Online Training

There is a huge range of online training courses available. Some ones that may be of interest are shown below. Most are free and can be completed at your own pace.

YorOK Workforce Self Assessment

The YorOK Workforce Self Assessment allows you to assess your knowledge and understanding against seven key areas that have been identified as important for members of the YorOK children and young people's workforce, and view appropriate resources and training to improve your skills and knowledge.

Child Safeguarding Basic Awareness Course

This course is aimed at individuals in organisations and voluntary groups who work with children and young people, families or adults (who may be parents and/or carers) in York, to give a basic awareness of child protection issues.

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Carers Online Training

Two online training courses about carers are available; one about Adult Carer Awareness, and one about Young Carer Awareness. The courses are aimed at professionals but can be taken by anyone wanting to learn more about carers.

Disability Equality Training

Our web-based training courses are designed to introduce you to disability equality and give a greater understanding of how inclusive practices can be promoted to break down barriers that disabled children and young people may face.

Parental Substance Misuse elearning

Parental substance misuse is an issue that social workers encounter frequently but there has been a recent survey which suggests that most have had no formal training on the issue of substance misuse.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence’s (SCIE) resource has been designed to support social workers working with families where a parent or parents are misusing drugs or alcohol.

"This new online training is an important step towards providing the workforce with the knowledge and skills to assess and support the needs of parents who are affected by substance misuse. It’s vital that services work together to provide multi agency support to minimise harm to the most vulnerable young people.

North Yorkshire Learning Zone

This can be accessed by anyone in the region and includes a range of open access e learning opportunities. Currently available is the Open Dementia Programme and an Assistive Technologies e learning package.

Coming Soon – Carer Awareness, End of Life Care and Community Capacity Building

Domestic Abuse Awareness Training

This training package is aimed at individuals in organisations and voluntary groups who work with adults and children or young people, to give a basic awareness of issues surrounding domestic abuse.

Social Care Information and Learning Services (SCILS)

Social Care Online offers more than 100,000 books and article abstracts along with policy documents, and other resources covering all aspects of social care. It is especially useful for registered social workers to help fulfill post registration training and learning obligations.

Provides a wide range of learning and development solutions for staff throughout social care, health and children’s/young people’s services.

For log in details, please contact the Workforce Development Unit on 01904 553017 or 

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. 


This portal contains a wealth of information for anybody working with children and young people’s mental health issues. 

Safeguarding Adults at risk, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty

City of York Council staff and Independent providers, please contact the Workforce Development Unit for the above passwords and usernames.

Awareness of Forced Marriage

Approximately 8,000 to 10,000 forced marriages of British citizens take place every year. Forced marriage is now illegal and the first prosecutions have taken place. This free online course has been developed with the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Home Office. The course raises awareness, challenge perceptions and informs you of the correct actions to take. 

Workshop to Raise Awareness of Prevent

Prevent is part of the UK’s counter terrorism strategy, preventing and safeguarding people from becoming involved in terrorism or supporting terrorism.