Child protection in Scotland - online course An online introductory child protection course for anyone who works with children in Scotland
Gain the skills you need to act appropriately and confidently to protect the children you work with.
Working at your own pace, our introductory online training course will give you a clear understanding of how to recognise, report and record concerns about a child’s welfare and incorporates the Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC) approach in Scotland.
About this course
Working at your own pace, you’ll learn how to:
- recognise possible child abuse
- respond appropriately
- report your concerns about a child
- record what you’ve seen.
How the course works
Each section takes about 30-45 minutes to complete, followed by five questions. At the end of each section you’ll be given a full explanation of the correct and incorrect answers.
The course includes:
- teaching pages
- film and audio clips
- reflective tasks
- interactive learning activities and quizzes.
You have access to your course for one year following purchase. Once you've successfully completed it you can download a personalised certificate of achievement.
This is an introductory course for anyone who works with children or families in their paid or voluntary work, so you don’t need any previous child protection training.
People who have taken this course include:
- early year’s practitioners
- nursery workers
- housing officers
- health and safety officers
- fostering groups
- professionals and volunteers from commercial and community based organisations
- people working in children’s leisure and entertainment or religious organisations.
Our online training should run in most web browsers, though we recommend that you use Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Safari, or Microsoft Edge.
Please note: our courses are not compatible with Mozilla Firefox. Unfortunately our courses are also not currently compatible with iPads and other tablet and mobile devices.
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"The interactive side to this course really helped me understand the key elements to look out for to make sure my young people are safe and happy."
"The course was very thought provoking and very clear and I felt engaged the whole way through. It was good to be reminded of all the systems in place for protecting children in Scotland like children's hearings and child protection committees."
Accreditation for Continuing
This course is CPD certified and delivered by experienced professionals.