby CCG
  • Sophie Halstead –Neonatal SpR, St Mary’s Hospital/Queen Charlotte’s Hospital
  • Angela Moore – Consultant Paediatrician
  • Rajiv Mittal – Consultant Paediatrician; Designated Doctor for Safeguarding and Child Deaths, Countess of Chester Hospital
  • Francesca Norris – Community Child Health trainee
  • Rebecca Sands – Consultant Paediatrician; Designated Doctor for Safeguarding Children
  • Shashwat Saran – Consultant Paediatrician
  • Ruth Skelton – Consultant Paediatrician; Designated Doctor for Child Protection
  • Paediatrics, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Original Production Team:

  • Anne Aukett – Quality Assurance
  • Neha-Baj – Content Development Lead, e-LfH HEE
  • Andrea Goddard – Quality Assurance
  • Marnie Greenrod – Project Manager, RCPCH
  • Rajiv Mittal – Editor
  • Leonie Pereira – Editor
  • Fiona Shaw – Project Lead, RCPCH


How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Safeguarding Children and Young People programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

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