Safeguarding Children (Level 2) - for Health


This course assumes you have already had Safeguarding Level 1 training. If you haven't then you will need to buy our Safeguarding Children (Levels 1 and 2) course


This Safeguarding Children Level 2 course is intended for staff who fall into the following work groups:

Group 3: Members of the workforce who work predominantly with children, young people and/or their parents/carers and who could potentially contribute to assessing, planning, intervening and reviewing the needs of a child and parenting capacity where there are safeguarding concerns.

Group 4: Members of the workforce who are responsible for making safeguarding referrals to the Police and Children’s Social Care Group 5: Members of the workforce who have particular responsibilities in relation to undertaking section 47 enquiries, including professionals police and children’s social care; those who work with complex cases and social work staff responsible for co-ordinating assessments of children in need.

About this course

The course contains additional resource materials, useful links and a refresher guide.


This course will enable you to: 

  • Learn about the types of questions that can be asked, should be asked, and should be avoided
  • Know what to consider before referring a safeguarding concern to Children’s Social Care
  • Know what information you should provide to Children’s Social Care and the questions you should ask
  • Know what you and Children’s Social Care should do following a referral
  • Know who should use the Framework for the Assessment of Children and their families and why
  • Understand the important principles that underpin the Framework
  • Know what is required to assess children’s needs
  • Understand the ‘Domains’ and ‘Dimensions’ of the Framework
  • Understand the importance of keeping an up to date chronology
  • Learn how to record chronologies
  • Know the purpose of a Strategy Discussion
  • Learn about the possible outcomes of a Strategy Discussion
  • Know the purpose of Section 47 Enquiries
  • Learn about the possible outcomes of Section 47 Enquiries
  • Learn about Initial Child Protection Conferences


    Here are some of the topics covered in this course:

    Closed Questions | Acceptable closed questions | Open questions | Open questions for young children | Avoid “why” | TED questions | Tell me questions | Multiple questions | Leading questions | Leading questions: assumptions | Limiting questions | Referral pathways | Information review | Seek advice? | Gather evidence? | Seeing the child? | Suggestion of risk | Inform the child? | Inform the parents? | Information gathering | Before the referral | Framework for assessments | Taking the referral | Ask questions | Referral outcomes | Partnership | Referral decision | Khyra Ishaq | Identifying risks | What is a chronology? | What is the purpose of a chronology? | When should a chronology be started? | Recording a chronology | Significant events | Examples of significant events | Professional judgement | Positive factors | Involving the family | How should a chronology be used?

  • Background to the framework for assessments | Who should use the assessment framework? | Assessment framework dimensions and domains | Child development | Assessing developmental needs | Assessing parenting capacity | Caregivers and the dimensions of parenting capacity | Family and environmental factors | Multiple caregivers | Safeguarding and child protection | Strategy discussion | Strategy discussion outcomes | Initiating section 47 enquiries | Court orders | Outcome of section 47 enquiries | Arrangement of the initial child protection conference | Initial child protection conference | The conference outcome | Outline child protection plan | Core group membership | Core group meetings | Arrange first child protection review conference | Child protection review conference | Discontinuing the child protection plan | Summary of child protection workflow