Skills and Training

As part of our role, we learn about a lot of training opportunities that are available for parents and carers as well as professionals. They are often free and you do not require a professional referral to access them. There will be a mixture of online and face to face opportunities, some will be training that can be added to a CV, some will be opportunities to learn new skills or further your knowledge of specific subjects.

PACE (Parent Against Child Sexual Exploitation)

This 20/30 minute e-learning course is for parents and professionals who work alongside children and young people:

  • find out more about child sexual exploitation
  • learn the signs and indicators of when a child might be being exploited
  • understand the impact child sexual exploitation can have on families
  • know what to do if you suspect a child might be at risk of this abuse

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Virtual College

Virtual College has produced a range of free e-learning courses in subjects such as Safeguarding Children, Health and Well-Being and Careers Advice. Here is a selection of some of the most popular free online courses we offer.

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The Open University

Produced by The Open University, a world leader in open and distance learning, all Open Learn courses are free to study. We offer nearly 1000 free courses across 8 different subject areas. Our courses are available to start right away.

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Griffin Occupational Therapy

At GriffinOT we want to help everyone to understand Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and Sensory Integration. This is why we have developed our free and paid online training courses. Our Sensory Processing Disorder training is designed to:

  • Help you understand children’s sensory behaviours
  • Teach you why some children might react differently to sensory inputs
  • Provide you with strategies you can use to help children who experience sensory processing challenges
  • Give you the confidence to know you’re doing the right thing to help!

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University of Derby

This free short online course will encourage you to challenge your own definitions and perceptions of autism and ADHD. You will get an opportunity to examine several key themes around both autism and ADHD in order to obtain skills to help people with these conditions.

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Working in partnership with GIRES, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has created an e-learning resource to help professionals and families understand the needs of gender nonconforming young people. The Gender Variance e-learning programme is designed for healthcare staff of all levels and disciplines to understand how to help gender variant children, trans adolescents and their families.

The programme consists of a single e-learning session which takes around 45 minutes to complete.

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Parents Protect

We have developed an online child sexual abuse and exploitation awareness learning programme for parents, carers and professionals to help:

  • Understand potential risks
  • Recognise the signs of possible abuse in children
  • Be aware of inappropriate behaviour in adults
  • Know where to go for help if you have concerns and would like to talk about them

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