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In addition to face to face training, the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) 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 SSCB certificate.

All courses are free if you are employed by Sheffield City Council or, a SSCB 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 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 ‘Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect (Core) Refresher (NB: this course is only accessible to learners who have previously completed the full Awareness of Child Abuse & Neglect (Core) course).
  • If however you work in an education setting then 'Safeguarding Children in Education' is the recommended introductory course.

Other available courses

  • Female Genital Mutilation; Recognising and Preventing FGM
  • Hidden Harm – The Effect of Parental Drug and Alcohol Misuse on Children
  • Safe Sleeping for Babies - Reducing the Risk of SIDS
  • Safer Recruitment
  • Safeguarding Children from Abuse by Sexual Exploitation
  • Safeguarding Children Refresher (non Core)
  • Trafficking, Exploitation and Modern Slavery
  • Understanding Pathways to Extremism and the Prevent Programme
  • Working with Children with Disabilities

Obtaining a learner account and accessing courses

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. 

N.B  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.  On completion of one or both of these you will be able to select further courses to study.

If you already have an SSCB 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 SSCB 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.
  • Childhood Obesity: Raising the issue of weight in children, young people and parents.  This free course aims to assist anyone working with children, young people and families to identify when weight may be an issues, provide the skills and confidence to sensitivity raise the issue of weight, and provide support to manage a brief intervention.


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