29 September 2016
Welcome to the Middlesbrough & Redcar and Cleveland Safeguarding Children Boards suite of e-learning, developed in conjunction with the Safeguarding Children e-Academy.
The Middlesbrough & Redcar and Cleveland Safeguarding Children Boards and partner organisations are committed to the continuous learning and development of all staff and volunteers working with children, young people and families in Middlesbrough & Redcar and Cleveland and through this site you will be able to view, select and be given immediate access to a range of e-learning opportunities.
All courses are free of charge for staff and volunteers working within Middlesbrough & Redcar and Cleveland statutory, voluntary or
not for profit organisations.
Learners who work for private/independent providers are not eligible for free e-learning.
E-learning courses can be purchased directly from the Virtual College.
If you are a new user and work within Middlesbrough & Redcar and Cleveland statutory, voluntary or not for profit organisations and would
like to register for one of the courses detailed below please click Register
If you are an existing user and would like to access your account or select additional courses please click Login
If you are not entitled to free e-learning and would like to purchase a course from Virtual College, click Purchase*
* If you intend to purchase 4 or more courses in one transaction (minimum order value £100) you may be
entitled to a discount of £5.00 per eligible course.
Telephone the Direct Sales team at Virtual College on 01943 885085 instead and quote the promotional code: SCBSTES
The e-learning courses currently available are:
An Introduction to Safeguarding Children
This course is aimed at those who have occasional contact with children as part of their job role (e.g. receptionist, cleaner, porter, cook who works in a school, hospital staff, those in GP surgeries, leisure centre staff, housing office workers).
The course aims to inform about the various types of abuse or neglect that can happen to a child and then explain what you must do if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected.
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect – Foundation Version
This course is suitable for staff within the children's workforce who support frontline practitioners that have contact with children, young people their families or carers. Examples of staff that should complete this course include reception staff, customer advisors, business support, grounds and maintenance staff etc. It should be completed every three years.
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect – Core Version
This course is suitable for frontline professionals and those who have direct contact with children and their families. The course covers a variety of child protection and safeguarding children issues and is suitable for anyone who regularly comes into contact with children, or who may be asked to contribute to the assessment of children in need. The course aims to inform about the various types of abuse or neglect that can happen to a child and then explain what you must do if you suspect a child is being abused or neglected. Please note that the content of the Young People and the Police versions is now incorporated into this course, and those courses are no longer available separately.
Think Safe, Be Safe, Stay Safe
This course will help you understand the signs of abuse and neglect and understand when and who to report concerns to. This module is aimed at young people aged 11-18yrs who work with children or other young people for example as young volunteers, peer mentors, babysitters etc.
Safeguarding Children Refresher
This course was originally developed in collaboration with experts from six Safeguarding Children Boards and has recently been updated to include all child safeguarding areas required to be covered by Ofsted and CQC inspections, these include:
- Female Genital Mutilation
- Forced Marriage
- Child Trafficking
- Child Sexual Exploitation
Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse including the Impact on Children, Young People and Adults at Risk
This course is primarily aimed at those who may come in to contact with children, young people, adults at risk and/or their families during the course of their work in the voluntary, statutory and independent sectors.
Collaborative Working: A Whole Family Approach
This online course will increase your understanding of the impact of whole family working and the key principles of whole family intervention.
eSafety - Guidance for Practitioners and Parents
As the internet is available in many places; anyone who works with children has a role to play in providing eSafety education as well as supporting parents in providing a safe home environment.
Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM
This course is specifically designed to help recognise and prevent FGM when coming into contact with young people and their families during the course of their work.
Hidden Harm - The effects of parental problem substance use on children
This course is designed for anyone who works with children, young people and their families. The course aims to raise awareness of the issues affecting the children of problem substance users. It helps the learner to spot the signs of harm and identify appropriate windows of opportunity to break the cycle and safeguard the child.
The course has been developed by 5 Drug and Alcohol teams nationally and peer reviewed by panels of experts in the field.
Keep Them Safe - Protecting Children from Child Sexual Exploitation for families
Pace, in partnership with Virtual College, has launched an interactive online information package for parents on the signs of child sexual exploitation. This free tool is designed to equip parents with the information and knowledge to safeguard children from this abuse.
This course is not suitable for professionals, who should complete the Safeguarding Children from Abuse by Sexual Exploitation course instead.
Safe Sleeping for Babies - Reducing the Risk of SIDS
This course has been developed to promote and support key safe baby sleeping messages, raising the awareness of parents, family members or other people who come into contact with families. On completion, learners will have an increased understanding of what can be done to keep sleeping babies as safe as possible.
Safeguarding Children from Abuse by Sexual Exploitation
This course is designed to raise awareness of the background to child sexual exploitation, and includes definitions, the key legislation and guidance, research findings and how these policies can be applied in practice. It also explains risk assessments and key vulnerability factors, whilst covering the roles of various agencies such as the police and social care, so you know what your responsibilities are.
Working with Children with Disabilities
The course contains an overview of the national and local agenda in relation to children with disabilities, basic knowledge of the range of protection needs of disabled children and information on how you can enable them to communicate about their experiences and provide support.
Safeguarding Everyone - Protecting Children, Young People and Adults at Risk
If you work with children or adults it is important that you ensure the safety of anyone you come across during the course of your work. Even if your involvement is not focused on an individual you have a responsibility to ensure action is taken or a referral is made. This course will give you the knowledge and skills to ensure you can help safeguard everyone you have contact with whilst carrying out your duties, not only those you are directly responsible for.
Short Breaks for Disabled Children
There are lots of different people in various work places where disabled children and young people could have a short break, for example, librarians, sport staff, scout/guide leaders, and play workers. It is important that all those involved have the knowledge and skills required to provide the appropriate support and help ensure that a high quality experience is had by parents, carers, and children.
As a result, this e-learning module has been designed to provide the learner with an increased understanding of the role of the short break worker including the tasks and responsibilities involved when providing support for disabled children enjoying a short break.
See the Adult, See the Child
This course covers the multi-agency protocol for the assessment, support and case management of children and families where there are additional needs in relation to parents’ mental health.
The course is suitable for anyone who works with children, young people and their families.