We have developed a range of eLearning courses to make training and development more accessible for all. Courses range from 15-30 minute modules and those that complete the module can download a certificate to evidence their learning. To access any of these courses please visit our eLearning website and register your details, or click on the links below.

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SCSN eLearning Courses

History and Context of Community Safety in Scotland

This module is based on the A History and Context of Community Safety In Scotland document produced as an introduction to community safety for new officers and partner agencies. Once you have read the guidance paper the module should take you no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

Introduction to Evidence Based Strategic Planning

This module serves as an introduction to strategic assessment and evidence based strategic planning. It is suitable for anyone who is new to evidence based strategic planning or anyone who wishes to gain an understanding of the process. The module is accompanied by the Introduction to Evidence Based Strategic Planning  guidance document. Once you have read the guidance paper, the module should take approximately 15-30 minutes to complete.


Introduction to Evaluation

The purpose of this module is to provide participants with a basic understanding of evaluation. It is suitable for people who are looking to gain an insight into evaluation methodologies and processes, but is also suitable for those who simply want to refresh their skills. This module is accompanied by the Safer Communities Programme, Principle 4 Document: A Guide to Basic Evaluation

This eLearning module will take approximately 20-30 minutes to complete. Please note that this modules contains video clips and you will need access to a PC or laptop that has sound.

Preventative Spend – Cost Benefit Analysis 

The Preventative Spend Cost Benefit eLearning course aims to provide practitioners with an understanding of preventative spend policy and SCSN’s cost benefit analysis toolkit.   The course is suitable for all practitioners involved with programme, project and policy planning and is essential to practitioners involved in community safety work based on evidencing a projects financial return on investment. After completing the module participants should;

  • Have an understanding of the principles of preventative spend
  • Be able to evidence preventative spend in relation to local projects
  • Be able to undertake a simple costs benefit analysis using proxy cost data

Applying for Awards and Funding


Thinking of Applying for an award?  This 20 minute eLearning package will give you the skills and knowledge to write stronger award applications. For the purpose of this eLearning module, an award is ‘a prize or other mark of recognition given in honour of an achievement.’

Thinking of applying for a Safer Communities Scotland Award in 2016? Then this is really for you as we have used the Safer Communities Awards application as our template to support your learning and to help you to think about and answer the questions the panel are asking.

By the end of the eLearning module, participants should:

  • Feel more confident in completing applications
  • Be more confident at evidencing their work
  • Be aware of the common mistakes made
  • Understand how awards can impact on the future of a project

Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) Operator Induction Training

This new interactive eLearning module has been designed to compliment local ‘Operator Induction Manuals’ and provides certified training for CCTV operators. The course has been broken down into three 30 minute sections and is supported by a comprehensive CCTV Induction Manual:

Introduction and characteristics of CCTV

  •  CCTV codes of practice and guidance documentation
  • CCTV legislation (Scotland)

CCTV equipment use

  • Data management and disclosure
  • CCTV surveillance techniques

Managing incidents and communications

  • Emergency procedures and responses
  • Health and Safety at work

Using and handling intelligence data

Information sharing is key to the delivery of better, more efficient public services that are coordinated around the needs of communities and individuals. It is essential to direct early intervention and preventative work, and to effectively tackle local community safety issues and safeguard individuals.

The sharing of data and intelligence is key to Community Safety Partnerships (CSP) work and there is evidence through the CSP self-assessment toolkit that partnerships are scoring highly in relation to having robust data sharing practices. However, it is important that the providers of data continue to have trust and confidence in the partnerships ability to use the data appropriately, and that they are compliant with government guidance and legislative requirements.

The module is accompanied by a guidance paper which aims to support partnerships to ensure that data is shared, used and stored in compliance with existing legislation to support the above principles.

Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000 

This eLearning session examines the Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Scotland) Act 2000 and is aimed at providing practitioners with an insight into the specific requirements of the act.  This is an introductory level session and will examine:

  • The background behind the act
  • The components of the act
  • Organisations, authorising of surveillance
  • The role of the Surveillance Commissioners
  • Authorisation for different types of surveillance
  • The withdrawal and appeal process

Community Engagement and Resilience

Engaging with communities is essential if we are to deliver effective and enduring solutions to local problems. Through good community engagement practices we can build resilient communities. This is being reinforced by national drivers such as the Community Empowerment (Scotland) Act 2015 which has a specific focus on promoting effective engagement and participation to help communities achieve greater control and influence in the decisions and circumstances that affect their lives.

This eLearning is a stand-alone introduction to community engagement and resilience looking at the principles and terminology used, and community engagement methodology.

The course is also a recommended pre training requirement to support SCSN’s one day training course on community engagement and resilience.


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