Training and Events
Accessing safeguarding courses is now easier than ever!
All courses offered by the Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board, Safeguarding Children Partnership, and Community Safety Partnership are accessible on our Learning Management System – www.herefordshirecpd.co.uk.
You will first need to register an account, and then you can book on to courses. The system will maintain a list of your CPD record. Evaluations and course documents will also be available in your personal account. For any queries, contact SafeguardingTraining@herefordshire.gov.uk .
Professional Competencies and Responsibilities
Our Joint Safeguarding Practitioner Forums are learning events for practitioners and managers who work with children or adults at risk. Practitioner Forums run 3-4 times per year, focussing on learning from case reviews, adult and child safeguarding topics, information about support services, and updates on new policies and guidance. Sign-up to the Safeguarding Mailing List to hear about upcoming Forums and other learning events – Sign-up here
The Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership also hosts a Leadership Summit twice yearly. This is an opportunity for the Strategic Partners Board of the HSCP to engage with strategic and managerial colleagues from other agencies in the wider partnership structure. It is an initiative to disseminate the work of the Safeguarding Children Partnership, the future plans and strategic direction, and receive feedback from the wider multi-agency partnership.
Open the sections below to access the resources and presentations from recent learning events:
Below is a selection of e-learning and training offered by other organisations, which you may find useful. Please note that the partnerships/board do not quality assure or endorse these courses:
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACES) and Trauma-Informed Practice
Free online learning: Introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early Trauma. This resource has been commissioned by the Office for the Police and Crime Commissioner West Midlands and is funded through the Home Office Early Intervention Youth Fund.
To learn more, check out these resources:
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) provides a free e-Learning training course on safeguarding adults. The course considers what adult safeguarding is, what are the different types and indicators of abuse, what to do if you suspect someone is being harmed and how to improve safeguarding to prevent harm. In order to complete the course, you must first set up a SCIE account.
Ann Craft Trust also has resources, guidance and e-learnings available on adult safeguarding.
Keep Them Safe
Keep Them Safe Protecting Children From Child Sexual Exploitation a joint production by Safeguarding e-Academy, PACE and Virtual College. This course can be accessed at the PACE website by typing ‘Keep Them Safe’ into the search box at the top of the page.
Child Sexual Abuse
A free e-learning from the Centre of Expertise on Child Sexual Abuse – see the CSA Centre website here
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.
The National Referral Mechanism for Child Victims of Trafficking
Every Child Protected from Trafficking (ECPAT UK) have launched free online training sessions for professionals who are self-isolating or working from home due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This recorded webinar was designed to build knowledge of the National Referral Mechanism, your duties and best practice. You can watch the recording of the webinar here.
This free course, provided by The Open University, through OpenLearn, is designed to 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.
Safeguarding 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 or login.
Young People and Gambling
The Young Gamers and Gamblers Education Trust (YGAM) are a leading National charity collaboratively delivering the UK’s £10million national education programme to those working with young people (age 7-25), to raise awareness around the potential harms associated with gaming and gambling. They work in a variety of health and educational settings, safeguarding and youth organisations and are also working with Children’s Services across a number of London boroughs. They are currently running some free online training, covering:
- an overview of how young people are increasingly exposed to gaming and gambling
- the influence of advertising, particularly around sporting events
- the role of social media, in game purchases, loot boxes and Esports
- the signs to look out for when an individual is at risk and where to seek help
- our resources that have been developed for practitioners to deliver
For further details, including dates and booking, please refer to their website here.
Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Recognising and preventing FGM training is available for professionals with safeguarding responsibilities from the Home Office website. It gives an introduction to Female Genital Mutilation and the action you must take to protect girls who may be at risk.
Virtual College provide an Awareness of Forced Marriage e-learning course on behalf of the Government. 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 e-Learning 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.
Introduction to Prevent e-learning package (Home Office). This e-Learning module can be accessed at via the Home Office website
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 learning 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.
Understand Young Minds
Virtual College have worked in partnership with SelfharmUK to create a free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children.
Find the course at www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/resource-packs/understanding-young-minds
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.
There are a range of learning packages that have been recommended or endorsed by external organisations:
- Disability Basics
- Disability and Society
- Regular Contact and Support Matters
- Occasional Contact and Support Matters
- Networking Matters
- Building an Inclusive Society
- Safeguarding Basics.
Access the online learning on their website at www.disabilitymatters.org.uk/
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.
The course is free, is easily accessible online and takes around 45 minutes to complete. It is designed for staff of all levels and disciplines and provides an optional test, as well as a certificate of completion.
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 www.gires.org.uk/e-learning/caring-for-gender-nonconforming-young-people
Self-Harm & Risky Behaviours
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.
Find this resource on their website at www.minded.org.uk
Health Education England Public Health England have published a new eLearning 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. The module has been 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 here.
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 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.
Safeguarding e-learning packages are available via Virtual College.
Tackling Domestic Abuse Network is a monthly themed networking event via MS Teams for all professionals and volunteers working with victims of domestic abuse in Herefordshire, which aims to:
- increase awareness of each organisation’s role, remit and challenges
- share best practice
- promote training and funding opportunities
- create a network of DA professionals to increase joint working
For more information and booking instructions, contact email@example.com
Tacking Domestic Abuse Network Presentations and Resources:
Child Exploitation – would you know the signs?
Child Sexual Exploitation – a victims story