Self learning modules

Protecting children E-learning module

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)

GIRFEC (Getting it Right for Every Child) module

Chairing Child's Planning Meetings

Resilience Matrix

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Child Development

Protecting Children E-learning module

All staff and volunteers working with children and young people in Argyll & Bute should, as a minimum, have foundation knowledge of child protection.

This e-learning module offers essential information on child protection issues for those who are waiting to start their training with us, or who only require basic level information in recognising and reporting situations where there might be a need for protection.

Find out more about the module and how to get access to it

Female Genital Mutilation

FGM is a form of child abuse against girls, and therefore must be dealt with as part of existing child protection policies and procedures.

There is information and resources available on the website.

Practitioners should:

  • consider the definition and practice of FGM
  • outline the communities which may be at risk of FGM practices
  • highlight the indicators which can be used to identify risk
  • reinforce effective safeguarding practice as a way to protect girls

Resilience Matrix

A short animation which gives a working explanation of the Resilience Matrix. It is aimed at the Named Person, Lead Professionals and everyone using the National GIRFEC Practice Model. It gives direction and confidence in the use of the tool in practice. The animation is designed to be used in conjunction with National GIRGEC guidance and practitioners’ local GIRFEC Procedures.

For Argyll and Bute Staff you will be able to access this using LEON (our online learning resource). If you require a log on for LEON, please contact where they will be able to provide one for you.

Access the Resilience Matrix training on LEON here

For people with access to YouTube – you can view here:

Access the Resilience Matrix training on Youtube here


Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE’s)

A short animation has been produced by NHS Scotland to help raise awareness about the impact of childhood adversity and stimulate discussion about what action can be taken to both prevent and respond to early adversity.

ACEs are stressful events that occur in childhood and can a have lifelong impact on health and behaviour. We know that compared to people with no ACEs, those with 4 or more are more likely to have health harming conditions, such as developing heart disease, Type 2 diabetes or to drink, smoke or take drugs. We also know that people living in the most deprived areas have a higher risk of ACEs, so preventing them should be seen in the wider context of tackling societal inequalities. The animation highlights what they are and what we can all do to help prevent them.

Access the Adverse Childhood Experience training on Youtube here

Child development e-learning module

This e-learning module created by Argyll & Bute Child Protection Committee, Edinburgh Napier University and Argyll & Bute Council has been produced to help those looking after and working with children understand child development.

Key principles in childcare policy in Scotland places great emphasis on early identification of unmet needs and aims to ensure all children in the county are supported to achieve their potential. This module is designed to help people learn about how most children normally grow and develop and the kind of factors which supports healthy development, as well as some of the ways health development may be compromised, as this provides a benchmark against which to gauge a child’s well-being.

The whole module will take approximately 4-6 hours to complete but it has been designed in a way that allows people to dip in and out with the option to resume where they left off. 

Access the Child Development e-learning module here