A History of Child Protection

This interactive timeline looks at some of the key safeguarding and child protection historical milestones from the 1600s to the present day.

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Awareness of Forced Marriage – Free Online Course

This online course has been developed with the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign Office and aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform you of the correct actions to take should you suspect someone is at risk. This course is aimed at all professionals who have a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable children, young people and adults at risk and is aimed specifically at child protection services, health professionals, education professionals, police officers, children’s social care, adult social care and housing authorities.

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Background to this free safeguarding course

A recent study revealed that 137,000 women in England and Wales are estimated to be living with the consequences of FGM. To address this issue, the Home Office is championing a proactive approach and has launched this free online FGM training package. Throughout this course, we follow a young girl named Hope as she encounters the key issues relating to FGM and we see how they affect her throughout her life. The training will help a wide range of professionals to identify and assist girls who are at risk of FGM.

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Keep Them Safe: Protecting Children from Child Sexual Exploitation free course

Thousands of children in the UK are at risk of being forced or manipulated into sexual activity in a form of abuse called child sexual exploitation. This abuse can happen to any child, anywhere. Knowing what to look for is an important way you can help to protect your children. Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace) and Virtual College have teamed up to provide this short (20 to 30 minutes) online course designed for parents and carers. (This course will be of interest to those working with children but is NOT a replacement for a full training course).

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Keeping children safe online – An online introductory course for anyone who works with children

Learn how children use the internet and how you can keep them safe from abuse. Working at your own pace, this introductory training course will help you gain the skills to act appropriately and confidently to protect the children you work with.

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Understanding Young Minds

Virtual College have worked in partnership with SelfharmUK to create a free online course designed to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children. Thousands of children and young people in the UK are thought to be impacted by self-harm each year. Spotting the signs can be difficult, and approaching the subject with your children can be an uncomfortable experience. This online course, ‘Talking to your children about emotional resilience and self-harm’, has been

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