Snapshot from the E-Learning programme

Following on from the successful launch in February 2008, Doncaster Safeguarding Children Board Training continues to offer an innovative way of undertaking safeguarding children training. The programmes are ideal for anyone who comes into contact with children, young people, their parents or caregivers through their work and who are endorsed by the Don caster Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB). The training is hosted by the Virtual College, one of the UK's leading e-learning providers.

The two e-learning Modules and on-line assessment provide a flexible alternative delivery route for Introductory Level Basic Awareness.

There are two different learning pathways for Basic Awareness:

  • The Core Introduction Module is aimed at individuals who are working directly with children, young people and their families. These practitioners will have some professional or organisational responsibility in relation to safeguarding children.

  • The Foundation Module is most appropriate for individuals in a paid or voluntary capacity who may have contact with children and young people but do not work directly with them.

Both courses cover similar material but the Core Introduction deals with this in more depth as appropriate for the increased level of contact that staff will have with children and their families.

Course Outcomes

Course outcomes are as follows:

  • Understand the different types of Abuse and Neglect

  • Know the signs and indicators of Abuse

  • Know how to ask questions if you suspect a child is being abused

  • Know what steps to take if you suspect a child is being abused

  • Know what happens when a referral to Social Care is made

  • Know what to do if a child discloses abuse

  • Know the importance of keeping records

  • Understand the importance of Multi-Agency Working

Advanced Courses

The DSCB now provides opportunities for all staff to access advanced training courses online. The courses are aimed to take approximately 2 hours and are free for all partner agencies. For further information and / or prices please contact  

Listed below are the other courses that you can access;

Safer Recruitment

Local Safeguarding Boards have a responsibility to ensure that agencies named under Section 11 of the Children Act 2004 have safer recruitment practices in place. This module will assist those involved in recruitment in ensuring they meet these requirements.

The module considers statistics relating to safer recruitment, statistics are important as they simplify the size of the problem. It also considers the background to the introduction of the more robust safer recruitment processes, which followed the Bichard Inquiry, which looked at the recruitment of Ian Huntley in the Soham case. 

Please follow the instructions at the bottom of the page to access the course.

Young People and Risk Taking Behaviour

It has been identified that the UK has the highest incidence of risk taking behaviour; with more young people having sexual intercourse by the age of 15 than in any other country, more have been drunk two or more times aged 11,13 and 15 than in any other country, and they are the third highest users of cannabis globally. 

Research also highlights that substance misuse in young people is commonly a symptom of wider problems and rarely occurs in isolation. The implications for young people engaging in risky behaviours are that they are at greater risk of contracting an STI; becoming young parents; failing at school; building up longer-term physical and mental health problems; and becoming dependent upon the use of alcohol and/or drugs.

Public Health Doncaster have devised this online training package for staff, that explores and educates around the issues associated with Children and Young People and Risk Taking Behaviours.

Topics covered:

- Substance Misuse (Alcohol, Drugs, Inc NPS/Legal Highs)

- Sexual Health

- Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE)  

- Tobacco

To access the course click here

How to apply

Please note there is a one month time limit on each course, if a course is not completed within the time scale you will be charged £25.00

In order to apply for login details, please provide your name, organisation, valid e-mail address (work is preferable) managers e-mail address and the course title to Please ensure that you apply for courses once only as repeats will not be processed. Logins are processed once a week and aim to be prompt.

For any other online courses and / or prices, please contact us directly as reduced rates may apply.

What equipment is needed to access the Modules?

All that is needed is access to a computer that has an Internet connection. The system has been optimised to allow minimum download time, but a broadband connection is preferable.

The Modules have been developed using Flash technology and a Flash Player needs to be installed on the computer.

If you can access the demonstration mentioned above, your computer will be able to access the Modules. If you cannot access the demonstration, you will require some technical advice from your ICT Department.

Please note: An e-mail address is an essential requirement, as this will be used for sending non-confidential log-in and course details. Please contact if this presents a problem.