Our comprehensive suite of online courses have been selected to support learning in respect of current local and national safeguarding priorities.
Professionals working in Kent and Medway can access all courses for free.
Before you register for a course
You must only register for one course at a time and should complete this before starting another. If you do not complete a course within the required time period you will incur a penalty charge.
You must complete the course within a maximum of 4 weeks and will be sent a a completion reminder after 2 weeks.
You will be charged £40 if the course is not completed within the 4 week timescale.
All courses are CPD certificated. Certificates are accessible via the 'Certificate' section on the account homepage.
Courses on offer:
- Abuse Related to Beliefs in Witchcraft: this course will help identify children and young people at risk of witchcraft abuse.
- Adult Self-Neglect: Self-neglect can be difficult to recognise, and it can also be difficult to know how to help. It's important to know the signs and symptoms of self-neglect and hoarding, and how to respond. The course will explore these areas, as well as recognising when you should be concerned about an individual and understanding Safeguarding Adult Reviews.
- Autism Awareness: this course will give learners an introduction and awareness of autism. It is aimed at people who have no or little knowledge of Autism Condition Spectrum and want to make a difference in the lives of individuals with autism, including parents, carers, and professionals.
- Bullying and Cyberbullying: this course explores the negative effects of bullying in any form and teaches positive strategies and solutions for those working with children and young people who experience bullying.
- Child Sexual Exploitation - Level 1: by completing this course you will learn what CSE is, the key role technology plays, the difference between gang and group CSE, and about CSE from the perspectives of offenders and victims.
- Child Sexual Exploitation - Level 2: this course has been designed to help people who have a statutory duty to safeguard children and young people, to know the law in relation to CSE and know how to record a CSE Risk Assessment. You will also learn some essential CSE practice principles and intervention strategies.
- Diabetes Awareness: this course will give people an awareness of diabetes, and is suitable for anyone who wishes to gain a better understanding of what diabetes is, how it is managed, and what causes it.
- Domestic Abuse: this course will help you learn who is at risk and how the law can help. You will also learn about domestic abuse from the perspective of both the victim and perpetrator.
- Eating Disorders: this awareness course gives an insightful overview to eating disorders. It describes the physical and psychological symptoms of anorexia, bulimia and binge eating disorder, as well as the possible causes. It explains how carers and families can help when they suspect someone may have an eating disorder and what treatments are currently available.
- Effective Communication with Children and Families: this course will enable you to communicate effectively with children, young people and their parents/carers.
- Emotional Abuse: emotional abuse of children and young people is the most common form of abuse. However, without visible signs such as bruising and injury or disclosure from the child or parent, it is particularly difficult to prove this form of abuse.
- Epilepsy Awareness: this course gives an overview of epilepsy, including causes, symptoms, treatments, what to do if someone has a seizure, and the legal position with regard to employment and driving.
- Equality and Diversity: this course is split into four modules to thoroughly explore the issues involved and their relevance to us all, including protections laid out in the Equality Act 2010. You will learn inclusion terms of equality and diversity and the universal benefits of promoting an inclusive workplace. The course discusses protected characteristics and explains the problems surrounding prejudice and discrimination.
- Female Genital Mutilation: this course will increase your understanding of the issues surrounding Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). It will also help you handle situations appropriately where FGM has occurred or might occur.
- Fire Safety Awareness: this engaging and thought-provoking course will give learners an insight into fire safety in the UK.
- Food Allergy Awareness: this engaging course will provide excellent understanding of the impact food allergies have on a person, how to ensure businesses adhere to the legal requirements, what those requirements are, what type of foods can cause a reaction, and how to help someone who is suffering.
- Framework for the Assessment of Children and their Families: the assessment framework provides evidence to help, guide and inform judgements about children's welfare and safety from the first point of contact, through the processes of assessment, planning and review.
- Gang and Youth Violence: this course provides a comprehensive overview of gangs and youth violence, helping you to understand what gangs are and what they do, the part women and girls play in gangs,and what can be done to prevent gang recruitment. The course contains three modules which give you a very comprehensive picture of the current UK gang activities.
- GDPR - For Staff (Core): this course provides information on the new Data Protection Act and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). It talks about why the legislation was introduced, the similarities and differences between the old regime and new one, and the enhanced rights we all have in relation to the processing of personal data.
- Gypsy and Traveller Cultural Awareness: this e-learning package is a comprehensive cultural awareness course on Gypsies and Travellers in the UK. Informative and interactive, it is comprised of four modules covering Gypsy and Traveller history and culture, the main challenges for these communities, what can be done to help these groups access services, such as those in healthcare, and how to improve their participation in other areas such as education.
- Hate Crime: this course provides and awareness of what a hate crime and hate incident is and how prevalent hate crimes are. You will learn who the victims and perpetrators are, what effect hate crimes have on a person, what the current challenges are, and the law around hate crime and how to respond to an incident.
- Hidden Harm - Parental Substance Misuse, Parent Mental Illness and Domestic Abuse: this course provides a detailed awareness of hidden harm (toxic trio) and how it affects parents/carers and children and young people. The course will give learners excellent knowledge of the issues that affect children living with hidden harm. It will help understand the cycle of events each hidden harm stressor produces, how to spot the signs, and the appropriate times to break the cycle of events to safeguard the child.
- Honour-Based Violence and Forced Marriage: this course will increase your understanding of the issues surrounding honour-based violence and forced marriage. It will also help you handle situations appropriately where this abuse has occured or might occur.
- Human Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery: discover what modern slavery and human trafficking looks like, with this comprehensive collection of modules. You will also learn about child trafficking and slavery, how to spot the signs of modern-day slavery, and what you should do.
- Information Sharing and Consent - for People Working with Children: by completing this course you will learn what information sharing is and it's importance, how information sharing can prevent harm, why it is important to keep good records, who can give and refuse consent, the seven golden rules of information sharing, what is confidential information, and the questions you should ask prior to sharing information.
- Information and Cyber Security: this course explains the main threats to information security and shows how to keep data secure in your workplace and on the move.
- Keeping Good Records: the course will help improve your skills and practice in keeping good records.
- Loneliness and Isolation: this course is for anyone who comes into contact with people who might be lonely or isolated. It will provide an awareness of what isolation and loneliness is, who might be vulnerable, how to spot signs that someone might need help, and what you do to help tackle this issue.
- Loss and Bereavement: the course looks at different types of loss and how they affect people, including how adults, children and young people handle loss. You'll learn how to support the bereaved with practical tips and a thorough understanding of how to communicate with them.
- Medication Awareness and Safe Handling of Medicines: this course will give you an insight into the procedures that should be followed when taking charge of a person's medication outside of a health setting. It discusses requesting prescriptions, maintaining records, storing, administrating and disposing of medication, self-medication, and issues that might arise in the administration of medication.
- Mental Capacity Act: by completing this course you will know about the Mental Capacity Act, its principles, and its implications for vulnerable adults.
- Missing Children: this course will provide you with an understanding of the government's statutory guidance on children who runaway or go missing from home or care. The course will give you the confidence to know what to do when a child goes missing, when they are found or return independently, and how children going missing or being absent can be prevented.
- Multi-Agency Working: by completing this course you will learn the background to and benefits of multi-agency working, the steps to improve multi-agency working, the pre-requisites for an effective team, the interpersonal skills required to ensure effective teamwork, and understand the five stages of group development.
- Neglect: this three-part course provides an overview of neglect, so you can learn the signs and symptoms and what to do if you suspect neglect.
- New and Expectant Mothers: this course details legislation relating to employer's and employee's responsibilities, entitlements for new and expectant mothers, the common physical,biological and chemical hazards in the workplace, risk assessments, and tips on assisting new and expectant mothers in any workplace.
- Online Safety - Risks to Children: this course will enable you to learn the potential risks associated with the internet, what adults and children need to know in order to manage the risks, the 3 C's, how to manage risks from the perspective of an adult, and how to manage risks from the perspective of a child.
- Online Safety for Parents and Carers: online safety is all about protecting people (especially children and young people) in the digital world - learning to understand and use new technologies in a safe and positive way and knowing the risks as well as the benefits.
- Personal Safety: Lone Worker: this course looks at who a lone worker is, what they might experience as a lone worker, and the responsibilities of their manager. It also looks at lone workers responsibility for their own safety.
- Physical Abuse: this course will enable you to learn the definition of physical abuse, who physically abuses children, the signs and symptoms, and the points to consider where physical abuse is suspected.
- Private Fostering: this course will enable you to learn what private fostering is, look at the legislations and regulations that have an impact on private fostering, understand the roles and duties of local authorities, discover what you need to do when you become aware of a private fostering arrangement, and learn where to go for advice and guidance.
- Safeguarding Awareness for Higher Education: this course is for all staff and students who might come into contact with or who have occasional contact with children or vulnerable adults as part of their work / placement. The course explains what is meant by the terms used, how to recognise abuse, how to reduce the risk of abuse, and what to do if you suspect abuse of if abuse is disclosed to you.
- Safeguarding Adults - Level 1: this course will give you the skills and knowledge required to identify and respond to concerns, disclosures and allegations of abuse and substandard practice. The course will also enable you to learn about prevention and proportionate interventions, and the dangers of risk adverse practice and the importance of upholding human rights. This course complies with Level 1 Social Care and Levels 1&2 Healthcare.
- Safeguarding Against Radicalisation - The Prevent Duty: by completing this course you will learn about the Prevent Strategy and the Channel process, and what you should do if you do if you believe that someone you know is vulnerable to being exploited or radicalised. This course is Home Office accredited and approved.
- Safeguarding Children for Education - Level 1: this course is intended for people who work in the education sector who make or who could potentially make safeguarding referrals to the local authority children's services.
- Safeguarding Children - Level 1: this course will help to ensure that all people working with or who have contact with children and young people are equipped to carry out their safeguarding responsibilities effectively.
- Safeguarding Children - Level 2: this course is intended for people who make or who could potentially make safeguarding referrals to the local authority children's services. The course will enable you to know what to consider before making a referral, understand the importance of keeping up to date chronologies, and know what information should be provided to the local authority children's services and the questions you should ask them.
- Safeguarding Children in Sport: this course examines the roles of people who come into contact with children through sport. It describes abuse and considers what can be done to ensure the abuse is recognised, stopped and prevented.
- Safeguarding Children with Disabilities: this course will enable you to learn the definition of disability, know why disable children are more vulnerable to abuse, and understand the challenges faced where abuse of a disabled child is suspected.
- Safer Recruitment: this course will help you to recruit staff or volunteers in organisations that provides services for children and young people. This course has been developed in line with the Department of Educations 'Keeping Children Safe in Education' guidance.
- Self-Harm: this course will help you learn the risk factors of self-harm, the common reasons why children and young people may self-harm, and how to respond.
- Sexual Abuse and Recognising Grooming: by completing this course you will learn why it is important to talk about and address child sexual abuse, the definition of sexual abuse, know who sexually abuses and exploits children, the signs and symptoms, and recognise the points to consider where sexual abuse is suspected.
- Substance Misuse: this course will enable you to understand how drugs work, how their use affects people and their families, and how addicts can be helped to recover.
- Suicide Prevention - Risk and Awareness: this course has been designed to ensure you have a basic understanding of suicide prevention issues and to increase your knowledge and confidence about the role you play in keeping people safe.
- Teenage Pregnancy: this course will enable you to understand the complex issues of teenage pregnancy, its causes and consequences, the current government strategies for reducing teenage conception rates and sexual risk-taking, and how the right support and access to contraceptive advice and services can make a difference.
- Unconscious Bias: this course gives clear insight into the development and impact of unconscious bias, and provides an understanding of the benefits of awareness.
- Understanding Behaviour of Children and Young People: this course will enable you to outline the benefits of studying the behaviour of children and young people, examine the words used to describe behaviour, consider both observable and hidden aspects of behaviour, explore what it meant by acceptable behaviour, and look at examples of how to manage the challenging behaviours of various age groups.
- Understanding Child Development: the aim of this course is to give learners an awareness of child development and the opportunity to begin to think about how an understanding of how children and young people develop impacts on practice.
The following course are offered by partner agencies, for practitioners at no cost: