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.
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.
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 paceuk.info/about-cse/keep-them-safe/
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 www.disabilitymatters.org.uk/
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 www.gov.uk/guidance/conducting-a-domestic-homicide-review-online-learning.
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 www.fgmelearning.co.uk/ or at www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk
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 www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk
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 www.gires.org.uk/e-learning/caring-for-gender-nonconforming-young-people
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 www.gov.uk/modern-slavery-training-resource-page
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 learning.nspcc.org.uk/training/our-elearning-courses/
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; course.ncalt.com/
The Home Office has developed 3 e-learning packages considering Prevent and Channel:
Prevent Overview: https://www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk/
Prevent Referrals: https://www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk/preventreferrals
Channel Awareness: https://www.elearning.prevent.homeoffice.gov.uk/channelawareness
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 at www.minded.org.uk
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 www.nwyhelearning.nhs.uk/elearning/HEE/SuicidePrevention/
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 course.ecpat.org.uk/
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 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