To ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community and delegates during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, all safeguarding training will be delivered online.

Safeguarding training for English language teaching providers

Our safeguarding training is tailored specifically for English language teaching centres and is suitable for all types of provider accepting under 18s. 

We offer advanced safeguarding for designated leads, formerly known as level two, and specialist safeguarding training, formely known as level three. These take place on the same day and trainees can attend both in one day.

The 2019/20 English UK safeguarding training days are sponsored by Endsleigh Insurances Services Ltd.

Safeguarding compliance with Accreditation UK

All English UK member centres must be accredited by Accreditation UK, which requires all centres working with under 18s to provide adequate levels of safeguarding. We therefore provide training for both designated staff and designated leads.

To comply with existing regulations for accreditation, designated leads must attend a session to renew their safeguarding certificate every two years.

Book ELT safeguarding training

To attend advanced safeguarding for designated staff you must have completed basic safeguarding, which is available for free from the British Council. To attend specialist safeguarding you must have completed advanced safeguarding (either with us or elsewhere).

Please note there is a difference between safeguarding in England and Wales and child protection in Scotland - make sure you take the right course for your centre.

To book at the discounted English UK member rate of £75, select 'tickets', 'enter promotional code' in the right hand corner and enter your member number. Non-member rate is £120.


Safeguarding training for ELT in England and Wales

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Advanced safeguarding for designated
staff in ELT | 09:30 to 13:00
  Specialist safeguarding for
designated lead in ELT | 14:00 to 17:30
Tuesday 28 July | online   Tuesday 28 July | online

*More dates will be added when confirmed

Child protection training for ELT in Scotland

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Advanced training for designated child protection staff (Level 2) Scotland             Specialist training for child protection lead officer in Scotland (similar to English level 3)
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Different safeguarding roles

Advanced safeguarding for designated staff (formerly level 2)

Designated staff help designated safeguarding leads deliver safeguarding throughout the organisation.

This half-day course helps designated staff better understand their role and responsibilities. Using practical exercises it will help you understand the types of safeguarding issues you might face and how to apply safeguarding to your situation.

Course requirements: Participants must have completed basic safeguarding awareness training (formerly Level 1) training.

English UK members will have a code to give them five free sessions for basic safeguarding awareness training on Gallery Teachers or it is available for free from the British Council where participants will need to register for an account.

Specialist safeguarding for designated lead (formerly level 3)

Every Accreditation UK centre must ensure there is a designated lead available 24/7. This means multiple staff must be trained to this level, at least one of which should be from the senior management team.

This half-day course helps designated leads better understand their role and responsibilities. It includes how to manage designated staff, prevent and how local authorities operate and their relationship to language schools.

Course requirements: Participants must have completed advanced safeguarding for designated staff (formerly Level 2) training.


Safeguarding webinars

To make it easier to access our trainer's expertise, we have arranged a set of webinars to help centre staff get support and training from the ease and comfort of their own desk. All our webinars are free.

Each webinar has a specific focus, such as safer recruitment and risk assessments, and each includes a question and answer session (please submit questions before the webinar). Every webinar will be recorded, emailed to participants and posted for easy reference. 


About our trainers


Kevin O'Donnell

Kevin is a freelance trainer who has managed year round ELT schools for adults and juniors and multiple summer centres. He has worked with Nigel Heritage to create ELT-specific training based on their combined years of experience.

He is a member of the British Council ASAC and a welfare officer at a London-based rowing club. Kevin specialises in safeguarding and audit compliance. He aims to provide positive and interactive training sessions.


Jessica Mosley

Jessica is a freelance safeguarding trainer and teacher trainer. She has several years' experience of running UK summer schools, as well as a range of teacher training and management roles in ELT both in the UK and overseas. She is a CELTA trainer and works in both language schools and universities.

Jessica works closely with Nigel Heritage, Kevin O'Donnell and Barbara Lewin to plan and develop engaging and informative ELT-specific safeguarding training sessions.

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Barbara Lewin

A freelance safeguarding trainer and consultant with many years' experience of working within the ELT sector, Barbara has a broad understanding of the complexities of the ELT industry. In more recent years, as Group Safeguarding Manager she has delivered in-house training and advice, supporting DSLs within individual schools.

In 2016, Barbara founded and is the Chair of the Sussex Safeguarding Forum, providing a network for Sussex based ELT schools to share advice and guidance and liaise with the relevant local authorities. She is also a Mental Health First Aider for both Adult and Youth.

Our sponsor: Endsleigh Insurance Services

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Endsleigh Insurance Services Ltd are the leading insurance provider for the student and education markets, with over 50 years' experience in the sector.

Currently insuring many thousands of International students studying in the UK through working with over 800 partners, ranging from language schools, universities, independent schools, colleges, pathway providers and agencies. Endsleigh specialise in creating fully bespoke insurance solutions for ELT education providers to include as a part of their service packages for their students.

Endsleigh Insurance Services Limited are proud to have been in partnership with English UK for over 10 years, and regarded as their 'preferred insurer'

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