Online learning with other providers – free to all

There are a number of online learning tools on safeguarding issues that are available to practitioners, volunteers and the public.

The following online courses (listed A to Z) are provided by external organisations free of charge and can be accessed directly via their website – please note you may be required to register with some providers.

Adult safeguarding – SCIE
SCIE provide a range of online learning resources. Use of these resources and importing them into learning management systems for educational purposes is freely permitted – for more information visit their website

Topics covered in the online resources include:

CEOP / Thinkuknow 
Thinkuknow offers a range of training courses for those who work directly with children and young people; Keeping Children Safe Online (KCSO) e-learning in partnership with the NSPCC, the Thinkuknow Introduction Course and the CEOP Ambassador Course.

Find out more on their website at

Keeping Them Safe: online learning for Parents & Carers is a free package for parents and carers that explains how to identify the signs of CSE and protect children. This course has been designed by Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation (PACE) and has been accessed by more than 29,000 parents and professionals (as of March 2016). Access the course on their website

Although the course is aimed at parents, practitioners and volunteers will also find this 20-30 minute online learning session a valuable source of information to:

Disability Matters
Disability Matters offers free online learning packages to enable organisations, workers and volunteers to develop the communication and problem-solving skills required to engage confidently with disabled children and young people. Access the online learning on their website

There are a range of learning packages that have been recommended or endorsed by external organisations:

Domestic Homicide Review
The Home Office offers domestic homicide review online learning for front line practitioners who will be taking part in domestic homicide reviews. Access the learning on their website

The course has 2 modules:

Female Genital Mutilation
Female genital mutilation (FGM) refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. This practice is illegal in the UK.

The Home Office offers free online training for front line professionals in identifying and helping girls at risk of FGM; to access this training visit their website or

This course is useful for anyone who is interested in gaining an overview of FGM, particularly front line staff in healthcare, police, border force and children’s social care. The NSPCC has developed a factsheet to support this online learning which can be found on their website

Forced Marriage
This course has been developed with the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office. It aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform practitioners of the correct actions to take should they suspect someone is at risk. Find the course on their website

FutureLearn  offers a diverse selection of free courses from leading universities and cultural institutions around the world. These are delivered one step at a time, and are accessible on mobile, tablet and desktop, so you can fit learning around your life.  Find out more on their website  – some examples of recent courses are:

Gender nonconforming young people 
Working in partnership with GIRES (the Gender Identity Research and Education Society), Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has created an online learning course to help healthcare and other staff understand the needs of gender nonconforming young people.

The course is free, is easily accessible online and takes around 45 minutes to complete. It is designed for staff of all levels and disciplines and provides an optional test, as well as a certificate of completion.

It includes an introduction to gender non-conformity, advice on how to create supportive environments for gender non-conforming young people and critical information about medical interventions and front line support. Access the course is via the GIRES website at

Home Office Free Online Training
The Home Office offers a range of free online learning courses through the Virtual College, these include:

Identifying sexual behaviours (Brookes Guide)
This innovative resource from Brookes helps practitioners who work with children and young people to identify, assess and respond appropriately to sexual behaviours. It uses a ‘traffic light tool’ to categorise sexual behaviours, to increase understanding of healthy sexual development and to distinguish this from harmful behaviour.

By identifying sexual behaviours as GREEN, AMBER or RED, practitioners across different agencies can work to the same criteria when making decisions and protect children and young people with a unified approach.

This resource has been designed to help practitioners think through their decisions and does not replace organisational procedures or assessment frameworks. Find the tool on their website

Online Safety
Digital Parenting offer advice and training which can be found on their website

Open University
The Open University offers free online courses on their website on a range of subjects, including:

Preventing Radicalisation
Many practitioners are concerned about preventing radicalisation – access the Channel General Awareness online module on their website  This module will help raise awareness and covers concerns that a:

The Education and Training Foundation have developed a suite of free online training modules designed for further education and training providers to raise awareness of their responsibilities in complying with the Prevent duty. This is in recognition that all staff, governors and board members are required to be Prevent duty trained. The modules provide awareness training in the context of Prevent duty responsibilities in further education and training and can be found on their website

Self-Harm and Risky Behaviour
The MindEd ‘Self-Harm and Risky Behaviour’ online module is aimed at a universal audience and provides the background to self harm in children and teenagers, common associated conditions and the optimal approach to managing it in the community.  Find this resource on their website

ECPAT UK provides training throughout the UK and internationally on child protection in tourism and on the protection of child victims of trafficking.  The ECPAT UK online learning course ‘In Your Hands – Safeguarding Child Victims of Trafficking’ is part of a national training programme to increase awareness and highlight the specific support needs of trafficked children.

The free learning package can be used individually, in small groups or during training sessions. To use the e-tool you will need to register first on their website



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