The purpose of this qualification is for learners to develop an understanding of the ways in which young people may be vulnerable to harm, abuse or exploitation in both the workplace and the learning environment. It will help the learner to understand the personal responsibilities required to keep young people safe, and the role and responsibility of different agencies. The qualification also provides learners with an understanding of the legal context of safeguarding and examines the national guidelines for recognising and reporting situations where young people may be at risk of harm, abuse and exploitation.
Successful learners will be able to:
1. understand the concept of safeguarding young people from harm, abuse and exploitation
2. understand ways of safeguarding young people from harm, abuse and exploitation
3. know the legislation, policies and support in place to safeguard young people from abuse, harm and exploitation
4. know how to respond to allegations of harm, abuse and exploitation.
This qualification provides opportunities for people working in a wide range of occupations to identify the symptoms of harm, abuse and exploitation and to know what to do about it.
Assessors of this qualification must be occupationally knowledgeable. This means that each assessor must be able to demonstrate that they have sufficient knowledge of the issues relating to safeguarding young people from harm, abuse and exploitation. This must include:
o current legislation
o current local and national requirements for recording and reporting concerns
o current national and local initiatives to safeguard young people from harm, abuse and exploitation
Assessors must also hold or be working towards one of the following qualifications:
o the A1 replacement qualifications such as the City & Guilds 6317:
o another suitable qualification in the assessment of knowledge
Centres and Assessors are reminded that the content of the qualification is sensitive and may distress learners. The centre should have robust systems in place to ensure learners are provided with suitable support, advice and guidance if they raise personal concerns as a result of studying for this qualification.