SheffieldSCB Virtual College

Self Registration

13 May 2021

Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board Self Registration Site

Welcome to the Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board (SSCB) suite of e-learning, developed in conjunction with the Safeguarding Children e-Academy.

The Sheffield Safeguarding Children Board and partner organisations are committed to the continuous learning and development of all staff and volunteers working with children, young people and families in Sheffield 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 Sheffield based statutory, voluntary or not for profit organisations. Courses are also available at no cost to registered childminders in Sheffield. Other private/independent providers will be charged – for details of charges please contact : Safeguardingchildrentraining@sheffield.gov.uk or telephone 0114 2734530.


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The e-learning courses currently available are:
Attachment Theory

Our introductory course is aimed at anyone who works with children, from social care workers to teachers, and wants to understand attachment theory. Attachment Theory is a well-established theory which illustrates the key role attachment plays in the development of a child through to adulthood, how they form relationships with others and how they perceive themselves. Using the context of attachment theory, our course is designed to provide you with insights into children’s behaviour and development, and what you can do to help a child who may be struggling. Overall, it explores the history of attachment, the different attachment styles, the impact on brain development, the ways it can affect children and how it can impact their development through to adulthood, and helpful suggestions on what you can do if suspect a child is struggling with attachment difficulties.

Child Exploitation

Child sexual exploitation is a form of child abuse that is defined as an individual or group that coerces manipulates or deceives a child or young person under the age of 18 into sexual activity. This can be for something the victim wants or needs or it can be for a financial advantage to the perpetrator. This training has been designed for those working with vulnerable children or young people and covers the effects and impacts of sexual exploitation of children. Through up to date information on CSE, learner challenges and scenarios for an interactive learning experience. Ensuring you can identify the signs and symptoms of child sexual exploitation is crucial for anyone working with children. This topic is extremely challenging to deal with as there are a vast number of potential scenarios and the signs of abuse might not be clear.

Female Genital Mutilation: Recognising and Preventing FGM

The training will help a wide range of professionals to identify and assist girls who are at risk of FGM. This course is useful for anyone who is interested in gaining an overview of FGM, particularly frontline staff in healthcare, police, border force and children’s social care.

Level 3 Safeguarding Children

Level 3 safeguarding children training is one of our most in-depth safeguarding courses available and has been designed for managers working in roles where they frequently come into contact with children and their families. This course contains core safeguarding modules to ensure that learners are up to date with the latest information and then goes onto more detailed information about reporting suspecting abuse whether it has been reported directly to them or via a member of staff. The depth of this course allows learners to understand how key safeguarding cases have shaped legislation and how that will impact on them as managers and their workplace.

LGBTQ Awareness

This training is designed to giver learners a much deeper understanding of the key issues facing LGBTQ workers and how to ensure that they are safeguarded in the workplace. Upon completion of this course learners will be able to create an inclusive environment for all employees through their policies and procedures.

Mental Capacity Assessment and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

This wide-ranging course contains information and guidance on Mental Capacity Assessment and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards, how to undertake assessments and when they are appropriate, as well as recording the results. This course contains several sections and covers a huge amount of material concerning Mental Capacity Assessment and the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard and will give a strong foundation of mental capacity knowledge and how you can apply this knowledge towards duty of care of vulnerable individuals.

Modern Slavery and Trafficking

Modern slavery and trafficking are two of the most important safeguarding topics for anyone working with vulnerable children or adults. It is crucial that they have an in-depth knowledge of these areas and can spot the signs and symptoms of abuse. Human trafficking, human exploitation and modern slavery are alarmingly widespread issues in today's society. Statistics from Unseen show that there was a 35 per cent increase in the number of people identified as trafficking victims in the UK from 2016 to 2017, while 4,586 victims of modern slavery were reported to the Home Office in 2016 alone. Thousands of children and adults are exploited each year for cheap or unpaid labour, sexual abuse or domestic servitude, which can have a devastating impact on their physical and mental wellbeing.

Radicalisation and Extremism

Safeguarding anyone against radicalisation and extremism is an extremely important responsibility. It’s crucial that anyone working with vulnerable children, young people or adults are able to recognise the signs and symptoms of potential radicalisation. This training course will help learners to understand various forms of radicalisation and extremism and how it can be recognised and countered. This course also looks into further steps and organisations to contact if they suspect someone is being radicalised. This is a wide-ranging course covering radicalisation and extremism. It explores how some people become vulnerable to it and how this can potentially lead to terrorism, how to counter this and actions you can take. It also details government initiatives and legislation. 

Safeguarding in Education

Anyone working in education has a responsibility to ensure children are safeguarded from potential abuse or neglect. Staff need to be able to recognise any of the signs or symptoms of abuse and how to report them to the correct authority. It is a statutory requirement for anyone who works with children to have up-to-date knowledge of safeguarding policies, legislation and guidance so they can proactively focus on keeping them safe from harm and maintain the ability to act on any concerns about the safety and welfare of children and young people.

Safer Recruitment

Safer recruitment is designed to help those who are responsible for hiring anyone who works with children, to identify and deter or reject individuals who are deemed to be at risk of abusing children. It’s crucial that all employers have a recruitment policy in place that takes into account safer recruitment best practices and considerations. This course covers key topics including: advertising, application forms, selecting candidates for interview based on the information they have presented, and post-interview checks before making an offer of employment. Recruitment of staff is now a complex process and there are many issues that need to be considered to ensure safe and successful recruitment, to reduce in turn the risk of harm, abuse and neglect of adults and children.

Safer Sleeping for Babies

Greater awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is one of the most effective ways to reduce cases. This course is designed to do just that whilst ensuring learners gain knowledge on practical and effective ways to reduce the risks. This course, Safer Sleeping for Babies, gives up to date information on how to make sleeping safer for babies and gives advice on lowering the chance of SUDC (Sudden Unexpected Death in Childhood). It gives a wide range of information and guidance, and is aimed at health workers, nursery workers, and those working with babies and new parents.

Supporting Teenagers and Young People

Our training covers a wide range of topics to help provide those who work with children or young adults the information they need to help and support young people who are vulnerable to abuse or neglect. This course is designed to give information and guidance to those working with teenagers and young people who may be vulnerable to relationship abuse, substance misuse, and teenage pregnancy and uses immersive real-world scenarios to help professionals apply knowledge into everyday life. These real-world scenarios and the supporting cases studies will enable learners to see how their training can apply to them in their role. A key aim of this training is to provide learners with strong context to the training so they can easily relate to the situations presented to them within the training.

Toxic Trio

The Toxic Trio describes the massive impact domestic abuse, parental mental health issues and parental substance abuse can have on both vulnerable children, young people and the parents themselves. This course will help the learner define what the toxic trio means and its effects. This will help to guide learners on how to deal with suspected toxic trio cases. This course contains information and resources to enable practitioners to define and identify the effects of such abuse and act accordingly.

Understanding Animal Welfare in Violent Homes

This course will be of interest to professionals working with families with pets and will help them to recognise those at risk of physical and mental abuse. The course provides a basic understanding of what animal abuse is, how to spot the signs, as well as to understand the recognised link between family abuse and animal abuse and understand what to do if you have suspicions of abuse.

Working with Children with Learning Difficulties and Disabilities

For those working with children with learning difficulties or disabilities there are a lot of increased considerations that need to take place in regards to their safeguarding and care. This course gives an overview of information and guidance needed for those who work or care for children and young people in this situation. This wide-ranging course covers the definitions, needs and laws relating to children with learning difficulties and disabilities, including legislation, communication and partnership.

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