Safeguarding and Prevent training courses

This range of e-learning courses is designed to support staff in the FE and Training sector to carry out the safeguarding and Prevent duties.

All courses were full revised with new content added in 2021. Follow the links below for more information or to book onto the courses that relate to your role.


Safeguarding in FE and Training

This safeguarding training course is designed  to support all those working in the Further Education and Training sector.

Safeguarding in FE and Training – more details

The new look and revised content were developed in consultation with those working in the profession, both through the early stages of its development and in pilots.

The key updates are:

  • All updated guidance is in alignment with Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSiE) rev 2020 and Working Together to Safeguarding Children rev 2020/1.
  • Stronger links between safeguarding and our refreshed Prevent e-modules to help colleagues fully understand the safeguarding connections with Prevent.
  • A new section on digital safety, which we have built to be easy to understand, even if you are not IT literate.

This safeguarding training course is designed to support all those working in the Further Education and Training sector. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility so it is useful to have knowledge and understanding of what types of safeguarding issues you might come across, need to report or get advice about. Increased awareness and understanding, alongside effectively implemented safeguarding policies, provide staff and learners with a safer working and learning environment and ensures early intervention is actioned when necessary. Children, young people and adults at risk can be vulnerable to abuse, neglect and harm and need intervention and protection.

The Safeguarding in FEand Training course contains four modules:

  • Introduction to safeguarding
  • Recognising safeguarding concerns and risks
  • Safeguarding and you
  • An introduction to digital safeguarding.

It is envisioned that each module will take about a week to work through. There is an assessment at the end of the course and you will receive a certificate once you have completed the course.

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The course does not contain information about safer recruitment. If recruitment issues are relevant to your role, please access the ‘Safeguarding and Safer Recruitment in FE’ course below.


Safeguarding and safer recruitment in FE

This safeguarding training course is designed  to support all those working in the Further Education and Training sector.

Safeguarding and safer recruitment in FE – more details

An updated Safer Recruitment course is available and is for anyone who is involved with the recruitment of staff or volunteers in the FE and Training sector.

Safer recruitment is a crucial part of safeguarding children, young people and adults at risk and is governed by extensive legislation. This course is not about how to recruit but how to make your recruitment processes safer. Clear and well-promoted safer recruitment policies and practices can deter unsuitable applicants from applying and can support prevention of the recruitment of unsuitable people.

This course explores safer recruitment, examining why it is important and how methods of safer recruitment can be embedded within your organisation to enable the identification of unsuitable adults who may apply for employment or to volunteer at your organisation. The course is divided into three modules: 

  • The safer recruitment process
  • Making the right decision
  • Induction

The module takes on average three hours to complete with questions and a certificate at the end. There are multiple links to other reading resources and links to government guidance and templates. Additional reading is guided by your interest and the context of your organisation. Where possible, we have provided information that is topical and relevant for the FE and Training sector.

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Digital safeguarding for the FE and Training sector

This course is aimed at those who are responsible for digital safeguarding in their organisation.

Digital safeguarding for the FE and Training sector – more details

A new ‘Digital safety’ course is now available, aimed at those who are responsible for digital safeguarding.

As more learners are learning both on- and offline, protecting learners in the online environment is just as important as the offline one. All settings need to plan their approach, regardless of their context.

Protecting learners online is a setting’s duty of care and should be treated in the same way as physical safeguarding, which means that the governors, trustees, directors and senior leaders in your organisation need to plan the approach, and it needs to be effectively executed. In addition, all staff should be trained and all staff should know where to report online incidents.

This course will help those in digital safeguarding leadership positions develop their approach to mitigating risks to learners online. The course contains a selection of case studies and videos that explore the practical application of the guidance in both colleges and ITPs.

The resource is divided into three sections:

  • How to identify an effective approach to mitigating online harms and risks in your context
  • How to develop a risk mitigation approach to online harms and risks for their setting
  • Ensure that your organisation adopts a best practice approach to online harms and risks for their learners.

This two-week course follows on from ‘An introduction to digital safeguarding’, the final module in the ‘Safeguarding in FE and Training’ course. It applies to all settings: work-based learning, community settings, FE colleges and independent training providers.

Whilst some organisational settings are mandated through statutory guidance to ensure the appropriate online safeguards are in place, this should be used as a model for best practice to protect learners in all settings.

‘Keeping Children Safe in Education’ highlights the approach that schools and colleges should have in place in relation to digital safeguarding (see Annex C in KCSIE for further details) and states that: ‘Governing bodies and proprietors should be doing all that they reasonably can to limit children’s exposure to the above risks from the school’s or college’s IT system’.

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Safeguarding and governance modules

Two substantially revised courses to support governors and governance professionals with their safeguarding and Prevent duty responsibilities.

Safeguarding and governance modules – more details

These modules are currently undergoing maintenance.

It is recommended that governors first follow the generic Safeguarding, Prevent and Advancing Equality courses, and when the Governance Development Programme is relaunched in May 2022, it will be possible to top up on information relevant to their role.


Prevent for Further Education and Training

Recently revised and updated courses on Prevent duty awareness training.

Prevent for Further Education and Training – more details

The ETF revised and updated the Prevent duty awareness training courses in 2021. The new look and revised content were developed in consultation with the profession, both through the early stages of its development and in pilots.

The key updates are:

  • All updated guidance in alignment with KCSiE rev 2021 and Working Together to Safeguarding Children
  • Stronger links between Prevent duty awareness courses and Safeguarding in FE and Training sector course to help colleagues fully understand the interconnectedness between the two.

The programme has been rewritten in response to feedback from users, strengthening the importance of understanding your role and responsibilities. The biggest change is that we have collapsed the previous eight modules into one version, where you can select to read sections most relevant to you and reflect on the multiple roles people have within the sector.

The modules are relevant for the following roles: Employers; Governors/Trustees/Directors and board members; Host families; Leaders and managers; Practitioners; Subcontractors; and Support staff.

The Prevent duty is the duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 on specified authorities to have due regard for the need to prevent people from being groomed by extremists.  All individuals and organisations who are involved in the Further Education and Training sector need to be aware of the Prevent duty and their responsibilities with respect to this.

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