All our safeguarding training will be delivered online until further notice.

Safeguarding training for English language teaching professionals

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

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

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.

Register for 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, click the link below which will take you to an eventbrite form then select 'tickets' > 'enter promotional code' (found in the right hand corner) and enter your unique member number. The non-member rate is £120. If a training is fully booked, you can add yourself to the waiting list and we will be in contact if a space becomes available.

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
Thursday 3 December 2020 | online [sold out]  

Thursday 3 December 2020 | online [sold out]

Thursday 04 February 2021 | online

£120 for non-members | £75 for members


Thursday 04 February 2021 | online

£120 for non-members | £75 for members


*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 Accreditation Scheme Advisory Committee (ASAC) and is 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

Barbara is a freelance safeguarding trainer and consultant with many years' experience of working within the ELT sector and she has a broad understanding of the complexities of the ELT. In more recent years, as group safeguarding manager she has delivered in-house training and advice, supporting designated safeguarding leads within a number of individual schools.

In 2016, Barbara founded and is the chair of the Sussex Safeguarding Forum, providing a network for Sussex based ELT centres 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 learners.

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