Training for social workers

Please find below a compilation of training available to enable you to continue to develop in terms of your work, your personal skills and your mental health and wellbeing. Training and development is a great way to keep your brain active and your spirits up. The CPD focus will stand you in good stead when it comes time to develop in your current role/job or look for new challenges and roles. Added to this, most of these options are free so won’t hurt your bank and the others are discounted for you as UNISON members.

This list of courses is not exhaustive and many more interesting learning opportunities can be found with each of these providers on their individual platforms. However, these courses will give you a good starting point.

UNISON e-learning

Mental health and wellbeing

Staying Strong: Stress Awareness

Register for a My.UNISON account

The Social Partnership Network and OpenLearn (The Open University)

Next steps

Planning a better future


Social work/CPD

Virtual and face-to-face Gender Awareness and Diversity training is organised nationally and regionally.

National courses and events

Regional education teams

Digital Unite


Free materials and user guides


  • Raising awareness: menopause in the workplace
  • Raising awareness: mental health


Skills Academy

Skills Academy gives members access to over 600 free online courses, from time and priority management to how to manage virtual teams to remote workers’ security.

All the courses are CPD certified, allowing members to show proof of their learning to their employers.

Email to request an account

Social work/CPD

  • Child Neglect awareness
  • Child protection certification
  • Child sexual exploitation awareness
  • Deprivation of liberty safeguards
  • Modern slavery awareness
  • Privacy and Dignity certification
  • Safeguarding adults certification
  • Safeguarding children certification
  • Safeguarding vulnerable adults certification

Personal skills and development

  • Body language
  • Communication basics
  • Decoding direct/indirect messages
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Handing Conflict in High Value Relationships
  • Identifying the cause of conflict
  • LGBTQ Awareness
  • Mindful Listening
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour
  • Unconscious bias certification

Mental health and wellbeing

  • Mindfulness

Health and safety

  • Lone working awareness
  • Personal safety certification
  • Dangers of working at night certification
  • Duty of Care certification
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Control certification
  • Travel safety for women certification

FutureLearn (The Open University)

Mental health and wellbeing

Youth mental health: helping young people with anxiety

Emotional intelligence at work

Understanding depression and low mood in young people

Mindfulness and wellbeing for peak performance

Leadership and management

Management and leadership: growing as a leader

People management skills

Personal skills and development

Work/life balance and the impact of working remotely

OpenLearn (The Open University)

Social work/CPD

Introducing social work: a starter kit

An introduction to social work

An introduction to social work in Wales

Partnerships and networks in work with young people

Perspectives on social work: individual stories

Social work and the law in Scotland

Social work learning practice

Supporting and developing resilience in social work

Leadership and management

Discovering management

Digital skills

Digital literacy: succeeding in a digital world

Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online

Using a scientific calculator