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Continual Professional Development - CPD

Please note: While we have shared the following resources, we are not responsible for the content of external websites.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Raising Tool

This resource serves as an introduction to domestic abuse and coercive control. 


Children in Scotland eLearning Hub

Free elearning includes:

  • Children's Rights eLearning
  • An Introduction to Getting it right for every child (GIRFEC)
  • The fostering Network eLearning
  • Building Good Relationships with Children and Young People eLearning 

Home | Children in Scotland 


Scottish Drugs Forum Training 

This training is free for people working and living in Scotland.

Signing up will allow you to access training including those listed below:

  • Overdose Prevention, Intervention and Naloxone
  • What's happening on the streets with benzos
  • Drug Awareness-An introductory course


TURAS Training  

Access health, wellbeing and social care tools or learning resources. Turas is available to Non-NHS staff. 

Create an Account 

Signing up will allow you to access training including those listed below: 

  • Child Protection Practice Level 1
  • Child Protection Practice Level 2
  • Adult support and protection : practice level 1
  • Adult support and protection : practice level 2
  • Trauma Informed
  • National Trauma Training Programme 
  • Gender-based Violence (GBV) 
  • Module 1: Understanding domestic abuse for health care professionals in Scotland 
  • Module 2: Understanding domestic abuse for health care professionals in Scotland  
  • Human trafficking   
  • Once for Scotland Adults with Incapacity (AWI) learning site 
  • Working with substance use, trauma and mental health-resources and training for the Scottish workforce 
  • NES Perinatal Infant Mental Health Training 


Iriss Training

Access a range of free training suitable for the social services workforce in Scotland.

Create an Account 

Signing up will allow you to access training including those listed below: 

  • Large Scale Investigations 
  • Working together in adult support and protection
  • Multi-Agency Adult Support and Protection Conferences (case conferences)


Open University

Offer a range of free courses including for those in social work.

Signing up will allow you to access training including those listed below: 

  • Applying social work law with children and families
  • Social work law and UK regulation
  • Introducing social work: a starter kit
  • An introduction to social work law
  • Digital innovation in social care and social work


SSSC (Scottish Social Services Council) Open Badges

Open Badges are digital certificates recognising learning and achievement. If you can demonstrate that you've learned from materials produced by the Scottish Social Services Council, you can earn an Open Badge

Click here to register.

Click here to view all badges.


NHS Scotland OpenAthens account -The knowledge Network Scotland

Registering with the Knowledge Network gives you access to view full text journal articles and ebooks and use the research databases and evidence summary services.

Eligible users include:

Local Authority staff in addition to social services working in partnership with health services (e.g., through community health partnerships)

Click here to register.


Articles (From Iriss) 

Trauma-informed approaches: a critical overview of what they offer to social work and social care 

Click here to read 

The importance of workplace learning for social workers 

Click here to read

Addressing the trauma of human trafficking victims in the UK

Click here to read 

An overview of self-neglect

Click here to read

Collaborative practice to support adults with complex needs

Click here to read 

Child protection in the 21st century: a role for contextual safeguarding

Click here to read


Report (From Iriss) 

Adult Support and Protection: everyone's business 

Click here to access the website page to download the article.


NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children)

Click here to access their resources including their library catalogue.

Click here to access their podcasts. 


Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland


Click here to access their publictions.


These include publictions below:


  • The right to advocacy 2023 
  • The views of people with lived experience on supported decision making  





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