The Quick Guide to Less back pain and sciatica

We understand the unique circumstances everyone is working in during Covid-19 and want to make sure your access to sources of learning is as easy and accessible as possible. This quick guide helps point you in the right direction to support your learning needs on 4 key areas of practice:

1. Domestic Abuse

2. Extra Familial Abuse and Contextual Safeguarding

3. Online Safety

4.  Neglect

Each section includes access to a free e-learning course as well as films, recorded webinars, podcasts, case studies and reading materials. To help get you straight to the specific resources we’ve provided links for you to follow. 

We’d love to hear your thoughts on how you’ve used any of the information provided to help you in your work and any difference it’s made to children and families. Please get in touch by e-mailing Caroline Wilson, Lead Officer for Learning & Development at

The organisations and websites we’ve directed you to below also have a wealth of learning content on a far wider range of topics.  We’ve tried not to overwhelm you by providing too much information so perhaps when time allows you might find it helpful to take a look around and explore their other safeguarding topics too.   Please continue to follow your single agency and statutory and government guidance in all matters relating to Covid-19 and general child protection processes and procedures.

1. Domestic Abuse 

  • Safelives is a national charity specialising in domestic abuse . They have pulled together a range of resources for health, social care, housing and other sectors and includes very practical advice on how to hold conversations with people experiencing domestic abuse.
  • Research in Practice is an organisation working to support the application of research and evidence based interventions across the multi-agency professional network. They have a dedicated domestic abuse section considering the implications of Covid-19 which includes open access to their coercive control website with case studies, films and learning activities.
  • Free e-learning courses IDAS is a specialist domestic abuse service provider in Sheffield and offer a free basic awareness e-learning course. The course refers to IDAS as the local service provider. In Plymouth our equivalent service is Plymouth Domestic Abuse Service (PDAS) and their details can be found at

Access Safelives Materials 

Access Research in Practice Covid-19 Learning

Access Research in Practice Coercive Control Learning 

Access IDAS Free E-learning 

2. Extra Familial Abuse and Contextual Safeguarding

  • NSPCC the national children’s charity have a wealth of learning materials relating to abuse outside the family. We’ve highlighted below their specialist harmful sexual behaviour sources of learning which include specific films for health professionals.
  • National Working Group (NWG) are experts in the field of child sexual exploitation (CSE). We’ve provided a link below which will take you to their section on understanding the process of sexual exploitation and the visible signs Please also take the time to browse through their other resources.
  • The Children’s Society have highlighted sexual and criminal exploitation  as two of their priority practice areas. Below are links to their learning and information on both topics as well as an excellent toolkit for the appropriate use of language.
  • The Government Home Office leads the agenda on preventing extremism and radicalisation and provide detailed strategy, guidance and promotional materials on their website.
  • Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership (PSCP) has a 60 Second Briefing on contextual safeguarding supported by a 10 minute presentation with audio commentary. Please also take a look at the Protocols, Policies and Procedures section of our website where you will find a wider range of resources on criminal and sexual exploitation. Links are provided below.
  • Free e-learning courses The Children’s Society, Parents Against Child Exploitation (PACE) both have free e-learning courses on sexual exploitation. The Children’s Society course, Seen and Heard, was written in partnership with the NHS and is aimed at health colleagues although is useful to all staff. The PACE course is aimed at parents and carers but is also very helpful for professionals. The Home Office e-learning is a Prevent course to learn about extremism and radicalisation.

Access NSPCC Harmful Sexual Behaviour Learning      

Access NWG Learning 

Access The Children’s Society County Lines & Criminal Exploitation Information

Access The Children’s Society Child Sexual Exploitation Learning 

Access The Children’s Society Appropriate Language Toolkit

Access Home Office Materials on Extremism and Radicalisation

Access PSCP Contextual Safeguarding Briefing & Power Point

Access PSCP Protocols, Policies and Procedures

Access NHS Free CSE E-Learning Course Seen & Heard

Access PACE Free CSE E-Learning Course 

Access Home Office Free Prevent E-Learning Course 

3. Online Safety 

  • South West Grid for Learning (SWGfL) have resources targeted at schools as well as all other sectors. Their professionals helpline is particularly useful if needing specific advice. The links below will take you to the Covid-19 resources page and the professionals helpline page.
  • NSPCC have a comprehensive package for professionals, families and children and young people on all matters relating to online safety. It includes learning on live streaming communications and the latest apps being used.
  • Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) are part of the National Crime Agency  and experts in the online protection of children and young people. The link below provides an extensive library of resources for professionals as part of the Think U Know programme including resources for children with disabilities. 
  • Free e-learning Research in Practice and the NSPCC worked together to deliver an e-learning opportunity for all professionals on the topic of recognising and responding to online abuse.

Access SWGfL Covid-19 Learning

Access SWGfL Professionals Helpline

Access NSPCC Online Safety Information

Access CEOP Professionals Learning 

Access Research in Practice Free E-Learning Recorded Webinar

4. Neglect

  • Plymouth Safeguarding Children Partnership (PSCP) have developed a neglect guidance for all staff which brings together key practice messages including identifying and responding to neglect, the importance of chronologies and child development.
  • Ofsted undertook a series of joint Targeted Area Inspections on the theme of older children living with neglect. Their report ‘Growing up Neglected’ brings together the findings and learning from 6 multi agency inspections.
  • Serious Case Reviews ‘Complexity and Challenge’ is the title of the latest Department for Education triennial analysis into serious case review learning with significant content on neglect and poverty. Research in Practice have lifted the learning into six power point presentations designed specifically for education, health, police and criminal justice, social work, early years and safeguarding partnership colleagues.
  • Free e-learning Polly Banes, Associate at Research in Practice, provides a webinar of early infant brain and child development.

Access PSCP Neglect Guidance

Access Ofsted Growing up Neglected Report

Access Serious Case Review Complexity and Challenge Power Point Presentations

Access Research in Practice Free E-Learning Infant Brain Development Recorded Webinar







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