This free course provides a basic understanding of what animal abuse is, how to spot the signs, as well as to understand the recognised link between family abuse and animal abuse, and understand what to do if you have suspicions of abuse.
It has been designed to help frontline staff understand the link between family abuse and animal abuse, and is aimed at all professionals who have a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable children, young people and adults at risk.
- Meets training requirements for CPD
- Online, self-paced training
- Interactive course with colourful animations
- Complete in one hour
- 24 hour learner support
This course has been developed as a result of significant research findings, which show that “When animals are abused, people are at risk; when people are abused, animals are at risk.”
This free safeguarding course has been designed to help frontline staff understand the link between family abuse and animal abuse, and is aimed at all professionals who have a responsibility to safeguard vulnerable children, young people and adults at risk.
Why take this course?
The course provides a basic understanding of what animal abuse is, how to spot the signs, as well as to understand the recognised link between family abuse and animal abuse, and understand what to do if you have suspicions of abuse.
The content of this e-learning course includes:
- Welcome and learning outcomes
- Introduction: the links
- The law and animal abuse
- Recognising animal welfare needs
- Action to take
Having completed this module, learners will:
- Have developed a basic understanding and appreciation of the important role pets can play within families.
- Be aware that owners have a legal responsibility to provide for the welfare needs of their pets.
- Understand that there is a recognised link between family abuse and animal abuse.
- Recognise what good animal welfare looks like, but also what might be a cause for concern, through developing a basic understanding of the five welfare needs of common pets.
- Recognise some aspects of dog behaviour and what this might indicate.
- Be aware of what action to take if you have any concerns about animal welfare in a home.
This course is accredited by CPD and the certificate, awarded upon successful completion, can be used the log your hours against.
Approximately one hour to complete. As an e-learning course, you can complete this training in convenient stages. The system will record your progress throughout.
This course is particularly appropriate to anyone involved with child protection services, children’s social care, adult social care and housing authorities. It is aimed at health professionals, police officers, teachers and education experts.
There are no entry requirements for this course.
Test and certificate
The end of course test consists of 15 multiple-choice questions. Learners are required to achieve a 75% pass mark, and, if necessary, may attempt the test three times at no extra cost. If learners do not achieve the 75% pass mark, further attempts may be given by contacting our support team.
Learners will be able to download a digital certificate on completion.
Frequently asked questions
Do I need an e-mail address to complete this course?
Yes, you will need an e-mail address to complete this course. This is because we use your e-mail address to create an account for you in our learning management system - where you will take the training. We also need your email address to send your purchase receipt.
If you buy more courses in future using the same e-mail address during checkout, then these will automatically be added to your system account.
Will the course work on a tablet or mobile phone?
We recommend using a desktop or laptop for the best learning experience. This course can also be taken on tablet and mobile devices - including iPads and iPhones.
Is a specific internet browser recommended?
For the best possible experience, we recommend learners use Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 11 or Firefox. Please ensure there are no updates pending on your browser.
How long do learners have to complete a course?
There is no set completion time for this course. Learners can study in their own time at their own speed and may pause, leave and come back to the system to continue the training at any time.
Does the course contain sound?
Yes, this course contains sound. For those without sound on their computer or device, the narration is covered in an optional text box at the bottom of the training.
How long is the certificate valid for?
There is no set time for how long this certificate is valid for. It is generally recognised that certificates are renewed every three years.