Safeguarding Children is New Zealand’s only provider of child protection online courses. Our courses are for everyone – and anyone – who comes into contact with children and young people, as a professional or volunteer. Developed by nationally-recognised experts with in depth frontline experience. Gain the skills to become confident and competent in recognising possible child abuse and neglect, and know what to do about it.  Together we can make a difference for our tamariki and New Zealand’s most vulnerable.

Check out the course descriptions to see which course suits your needs.

Our Online Courses

  • Fundamentals of Child Protection

  • Child Protection for Local Government Children’s Workers

  • Child Protection for Out Of School Care Providers (OSCAR)

  • Child Protection for Out Of School Care Providers – OSCAR

  • Local Government Children’s Workers – Child Protection Course



Learn at your own pace

New Zealand context

The only publicly available child protection eLearning that reflects New Zealand legislation



Evidence your continuing professional development


Children’s Act

Make provision for the identification and reporting of child abuse and neglect

“All the sections were of high value, particularly the bullet point indicators and the video clips. Also thought that the process of putting in a Record of Concern were well explained and helped understand what to do and how to go about it in regard to the information needed. Also like the clear outline of our obligation to protect children as being paramount.”

Online course student

“ Our community palliative care team have found the e learning module easy to access, navigate and complete. The information has helped increase the staff’s knowledge and awareness to assist us to help protect the safety and promote wellbeing of children and young people. The training will sit alongside our organisational Oranga Tamariki policy. The team at safeguarding children have been approachable and responsive to our needs. “

Jenny Coleman

Clinical Services Manager, Hospice Mid-Northland

The content of the course is extremely comprehensive and well designed and I am confident that my teachers will find that the knowledge gained will give them the confidence to respond effectively, should they find themselves in the unfortunate position of dealing with a child protection situation.

I have had some wonderful feedback from the teachers working through the course. Everyone is impressed with the content and the way it is delivered.

Wendy O’Brien

Professional Practice Leader, Northern Auckland Kindergarten Association

Online course user? 

Check out our Frequently Asked Questions below. 

Navigating the course

Which internet browser should I use? 
We recommend using Google Chrome for the best user experience. 

How do I resume the course?
Go to the ‘My Account’ page when logged in – select your course and then the click on the button ‘Resume Course’ half way down the page.

Does my access to the course expire?
Currently, your course access does not expire but this may change in future. We will let you know if this is the case.


Account / Log In

I’ve forgotten my user name
The website autogenerates a user name based on the first part of your email address (before the @ sign). If this doesn’t work, or you changed it manually, please contact us on office@safeguardingchildren.org.nz or 027 772 4469 and we will issue you with a new user name. Please note it may take a couple of days for us to process your request and queries are responded to Monday to Thursday only.

I’ve forgotten my password
Your password can be reset using the email address you used to set up your account. See ‘How do I reset my password’.

How do I reset my password?
Go to the log in page (on the top menu bar). Click on the link ‘Lost your password?’ Enter your email address, click ‘Get New Password’ and a reset link will be emailed to you.

Someone else created my account. Can I change the name on my eLearning certificate?
Click on ‘My Account’ in the top menu bar when logged in. You are able to change the account details (including first name and last name). The new details will be then be reflected in your certificate (available in the course, once you have completed – in a box on the bottom right).

 I am using a shared computer and I have been automatically logged in to someone else’s account.
You will need to log out of the eLearning – click on ‘Log Out’ in the top menu bar. Then you will need to clear your internet browsing history, so that you aren’t automatically logged in again to someone else’s account. You will then need to log in again with your user name and password.

I have been issued with a coupon code to access the eLearning – how do I use it? Go to the online courses page and select the course your coupon relates to. Click ‘Add to cart’. You will see a grey box called ‘Coupon Code’. Click on this and add your coupon details, then click ‘Apply Code’. The cost of the course will be adjusted accordingly. Click ‘Proceed to Checkout’. Add your Billing Details, as this will create your account and allow you to access the course (you will need to do this even if your coupon has reduced the price of the course to zero). I have received the message ‘coupon usage limit has been reached’ This could be one of two things. Either you are already registered, and therefore can’t log in again using the coupon (only one coupon code can be used per customer), or you are using a computer that has been used by another person/s to take the course. If you are already registered, you will need to find your details and log in. If you have your user name, you can reset your password via the system. If you don’t have your user name or password, contact us with your name and email address, and we will provide you with your user name. You will then be able to reset your password using this username. If you are on a computer that has been used by someone else to take the course, the computer may automatically remember the other person’s details and log them in. In this case, you will need to clear your browsing data (clearing just a day or a week of browsing data may not be enough if the course was logged in to earlier than that) and / or use an ‘incognito’ (Mac) or ‘private’ (Windows) browser window. You can find your ‘incognito’ or ‘private’  browser window by clicking on the three dots at the top right of a Google Chrome browser. I tried to access the eLearning via coupon but it has expired If your coupon has expired you have not accessed the course within the timeframe specified in the coupon. Your organisation will need to contact us to purchase another coupon/s, or purchase the course directly online.

How do I get a copy of my eLearning certificate?
You are automatically emailed your certificate when you have completed the course (you will need to pass the quizzes too). The certificate is also available within the course, once you have completed – in a box at the bottom right

How long is my certificate valid for?
Your certificate does not expire, however we recommend you refresh your child protection training every 1- 2 years. We update our courses regularly to reflect best practice and new information.

Award-winning Services

The vital role our eLearning is playing in giving adults the tools to help vulnerable children was recognised at the New Zealand Charities Technology Awards 2017.

Our award was for best small to medium enterprise connecting communities through technology.