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Common Core of Skills and Knowledge

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 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

How it Works

This is a general guide to how the system works; if you want a more detailed 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 consists 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


The course is self-paced so you decide how fast or slow the training goes. You can complete the course in stages revisiting the training at any time.

£30.00 + VAT

LMS - Track and record multiple learners

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


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

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If you have 10 or more learners and want to track their progress or, for details of how we can help you with a corporate e-learning solution, please contact us


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