Our safeguarding training is tailored specifically for English language teaching centres and is suitable for all types of provider accepting under 18s. Whether juniors-only or an adult school that takes some 16 and 17 year olds, these half-day courses give designated staff and leads the information and confidence to deliver safeguarding throughout the organisation.

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

Trainees will receive a certificate following completion of the course.


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 the trainer

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Kevin O'Donnell 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.