Level 1 Safeguarding Training is an accredited training tailored to Madrassahs, Islamic Supplementary Schools and Mosque environments and needs. It aims to increase and improve your knowledge of safeguarding children and how to recognise warning signs of abuse, what to do with any concerns you may have and how to be confident in protecting children from harm.

The training is interactive with highly useful information and real-life cases from the Madrassah and Mosque sector to help you understand more about your responsibilities. It is delivered by one of our accredited Safeguarding trainers who has been delivering safeguarding training programmes to mosques for 15 years. Upon completion of the training, all attendees will receive certification and will be offered full support from our team.

Receiving training in Safeguarding and Protecting children is a legal requirement for people who come in regular contact with children.

According to Working Together to Safeguard Children Statuary guidance 2015: ‘Organisations that work with children and/or their families must have a mandatory induction into safeguarding which includes; – “familiarisation 

 organisations that work with children and/or their families must have a mandatory induction into Safeguarding which includes; – “familiarisation with child protection responsibilities and procedures to be followed if anyone has any concerns about a child’s safety or welfare”.

  • Delivered by a qualified Child Protection and Safeguarding Professional

  • Accredited by a number of Local Safeguarding Boards

  • Interactive with real life cases

  • Duration: 1 day

  • Materials provided

  • On completion certificate is posted within a fortnight

  • Follow-up support

Aims of the course

  • To increase awareness and the ability to act on concerns about the safety and welfare of children in Madrassahs and Supplementary Islamic Schools.

  • To identify policies and good practice in safeguarding

  • To develop understanding of reporting procedures  

  • To increase understanding of the indicators of child abuse and explore the impact of abuse on children and how to support them.

  • To increase the knowledge of professional roles and responsibilities under current guidelines.


‘nice and clear, easy to understand, real life examples explaining key procedures. I will be able to implement everything I learnt today into my Madrassah’.
Biilal Javid, Blackburn
‘nice and clear, easy to understand, real life examples explaining key procedures. I will be able to implement everything I learnt today into my Madrassah’.
Biilal Javid, Blackburn
‘nice and clear, easy to understand, real life examples explaining key procedures. I will be able to implement everything I learnt today into my Madrassah’.
Biilal Javid, Blackburn
‘Learned new ways to help young people/children. Highlighted issues which are not always addressed. Overall an excellent training course’.
Bushara Malik, Leeds
‘The trainer’s clear and thorough explanation of the subject matter. It was thorough and well explained’
Othman Hamed, Liverpool
‘It presented the statutory requirements and Islamic etiquette. The presentation was given and supported by hand-outs’
Ali Hussein, Leyton

Who should take this course

Level 1 Safeguarding is legally mandatory for all those who work directly with children, young people, their families and/or carers, in order to enable them to safeguard and protect children. This holds true for all Madrassah and Supplementary school teachers, managers, administrators and assistants, whether working on a full-time or part-time basis, as volunteers or employees. The course is at an introduction level so no previous knowledge is required.

It is the responsibility of the management to ensure that all staff in their institution receive certified training once every three years.



Training has been accredited and certified by a number of Local Safeguarding Boards, including Buckinghamshire and Blackburn Local Safeguarding Boards.

All attendees who attend the full duration of the training will be presented with a certificate and certified in Level 1 Child Safeguarding.

Certificates to be sent directly to the attendees following the training.

Training must be renewed once every three years.

Course Content

Updated in 2016, this course aims to increase your knowledge, awareness and ability to act on concerns about the safety and welfare of children in Islamic institutions.

You will learn about:

  • Aims & Objectives

  • Safeguarding in Islam

  • National Safeguarding Agenda

  • Definition of Abuse

  • Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

  • Preventing radicalisation

  • E-Safety (Social Media Policies & Safeguarding)

  • Child Development

  • Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

  • Reacting to Disclosure

  • Roles and Responsibilities in Islamic Institutions

  • Information Sharing and Confidentiality

  • Allegations Against Staff

  • Summary of an Islamic Institution


£395 + VAT for up to 20 people in addition to £25 + VAT for every additional person.

All materials provided


Safeguarding Information

The UK Government has defined the term ‘safeguarding children’ as: ‘The process of protecting children from abuse or neglect, preventing impairment of their health and development, and ensuring they are growing up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care that enables children to have optimum life chances and enter adulthood successfully.’[1]

Safeguarding Legislation

In England the law states that people who work with children have to keep them safe. This safeguarding legislation is set out in The Children Act (1989) and (2004). It is also mentioned in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and sets out the rights of children to be free from abuse. The Government also provides guidance in their document Working Together to Safeguard Children 2015.

Roles in a madrassah that involve supervising or being left alone in charge of children require an enhanced DBS check (previously called CRB check).

It is against the law for madrassahs to employ someone or allow them to volunteer for this kind of work if they know they’re on one of the barred lists.

Our Duty

  • Staff must be committed to protecting pupils from all forms of abuse.

  • Staff must undergo DBS checks before starting work.

  • The Madrassah should have an up to date Child Protection Policy as well as an e-safety policy.

  • All staff should be familiar with the Policies, how to safeguard children and how to report abuse.

  • All staff should undergo training in Level 1 Child Safeguarding

[1] Safeguarding Children / Ofsted – Ofsted. Retrieved on 2015-12-08.

Types of Abuse

The Prophet ﷺ said: “Allah will question each person in a position of responsibility about what he or she was responsible for.” (Tirmidhi)

Physical Abuse

Physical abuse is deliberately causing physical harm to a child or young person, such as hitting, shaking, beating or throwing, poisoning, burning or scalding. It is not accidental.

This can sometimes be caused when a parent or carer fabricates the symptoms of, or deliberately induces, illness in a child or young person.

Forcing children to sit in stress positions is prohibited. Physical abuse of any kind is unacceptable, regardless of the reason. It should never be used as any form of punishment and teachers should adopt a patient and gentle method of teaching and discipline, in line with the teachings of the Prophet and his conduct with children.

It is everyone’s duty to prevent harm. There is no excuse for physically abusing a child. It causes serious, and often long-lasting, harm.

Our duty

  • Be alert to changes in a pupil’s behaviour and character.

  • Know and be alert to other signs including bruising, bite marks or fractures.

  • Report any suspicions to the designated person.

  • Don’t investigate. Report your concerns to the designated Child Protection Officer.

  • Never use physical punishment of any kind to discipline a pupil

“It was by the mercy of Allah that you were gentle with them (O, Muhammad) for if you had been harsh and hard of heart they would have dispersed from around you. So pardon them and pray forgiveness for them and consult with them in the affair” (Quran- Al Imran 3:159).

Emotional Abuse

Emotional Abuse is ‘the persistent emotional maltreatment of a child or young person, such as to cause severe and persistent adverse effects on their emotional development.’ A Madrassah pupil could be emotionally abused by parents, teachers as well as anyone in a position of authority. Bullying (including cyberbullying) is also considered a type of emotional abuse and every Madrassah should have policies in place to prevent and deal appropriately with this type of abuse. Some level of emotional abuse in involved in all types of ill treatment of children and children who are emotionally abused usually undergo another type of abuse or neglect at the same time.

Emotional abuse can include:

  • Blaming or humiliating the child or young person in public or talking about them negatively.

  • Always assuming the child or young person is at fault or having unrealistic expectations of them.

  • Admitting to disliking, or hating, or threatening the child or young person.

  • Using corporal or emotionally severe punishment.

  • Withdrawing comfort as a means of discipline or being emotionally cold.

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Our Duty

  • Always treat pupils kindly, respectfully and fairly, in line with the Sunnah.

  • Never humiliate or threaten a pupil.

  • Create a safe environment for all pupils, which gives them the ability to talk to you with any concerns if they need to.

  • Deal with any bullying allegations according to Madrassah policy.

  • Report any suspected abuse to the designated person.

“Those who are kind and considerate to Allah’s creatures, Allah bestows His kindness and affection on them. Show kindness to the creatures on the earth so that Allah may be kind to you.”


Neglect is the persistent failure to meet a child’s or young person’s basic physical and/or psychological needs and is often the most common form of abuse. It is likely to result in the serious impairment of the child’s health or development. It may occur as early as pregnancy as a result of maternal substance abuse.

It can involve a parent or carer failing to:

  • Provide adequate food, clothing and shelter.

  • Protect a child or young person from physical and emotional harm or danger.

  • Ensure adequate supervision (including the use of inadequate care-givers)

  • Ensure access to appropriate medical care or treatment.

  • Respond to a child’s or young person’s basic emotional needs.

There is a difference between poverty and neglect and each must be investigated appropriately and dealt with accordingly. If it is poverty, the Madrassah can work with other organisations to help support the family in need, or if appropriate, set up a funding program to assist the family out of poverty. In Neglect, the family are failing to support the child or the young person even though it is within their means.

Types of Neglect

Physical Neglect

Educational Neglect

Emotional Neglect

Medical Neglect

Failing to provide food, shelter or clothing. Failing to supervise a child or provide for their safety.

Failing to ensure a child receives a good education.

Failing to meet a child’s needs for nurture and stimulation. This is done by ignoring, humiliating, intimidating or isolating them. It’s often the most difficult to prove.

Failing to provide appropriate health care, including dental care and ignoring medical recommendations.

Our Duty

  • Be aware of the signs. Pupils may come to the Madrassah in dirty clothes, may try stealing food or may remain unwell for long periods.

  • Never ignore a pupil or make them feel unwanted.

  • Do not investigate. Report any concerns to the designated child protection officer.

Sexual Abuse

A child is sexually abused when they are forced or persuaded to take part in sexual activities. This does not have to be physical contact and it can happen on line. Sometimes the child will not understand what’s happening to them is abuse. They may not even understand that it’s wrong.

The activities may involve physical contact, including assault by:

  • Physical contact by penetration (for example, rape or oral sex)

  • Non-penetrative acts such as masturbation.

  • Kissing, rubbing and touching outside of clothing.

  • Getting children to look at, or produce sexual images

  • Encouraging children to behave in sexually inappropriate ways

  • Grooming a child in preparation for abuse (including via the internet).

Note: Sexual abuse is not solely perpetrated by adult males. Women can also commit acts of sexual abuse, as can other children. (Source NSPCC)

Our Duty

  • If a pupil exhibits signs such as sudden major changes in behaviour, or sexualised behaviour, or you have reasonable suspicion that a pupil is being abused, report it to the designated child protection officer and request an investigation.

  • Pupils can be taught the difference between ‘good touch’ and ‘bad touch’ and ‘good secrets’ and ‘bad secrets’ in a lesson delivered by a trusted Madrassah teacher.

How can we protect our Children?

“The action taken to protect children is everyone’s responsibility. Everyone who comes in contact with the child has a role to play.”

Madrassahs need to be aware of their legal obligations with regard to the most up to date child protection legislation.

Our Duty

  • All staff members must undergo Level 1 Child Safeguarding Training.

  • A staff member or several staff members must be trained in Level 2 Child Safeguarding and appoint them as the ‘designated child protection officer’ for safeguarding.

  • Make sure the Madrassah has policies and procedures for safeguarding and child protection including an e-safety policy which:

    • Protect children from harm and abuse.

    • Bans all forms of physical punishment including hitting.

    • Enables staff and volunteers to know what to do if they are worried about abuse.

For Safeguarding training contact us on 01494 416202 or email

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