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Understanding Safeguarding and Prevent

Course Code: CUSP

Level: 2
Subject area: Childcare, Health & Social Care
Awarding body: NCFE
Qualification: Certificate
Course type: Part-time
Time of Day: Evening
Duration: 15 weeks
When you'll study: Mondays, 5.30pm - 8.30pm

About the course

The purpose of this course is to increase your knowledge and awareness of the Prevent duty and safeguarding, including online safety. By completing the qualification, you will develop knowledge of safeguarding in an environment where you have a duty of care.

What you'll learn

Qualification Units:

Understanding the Prevent duty: In this unit you will look at the Prevent duty, understanding why it exists and what your role and responsibility is in relation to it. You will understand the terms ‘radicalisation’, ‘extremism’ and ‘terrorism’, and how to reduce the risk of radicalisation. 


Understanding safeguarding: In this unit you will understand the term ‘safeguarding’, identify the national policies and local systems that relate to safeguarding, know how to recognise signs of abuse or potential harm and know how to respond if abuse or harm is disclosed, suspected or alleged.

Understanding online safety: You will learn how to understand the potential consequences of inappropriate or illegal online activity, how to reduce the risks posed online, and how to spot signs and behavioural changes that could cause concern.

Entry requirements

The minimum age for enrolment on to this qualification is 18 years.

In order to be successful on this course you will be required to have a minimum of level 2 English and good digital skills.

This qualification is for existing training staff in further education, schools, independent training providers and local authority education providers wishing to increase their own knowledge and effectiveness in safeguarding and Prevent.


You will be assessed through activities that are internally set by the tutor, in areas such as:

  • written description
  • oral question and answers
  • professional discussions
  • reflective descriptions.
What's next?

Upon successful completion you may progress toward the role of Designated Safeguarding Lead or other teacher qualifications, such as:

  • Award in Education and Training
  • Certificate in Education and Training 
  • Diploma in Education and Training.
Important information

Fees quoted apply to courses starting in the academic year 2022/23 (August 2022 – July 2023). There may be a slight increase in fees for courses starting 2023/24.

If you are aged 16-18, due to Government funding, tuition fees may not be applicable for your course. (Please note: this does not apply to Foundation Degrees or Access to Higher Education courses, and other courses not eligible for public funding.)

Although we’re not yet able to confirm the start date for this course, applications are now welcome, just complete an Expression of Interest form.
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