Safeguarding in a Learning Environment

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Safeguarding in a Learning Environment

Learn the key competencies of child protection to keep children safe from harm, such as illness, abuse or injury.

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Overview

Five days a week, thirty-nine weeks of the year: that’s how long the average child spends at school, so it’s hugely important that each and every one of them feels safe, valued and protected. Not to mention, parents need to be able to feel confident that their children are in an environment that will give them the freedom to learn and achieve their full potential. This level 1 safeguarding course will equip you with the skills to do just that.

In this Safeguarding Level 1 course, you’ll discover how to prevent and detect harm to children. You’ll examine different types of abuse, the tell-tale signs, and the procedures that need to be followed to report it. You’ll study key legislation which protects young people from harm, as well as how you can help them to stay safe from dangers such as cyber-bullying.

This distance learning safeguarding course is essential for those who come into contact with children as part of their working role including voluntary work and those who work with children on a daily basis e.g. teachers, dental staff, nursery nurses, child-minders, foster carers, teaching assistants or administration staff. It’s a knowledge-only qualification suitable for learners aged 14 and above, no real work environment placement is required, and you can study online from home.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Understanding the need for safeguarding in a learning environment
  • Understand the policies and procedures for safeguarding in your learning environment
  • Understand why safeguarding is important in your learning environment
  • Understand the importance of learning in an environment that actively values equality and diversity
  • Understand key aspects of health and safety regulations in their learning environment and know how to comply with these regulations
Unit 2 - Establishing safe personal boundaries in a learning environment (optional)
  • Knowing what makes a safe learning environment
  • Understand how to create safe personal boundaries in the learning environment
Unit 3 - Staying safe online in a learning environment (optional)
  • Understand the need to stay safe whilst working online within the learning environment
  • Understanding the key point of internet privacy, confidentiality, data protections and freedom of information guidelines within the learning environment
Unit 4 - Investigating cyber-bullying in a learning environment (optional)
  • Know the dangers associated with cyber-bullying
  • Understand ways of preventing cyber-bullying
Unit 5 - Investigating harassment and bullying in a learning environment (optional)
  • Know what is meant by harassment and bullying
  • Understand policies and procedures for harassment and bullying within a learning environment
Unit 6 - Recognising abuse in a learning environment (optional)
  • Understand how to recognise signs of abuse, harm and neglect of young people within a learning environment
  • Know what to do when there are concerns about young people’s safety and welfare
Unit 7 - Staying safe in a work environment (optional)
  • Know what makes a safe working environment whilst on work experience as part of a learning agreement
  • Know ways of preventing bullying and harassment whilst learning in a work environment

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Awarding Body

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CACHE stands for the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education, and are the leading specialist Awarding Organisation for the Care and Education Sector.

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Course Outcome

At the end of this course, successful learners will receive the following qualification: NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Safeguarding in a Learning Environment. This means that it is independently accredited at a level of learning equivalent to Level 1 on the National Qualifications Framework (NQF) for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

NCFE CACHE has been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and is one of the most reputable awarding bodies for qualifications in the UK and overseas. Practitioners working in these areas are much more employable having gained NCFE CACHE certification and many employers specifically ask for their qualifications when taking on members of staff.

How is this course assessed or examined?

Throughout this course, you may be expected to complete assignments, essays, research projects, presentations, video/audio recordings, and practical learning sessions to meet the requirements of your course. This information will be included in your study pack detailing exactly what you need to do to accomplish your goals as a student.

To be awarded this Award, you are required to successfully complete one mandatory unit and three optional units. You will be assessed based on a portfolio of evidence.

This is a regulated qualification that is internally assessed and externally quality assured. Staff involved in the assessment and of this qualification are able to demonstrate that they have the relevant occupational knowledge and competence, at the same level or higher as the units being evaluated.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English. There is a minimum study age of 14.

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Why enrol on a teaching assistant course with Oxbridge?

Online teaching assistant training courses are a popular way to access the industry because of the flexibility they offer. Our teaching assistant courses are designed to shape your future, your way – whatever skill level you may have.

Importantly, we understand the difference that great teaching assistants can make to the children they work with. So, from early years to a higher level, we want to help you achieve your goals so you can help them achieve theirs.

When you enrol with Oxbridge, you’ll benefit from our award-winning learning platform, course materials put together specifically for our students by industry experts, and teaching from experienced tutors. You can also book one-to-one sessions whenever you need to ensure you get the most out of your time with us.

Browse all our online courses or speak to one of our helpful learning advisers for more advice and guidance! 🙂

What skills do you need to be a teaching assistant?

Becoming an effective teaching assistant can be challenging as well as rewarding, so you’ll need the right attributes to take on the demands of the position.

Here are a few of the skills and characteristics required for the role:

  • Positive outlook towards children and young people.
  • Patient, empathetic, and compassionate personality.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • A proactive approach to learning new skills, policies, and practices.
  • Innate respect for diversity and equality.
  • Outstanding team-working skills.
  • Creative aptitude.
  • A principled approach to safeguarding, wellbeing, and safety.
  • Professional attitude.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
What is the role of a teaching assistant?

Working closely with teachers to create a safe, enjoyable learning environment, teaching assistants help empower children by providing them with the skills and abilities to succeed in and out of the classroom. Teaching assistants play a crucial part in a child’s education and well-being, making it an ideal career for anyone who adores the idea of unlocking people’s potential.

Why study a Childcare course online with Oxbridge?

In addition to all of the benefits mentioned above, we have a much higher-than-average pass rate, 20% higher to be precise, which we believe is down to our excellent tutors and learning materials, including videos, e-books and quizzes.

It’s our mission to make childcare training fun and exciting, the way it always should have been. But, sadly, that’s not the experience many of our students have had with traditional education.

From early years practitioners to SEN specialists, our courses can help you follow your passion. So take a look through our courses, and if you struggle to pick, ask our learning advisers for their input.

What qualifications do I need to work in a nursery?

No official qualifications are required in order to work as a nursery assistant. However, getting qualified will help you stand out from other candidates, and help you progress in your nursery career.

What are the benefits of studying your Childcare courses from home?

By studying childcare from home, you take away the strain of having to travel to a particular place at a specific time and learn at a pace that’s dictated by your entire class.

So whether you’re an early riser or concentrate better late at night, you’re in complete control of your study schedule and can spend as much or as little time as you need on each unit; that’s why so many of our students complete their courses much sooner than anticipated.

Additionally, you can reap the advantages of one-on-one time with your personal tutor; whether you need help or advice, they are fully qualified in the sector you’re hoping to work in. All of our tutors love seeing their students succeed; it’s not just a job to them; they genuinely are rooting for you.

Do you need Maths and English for Childcare Level 3?

The entry requirements for a career in childcare will vary depending on your role and responsibilities. With that said, employers will likely expect candidates to hold a maths and English qualification at GCSE level as a minimum requirement.

If you don’t currently have these, don’t worry. We recommend that you get in touch with our learning advisors for support and advice. Alternatively, it’s never too late to achieve fantastic GCSE grades through an online course.

Why study Childcare courses online?

You’re never too old to discover your passion and change your life. The beauty of opting for an online childcare course is that you don’t have to turn your entire world upside down.

Online courses offer flexibility that traditional establishments just can’t. You don’t need to quit your job or sacrifice your other commitments and responsibilities. We will work with you to make sure you succeed.

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