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Common Core of Skills and Knowledge

Course Overview

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On average this
course contributes
1-2 hours
towards your CPD

This module is designed to be relevant for all staff, paid and voluntary, working with children and young people. It is based around the Common Core of Skills and knowledge and the CWDC induction standards.

On completion of this module learners will have covered these learning objectives:

  • An overview of Every Child Matters and Integrated Working
  • Principles and values
  • Equality, inclusion and anti-discriminatory practise
  • Person-centred approaches
  • Confidentiality, information sharing and record keeping

Course Details

Lesson Plan

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Understanding Principles and Values
    • An overview of Every Child Matters and integrated working
    • Principles and Values
    • Equality, inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice
    • Person-Centred approaches
    • Confidentiality, information sharing and record keeping
  • Understanding Your Role
    • Work Role
    • Legislation, policies and procedures
    • Relationships with carers, parents and others
    • Team Working
    • Complaints and Compliments
    • Supervision and Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Health and Safety
    • Health and Safety Laws, Policies and Procedures
    • Moving, lifting and handling people and objects
    • Premises
    • Medication, Healthcare and Food Handling
    • Personal Safety and Security
    • Risk Assessment
  • Effective Communication
    • Key skills, knowledge and characteristics of an effective communicator
    • Some of the barriers to communication
    • The importance of professional relationships and the boundaries to these
  • Understanding Development
    • Theories on why children and young people may behave in certain ways
    • The importance of play to learning and development
    • How a child or young person is part of a number of different but connected systems
    • What 'transition' means in relation to children and young people
  • Safeguarding
    • The various types of child abuse and neglect
    • The signs and what to look for
    • Steps to take if a child or adult discloses abuse
    • The importance of keeping records

Target Audience

Individuals who work with children, young people and families, this includes: teachers, midwives, social workers, GP's, school nurses, social workers, youth offending service, police officers and early years workers.


With 120 interactive screens, it is estimated that this module will take approximately 1-2 hours to complete (depending on learning speed). As an e-learning module you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.


On completion of this course you will be able to download a Virtual College certificate.

CPD Accreditation

The content of this course has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

What our customers have said

The information was broken down well giving me the opportunity to make my own notes.
13/02/2017 DT
Both audio and written information combined kept the course interesting and my attention.
11/02/2017 LL
The pace of the course was good. I liked the fact that I could jump back to pages if I wanted to go over something for a second time without a time limit.
08/02/2017 FW
Easy to read and take in through the use of small individual slides of information and the ability to go back and forth through the slides
30/01/2017 SA
Changes are being made all the time worked with children over 25 years and its getting harder and harder to keep up
19/01/2017 SH
It was clear, easy to understand, no pressure. Nice voice of girl talking, easy to understand and nice pronunciation
24/10/2015 FT
Very intuitive, clearly presented, good mixture of presentation styles
06/10/2015 PS
The interactive features as well as colourful design made it easy to engage with
LS 17/07/2015
The module thought me a lot about topic and issues that I need to know that I have been battling with, I had a clear insight of how organisations work and relate with each other
OA 24/06/2015
Easy and very clear to understand. I like the fact that you can stop and start at any point throughout the course
SG 17/06/2015
It was well set out very clear and concise, not too much information at once so you can easily take in information given
KC 11/05/2015div>
All the information made easy to read and the real depth the information we need as child care providers need to know about, especially if only just qualifying. It really helped
RJ 20/04/2015
I liked the fact there was a voice talking and I wasn't reading it. It gave me time to digest the point being made. It was interactive and very easy and clear to use. A virtual classroom
AJ 23/03/2015
Visual and interactive methods very good for learning and taking in information
CW 10/03/2015
I thought the simplicity of the module was good. It was clearly set out and easy to navigate
SB 29/03/2015
It was set out in a methodical way and easy to understand and to absorb the information
SM 22/02/2015

Cost and Discounts

£30 + VAT - This cost is for a single user.

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact, or telephone UKVC Sales on 01943 885089 .

How it Works

The information below is specific to this particular course. If you would like a more general guide to how our purchasing and learning works please visit the Four Easy Steps page which should tell you all you need to know.

Alternatively; if you have a specific question or concern why not contact us directly ?


This is an online course, all the training will be taken through your browser window. There will be no face-to-face sessions with instructors nor will you receive any training material through the post. If you wish you may print out any page of the training material, and may also print the notes you took during the training.

You can also revisit the training material at any time, even after you have completed the course.


The material for this course has been broken down into several smaller lessons, each lesson dealing with a specific area of the overall subject.

The lesson consist of a series of pages in which an instructor will talk you through the lesson material at a pace that suits you. Pages may also include supporting pictures, graphs, animation or extra sounds to help with the learning where appropriate. Some lessons will include challenges/quizzes to help you keep in touch and interested in the material.

Lessons can be taken in any order and each lesson may be PAUSED and RESUMED at any stage. When all lessons in the course have been completed our system will realise and automatically record that you have successfully completed the course


This course is delivered fully online allowing you to learn at your own pace, however an average duration would be 1-2 hours.

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