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15 November 2020

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Book now for a new range of online training dates delivered by the Centre for Child Protection (CCP) at the University of Kent.

CCP is a centre of excellence and innovation in training, research and practice. Its cutting-edge child protection simulations are designed 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 child protection simulation (serious game) concept offers a safe medium in which professionals, at all stages of their careers, can explore complex scenarios and reflect upon their practice skills.

A brief summary of each training session, with dates, is listed below but, for further details (including training costs), please visit individual listings.

Gangs, knife crime and county lines

Online training via Zoom

This is new training course using a “contextual safeguarding” approach to inform practice. The approach of contextual safeguarding was originally developed by Dr Carlene Firmin at the University of Bedfordshire’s Contextual Safeguarding Network. This technique recognises that young people are influenced by a whole range of environments and people outside of their family.

Maryam and Joe: Behind Closed Doors

Online training

CCP's interactive social-media style simulation is a training tool on the routes to radicalisation and extremism. It has been developed to allow professionals and young people to spot the signs of radicalisation in two different scenarios: firstly, through the online, social-media life of Maryam (aged 15) and her sisters; and secondly, through the online and personal relationships of Joe (aged 20) and his family. Both stories are suitable for young people and young adults. They focus on: grooming processes; what to do to help safeguard the young people; and the  influence and impact of their behaviour and actions on their families. Using 'traffic light' and 'emoji' rating systems you are encouraged to input your  thoughts on how and why the characters are being groomed.

Looking out for Lottie

Interactive online CSE training

These resources have recently updated in collaboration with the NSPCC. The session provides a brief introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) in the UK, along with a suggested reading list for further exploration. You will have the opportunity to explore the chapters of the interactive simulation in small groups, through breakout rooms in Zoom. The sessions will be a mix of interactive break out rooms and whole group discussion. The places on these sessions are strictly limited to 12 participants to ensure opportunity for engagement in conversations.

Once the training session is complete each participant will receive a CPD accredited certificate. You will also receive a 12 month licence to use the simulation in your workplace.

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