Child Safeguarding

Child Safeguarding Level 3: Training Requirements in Primary Care

Recommendation: 12 hours training over 3 years, with a mixture of 50% participatory and 50% non-participatory training.

Education and learning opportunities should be multi-disciplinary with some inter-agency input desirable, and delivered internally and externally. It should include personal reflection and scenario-based discussion, drawing on case studies, serious case reviews, and lessons from research and audit. This should be appropriate to the speciality and roles of participants. Organisations should consider encompassing safeguarding/child protection learning within regular multi-professional and/or multi-agency staff meetings, vulnerable child and family meetings, clinical updating, clinical audit, reviews of critical incidents and significant unexpected events and peer discussions.

(Adapted from ‘Safeguarding Children and Young People: Roles and Core Competencies’, Intercollegiate Document, January 2019, and Good practice safeguarding in general practice (


Learning Opportunities

CORE opportunities cover a wide range of topics on the level 3 curriculum.


SUPPLEMENTARY opportunities cover specific areas of the ‘additional knowledge skills and competencies’ GP curriculum in more detail. Supplementary learning opportunities have been subdivided into:

  • Personal Level: Recognition, Assessment, Communication, Documentation and Appropriate Actioning of Suspected Abuse
  • Practice Level: Contribution to local safeguarding MDT and peer support
  • Inter-Agency Level: Involvement in safeguarding information sharing / enquiries / serious case reviews