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Common Core of Skills and Knowledge

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Overview - Common Core of Skills and Knowledge

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

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


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


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


Approximately 1 - 2 hours. The length of time taken depends entirely on how quickly you can study and absorb the material. You can proceed as quickly or slowly as you like.

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.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


It was set out in a methodical way and easy to understand and to absorb the information
SM 22/02/2015

I thought the simplicity of the module was good. It was clearly set out and easy to navigate.
SB 29/03/2015

Visual and interactive methods very good for learning and taking in information.
CW 10/03/2015

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

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

It was well set out very clear and concise, not too much information at once so you can easily take in information given.
KC 11/05/2015

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

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

The interactive features as well as colourful design made it easy to engage with.
LS 17/07/2015


£30.00 + VAT (£36.00 inc. VAT)

Discounts are available for multiple users (10 or more) for more information please contact info@virtual-college.co.uk or telephone us on 01943 885089.

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