Safeguarding and child protection: the essentials 2023/24

This course is fully up to date with:

  • Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023, as published by the DfE on 1 September 2023
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children 2023, as published by the DfE in December 2023

If you completed this course before 17 January 2024, you'll need to select 'retake course' (see above) to view the new changes in line with Working Together to Safeguard Children.

 The government's non-statutory guidance on responding to the sharing of nude and semi-nude imagery was updated in March 2024. We'll update this eLearning ready for September. In the meantime, take a look at our summary of changes to the guidance on The Key Leaders.


Course length90 minutes, including the assessment
Suitable forAll staff in all schools, including volunteers and contractors
Certificate granted?Yes

Invite anyone who misses your September INSET to take this course, so you don't need to repeat your session again and again. Or, use it in September as a time-saving alternative to delivering our full INSET pack.

It covers all the critical information from Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) 2023, part 1. By the end, your staff will know:

  • What safeguarding is, why it's important, and what their responsibilities are
  • Everything they need to about the 4 main types of abuse and safeguarding issues to be alert to now
  • How to spot the signs that a child might be suffering abuse, or is at risk of it
  • What to do if they have any concerns about a child or a child tells them about abuse
  • How to report any safeguarding concerns – about a child, an adult, or practice in your setting

Your staff must pass the final assessment, so you can track completion and be confident in your team’s knowledge. The assessment tests understanding of the critical information from KCSIE 2023, part 1, and makes sure staff know how to act in a safeguarding situation.

As always, we’ve applied the best of adult-learning design to bring you elearning that engages as well as instructs, so you can be sure your staff take in the information they need – and, crucially, apply it in real life.

What’s new for 2023/24?

  • Updates to reflect the latest changes to KCSIE for 2023/24
    Updates to reflect the latest changes to Working Together to Safeguard Children
  • New scenarios to put learning into practice and keep the course engaging for staff who’ve done it before
  • Updated assessment with new questions and scenarios, to keep it fresh and up to date

Note: you should still talk through your procedures with staff, to make sure they understand them. We recommend using a combination of elearning and face-to-face training, as training in person will help you spot any misconceptions or attitudes you need to address.

If you use a screen reader, or if you’ve found that the accessibility settings in this course don't address your needs, use our accessible version

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