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Protecting Vulnerable People

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These free resources are organised into categories aligned to the College of Policing Curriculum and in agreement with police experts. You can study them at any time and anywhere.

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An hour or less of study

Homelessness and need

The majority of people who sleep on the streets, in hostels and night shelters are men. However, the number of younger women, in these circumstances has increased. They are often people with complex care and support needs, which go way beyond the provision of accommodation. But, as you will learn in this course, complex needs are both a cause and a product of homelessness.

Type of activity: Course

Slavery and the North of England

Did the North of England become prosperous on the back of the slave trade? African slaves were central to the production of sugar, tobacco and other tropical crops grown in overseas British plantations. Melinda Elder examines the impact of the overseas trade on the ports of Lancaster, Liverpool and Whitehaven. 

Type of activity: Learning resource

The Big Question: Can we ever beat slavery?

Despite numerous laws and international conventions to outlaw it, slavery appears to be thriving. Millions of people around the world are held as slave workers, under the UN High Commissioner for Refugees' modern definitions of slavery. That's more, in fact, than at the height of the transatlantic slave trade in the late eighteenth century. Today's Big Question is "Can we ever get rid of slavery?" 

Type of activity: Learning resource

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1-7 hours of study

Slavery: The Abolition of The Slave Trade Act

A rare look into the role of people in Ireland in both the perpetuation and abolition of the slave trade. Historian and academic, Nini Rodgers, guides you though the growth of the Irish Anti-Slavery Movement to its final abolition and legacy, reflecting on modern slavery: the bondage and barbarism of Human Trafficking. 

Type of activity: Learning resource

Social care in the community

Social care involves the challenge of supporting people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to function without assistance or supervision. This course focuses on one important area of social care, home care for older people. You will explore social care, a major area of provision in health and social care. All societies face the challenge of supporting people who, for a variety of reasons, are unable to function without assistance or supervision.

Type of activity: Course

What children and young people say

This course looks at how practitioners and other adults talk to children and young people, and considers how this influences what they tell us. It identifies how children and young people would prefer to be engaged with, what would encourage their confidence in authority figures, and outlines the ways in which adults can improve on their listening techniques.

Type of activity: Course

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More than 7 hours of study

Children and young people’s participation

Listening to children is a first step in the participation agenda, which is reasonably well established. By contrast, enabling children to share in decision making lags some way behind. This course emphasises that the adoption of an integrated approach to participation by different sectors of the children's workforce is of crucial importance. 

Type of activity: Course

Discovering disorder: young people and delinquency

This course introduces two approaches to understanding juvenile delinquency. The psychological approach focuses on examining what makes some individuals, but not others, behave badly. The sociological approach looks at why some individuals and some behaviours are defined as disorderly.

Type of activity: Course

Modern Slavery

Although slavery was abolished in the nineteenth century, it continues in the modern world. This course focuses on modern slavery, such as THB (Trafficking in Human Beings), child slavery (bonded labour) and other forms of forced labour. Through example case studies you will consider some examples of modern slavery in relation to the human rights law. 

Type of activity: Course

Retiring lives? Old age, work and welfare

Retirement, pensions, care homes old age may not be as rosy as we think. This course looks at old age, taking us from the Workhouse to the basic state pension. Why are people expected to stop work at a certain age and what impact does this have on their lives?

Type of activity: course

Social problems: Who makes them?

Anti-social behaviour, homelessness, drugs, and mental illness: all problems in today's society. But what makes a problem social? This course will help you to discover how these issues are identified, defined, given meaning and acted upon. You will also look at the conflicts within social science in this area, through examples of inequalities that result from particular social constructions. 

Type of activity: Course

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