Safeguarding E-Learning

WSCP Narrated PowerPoint Presentations

During Covid-19 crisis a number of narrated PowerPoint presentations were created. These basic safeguarding presentations are available below.

If you don’t have PowerPoint installed please click here (links to Microsoft website)

Click on the images below to access the presentations:

Daily Lived Experience of the child

To see resources and a narrated power point on capturing the lived experience click here

Narrated PowerPoint Presentations for Schools:

The DSL presentation below highlights the responsibilities of the role, click on the slide

The Safer Recruitment presentation below details the requirements to recruit safely

To open the accompanying Safer Recruitment  support document, click here

To access the Safer Recruitment action plan document, click here

Section 175 support – when to complete the audit and types of evidence to submit

To open the section 175 supporting document, please click here

Level 2 Safeguarding Children Training for Charities

VSL Learning, working with an independent safeguarding consultancy (RLB Safeguarding), have developed a Level 2 Safeguarding Children course specifically for the charity sector.

The training is a 2 hour interactive e-learning course that is CPD certified, includes an online test at the end and a certificate of attendance. Please note this is a paid course. £1 from the sale of each course is donated to the children’s safeguarding charity Keeping Children Safe. This training has not been formally validated by the WSCP so anyone wishing to use it should ensure they are satisfied it meets their organisations safeguarding needs.

To find out more click on the link below:

Free online learning packages

Below are a number of online learning tools covering a variety of safeguarding issues that are available to practitioners, volunteers and the public.

The following courses are provided by external organisations free of charge and can be accessed directly via their website – please note that for some websites you may be required to register.

Attachment Theory

Iriss is a charitable company that promotes positive outcomes for the people who use Scotland’s social services. They have put together this narrated power point presentation – The basic principles of Attachment Theory- which explores the different forms of attachment and the impact of abuse or neglect on healthy attachment.

Find the training by clicking on this link – Understanding Attachment Theory


As part of Anti-Bullying Alliance’s ‘All Together programme’ they have developed a suite of free online training for anyone that works with children and young people. The programme was particularly developed to reduce levels of bullying of disabled children and those with special educational needs (SEN) but it applies to all children. The training is free to complete online from any computer/tablet.

Find the training at

Learning from Serious Case Reviews

This free course created by Virtual College looks to raise awareness about critical learning from Serious Case Reviews (SCR) and potentially help save lives by equipping those who come into contact with children, with the knowledge and understanding they need. Learners will be able to identify and refer concerns, assess and intervene and work effectively within the multidisciplinary safeguarding system.

The course takes a child centred approach by drawing on the real lived experiences of children who have experienced neglect, abuse and extra-familiar harm, and is informed by the SCR findings published in the past two years. The course also explains the statutory process for managing serious child safeguarding incidents under Working Together 2018.

The course modules contain up to 10 case scenarios based on the following eight SCR themes:

  • Brain injuries in infants
  • Neglect
  • Physical injuries
  • Complex health needs
  • Fatal stabbing
  • Injury in pre-mobile babies
  • Self-harm and suicide
  • Child Sexual Abuse

Each course scenario is followed by a range of exercises to apply the learning, with responses that have been informed by the learning from published SCRs and relevant guidance.

The course allows learners to select the level of training which best matches their training needs based on appropriate levels of responsibilities. Anyone can progress to the next level to advance their knowledge and understanding.

To access the learning click on the link. There is a requirement to register:

Virtual College Learning from Serious Case Reviews


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 at

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.


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 at

Domestic Homicide Reviews

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 at

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

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 at or at

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 at

Virtual College do offer a more in-depth online course covering FGM, Forced Marriage and so called Honour Based Violence. However, there is a cost of £20: FGM | Virtual College (

Gender Non-Conforming 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.

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

Modern Slavery

This government resource is designed to share examples of training products available to public sector professionals and other individuals that might come across victims to help raise awareness, better spot the signs and increase confidence in reporting modern slavery when potential cases are encountered.

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

Free Home Office e-learning: Modern Slavery: Child Focus (

NSPCC Training (paid online courses)

The NSPCC has a range of online safeguarding and child protection training courses for anyone working or volunteering with children and young people. These courses carry a fee.
Read more and find the courses at

Online Safety 

CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) have resources available for anyone concerned about online safety. This includes interactive resources for different age ranges. To access the resources click on the link – Online Safety

Operation Encompass Key Adult Training

Virtual College provide a free virtual training course for staff from schools and other education settings.- even if your school is not yet part of Operation Encompass. The training updates staff members’ knowledge of child victims of domestic abuse. The is also designed to help staff in developing the skills and knowledge to fully embed Operation Encompass in your school or education setting. To access the training please register by clicking the link:   Log In – Enable (


The Channel General Awareness online module will help raise awareness that a:

  • person is at risk of radicalisation
  • venue is being used for promoting extremism
  • speaker at a public or council venue is promoting extremism.

click here for link;

The Home Office has developed 3 e-learning packages considering Prevent and Channel:

Prevent Overview:

Prevent Referrals:

Channel Awareness:

Self-harm and Risky Behaviour

The MindEdSelf-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 at

Sexual Abuse

Developed and funded by the Department of Health, the Seen and Heard course is narrated by young people, sharing real experiences about what it’s like to be an abused or exploited child with ‘something to tell’. To access this free learning module click on the link below:

Suicide Prevention

We need to talk about suicide: helping everyone to feel more confident to talk about suicide is an e-Learning programme that has been developed for the wider public health workforce including voluntary sector, blue light services, prison staff and prison listeners health and social care. It was developed by a range of experts including experts by experience i.e. those people who have attempted to take their own lives and those bereaved and affected by suicide.

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


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 at

Virtual College

Virtual College has produced a range of free e-learning courses in subjects such as Safeguarding Children, Health and Well-Being, Understanding Animal Welfare in Violent Homes, An Introduction to GDPR, Understanding Young Minds, Female Genital Mutilation,  Keep Them Safe: Protecting Children from CSE, Awareness of Forced Marriage, Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes and Get Moving, Get Healthy.

Access these courses and more at

Virtual College have also made some useful resource packs, infographics and other resources available to down load from their website at

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