Standard 11 of the Care Certificate explores the safeguarding of children (under 18s) and can be considered an extension of standard 10 (safeguarding adults).
Although you will primarily be working with adults, you still have a responsibility to protect and safeguard children – this is everybody’s responsibility and not just the responsibility of childcare workers.
This standard has just one learning outcome and the assessment criteria depends on whether you work in the Health sector or Social Care sector.
- 11.1 Safeguard children
- If they work in health: Meet the most up to date national minimum training standards for Safeguarding Children at Level 1 as set out in the guidance issued by the Intercollegiate Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health.
- If they work in Social Care: Explain what they must do if they suspect a child, young person (met in any circumstances) is being abused or neglected.
For health workers, if you are likely to have regular contact with children as part of your job role, it is recommended that your employer trains you to Level 2 in Safeguarding Children – you should (at the very minimum) be trained to Level 1.