Free online course – the link between violence to people and violence to animals
Virtual College have recently created a free online course designed to help frontline staff spot animal abuse and understand the link between violence to people and violence to animals.
The course is particularly appropriate to child protection services, health professionals, police officers, teachers and education experts, children’s social care, adult social care and housing authorities. It has been written to provide a basic understanding of what animal abuse is, how to spot the signs, as well as to understand the recognised link between family abuse and animal abuse, and understand what to do if you have suspicions of abuse.
To develop this course, Virtual College worked in partnership with The Links Group, a multi-agency interest group that promotes the welfare and safety of vulnerable children, adults and animals so that they are free from violence and abuse.
See also our resource Animal abuse & the link to family violence
In addition to the training, Virtual college have put together a free resource pack to accompany this course, which is available at www.virtual-college.co.uk/resources/resource-packs/recognising-animal-abuse