Free online learning

Online learning provides a flexible opportunity for practitioners working across the children and adult’s workforce to further their learning and development, at a time and place that suits them.

Below are a number of online learning modules that are easy to access and free. Some issue certificates to evidence learning. These are a great addition to face-to-face learning, but should not be seen as an alternative to attending a facilitated course.

Adverse Childhood Experiences: This short course provides an introduction to Adverse Childhood Experiences and Early Trauma. It is suitable for practitioners, professionals and volunteers who work with children, young people and their families:

Child Sexual Exploitation: This short awareness course is designed specifically for parents and carers:

Dementia Awareness: There are several basic awareness courses below to support professionals working with adults with Dementia:

Domestic Abuse: Trafford Domestic Abuse Services (TDAS) provide regular free lunch and learns to offer support and information for those suffering domestic abuse.

Female Genital Mutilation: Virtual College provide a free e-module to increase awareness and support in recognising and preventing FGM:

Forced Marriage Awareness: This course is suitable for all professionals with safeguarding responsibilities for children and adults at risk. It aims to raise awareness, challenge perceptions and inform you of the correct actions to take should you suspect someone is at risk:

Mental Health Crisis Tools supporting young LGBTQIA+ people: This open access toolkit will help individuals working in health and care settings such as urgent and emergency, primary care, or mental health settings to effectively communicate and provide young LGBTQIA+ people in crisis with personalised support.  

Modern Slavery: This e-learn course is designed to help develop an understanding of the international system of human rights protection in relation to modern slavery:

Policing Slavery also provide a short awareness course linked below:

Radicalisation, Extremism & Prevent: The below Prevent course discusses the practical application of Prevent and helps to give professionals an understanding of how Prevent applies in their job role, particularly with regard to safeguarding responsibilities:

The below course offers more information on the referral process:

The below offers more information on Channel:

Self Harm: This Virtual College resource is aimed at parents and carers of young people who may be self-harming:

Sex and Healthy Relationships: Brook provides a wealth of support in talking to young people about relationships and sex education. There are learning modules on a range of topics including CSE, Consent, STIs and abortion:

Suicide Prevention: This interactive course provides professionals with practical help in dealing with suicide and people at risk:

See below for a 20-minute training on suicide awareness, from Zero suicide alliance:


Further e-learning options:

Train Trafford:

Trafford Council's Learning and Development Team provide opportunity for organisations in Trafford to buy both e-learning and facilitated courses at a modest cost via Train Trafford.

Upcoming courses include Social Care Case Recording, Defensible Report Writing, Self-Neglect and Hoarding, and the Mental Capacity Act in Practice. You can view their full training calendar via the link: https://traintrafford.co.uk/