NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Safeguarding in a Learning Environment

Safeguarding is important for everyone in the learning environment, not just pupils. Parents need to be able to feel confident that their children are fully protected in an environment that will give them the freedom to learn and achieve their full potential. Staff need the security of knowing that they too are protected.

Although Safeguarding has not been given a specific definition in law, it may be considered in its simplest form as ‘keeping children safe from harm, such as illness, abuse or injury.’ Following the implementation of the Every Child Matters Agenda, the term ‘Child Protection’ has been replaced by ‘Safeguarding’ and is the responsibility of all professionals who work with children and young people. All professionals i.e. professional careers, parenting workers and care assistants, now have a duty of care to the children and young people they work with and are expected to protect a child’s emotional, physical and sexual well-being as well as to ensure the child is not being neglected. A child or young person may be harmed in many different ways and it is not always obvious to the outsider as to what is happening in a young person’s life or if they are safe or being harmed.

This 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. This is a knowledge-only qualification suitable for learners aged 14 and above; no real work environment placement is required.

On this Safeguarding in a Learning Environment course you will:

  • Be provided with essential competencies required for child protection
  • Understand the role of safeguarding children and young people in England and Wales
  • Understand the different types of abuse and how to recognise them
  • Explore the key principles of legislation which protects children and young people in England and Wales
  • Understand the process for reporting suspected child abuse

Learn the key competencies of child protection to keep children safe from harm, such as illness, abuse or injury.
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This course is a formally recognised RQF qualification and is recognised throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

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Awarding body: NCFE CACHE
Our course ref: X103
Qualification code: 600/5515/7
Official Qualification Title: NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Safeguarding in a Learning Environment

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.

Study Hours

The recommended study hours is 26. However, additional hours may be required for reading, writing and research.

Course Duration

You have up to a year to complete this course and we have included a suggested number of study hours. This is usually ample time for learners, even with full-time jobs and other commitments. Don’t worry if you go over the year though, we can organise an extension to your course for a small fee, which also extends your tutor support.

Study Method

The course is specially designed for study by distance learning. Throughout the course, there will be self-assessment questions, and tutor marked assignments (TMAs), to enable you to monitor your progress.


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.

Course Outcomes

In 2015, NCFE acquired CACHE. As of September 2017, our CACHE courses will now be known as NCFE CACHE, and you will receive your certificate from both awarding bodies.

This qualification comes with NCFE CACHE Level 1 certification. NCFE CACHE have been developing courses in the childcare, education and healthcare sectors since 1945 and are 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.

Learners who achieve this qualification could progress onto further education to support employment, including:

  • Level 2 Award in Learning to Learn
  • Level 2 Award in Independent Study and Career Skills
  • Level 2 Award for Developing Effective Thinking Skills
  • Level 2 Award in Reflective Practice
Additional Information
Official Qualification Title
NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Safeguarding in a Learning Environment
Level 1
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.
Minimum Enrolment Age
14 years
Section 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

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email and telephone, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide which will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You don’t need any prior skills in the subject area to start. However, as with all of our courses, we recommend a reasonable level of English reading and writing ability.

We provide all the specially written learning materials you require to study this course at home. The course fee also includes tutor support for 12 months.

You will receive everything you need to complete this course within the study pack we send to you.

No, this course is assessed by coursework alone.

No, all of the study materials are supplied within your learning pack.

That’s fine, this course can be studied anywhere and is completed by submitting Tutor marked assignments (TMAs).

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