Safeguarding Training

This page summarises the guidance currently available, with links to help you access the wide variety of learning available to support safeguarding children and adults, and meet the level 3 learning outcomes. It is intended for clinicians requiring level 3 training or higher.

Click the boxes below for guidance on recommended learning on Child Safeguarding, Adult Safeguarding and Recording Your Learning. The guidance separates learning opportunities into ‘participatory’ and ‘non-participatory’ and recommends a mix of both. We have collated the best of our local learning opportunities for you but there will be many more that you find in the course of your work. Please do let us know if you find resources which should be added!

The training log template in Recording Your Learning automatically keeps a record of your learning and shows you a record of your last 3 years learning and helps you ensure compliance.

How many hours training for Primary Care Clinicians?

The January 2019 Intercollegiate Document makes a distinction between professional groups who require Level 3 ‘Core’ child safeguarding training and those primary care clinicians (e.g. GPs, Practice Nurses, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Paramedics) who require Level 3 ‘additional knowledge, skills and competencies’ child safeguarding training.

According to RCGP guidance, training should be 50% participatory and 50% non-participatory.

Inter-professional and inter-organisational training is encouraged in order to share best practice, learn from serious incidents and to develop professional networks.

INITIAL training
(in first 12 months of level 3 post)
Minimum 16 hours
REFRESHER training
(over 3 years)
Minimum 12 hours
GP Practice Safeguarding Leads require 16 hours


INITIAL training
(in first 12 months of level 3 post)
Minimum 8 hours
REFRESHER training
(over 3 years)
Minimum 8 hours
(over 3 years)
Minimum of 20 hours
GP Practice Safeguarding Leads require 24 hours (16 hours child + 8 hours adult)


Several aspects of safeguarding training and education can apply equally to child and adult safeguarding and share the same principles. Examples of this may include, but are not limited to: safeguarding ethos, confidentiality, information sharing, documentation and domestic abuse. For example, if a clinician attended a one-hour Level 3 training session on domestic abuse that covered adult and child safeguarding issues equally, the RCGP supplementary guidance suggests this would count towards one hour of adult safeguarding Level 3 training and one hour of child safeguarding Level 3 training.

You can record these on your e-portfolio, or using a simple tool like our training log – see Recording Your Learning.


Our primary sources of information have been the intercollegiate documents and the RCGP supplementary document (2020):

Safeguarding Children: Intercollegiate Document January 2019

Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Core Competencies:
Intercollegiate Document January 2019

Safeguarding Adults:
Intercollegiate Document August 2018

RCGP Safeguarding Training Requirements for Primary Care
Supplementary Document 2020


(Page last updated: June 2023)