Award in Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults for Curia Staff 2023

Safeguarding Others

Course Code: SGC4001


The Pastoral Formation Institute is licensed by MFHEA
(Licence #: 2013-FHI-023) as a Further and Higher Educational Institute. The Award in Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 4, as Further Education Programme.

This short course will assist employees who work with children and vulnerable adults or handle their data, to recognise the key principles of safeguarding and learn to create a safe environment for children, young people, and vulnerable adults. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, employees will be able to:

  1. Familiarise themselves with safeguarding policies
  2. Understand the legal obligations with child abuse
  3. Identify signs and symptoms of abuse
  4. Know the disclosures of abuse
  5. Identify the principles of safeguarding
  6. Practice professional boundaries
  7. Know their legal obligations related to the Protection of Minors (Registration) Act (2011) and the Minors Protection Act (2019)
  8. Learn about the different types of abuse and poor practice
  9. Learn a standard response to a disclosure of abuse
  10. Be able to recognise signs of abuse
  11. Identify the actions to take if you have a concern and who can help

Click here to view and download a detailed course description

Curia staff

The course is delivered over 5 contact hours. These 5 hours are delivered over two sessions:

  1. 3 hours – In person session (Face-to-Face Learning)
  2. 2 hours – Recorded material which can be accessed on the PFI`s Moodle Portal (Blended Learning)


Lecturing Period


Session Title



9th November 2023 from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

In-person lecture

Ms Carly Zarb

Curia Refectory

Available from 10th – 16th November 2023

Recorded material


Online via Moodle



Assessment Period


Due by

Short Multiple-Choice Online Exam

23rd November 2023

Reflective Journal

16th December 2023

Students will also be given additional reading material which they can read in their own time.


This course has three exit certificate options: 

  1. Certificate of Attendance

A Certificate of Attendance will be rewarded to students who have:

  • attended in-person session
  • watched all the recorded material
  • and did not submit any course assessments.
  1. Certificate of Participation 

A Certificate of Participation* will be rewarded to students who meet the attendance criteria and successfully conclude the course multiple choice test (please check the curriculum and calendar tab above for exam dates).

  1. Certificate of Achievement 

A Certificate of Achievement* is awarded to students who successfully concluded the course, that is;

  • meet the attendance criteria
  • sit and pass the short multiple-choice online exam (mentioned in point 2),
  • and also submit a written assessment

Click here to view the PFI’s Grading System

*To obtain a Certificate of Achievement or a Certificate of Participation, a student must; attend all the contact hours and successfully conclude the assessment/s

EQF/MQF Level: Level 4

Accreditation Category: Further Education Programme

Total ECTS: 2 ECTS

Teaching Institutions: Safeguarding Commission together with Pastoral Formation Institute

Award Institution: Pastoral Formation Institute

The Pastoral Formation Institute is licensed by MFHEA
(Licence #: 2013-FHI-023) as a Further and Higher Educational Institute. The Award in Safeguarding Children & Vulnerable Adults is accredited at EQF/MQF Level 4, as Further Education Programme.


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