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Trio of Vulnerabilities Training


This Trio of Vulnerabilities Training Course was formerly known as Toxic Trio. The toxic trio can affect people of all ages including children, young people and adults and our CPD approved online course describes the impact of it, what it means and its effects. The training course uses real-world scenarios so you can apply the knowledge in everyday life.

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Course Overview


  • Intermediate
  • 2-3 Study Hours
  • Online Study
  • Self-Printed Certificate


  • 4 CPD Points
  • CPD Certified

Course description

The Toxic Trio describes the massive impact domestic abuse, parental mental health issues and parental substance abuse can have on both vulnerable children, young people and the parents themselves.

This course will help the learner define what the toxic trio means and it’s effects. This will help to guide learners on how to deal with suspected toxic trio cases

This course contains information and resources to enable practitioners to define and identify the effects of such abuse and act accordingly.

This course covers the following:

  • Definition of the Toxic Trio itself: domestic abuse, parental mental ill-health, parental substance abuse
  • Statistics, facts and figures, and research into the Toxic Trio
  • The impact the Toxic Trio can have on children, and on adults’ parenting ability
  • NICE guidelines about alcohol misuse and drug misuse
  • Vulnerabilities for substance misuse
  • The risk and impact to children and adolescents: health, increased vulnerability, development
  • Guidance, how to assess risk, strengths-based practice, information sharing and interventions
  • Working Together

This course uses immersive real-world scenarios to help professionals apply knowledge into everyday life. These real-world scenarios and the supporting cases studies will enable learners to see how their training can apply to them in their role. A key aim of this training is to provide learners with strong context to the training so they can easily relate to the situations presented to them within the training.

You will learn

  • Understand what is meant by ‘Toxic Trio’ and the risks associated with this
  • Identify how the Toxic Trio can be an indicator of risk or need for safeguarding
  • Be able to define parental substance misuse and the impact on children
  • Identify safeguarding concerns
  • Understand parental mental health and identify different types of mental illness that can affect parents
  • Describe the effects of poor mental health on parents and children
  • Signpost services and professionals that can support parents

Who is it for?

Roles including:

  • Teachers
  • Teaching Assistants
  • School Support Staff
  • Administrators
  • Social Workers
  • Volunteers


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