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Why riot? Community, choices, aspirations free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Education & Development

Why riot? Community, choices, aspirations

This free course was made in the summer of 2021 in the aftermath of street disturbances in working class areas of Northern Ireland. It was produced with young people from Belfast and local community activists, for young people aged 14+. The course aims to help young people think about what community means to them; to identify issues they are...

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12 hrs
Understanding devolution in Wales free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Society, Politics & Law

Understanding devolution in Wales

This free course charts the transformation of the Welsh devolution settlement in the 20 years following the referendum on devolution in 1997. You will consider how an Assembly with minimal public support and limited law-making powers became a Parliament with the power to set taxes. You will explore some of the biggest challenges facing ...

Free course
12 hrs
Deall datganoli yng Nghymru free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Society, Politics & Law

Deall datganoli yng Nghymru

Mae'r cwrs am ddim hwn yn dilyn y ffordd y mae setliad datganoli Cymru wedi cael ei drawsnewid yn yr 20 mlynedd ers y refferendwm ar ddatganoli yn 1997. Byddwch yn ystyried y ffordd y daeth Cynulliad â chefnogaeth mwyafrif bach iawn o'r cyhoedd a phwerau deddfu cyfyngedig yn Senedd â'r pŵer i osod trethi. Byddwch yn archwilio rhai o'r heriau ...

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12 hrs
Applying social work law with children and families free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Society, Politics & Law

Applying social work law with children and families

This course will introduce you to the law as it applies to social work with children and families in the United Kingdom. You will learn about varying definitions of childhood and family and then explore underpinning principles of the law relating to child rights and parental responsibilities. You will look at the key legislation relating to ...

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5 hrs
Social work law and UK regulation free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Society, Politics & Law

Social work law and UK regulation

Social workers have significant powers, rights and responsibilities in their professional role. The law has a vital role in the regulation of professional practice, and such regulation is important to social workers, as it provides clear boundaries for their practice. Boundaries also provide the public with confidence in the profession. It is ...

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5 hrs
An introduction to social work law free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Society, Politics & Law

An introduction to social work law

This course will get you to consider your initial perceptions of the social work role before exploring what social workers do in their day-to-day practice with people. It will highlight the core values of the social work profession and consider the challenges of applying these values in practice. The course will explore the relationship ...

Free course
5 hrs
Capacity and demand management free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Society, Politics & Law

Capacity and demand management

This free course, Capacity and demand management, is part of the series focusing on leadership, decision-making and communication in the context of policing within the community. This course focuses on the use of data to make decisions, using actions taken in managing capacity and demand as the applied example. The course uses examples not ...

Free course
5 hrs
Introduction to UK immigration law and becoming an immigration advisor free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Society, Politics & Law

Introduction to UK immigration law and becoming an immigration advisor

This free introductory course is designed to introduce UK immigration law and advice. It has been designed for anyone with an interest in immigration law and advice. It is likely to be of particular interest to anyone considering becoming an immigration adviser.

Free course
15 hrs
Census stories: bringing statistics to life in Milton Keynes free course icon level 1: introductory icon

History & The Arts

Census stories: bringing statistics to life in Milton Keynes

This free course brings national census data to life by highlighting the vibrant stories of the diverse residents of Milton Keynes. This ‘new town’ with an increasingly mixed population, serves as a rich case study for understanding demographic changes in ethnicity and religion across the UK. The approach can be applied in any local context. It ...

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2 hrs
Youth justice in the UK: children, young people and crime free course icon level 1: introductory icon Badge icon

Education & Development

Youth justice in the UK: children, young people and crime

This free course will introduce you to the many ways of working with children in trouble with the law. You will learn about the emergence of the youth justice system in England and Wales and how it has changed over the years. A comparative approach provides opportunities to learn about the approaches taken in Northern Ireland and Scotland. ...

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24 hrs
Why are nonhuman animals victims of harm? free course icon level 2: intermediate icon

Society, Politics & Law

Why are nonhuman animals victims of harm?

In this free course, Why are nonhuman animals victims of harm? you will investigate why nonhuman animals tend to be overlooked as victims of violence. The course explores some of the social processes and structures that victimise other animals, such as ‘livestock’ farming. The course also highlights some of the environmental harms related ...

Free course
2 hrs
Teamwork: an introduction for school governors (Wales) free course icon level 1: introductory icon

Education & Development

Teamwork: an introduction for school governors (Wales)

This course will introduce you to the importance of teams and partnership in an educational context. This Badged Open Course is part of a collection of training resources for school governors in Wales.

Free course
5 hrs