Online Training Courses

Knowsley Safeguarding Children Board have commissioned the Virtual College to offer the following online courses.

Current available courses for Knowsley practitioners 2019/20:

1) Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect – Core

2) Safeguarding Children and Young People from Abuse by Sexual Exploitation

3) Safeguarding Children Refresher

4) Safeguarding Everyone – Protecting Children, Young People and Adults at Risk

5) Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse

6) Self-harm and Suicidal Thoughts in Children and Young People

7) E-Safety – Guidance for Practitioners

8) Trafficking, Exploitation and Modern Slavery

9) Safe Sleep for babies

10) Working with children with disabilities

The above courses are for Knowsley practitioners only. Please consider whether a course is relevant to your job role and required; as licences are limited and requests and allocations will be monitored. You must complete the course or you may be charged. If you are a Knowsley Council employee please click on the following link first, you have access to free online courses some of which are safeguarding related: Knowsley Workplace Learning Zone

For queries regarding the course content or suitability to your personal learning objectives ring 0151 443 3859 or email stating e-learning query in the subject field to prioritise your query.

Instruction to access the online e-learning courses sourced from Virtual College. Copy and paste or type the following URL into your browser and follow the on screen self registration instructions:

The content of all the Safeguarding Children e-Academy courses have been independently certified as conforming to accepted Continuing Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

The certificate for each course carries the CPD logo and allows you to use the time undertaken to complete the course towards your CPD record. On completion of each course you will be able to print off a “Self-Assessment Record”. Once filled in, it can be submitted by those required to forward documentary evidence of CPD activity to their professional association or institute.

Virtual College has also 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

Access to free online training courses:

The following courses are provided by external organisations and charities, mostly free of charge and can be accessed directly via their websites – 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


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.

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

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

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

Suicide Prevention – Free On-Line Training (Save a Life take the Training)

The training will teach you how to recognise the warning signs and safeguard someone that could be contemplating suicide.  The free 20 minute course will teach you:

  • How to identify when someone may be having suicidal thoughts or behaviour
  • How to talk openly and confidentially to a suicidal person about their thoughts and feelings
  • The best process for signposting individuals to services or support networks that can help them

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) Free On-Line Training

Pace UK, in partnership with Virtual College, has launched an interactive online information package for parents on the signs of child sexual exploitation. This free tool is designed to equip parents with the information and knowledge to safeguard children from this abuse. Please note that this on-line package is also suitable for staff, professionals and practitioners who work with children and has received excellent feedback.

The package quickly gives you the knowledge and information to be confident recognising and tackling this abuse. The tool is interactive and will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete, but can be completed and reviewed at your own pace.

Extremism & Radicalisation

What is Channel?

Channel is an early intervention scheme that supports people who are at risk of radicalisation and provides practical support tailored to the needs of the individual.
The e-learning module will take approximately 25 minutes to complete and should be recorded as part of your Safeguarding ‘Learning’. The module will;

– Explain what is Channel
– Explain the Channel process and its purpose
– Explain how Channel links to the government’s counter terrorism strategy (PREVENT)
– Identify factors that can make people vulnerable to radicalisation
– Define safeguarding and risk ownership of the Channel process

You will also find additional information in the resources section

This programme, when completed, will provide a certificate of completion if completed in a single session.


Free on-line training on PREVENT provided by the Home Office

Safeguarding Child Victims of Trafficking

There is a free E Learning course ‘IN YOUR HANDS – Safeguarding Child Victims of Trafficking’. This is a free ECPAT UK e-learning course for anyone who works with children who may have been trafficked.

EPCAT Child Trafficking E-learning Course  The course uses a case study to explore how to safeguard and protect victims of Trafficking.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Free On-Line Training

Recognising and Preventing FGM – the Home Office is championing a proactive approach and has launched this free online FGM training package.

Female genital mutilation: resource pack

Female genital mutilation (FGM) guidance, case studies and support materials for local authorities, professional services and specialist voluntary organisations.

Awareness of Forced Marriage

Awareness of Forced Marriage – Free Training Course

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 you of the correct actions to take should you suspect someone is at risk.

After completing this training you will be able to:

  • Recognise the warning signs of forced marriage
  • Take the right actions to help protect the potential victim
  • Co-operate effectively with other agencies

This free course is aimed at all professionals who have a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable children, young people and adults at risk.

To register for training please click here

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 you of the correct actions to take should you suspect someone is at risk.

After completing this training you will be able to:

  • Recognise the warning signs of forced marriage
  • Take the right actions to help protect the potential victim
  • Co-operate effectively with other agencies

Interested in helping the fight against forced marriage?  Click here to download a free resource pack to raise awareness across your organisation.