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CPD Understanding Consent for Staff

Course Overview

This course is aimed at staff in an educational setting seeking to improve their knowledge of consent. Those studying qualifications in the counselling, community work, youth work or volunteering sectors may also find this course useful.

Those who choose to study this course will consider many aspects of consent, including legal definitions, common societal myths and misconceptions, importance of gaining consent, responding to events and how to signpost.

Key Information

Course Length

Course Level
Level CPD

Learning Method(s)
Online materials
Online assessment

For Individuals


  • Automatic enrolment with an immediate start
  • Fully online course
  • Study from anywhere, at any time
  • Perfect for an introduction or refresher in a subject
  • A great addition to a CV
  • Receive a digital e-certificate upon completion
  • Nationally recognised
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  • Official CPD certified course
  • No hidden costs

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Unit 1: Understanding consent

Section 1: What is consent?

Section 1 summary:

Explore the legal definition of what consent is, as defined by Section 74 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003. Those who study this course will also see examples of what verbal and non-verbal consent looks like and will look at definitions of ‘Capacity to Consent’ and ‘Freedom of Consent’. They will also gain an understanding of the different ways an individual can consent. In this subsection, educators will learn the importance of teaching and supporting learners around consent.

Section 2: Sexual harassment, sexual assault and their myths and misconceptions

Section 2 summary:

Those who study this course will be able to describe the legal definitions of rape, assault by penetration, sexual assault and sexual harassment for the UK, and the consequences of breaking those laws. They will also learn more about understanding and recognising common societal myths and misconceptions about rape.

Section 3: Responding to events and how to signpost

Section 3 summary:

Those who study this course will explore the five Fs (fight, flight, friend, flop and freeze) as responses for survival, and be signposted to advice and help that they can have access to. They will also gain an understanding of how to react and talk to someone who is confiding in them about their experience.

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