Our E-learning module and online assessment tool provides a variety of flexible safeguarding training opportunities for organisations that work with children and young people in the borough.   Training covers areas such as basic awareness of child protection and safeguarding, runaways, integrated working, sexual exploitation and e-Safety. 

The training is hosted by Virtual College, one of the UK's leading e-learning sites, and courses have been developed by a 'Safeguarding E-Academy' involving a range of Local Safeguarding Children Boards of which Barnsley was a founder member.

The courses are endorsed by Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board and are in line with our training strategy.

 

Target audience

Managers are responsible for ensuring that all staff whose work brings them into contact with children and young adults receive safeguarding children training at the appropriate level and undertake refresher training in line with statutory or agency requirements.

Delegates should be aware that some training content deals with potentially disturbing subject matter and material and images used may be of a graphic nature. Some modules carry links to helplines and national support agencies that you can contact if you feel the need to talk to someone other than your colleagues or manager about the subject.

Duration

Courses usually take between one and two hours to complete (depending on learning speed).  The training is very flexible.  It can be completed in convenient stages, paused and revisited if necessary whenever you wish. The system will record your progress throughout.

How to apply

If you'd like to attend a training course, please email us the following details:

  • the course you're applying for
  • your name 
  • your job title and team/department
  • your contact details
  • the name of your line manager

We'll email you to confirm your acceptance and give you your individual user name and password. 

Certification/accreditation

When you've completed the course you can download a 'Virtual College' certificate.

Course content has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines.

Choose a course

Use the drop-down arrows below to reveal full details of individual courses.

Awareness of child abuse and neglect

Type Short foundation course 
Suitable for Professionals who have contact with children, families or carers, but not on an in-depth or ongoing basis
Completion time Estimated 60 - 90 minutes
The course doesn't have to be completed in one session
Objectives Same as the short foundation course, but the core introduction content is more in-depth as appropriate for the increased level of contact that staff will have with children and their families
Outcome Successful completion demonstrates evidence of undertaking introductory level Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board training
Delivery The learning package has interactive learning screens, learner challenges, tracking, online assessment and will issue a certificate once the learner attains the required score on the challenges

Awareness of child abuse and neglect

Type Core introduction course
Suitable for Professionals who have contact with children, families or carers, and who may need to contribute to assessments of children in need
Completion time Estimated 60 - 120 minutes
The course doesn't have to be completed in one session
Objectives

Same as the short foundation course, but the core introduction content is more in-depth as appropriate for the increased level of contact that staff will have with children and their families

Outcome Successful completion demonstrates evidence of undertaking introductory level Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board training
Delivery The learning package has interactive learning screens, learner challenges, tracking, online assessment and will issue a certificate once the learner attains the required score on the challenges

Runaways - a South Yorkshire protocol

Type E-learning module
Suitable for This module will benefit professionals and volunteers working with children and young people
Objectives
  • Enables staff and managers to understand the national and local context for runaways
  • Enables staff and managers to make an informed and effective response both individually and in a multi-agency context
  • Prevents children and young people from running away where possible
  • Ensures children and young people are kept safe from harm
  • Minimises the risk of repeat running away
Outcome On completion participants will feel more confident that their response to runaways is effective and in accord with the agreed protocol for South Yorkshire.  Children and young people will also benefit indirectly by receiving a more sensitive and responsive service that meets their needs.
Delivery This module was produced in partnership with Connexions South Yorkshire and has a number of screens specifically aimed at South Yorkshire protocols. However, the majority of the module deals with general and national issues.

An introduction to integrated working (CAF and information sharing)

Type Basic awareness course
Suitable for Multi-agency practitioners working with children, young people and families
Objectives Provide underpinning knowledge of the common assessment framework(CAF), information sharing and the role of the lead professional
Outcome Prepares practitioners for face-to-face integrated working training.  On completion, participants can discuss the above concepts confidently with families, should they need to.
Delivery The course comes with an online assessment and certificate on achieving a satisfactory pass mark.

Integrated working - strategic manager overview

Type Condensed course
Suitable for Strategic managers
Outcome Gives strategic managers an understanding of what practitioners are doing on the front line

e-Safety

Type Basic awareness course
Suitable for All professionals who work with children and young people
Objectives
  • Provide awareness of how young people are using the Internet
  • Provide awareness of the risks involved in inappropriate online behaviour
  • Provide awareness of resources available to help make our children more aware of e-dangers
  • NOT to turn people off using the Internet.
Outcome Participants will be aware of the above, and with this knowledge be able to talk to, support, and recognise when young people's behaviour may indicate that something is wrong so that appropriate action can be taken.

Safeguarding children from abuse by sexual exploitation

Type E-learning module
Objectives
  • To increase awareness of the main issues around the sexual exploitation of children and young people.
  • To raise awareness of the legislation and guidance that applies to vulnerable groups and how these policies can be applied in practice.
  • To explain risk assessments and vulnerability factors and outlines the roles of various agencies such as the police and social care so you know what your responsibility is.
Outcome Having completed the module learners will:  
  • have an awareness of the background to child sexual exploitation, including definitions, the key legislation and guidance, and research findings.
  • understand the risk assessment process, including the elements of a good assessment
  • know the categories of risk and what vulnerability factors to look for when undertaking an assessment
  • have a basic knowledge of the responsibilities of the key agencies involved in helping children at risk of sexual exploitation.
Delivery The course includes scenarios to help you to think about what you would do in a given situation.

Think safe, stay safe, be safe

Type E-learning module
Objectives Safeguarding children helps to address the 'stay safe' outcome of the Government's Every Child Matters' policy. The aim of this module is to concentrate on ways in which children can stay safe by minimising the incidence of child abuse and neglect.
Outcome After completing this course, learners should be able to:
  • understand the various types of child abuse or neglect
  • identify the signs and what to look for
  • know how to ask questions if you suspect a young person is being abused
  • know what steps to take if you suspect abuse is happening
  • know what to do if a young person discloses abuse

Hidden harm

Type E-learning module
Objectives To raise awareness of the effects of parental drug and alcohol misuse on children.
Outcome There are an estimated 1.5 million children of problem drug and alcohol users in the UK.  Although services focus on the adult the effects on children can be overlooked.  There is a government directive to raise awareness and increase opportunities for early intervention.  After completing this course, learners should be able to:
  • Spot the signs of harm 
  • Identify windows of opportunity to break the cycle and safeguard the child.

Safeguarding children with disabilities

Type E-learning module
Objectives There are around 1.2 million children living with disabilities in the UK.  This course aims to raise awareness of the specific needs of disabled children in relation to their vulnerability and communication
Outcome After completing this course, learners should be able to:
  • recall some of the key legislation and guidance relating to children and disability
  • understand the range of initiatives focussing on disabled children, siblings and carers, including their legislative rights, government guidance or recommendations from disability groups.
  • state the legal definition of disability and list the four main types.
  • understand the importance of communication and identify barriers and means to ensure consultation and participation.
  • understand the "double discrimination" suffered by children from minority ethnic backgrounds and how professionals can address this.
  • understand the key elements of child welfare, including transitional planning, multi-agency working, dealing with diagnosis etc.
  • recognise the links between abuse and disability and how the
  • disclosure affects parents/carers.

Safeguarding children refresher training

Type E-learning module
Objectives It is a statutory requirement for anyone that works with children to update their knowledge of legislation/guidance and maintain their ability to act on concerns.  Government advocates that refresher training should take place every 3 years.  This online course has been developed in collaboration with experts from 6 Local Safeguarding Boards. 
Outcome After completing this course, learners should be able to:
  • identify changes to practice over the last three years.
  • identify different levels of harm and the appropriate safeguarding processes to be followed.
  • understand safeguarding children issues from a national perspective.

Introduction to safeguarding children

Type E-learning module
Objectives The aim of the module is to concentrate on ways in which children and young people can "stay safe" by minimising the incidence of child abuse and child neglect.  The module covers child abuse training and will help the learner gain a better understanding of the types of abuse or neglect to a child and explain what the learner must do if they suspect that a child is being abused or neglected.
Outcome After completing this course, learners should be able to:
  • understand the various types of child abuse and neglect
  • identify the signs and what to look for.
  • know what steps to take if there is a suspicion of abuse
  • know what to do if a child or adult discloses abuse
  • understand the importance of keeping records

Child development

(Children's and Young People's Development in Health and Social Care Settings)

Type E-learning module
Objectives This aims to increase awareness of the main issues around children and young people's development.  It provides learners with an increased understanding of the expected pattern of development and details the factors that can influence development.   
Outcome After completing this course, learners should be able to:
  • Understand the expected pattern of development for children and young people from birth to 19 years of age.
  • Understand the factors that influence children's and young people's development and how these affect practice.
  • Understand how to monitor children and young people's development and interventions that should take place if this is not following the expected pattern
  • Understand the importance of early intervention to support the speech, language and communication needs of children and young people.
  • Understand the potential effects of transitions on children's and young people's development.

Basic awareness of domestic violence and abuse

(including the impact on children, young people and adults at risk)

Type E-learning module
Suitable for This module will benefit professionals and volunteers working with children and young people on a regular basis from volunteers, practitioners and managers from the voluntary, statutory and independent sectors
Completion time Estimated 60 - 90 minutes
The course doesn't have to be completed in one session
Objectives To raise awareness of the issues surrounding domestic violence
Outcome After completion of this course learners should be able to:
  • Explain what domestic violence is and who is most at risk
  • Recognise the difference between the facts and myths surrounding domestic violence
  • Describe the physical and psychological effects of domestic violence
  • Explain the impact of domestic violence on the unborn child, children and young people
  • Classify the behaviours displayed by a perpetrator
  • Identify positive and negative ways to support domestic violence
  • Outline how the victim may feel
  • Interpret domestic violence statistics
  • Describe best practice
  • Identify the "do's and don'ts" of assisting in a domestic violence case
  • Recognise when and where to get help

Equality/inclusion in health, social care or children/young people's settings

Type E-learning module
Suitable for Professionals and volunteers working within health, social care or children and young people's settings, including professional care and support workers and practitioners 
Completion time Estimated 60 - 90 minutes
The course doesn't have to be completed in one session
Objectives To provide knowledge and skills to promote and implement equality and inclusion.
Outcome After completion of this course learners should be able to:
  • Have an increased understanding of the importance of equality and inclusion as well as the knowledge required to work in an inclusive way
  • Be able to describe the importance of diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Be able to promote diversity, equality and inclusion
  • Know how to access information and support about diversity  

An introduction to female genital mutilation, forced marriage, spirit possession and honour based violence

Type E-learning module
Suitable for Professionals and volunteers working within health, social care or children and young people's settings, including professional care and support workers and practitioners 
Completion time Estimated 60 - 90 minutes
The course doesn't have to be completed in one session
Objectives To help practitioners working with children, young people and their families to be culturally aware during the course of their work and involvement.
Outcome After completion of this course learners should be able to:
  • Recognise why cultural awareness is important to achieve the best possible outcomes for children
  • Have an increased understanding of the four types of abuse which stem from culture-related traditions, rituals and beliefs and have the knowledge and skills to feel confident in dealing with people from differing cultures
  • Identify how and why cultural traditions can result in the abuse of children
  • Recognise the effects that cultural rituals such as female genital mutilation can have on children
  • Recognise how cultural beliefs such as spirit possession can result in the abuse of children

Safer recruitment

Type E-learning module
Suitable for Professionals and volunteers working within health, social care or children and young people's settings, including professional care and support workers and practitioners 
Completion time Estimated 60 - 90 minutes
The course doesn't have to be completed in one session
Objectives To assist those involved in recruitment to adhere to safer recruitment practices in accordance with Section 11 of the Children Act 2004.
Outcome After completion of this course learners should be able to:
  • Develop the skills and understanding needed to put in place safer recruitment processes 
  • Check current practice in your own organisation
  • Understand the purpose and functions of the Independent Safeguarding Authority and the Vetting and Barring Scheme
  • Promote a safer culture within your organisation
  • Raise awareness about abuse and abusers