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In addition to face to face training, the Sheffield Children Safeguarding Partnership (SCSP) also provides a number of online courses, which can be accessed from any computer with an internet connection.  Covering a range of topics (as detailed below), all programmes use engaging interactive screens, challenges, tracking and online assessment, and on completion all learners receive a SCSP certificate.
All courses are free if you are employed by Sheffield City Council or, a SCSP partner agency, are a childminder, or are involved in any Voluntary/Community/Faith/Not for Profit organisation in the city.  A cost may be applicable if you work for any other independent or private organisation please contact us to discuss Tel: 0114 2734530 Email: safeguardingchildrentraining@sheffield.gov.uk.


Prior to attending face to face Safeguarding Children Training it is recommended that you undertake one of the following Introductory courses in order to ensure an appropriate level of understanding of Safeguarding Children.

  • If you are working directly with children and families and seeking a comprehensive introductory course the Level 3 Safeguarding Children (previously Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect - Core)  is recommended for most practitioners.
  • Having completed the above course you are advised to regularly (annually/ bi-annually) update your knowledge by undertaking the ‘Level 3 Safeguarding Children Refresher (NB: this course is only accessible to learners who have previously completed the full Level 3 Safeguarding Children course).
  • If however you work in an education setting then 'Safeguarding Children in Education' is the recommended introductory course.

The suite of E-learning courses offered by Virtual College has been updated. Some course titles have been renamed and we have added some new courses.

E-learning courses renamed:

Old Course Title New Course Title
Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect (CORE)
Level 3 Safeguarding Children
Hidden Harm Toxic Trio
Safe Sleep for Babies - SIDS Safe Sleeping for Babies
Safeguarding Children and Young People from abuse by Sexual Exploitation
Child Sexual Exploitation
Safeguarding Children in Education Safeguarding in Education
Safeguarding Children Refresher If learners require a Refresher the Safeguarding Children Level 3 course should be used. A Safeguarding Children Level 3 Refresher course will be available next year.
Safer Recruitment Safer Recruitment
Trafficking, Exploitation and Modern Slavery Modern Slavery and Trafficking
Understanding Pathways to Extremism and The Prevent Programme Radicalisation and Extremism
Working with Children with Disabilities Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

New E-learning courses available:

Attachment Theory
LGBQT Awareness
Supporting Teenagers and Young People
Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
Understanding Animal Welfare in Violent Homes

Other available courses:

Female Genital Mutilation, Recognising and Preventing FGM
Safer Recruitment

Obtaining a learner account and accessing courses

The SCSP E-Learning Suite of courses provided by Virtual College is moving to a new updated training platform called ENABLE on Wednesday 1 September 2021. You will not be able to register for a new account/course on this existing platform from Monday 16 August 2021 until Wednesday 1 September 2021 when the new training platform goes live. Please do join us on the new and improved platform from Wednesday 1 September 2021.  Please be aware you will need to register for a new learner account from September.

In order to access any of the above e-learning you will need to first create an account, using a simple self-registration process.  You can self-register and obtain details of all e-learning courses available by clicking here SELF-REGISTER. 

Having created a learner account, courses must be accessed via the log on link below.  DO NOT attempt to access the learning directly for the e-Learning provider website (Virtual College) as this will incur a charge.

NB: In order to ensure an appropriate use and fair allocation of e-learning licences, learners are restricted to studying a maximum of two open courses at any one time.  Only upon completion of one or both of these will you be able to select further courses to study.  The SCSP incurs a charge for all courses allocated, whether completed or not, hence other than in exceptional circumstances there is an expectation that all e-learning courses requested will be completed.  We strongly recommend that all learners aim to complete any requested courses within 2-3 weeks of allocation.  If after 6 weeks you have not started a course this will be removed from your e-learning account.

The SCSP E-Learning Suite of courses provided by Virtual College is moving to a new updated training platform called ENABLE on Wednesday 1 September 2021.  Please ensure that you complete all courses that you have started and download all certificates for your records - you will not be able to access your learner account on the current platform after Tuesday 31 August 2021.  Please do join us on the new and improved platform from Wednesday 1 September 2021.  Please be aware you will need to register for a new learner account from September.

Please complete your training by 31 August 2021 - logins due to expire.

If you already have an SCSP e-learning account, click here to LOG ON and select courses through the Requested Learning Tab on your account home page.  If you have an e-learning account but have forgotten your log on/password details please click on the log on link above and follow the instructions on the log on page to reset your username or password.

For further advice or information please contact us, by Tel: 0114 2734530 Email: safeguardingchildrentraining@sheffield.gov.uk

Other external e-learning courses

The following e-learning courses are provided by external organisations.  All are free of charge and can be accessed direct by clicking the links below (please note your SCSP e-learning account password will not provide access to these programmes, you will be required to register separately with each provider).

  • Child Victims of Trafficking - ECPAT UK
  • Children and Young People - Mental Health Mind Ed is a new website funded by the Department of Health.  It offers a range of e-learning modules on the mental health of children and young people - what goes wrong and what can be done to help.  It provides a wealth of information on child development, how problems show and practical insights into when to be concerned, what to do and when to refer on to specialists.  (The Mind Ed Core Curriculum is recommended for professionals or volunteers who are not specialist child mental health practitioners).
  • Children of Prisoners - There are an estimated 200,000+ children in England and Wales who have a parent or carer in prison. Often described as the ‘innocent victim’ they risk isolation, stigma, poverty and family breakdown. This e-learning programme, offered by SCIE ( social care institute for excellence), explores the child’s experience and the social and emotional impact of parental imprisonment on a child.
  • Supporting Children's Oral Health: This short e-learning programme (approx. 20mins) provides information and advice about children’s oral health, and is aimed at both parents and practitioners. Oral health is an important part of every child’s wellbeing. It impacts on the ability for children to eat and sleep, to socialise with confidence and to concentrate at school. However, many children experience problems with their oral health, with tooth decay affecting around a quarter of five-year olds in England and it is also the leading cause of hospital admissions for five to nine-year-olds by some distance. This programme will help you to support the children you care for to maintain good oral health and prevent problems developing. By the end of the session learners will have developed their knowledge of oral health and be more confident in providing children’s oral health advice.


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