Common Core of Skills and Knowledge

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Course Overview

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. There are sections on six key topics, forming a portfolio of generic information needed by those working within the children’s workforce.


The key areas covered are:

  • Understand principles and values
  • Understanding your role
  • Health and safety
  • Effective  communication
  • Understanding the development of children and young people
  • Safeguarding

Course Details

Lesson Plan

  • Welcome and Learning Objectives
  • Understanding Principles and Values
    • 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, and there is no limit on how long you can take to do the course.

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.