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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 interactive and captured my attention throughout.
JC 03/01/2014

That you could read each bullet point and digest the information and move on when ready, without having too much on the screen at a time.
EW 20/02/2014

It is very easy to use and the module itself helps you get a proper understanding about all different situations.
AA 27/02/2014

It was very easy to navigate and work through. I really liked the practice questions at the end of each module, they allowed me to to feel more confident starting the assessment at the end of the course.
HH 20/03/2014

It was easy to log on and use - I will be completing more courses soon - hopefully.
ZL 06/04/2014

There wasn't too much information shown at once on each slide, you clicked to find out more so it wasn't as intimidating.
LD 20/05/2014

The course was very well explained and questions where easy to answer I learned a lot.
PB 03/08/2014

Everything is laid out very clearly and simple to use, the key words were helpful.
PJ 28/08/2014

The layout was good easy to use, the narrative was of good size and colours made pages easy to read. The mix between verbal summary and narrative was successful to help my learning and progression through the module.
LB 11/10/2014

It’s very easy and clear, I like the questions at the end of each section as it allows you to retain information
PP 16/01/2015

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.


£30.00 + VAT (£36.00 inc. VAT)

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On average this course contributes

1 - 2 hours towards your CPD

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