All children have a right to be protected from abuse, but children on the autism spectrum can present professionals with particular difficulties in identifying abuse as some of the indicators of abuse can appear to be the same as some indicators of autism.

This Department for Education project aims to increase the quality of safeguarding services across England, leading to early interventions to prevent abuse and neglect of children on the autism spectrum. The project has already held a very successful conference, and released a Safeguarding booklet.

This online module builds on from the booklet, taking approximately 60-120 minutes to complete, giving a certificate of completion and percentage pass mark from our online assessment.

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Understand how autism is defined and what this means in the context of legislative framework for safeguarding children.
  • Identify safeguarding issues in children and young people on the autism spectrum and what to do if you have concerns about a child, either as a victim or a perpetrator.
  • How to better communicate with children on the autism spectrum and strategies for managing behaviour and restraint.
  • How to ensure that children on the autism spectrum are protected in different settings; parent/carers; residential schools; care homes; custodial settings.

Find out more about safeguarding children with autism in schools.


CPD Accreditation

  • All of our online training modules are accredited by the CPD Certification Service (the leading CPD accreditation institution) as conforming to continuing professional development principles.
  • Learners will receive a certificate of completion which can be used as verifiable documentary evidence when submitting CPD recording forms.
  • For further information on the CPD Certification service please visit the CPD website.


  • £30 + VAT per online module license – click Buy Now to purchase.
  • If you are purchasing over 10 module licenses for your organisation please contact us to discuss bulk buy discounts.
  • Our five essential modules can also be purchased as a single 5 for 4 module license at a reduced rate of £120 + VAT – please click Buy Now to access this option.


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