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
Topics covered in the online resources include:
- adult care and support
- understanding and delivering person centred care
- families and parental issues
- communication and management skills.
Anti-Bullying Alliance free online training
CEOP / Thinkuknow
Find out more on their website at www.thinkuknow.co.uk/professionals/training/
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:
- find out more about child sexual exploitation
- learn the signs and indicators of when a child might be being exploited
- understand the impact child sexual exploitation can have on families
- know what to do if you suspect a child might be at risk of this abuse.
Find the course at www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/dementia/
There are a range of learning packages that have been recommended or endorsed by external organisations:
- Disability Basics
- Disability and Society
- Regular Contact and Support Matters
- Occasional Contact and Support Matters
- Networking Matters
- Building an Inclusive Society
- Safeguarding Basics.
Domestic Homicide Review
The course has two modules:
- Module 1: introduction to the domestic homicide review process
- Module 2: the chairperson’s responsibilities and the overview report.
Female Genital Mutilation
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 at www.fgmelearning.co.uk/ or at www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk
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 fact-sheet to support this online learning which can be found on their website at www.nspcc.org.uk/female-genital-mutilation-fgm/.
Find the course on their website at www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk
Find out more on their website at www.futurelearn.com – some examples of recent courses are:
- Understanding drugs and addiction
- Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare
- Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action.
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 www.gires.org.uk/e-learning/caring-for-gender-nonconforming-young-people
Home Office Free Online Training
Identifying sexual behaviours (Brookes Guide)
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 at www.brook.org.uk/our-work/category/sexual-behaviours-traffic-light-tool
Knowledge for Healthcare blog
Find out more at kfh.libraryservices.nhs.uk/
Modern slavery training
Increased awareness and reporting helps law enforcement to tackle the perpetrators of modern slavery as well as protecting victims.
The resource contains basic awareness raising materials. For many professionals more advanced or bespoke training will be appropriate and the materials here are not intended to be the extent of the training required by any sector.
Find the resource at www.gov.uk/modern-slavery-training-resource-page
Find more resources on our Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking resource.
NSPCC Child protection and safeguarding e-learning courses
Read more and find the courses at learning.nspcc.org.uk/training/our-elearning-courses/
- Introduction to cyber security
- Learning to teach: become a reflective practitioner
- Introducing the voluntary sector
- Introduction to child psychology
- An introduction to social work.
- person is at risk of radicalisation
- venue is being used for promoting extremism
- speaker at a public or council venue is promoting extremism.
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 at www.foundationonline.org.uk
Research in Practice e-learning modules
Find out more at www.rip.org.uk/events-and-online-learning/
SCIE videos – Strengths-based approach
Find the videos at www.scie.org.uk/strengths-based-approaches/videos
Real Safeguarding Stories online resource
Sign up to view the videos at www.realsafeguardingstories.com
Self-Harm and Risky Behaviour
Find this resource on their website at www.minded.org.uk
Social work tools & resources for direct work with children & adults
Find out more at www.socialworkerstoolbox.com
Two-thirds of people who take their own lives are not known to mental health services. Almost everyone thinking about suicide doesn’t want to stop living they just want to stop the pain and distress they are feeling. Talking about suicide does not make someone more likely to take their own lives. Another person showing compassion and care can only make things better not worse.
The programme takes approximately between 60-90 minutes to complete.
How the programme may be used:
- as an introduction to suicide awareness and suicide prevention skills
- to consolidate existing skills on suicide prevention
- as part of an organisation’s induction process, reflecting a commitment to reducing death by suicide
- for personal and professional development.
Proposed target audience:
- non-mental health practitioners
- anyone working with the public across a wide range of settings
- anyone in a volunteering role with contact with the public
- administrative and support staff in health and care across a range of settings such as primary care, acute and supported living settings
- administrative and support staff in other public sector settings such as local authorities and the voluntary sector
- public health/health promotion staff across all sectors including local authorities, NHS and primary care.
The learning is specifically aimed at making sure that everyone in contact with the public, in whatever role, knows how to spot any signs of mental distress and feel comfortable in talking about suicide.
Talking about suicide can be used as a normal part of all our interactions at home, in the workplace and in the wider community.
Find the course at www.nwyhelearning.nhs.uk/elearning/HEE/SuicidePrevention/
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 at course.ecpat.org.uk/
Understanding Young Minds free online course
Virtual College have worked in partnership with SelfharmUK to create a free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children – find the course at www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/resource-packs/understanding-young-minds
Virtual College free online e-learning
Access these courses and more at www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/free-courses
Virtual College have also made some useful resource packs, infographics and other resources available to down load from their website at www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources