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Protecting information e-learning

All council staff across children's and adults social care are asked to update their knowledge around protecting information, using e-learning. To access this, you will need to be set up and given an individual user ID and password. New users can request to be set up by emailing then using the link below to enter the course. You can download the user guide under the link to help you.

Protecting informaton e-learning


Social work in children’s specialist teams

Welcome to working as a Southwark Children’s Social Worker.Southwark offers a mix of learning activities, as well as additional training and resources. Look out for training offered within your teams, by our own experienced social workers, as well as for the courses on this site.

Social Work Matters

The redesign of our practice system within Children's Services is called "Social Work Matters". For internal staff only, information on all the relevant information can be seen on the Council's intranet.

We are developing a comprehensive series of learning opportunities to give you the tools to do the job well and improve the lives of children and families in Southwark.

As upcoming courses relating to Social Work Matters become ready to book, you will be able to see them here:

You can book Motivational Interviewing and the stages of change three day course

Download the draft Social Work Matters training calendar


Download the lunchtime seminars calendar


Health Professional Council (HPC)

Follow this link for important changes to the social work registration process

Making Research Count (MRC)

Southwark subscribes to MRC. In each session, the speaker will discuss recent research on a topic and its implications for social work and social care practice. You can view seminars and workshops locally at and book them on mylearningsource. If a course you are interested is not on our website, then contact us and we can add it to the list of training dates.

Research in Practice (RiP)

Southwark subscribes to RiP. The website has tools, publications and information as well as training and events taking place across the country. There are also a number of e-learning programmes and activities to support you in your profession. They can all be be booked on the RiP website.

The British Library Welfare Portal

You can register for free and access the latest research and literature around social care. Email alerts and newsletters can be sent to you.

British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF)

Southwark are members of BAAF, and we can support applications for courses relevant to roles, through the OD team.

Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) are an independent charity working with adults, families and children's social care and social work services across the UK. It works to improve the lives of those using care services by sharing information and experience about what works.  They develop useful resources in collaboration with experts – this includes service users and their carers.  Take a look at their free eLearning courses