Free Safeguarding eLearning Courses


There are a number of free elearning courses related to safeguarding training.  Please see below.

For London Borough of Redbridge staff, there are some additional free courses available on Learning Zone relating to safeguarding – including the new Introduction to Safeguarding Children & Young People – launched on 28 May 2019.  For more information, contact

Suicide Prevention

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.

Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)

Pace (Parents against child sexual exploitation) and the Virtual College provide a free elearning training course called Keep them Safe which is a useful introduction to child sexual exploitation (CSE). The course is aimed at parents but will also be valuable to professionals with safeguarding responsibilities. The course provides information on what CSE is, what are the signs and indicators that a child might be being exploited, an understanding of the impact of CSE on families, and what to do if you suspect a child might be at risk of this form of abuse. To complete the course, register on-line. To find out more about CSE, see the LSCB website or attend one of our face-to-face briefings or training courses, provided as part of the LSCB Training Programme.

A further elearning course available on CSE is Seen and Heard.  For more information, please see the dedicated page on this resource.

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Virtual College, on behalf of the Home Office, provide a free elearning course on Recognising and Preventing Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). FGM is a procedure where the female genitals are deliberately cut. The course follows Hope’s journey exploring issues relating to FGM and how they can affect an individual throughout their whole life. The training aims to help a wide range of professionals to identify and assist girls who are at risk of FGM. It is particularly useful for frontline staff in health, police, early year’s education and childcare, and children’s social care. To register for the course, complete the on-line registration process. Also available is a Resource Pack which accompanies the training which can be downloaded. The Pack includes a poster, introductory e-mail on the elearning course which can be used to share with colleagues and a banner to include in emails. A face-to-face FGM training course is available via the LSCB Training Programme. To read more on FGM, visit the FGM page on the LSCB website or NHS Choices.

Fire Safety in the Home – for Home Carers and Housing Providers

The London Fire Brigade (LFB) have developed a training package aimed at care workers and housing providers to help identify key fire risks and hopefully prevent fires from starting in the first place.  The course takes approximately 1 hour to complete and covers:

  • warning signs such as cigarette burns in carpets, or smoking whilst drinking alcohol that workers visiting families in their own homes may observe;
  • preventative measures such as fitting smoke alarms via LFB Home Fire Safety Visits and the use of fire retardant bedding; and
  • the importance of referring those at high risk to either adult or children’s social care.

Enrolment is via the link below, making a note of your user name and password prior to submitting the form:

Forced Marriage


Virtual College provide an Awareness of Forced Marriage elearning 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 elearning 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.

To accompany the course, there is a Resource Pack available to download from Virtual College which can be used to promote awareness of forced marriage within your agency. The Pack contains a poster, a facts and figures infographic, a guide to Forced Marriage legislation and a footer that can be appended to your email.

Modern Slavery

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.


The Government provide an introductory elearning course to raise awareness of the Prevent duty. The duty in the Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 is on specified agencies to have due regard to the need to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism. The course provides a foundation on which to develop further knowledge around the risks of radicalisation and the role that you can play in supporting those at risk. To undertake the course, you first need to complete the on-line registration procedure. Professionals within Redbridge can also access the face-to-face Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent (WRAP) via the LSCB Training Programme. More information on Prevent can be found on Redbridge i or by contacting the Prevent Team via

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.

Understanding Animal Welfare in Violent Homes

There is a link between animals being abused and children being abused.  When animals are abused, people are at risk; when people are abused animals are at risk.  Every 30 seconds the RSPCA’s helpline receives a call.  Nearly 150,000 animal cruelty complaints were investigated in 2016.  Virtual College and The Links Group have developed a free on-line eLearning course on Understanding Animal Welfare in Violent Homes.  This course will be of interest to anyone concerned about animal welfare or safeguarding children and will help recognition of those at risk of physical and mental abuse.  To access the course, please register or login if you already have an account with Virtual College.  There is also a resource pack to accompany the course that is free to download.

Safeguarding Adults

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) provides a free elearning 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. Face-to-face training on safeguarding adults is available via LBR Adults Social Services Training. For more information, e-mail Information on protecting adults at risk of abuse or neglect can be found on the Redbridge MyLife website.