The International Centre for Child Protection at the University of Kent is a centre of excellence and innovation in training, research and practice. It is aimed at the full range of professionals involved in child protection.
Co-Directors Professor David Shemmings and Professor Jane Reeves established the Centre following the Munro Review (2011), which stressed that Continuing Professional Development is crucial for professionals working to safeguard and protect children.
The Centre offers:
A part-time distance learning Master's in Advanced Child Protection, study starts in January each year.
Child protection simulations (serious games) to assess and reflect on complex inter-professional cases. Training packages also include expert lectures, video clips, videoed role-plays and links to research.
Engaging in research projects and publishing related papers remains a key part of the Centre's activities. Recent achievements include being selected as 1 of only 25 partners from across the UK to be involved in a research project led by the Technology Strategy Board. 'RITA' (Responsive InTeractive Advocate) is a TSB funded project in collaboration with The University of Portsmouth; We Are Snook; Affective State. Other current activity includes an ESRC bid seeking to support the development of 'Zak' and a health care bid researching the effects of child protection practice upon the welfare of practitioners.
Providing high quality, targeted and innovative child protection training and research, the Centre aims to support all health and social care practitioners worldwide: teachers, social workers, youth workers, probation officers, GPs, lawyers, police officers, health visitors and voluntary organisations. The centre is dedicated to providing training opportunities, CPD tools and research to raise professional and organisational standards.