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Safeguarding Training and My Learning Source

How to access free safeguarding training, including basic introductory e-learning

It is vital that your staff and volunteers have some form of safeguarding training, especially if they are going to have any contact with children or adults at risk of abuse.

As part of Southwark’s multi-agency partnership on safeguarding, the Council make a number of training courses available to community and voluntary groups for free, via their My Learning Source platform

What is My Learning Source?

My Learning Source is the main e-learning platform used by Southwark Council. It’s mostly for their employees, but it plays a crucial role in the multi-agency safeguarding partnership, as it is here that you can take part in free e-learning, and book yourself onto both online and in-person safeguarding courses.

What is available?

There is a wide range of safeguarding courses available, taking place at different times throughout the year. The full schedule is usually announced early in the calendar year, and Community Southwark will circulate this when it becomes available.

Courses are mostly held online, with an increasing number in-person. They can range from half to several days, and are usually held in small groups with a mixture of charity and statutory attendees.

Courses have previously covered the topics below. Many of these are available as on-demand e-learning, and the dates below show the next available ‘live’ course, which may be delivered online or in-person.

Please note you will need to be logged in to My Learning Source to follow the links.

On demand e-learning:

Live sessions:

Introduction to Safeguarding Training

My Learning Source includes a number of e-learning modules that can be accessed at any time.

This includes a basic introduction to Safeguarding, entitled Safeguarding Children and Adults at Risk.

This is a great starting point for any new staff or volunteers.

Setting up an account

It’s completely free to register an account, but there are two important steps:

1) Register your organisation with My Learning Source
2) Create a new user account, linked to that approved organisation

The first step can take some time, as it needs to be done manually, and you will not be able to access the platform and sign up for any training without it.

They say it can take up to 72 hours at the moment, so if you are interested in taking part in training we recomennd you register your organisation as soon as possible.

Checking if your organisation is registered

You can find a list of all currently registered organisations when you create a new user account. Simply visit the sign up page and look for the “Choose Organisation” button on the form.

This will present you with a list of options. Use the ‘Searh/Submit’ tab to see if your organisation is already on the list (as shown below).

Booking to attend a course

It can be tricky to find the right section on the My Learning Source platform!

If you are logged into My Learning Source you can use the ‘search’ box on the homepage. This will take you to the right page.

From there, you will need to click continue to confirm you are using ‘self enrolment’ and/or click the ‘ENROL’ button on at the top of the page, underneath the course title.

This will then show you the course dates towards the bottom of the page, and you can pick your date and click through to sign up. You will need to tick one more box to accept T&Cs – you do not need to enter any discount codes or any other information.

If you encounter any problems booking a course please let us know, as we are working with the Council to make this process easier for everyone.

Other sources of training

If you have commissioned or attended any other safeguarding training, and have found it helpful, please let us know.

We are building a database of safeguarding trainers for VCS groups in the borough, and are looking for recommendations. Please email us with your suggestions – info@communitysouthwark.org.