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Training update for Covid-19

Employers must ensure that staff, including volunteers, are trained in recognising the signs and symptoms of abuse or neglect, how to respond, and where to go for advice and assistance.

We have converted our face to face training to be delivered online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  We also offer a Level 1 Raising a Concern workbook and assessment. 

Training Strategy

The DSAP Training Strategy is currently under review.

Training courses

You can see a list of available course dates through the training lists below, and you can book onto one of those courses by clicking on the relevant row.  You will be redirected to our online booking system where you can reserve your place:


We also offer a Level 1 Raising a Concern workbook and assessment which can be completed electronically as an interactive PDF.  

In addition, there is guidance for managers providing the answers to the assessment questions and information on where to send completed and marked assessment sheets. This guidance is available by emailing

Certificates will be sent to those who successfully complete the workbook.

Safeguarding adults: messages for volunteers during Covid-19 pandemic

Waltham Forest Council have produced a 3 minute film for volunteers everywhere.  The key message is: See something, Say something.

If you do not have a contact in your organisation for safeguarding adults, you can raise your concern directly with Social Care Direct.  More information is available on our Reporting abuse page.

Additional resources whilst responding to current health and economic situation with Coronavirus

Virtual College has released a range of free relevant courses and resources around the current pandemic to support you and your colleagues during this current situation.

Train the Trainer

Our Train the Trainer programme enables professionals to deliver the Safeguarding Adults training in their own workplace to their staff.  The Train the Trainer programme is currently suspended.

Easy read guides for members of the public and people receiving support and services

Image of guideDownloadable PDF of guide
Staying safe Icon for pdf Staying safe (PDF, 5.7mb)
Stop abuse now Icon for pdf Stop abuse now (PDF, 10.0mb)
What happens when abuse is reported Icon for pdf What happens when abuse is reported (PDF, 3.9mb)

Self-directed learning

Single topic briefings and articles to support good practice


The Safeguarding Adults elearning offer is currently under review and development.

PREVENT awareness

Radicalisation is another form of abuse and has links to safeguarding.

This elearning course was developed by Durham County Council and Durham Constabulary on behalf of the Safe Durham Partnership.  This course aims to help safeguard people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.  It will help you to respond appropriately if you become concerned about an individual - whether they are a member of the public, customer or colleague.

Estimated time required: 30 to 45 minutes

Please note: if you have access to the Durham County Council Learning and Development System (DLDS) you should access this elearning through that so that your training record is updated.

Learning & development resources

Below are some resources available from external websites that may be useful.

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

A wide variety of guidance, practical tools, films and elearning is available.

Free elearning for the health and social care workforce

Elearning for healthcare (e-LfH) is a Health Education England (HEE) programme working in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies providing elearning.  Many courses are available including about safeguarding, the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty.

MAPPA elearning

This elearning tool should be used for staff development and training purposes. It will support people who attend Multi Agency Public Protection Arrangements (MAPPA) and anyone who works with violent or sex offenders to raise individual awareness of MAPPA, practice guidance and policy. 

Special Education Needs and Disability (SEND) elearning

Some people may work with both adults and children or need to consider the family situation of the adult they work with. Free Durham County Council courses:

Understanding domestic abuse and sexual violence

Free online basic awareness courses by IDAS

Open Clasp - what is coercive control?

Richinda Taylor - EVA, Redcar

Friends against scams

A short free online awareness session which asks you to take a stand.

Awareness of forced marriage

Developed with the Forced Marriage Unit of the Foreign Office, free online course.

Understanding animal welfare in violent homes

Understand the links between abuse of adults, abuse of children, domestic abuse, and animal abuse.  The section on understanding canine communication, which covers understanding anxiety escalation and potential aggressive responses in dogs, is particularly useful for all staff and volunteers who make home visits.  Free online course.

Suicide, let's talk

Zero Suicide Alliance and Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust free course.  Includes BSL for D/deaf learners.

We need to talk about suicide

Health Education England free learning tool to help spot early warning signs of suicide.

Skills for care

A wide variety of practical tools and support is also available via the website.

Safeguarding children

There are a number of Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership elearning courses available through MeLearning.  Visit our page about Durham Safeguarding Children Partnership elearning for details.