The Centre for Child Protection (CCP) offers new and innovative ways of bringing child protection training to academics, students, safeguarding professionals from health, social care and education and directly to young people.
These pioneering innovations in child protection teaching and learning, namely an online blended learning MA in Advanced Child Protection (MA CP); and the development of child protection simulations as training tools for professionals and young people, capture the best of contemporary technology and gaming, help professionals learn in a modern way to help them protect children and help children protect themselves.
Professors Jane Reeves and David Shemmings: initiators and co-directors of the Centre, who pioneered the development of the simulations and the MA.
Vanisha Jassal, Lecturer (0.4 FTE) worked with Dr Mark O’Connor and Professor Reeves to design and develop the format and learning styles for the distance learning MA.
Tracee Green, Lecturer (0.6FTE) runs the training for the myCourtroom simulation with Cafcass.
Emma Soutar, Trainer (0.4FTE) and Sally Green (Trainer 0.4) focus on the training for radicalisation and child sexual exploitation.
Dr Tracy Crowther, Simulations Project Manager (0.5) has worked on the content of Behind Closed Doors, the new Home Office funded simulation on radicalisation and with Sally, has designed the learning materials to support this tool.
Impact of work
The simulations have had impact on the training of health social care and education safeguarding academics and professionals across the UK and have changed the way young people learn about complex issues of child protection, particularly grooming. The distance learning MA has impacted on the training of child protection students in the UK and internationally, changing practice and providing access to excellence in learning.
Plans for the future
The focus for the future is to help address the learning issues involved in modern slavery and FGM and develop appropriate techniques to address them. Professor Reeves is also taking the work and approaches of the Centre to academic institutions and organisations in Australia and is working with Universities in Denmark to modify and translate Rosie 2.
The Centre for Child Protection (CCP)
University of Kent