There are a number of free eLearning courses related to safeguarding training that are available to support you in your CPD.

Please click on the titles below to find out more information. 


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.

Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

The ACEs E-learning module has been developed by West Midlands Violence Prevention Alliance  in partnership with Barnardo's.

This course is aimed at practitioners, professionals and volunteers who work with children, young people and their families.

Over approximately 50 minutes, this online training covers the following modules:

1. Introduction to ACEs: By the end of this section you will be able to identify adverse experiences that can impact on a child's development and their response to stress.

2. Brain Development in the Early Years: By the end of this section you will understand the importance of healthy brain development in a child’s early years and the impacts of toxic stress.

3. The Impact of Childhood Adversity: By the end of this section you will understand that experiencing adversity in childhood can have a significant impact over a person’s life course resulting in ill health, poor wellbeing and in some cases premature death.

4. Social, Health and Community Impacts of ACEs Early Trauma: By the end of this section you will be able to identify a range of social and community impacts resulting from ACEs.

5. Protective Factors: By the end of this section you will be able to give key examples of ‘Protective Factors’ that can help prevent ACEs and different strategies that can help build resilience.

6. Looking at ACEs Through a Trauma Informed Lens: By the end of this section you will understand what it means to look at adverse childhood experiences through a ‘trauma informed lens’.

7. Building Resilience: By the end of this section you will understand how building resilience can help mitigate the impact of ACEs.


To access the E-Learning please go to the following link: 

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Pace (Parents against child sexual exploitation) and the Virtual College provide a free eLearning training course called Keep them Safe which is a useful introduction to child sexual exploitation (CSE).

The course is aimed at parents but will have value for professionals with safeguarding responsibilities. The course provides information on what CSE is, what are the signs and indicators that a child might be being exploited, an understanding of the impact of CSE on families, and what to do if you suspect a child might be at risk of this form of abuse. To complete the course, register on-line.

Child Victims of Trafficking

ECPAT UK provides training throughout the UK and internationally on child protection in tourism and on the protection of child victims of trafficking. In particular, ECPAT UK operates a national training programme on safeguarding children to increase awareness and highlight the specific support needs of trafficked children.  It has made available a free eLearning course ‘In Your Hands – Safeguarding Child Victims of Trafficking’. 

To access the course, please register for this course or login.

Covid-19 Resources

Virtual College has produced a range of courses and resources relating to coronavirus that are available to access for free:

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

Virtual College working on behalf of the Home Office has produced a free eLearning course on Recognising and Preventing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM).

The training aims to help a wide range of professionals to identify and assist girls who are at risk of FGM. It is particularly useful for those staff in health, police, early year’s education and childcare, and children’s social care who operate on the front line. To register for the course, complete the on-line registration process. Also available is a Resource Pack which accompanies the training which can be downloaded.

Fire Safety in the Home

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) have developed a training package aimed at care workers and housing providers to help identify key fire risks and hopefully prevent fires from starting in the first place.  The course takes approximately 1 hour to complete and covers:

  • warning signs such as cigarette burns in carpets, or smoking whilst drinking alcohol that workers visiting families in their own homes may observe;
  • preventative measures such as fitting smoke alarms via LFB Home Fire Safety Visits and the use of fire retardant bedding; and
  • the importance of referring those at high risk to either adult or children’s social care.

Enrolment is via the link below, making a note of your user name and password prior to submitting the form:

Forced Marriage

Virtual College working with the Home Office has designed an eLearning package on building the Awareness of Forced Marriage. The course was developed with the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office. It aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform professionals of the correct actions to take should you suspect someone is at risk. The key learning outcomes are:

  • Recognition of the warning signs of forced marriage;
  • Taking the right actions to prevent potential victim; and
  • Co-operate effectively with other agencies.

This eLearning course is aimed at all professionals who have a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable children, young people and adults at risk. To undertake the course, you first need to register for Force Marriage training.

To accompany the course, there is a Resource Pack available to download from Virtual College which can be used to promote awareness of forced marriage within your agency. The Pack contains a poster, a facts and figures infographic, a guide to Forced Marriage legislation and a footer that can be appended to your email.

Modern Slavery

This free course provided by The Open University through Open Learn, is designed to help you develop an understanding of the international system of human rights protection in relation to modern slavery, but also encourage an appreciation of the influence of International Human Rights Law on the development of the domestic system of human rights protection.  After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • understand the historical origins of slavery as well as examples of slavery
  • understand the international legal framework prohibiting slavery
  • understand the concept of modern slavery and its various forms
  • analyse the applicable law and apply it to a given example/case study
  • critically analyse and evaluate proposals for new legislation addressing modern slavery.

In order to under the course, which takes approximately 15 hours in total, you will need to first create an account on the OpenLearn site, if you do not already have one.

Prevent and Channel

Prevent Course:

The Government provide an introductory elearning course to raise awareness of the Prevent duty. The duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 is on specified agencies to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.

The course provides a foundation on which to develop further knowledge around the risks of radicalisation and the role that you can play in supporting those at risk. To undertake the course, you first need to complete the on-line registration procedure.

The Home Office Prevent referral training course is designed to make sure that when we share a concern that a vulnerable individual may be being radicalised, that referral is robust, informed and with good intention, and that the response to that concern is considered, and proportionate.

Channel Training:

The home office have written a training course about Channel.

Depending on your needs the course will help you understand

  • The objectives of the Channel programme
  • The working process of Channel
  • Roles and responsibilities of people involved in Channel.

It shares key learnings and best practice from those already involved in Channel around the country, and will allow you to work through example case studies so you can see the process in action.

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.

Suicide Prevention

Public Health England have a Learning module on Suicide Prevention called ‘We need to talk about suicide’.  The module aims to provide support for volunteers and health care professionals, enabling them to recognise early warning signs of suicide, support patients and their families, as well as offering additional health services in this time of need.  This module was developed with support from families who have lived through suicide as well as health care professionals who work in mental health services.  The content includes section on why talking matters, who is at risk and possible warning signs, how to respond and support and wellbeing. 

The module is free to access via Public Health England.

The Zero Suicide Alliance have released an elearning package around suicide and how to open up a conversation with someone who may be struggling with their own mental wellbeing. 

The aims of this training are to: enable people to identify when someone is presenting with suicidal thoughts/behaviour, to be able to speak out in a supportive manner, and to empower them to signpost the individual to the correct services or support.

The free module to access is available on the Zero Suicide Alliance website.

Understanding Animal Welfare in Violent Homes

There is a link between animals being abused and children being abused.  When animals are abused, people are at risk; when people are abused animals are at risk.  Every 30 seconds the RSPCA’s helpline receives a call.  Nearly 150,000 animal cruelty complaints were investigated in 2016.  Virtual College and The Links Group have developed a free on-line eLearning course on Understanding Animal Welfare in Violent Homes. 

This course will be of interest to anyone who works to safeguarding children and will help recognition of those at risk of physical and mental abuse.  To access the course, please register for this training with Virtual College or login if you already have an account with Virtual College. 

Safeguarding Matters for Disabled Children and Young People

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. 


See Disability Matters for information on this short course. 

Please note: DSPP cannot recommend or comment on any particular online course or provider. The listing above are for your information only and provides a sample of some online safeguarding training that is available from providers free of charge.