Training resources and video podcasts

Darlington Xtra Toolkit - Training Resources and Podcasts

You will find access to additional training resources and podcasts on the Darlington Xtra Toolkit.

An Introduction to PACE/Appropriate Adult (April 2023)

This video podcast outlines the role of the Appropriate Adult, and how they can support the interests, rights, entitlement and welfare of children and vulnerable people suspected of a criminal offence.

An introduction to Adult Safeguarding (April 2023)

This video podcast episode outlines some of the key elements of Adult's Safeguarding Practice, including signs and indicators of abuse, and where to find support. It is a perfect introduction to the training available through the Darlington Safeguarding Partnership. 

An introduction to Child Safeguarding (April 2023)

This video podcast episode outlines some of the key elements of Children's Safeguarding Practice, including signs and indicators of abuse, and where to find support. It is a perfect introduction to the training available through the Darlington Safeguarding Partnership.

Predatory marriage (April 2022)

A webinar on predatory marriage is available for you to view.  This has been developed by Daphne Franks and Hourglass Charity. Daphne shares the story of her mother who was the victim of predatory marriage. 

Click here to view a story about Predatory Marriage by Daphne Franks, YouTube Video [external link]

Elder abuse (April 2022)

Spotting the signs of Elder Abuse - Presentation by Hourglass Charity [Powerpoint]

Domestic abuse (November 2021)

A Multi-Agency Partnership Briefing Podcast on Domestic Abuse has been developed setting out the new protections under the Domestic Abuse Act 2021.

Click here to view the Domestic Abuse Briefing; You Tube Video [external link]

Professional challenge (January 2021)

A 15-minute YouTube training video has been developed which discusses what is meant by the term ‘Professional Challenge’, when to apply it and examples of when it should be applied to support you in using the Procedure and guidance;  You Tube Video [external link]

Information sharing (July 2021)

The Safeguarding Partnership continues to develop ways in which it raises awareness of key learning points from reviews and audits, information sharing is a recurring theme.

A podcast has been developed to support practitioners in understanding when to share information which is crucial for the effective safeguarding of children and adults with needs for care and support but also to improve decision making;  You Tube Video [external link]

PACE (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation) 'Keep them Safe'

PACE (Parents against Child Sexual Exploitation) are providing a free CSE training resource for parents and professionals called 'Keep them Safe'.

It is an introductory online course designed to help teach the signs and impacts of CSE and what to do if you think a child is being exploited.

The resource provides a good overall understanding of CSE with links to films and resources as well as e-safety advice. 

A certificate will be provided upon completion.  View the Keep them Safe resources. [External Link].

Virtual college safeguarding catalogue

Virtual College has released their brand new Safeguarding Catalogue [external link] of courses which have been written in line with national frameworks using a multi-agency approach.

There are over 330 ready to go eLearning courses covering various sectors and topics. Please note you may be charged to access some of their wider eLearning courses. 

Awareness of forced marriage

This free safeguarding course aims to raise awareness of forced marriage and help professionals who have a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable children, young people and adults. It explores the warning signs of forced marriage and the right actions to take to help protect potential victims.
Learning objectives for the training are:

  • Recognise the warning signs of forced marriage
  • Take the right actions to help protect the potential victim
  • Cooperate effectively with other agencies

To access the resource visit the Virtual College website  [external link].

Female genital mutilation

A recent study revealed that 137,000 women in England and Wales are estimated to be living with the consequences of Female genital mutilation (FGM). To address this issue, the Home Office and Virtual College have launched a free online FGM training.

The aim of this training is to provide an overview of FGM and professionals' safeguarding responsibilities in FGM cases.

The target audience for this training is professionals who, as part of their role (either directly or indirectly), have a responsibility for or interest in safeguarding children.

Learning outcomes for the training are:

  • Understand what FGM is and distinguish the four types of FGM.
  • Identify key health risks and consequences of FGM.
  • State the legal position in the UK regarding FGM.
  • Understand how and when FGM is carried out.
  • Identify who is at risk of FGM and describe the key indicators.
  • List some of the common justifications for FGM.
  • Be aware of your role in preventing FGM and supporting those who have undergone FGM.

To access the resource visit the Virtual College website  [external link].

Understanding young minds

Virtual College have worked in partnership with SelfharmUK to create a free online course to help parents talk about the issue of self-harm with their children.

Spotting the signs can be difficult, and approaching the subject can be uncomfortable.

The aim of the training is to provide essential information that empowers and equips parents to better communicate with their children in the issue of self-harm.

Learning objectives for the training are:

  • Know what self-harm is and why young people may do it
  • Know what makes young people vulnerable to self-harming behaviour
  • Understand in what ways you can support a young person who is self-harming

To access the resource visit the Virtual College website  [external link].

Understanding animal welfare in violent homes

Virtual College offers this free online course for practitioners to understand the links between abuse of adults, abuse of children, domestic abuse, and animal abuse. 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.

This course is particularly appropriate to anyone involved with child protection services, children’s social care, adult social care and housing authorities. It is aimed at health professionals, police officers, teachers and education experts. To access the resource visit the Virtual College website [external link].