On-Line / E-Learning Training

Sefton SCP - Striving to Safeguard Sefton's Children and Young People

Due to COVID-19 virtual training is available. If you are able to and wish to extend your professional development, we have extended our online training offer. This may be particularly useful if you have been advised to work from home or are having difficulties in accessing any face to face training opportunities in the future.

On this page you can access a wide range of free or low-cost e-learning designed to support work to safeguard children and young people. Please note courses and e-learning have their own registration requirements and have not been developed by SSCP. For this reason, we are unable to monitor the quality and content.                  

The following questions may help you think how you can prioritise and make best use of accessing e-learning:

  • What are your organisations priorities or training needs analysis?
  • What are your gaps in your safeguarding knowledge?
  • Are you part of a senior leadership team and you wish to introduce a programme of training to your team that can be easily accessed?
  • How will you plan for training to be accessed e.g. as part of induction, quarterly, yearly, following appraisal and supervision?
  • How will you record engagement and access to the learning? E.g. on a table, confirmation of an email, email register, timeline, virtual staff meeting?
  • How will you measure the effectiveness of training and impact on future practice and learning? E.g. evaluation, feedback from individual, identified priorities of improvement, pledges?
  • Will you request a commitment or action plan following completion e.g. a new policy, a change in approach during face to face work, increased confidence and knowledge?
  • How will this help you identify future safeguarding priorities?

Remember if you are committing to something you need to see how it has impacted.

Sefton LSCB has developed a template table containing all the on-line training on offer from various sectors.  You can download the template table here and adapt to reflect how you record your individual learning or to keep a record of how your team are accessing some of the resources.  For further information contact Sefton LSCB Learning & Development Officer, Louise Roberts by emailing  louise.roberts@sefton.gov.uk.

NOTE: Sefton Safeguarding Children Partnership is not responsible for the content of external websites.

Online / ELearning Courses and Links

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.

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

Child Sexual Abuse


At the heart of Seen and Heard is a video-based 60-minute e-learning module, built around the real experiences and stories of young people, told in their own words. One hour of your time could make all the difference.

Child Sexual Exploitation


Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and Virtual College have teamed up to provide this short (20 to 30 minutes) online course designed for parents and carers. Please note that this on-line package is also suitable for staff, professionals and practitioners who work with children.

Suicide Prevention


The session will describe how to recognise the warning signs and safeguard someone that could be contemplating suicide.

Zero Suicide Alliance - FAQs


Channel Awareness - (Home Office)


This training package is for anyone who may be asked to contribute to, sit on, or even run a Channel Panel.

Prevent Awareness - (Home Office)


Introduction to the Prevent Duty, aims to safeguard vulnerable people from being radicalised to supporting terrorism or becoming terrorists themselves.

Prevent Referrals - (Home Office)


This package builds on the Prevent awareness eLearning training. It is designed to make sure that when we share a concern that a vulnerable individual may be being radicalised, that the referral is robust, informed and with good intention, and that the response to that concern is considered, and proportionate.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)


Recognising and Preventing FGM.

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Resource Pack (HM Govt)


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

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.

Antibullying Alliance


The course provides a greater understanding of difference between bullying and relationship conflict, bullying in schools, group behaviour and roles involved in bullying.

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.

Gender Non-Conforming Young People


Online learning course to help healthcare and other staff understand the needs of gender nonconforming young people.

#Live Skills


Online learning course to help healthcare and other staff understand the needs of gender nonconforming young people.

NICE - Children’s attachment


Attachment in children and young people who are adopted from care, in care or at high risk of going into care.

Awareness of Forced Marriage


This online course aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform you of the correct actions to take should you suspect someone is at risk of forced marriage.

Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online


This free online course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work.

Child Neglect


Online learning course with accompanying workshop to discover what to do when presented with cases of neglect.


Resources for training multi-agency participant groups in identifying and dealing with child neglect.

ECPAT UK Child Trafficking


Online learning course ‘In Your Hands – Safeguarding Child Victims of Trafficking’ to increase awareness of trafficked children.

Safeguarding Matters: Disabled Children


This session will describe why disabled children and young people are vulnerable to abuse, explore how to respond where abuse is suspected and offer guidance on how to build the resilience of disabled children and young people and their families.

Future Learn


Future Learn 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 www.futurelearn.com  – some examples of recent courses.

How Can You Take Your Teaching Online?


Online learning has rapidly emerged and is now found in every area of education, from schools to skills training. More people than ever learn through online courses. But teaching online is different. If you work in education or training at any level, you need to develop new skills and understanding in order to make the right decisions, make the most of the opportunities, and overcome common challenges.



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