Safeguarding Children & Young People Level 2 Course

If you have completed your Safeguarding Children and young people Level 1 course and need to know more about safeguarding children, then Safeguarding Children Level 2 is for you.

From this course, you will gain detailed knowledge of legislation and guidance relating to the child protection process (Section 17 and Section 47 enquiries). You will get increased knowledge of partner agencies' responses and your expected involvement in the Child Protection Process.

Designed for people with more responsibility for safeguarding children and young people, this course covers roles and responsibilities in depth.

What will you Learn on a Safeguarding Children and Young People Level 2 Course?

  • Understand the protective factors in Early help services
  • Explain the concepts of child in need and significant harm (understanding thresholds, Roles and responsibilities of professionals involved in Child Protection process
  • Representing the child’s voice
  • Increased vulnerability from harm outside the home
  • Child Protection Process Referral pathway- meeting structure – timescales (Working Together 2023)
  • Increase knowledge of Information sharing in safeguarding(including GDPR) and child consent issues
  • Joint investigation process – including DBS reporting requirement
  • Apply a range of knowledge and understanding to solve practical child abuse situations with the use of bespoke case studies
  • Knowledge of safeguarding Partners, Child death reviews, Serious Case Review’s duty to cooperate
  • Other Safeguarding arrangements MAPPA, MARAC, PREVENT

What else will you learn on a Safeguarding Adults Level 2

  • That different Child Safeguarding Legislation and guidance applies across Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland ( if relevant to your organisation )
  • The law on child consent
  • Develop an action plan to apply learning to professional practice

How often do I need to refresh my Level 2 Safeguarding Training?

The frequency at which you need to refresh your Level 2 Safeguarding Training can vary depending on your organisation's policies, industry standards and regulatory requirements.

Best practice would suggest the following time frames for safeguarding training and updating:

  • Level 2/Refresher – Every 2 years

What jobs require level 2 training?

Level 2 Safeguarding Training is often required for individuals who have an increased contact with children or manage those who work with children and who may be asked to provide and coordinate assessments of children.

Some of the job roles that require level 2 training include:

Teachers and school staff

Childrens Nursery managers

Doctors / Paramedics/ Dentists/ Nurses

Therapists / Counsellors

Other healthcare professionals

Social Workers

Youth workers

Children’s Home manager

Sports / Swimming Coaches


Foster carers

Housing officers

Fire and Rescue Services Education and Community fire safety teams

How do I know which safeguarding training course level I need?

This is one of our most common questions we get asked. It may not be immediately apparent if you’re working within a small organisation or implementing safeguarding best practices for the first time.

We would first recommend consulting with your employer. You should also double-check the requirements of your workplace. Although virtual and blended learning is acceptable for certification, your workplace may mandate in-person training.

The Athena Programme can help you to understand what level of training you may need and what individual courses may also suit you, speak to a friendly member of our team.

What is the difference between Level 1 and Level 2 Safeguarding Children and Young People?

Level 1 and Level 2 Safeguarding Children and Young People training courses are designed to equip individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to safeguard and protect children and young people from harm. While both levels focus on safeguarding, there are differences in the depth of knowledge and roles theses courses prepare individuals for.

The differences between Level 1 and Level 2 training are:

Level 1 Safeguarding Children and Young People

  • Provides an introduction to safeguarding principles and basic awareness of child protection.
  • Designed for individuals who have occasional contact or limited involvement with children and young people as part of their role.
  • Level 1 training covers topics such as recognising signs of abuse, understanding basic safeguarding procedures and knowing how to report concerns to the appropriate authorities.
  • Level 1 training is usually more general and may not delve into specific safeguarding procedures.

Level 2 Safeguarding Children and Young People


  • Level 2 training builds upon the knowledge provided in Level 1 and is more comprehensive and in-depth.
  • It's aimed at individuals who have regular contact with children and young people as part of their job role.
  • Level 2 delves deeper into procedures, risk assessment and responding to safeguarding concerns.
  • Level 2 covers topics such as understanding different forms of abuse and working collaboratively with other agencies.
  • Level 2 training includes case studies, practical exercises, and scenarios to help delegates apply their knowledge to real situations. This sometimes can be overwhelming.
  • You will gain a detailed knowledge of legislation and guidance relating to the child protection process (Section 17 and Section 47 enquiries).

While both Level 1 and Level 2 safeguarding training aim to raise awareness and promote child protection, Level 2 provides a more in-depth understanding and is required for individuals who have direct involvement with children and young people in their professional roles.

How to book on a Level 2 Course?

If you are looking to raise your awareness or safeguarding and increase your understanding, get in touch with a friendly member of our team for more information.

Not sure which course is right for your organisation we are here to help.

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