Tag Archives: child protection

Free sessions by e-Learning for Healthcare

elfh perinatalDo you want to learn more about Child Sexual Exploitation or Perinatal Mental Health?

e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH)  works in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies to support patient care by providing free, high quality e-learning for the training and education of the healthcare workforce across the UK.

Over a dozen e-LfH topics are also available to the wider public in open-access format, including sessions on modern slavery, dementia, and the two featured here: Child Sexual Exploitation and Perinatal Mental Health. Sessions are designed and built to be engaging and interactive, and use high quality images, video, audio and animation to help users understand and retain knowledge. Content is presented using a variety of templates such as ‘real-life’ scenarios, case studies and ‘knowledge bites’.

Child Sexual Exploitation
This single e-learning session provides an introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation for all clinical and non-clinical healthcare staff. It should take between 30-45 minutes to complete. Link: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/child-sexual-exploitation/open-access-session/

Perinatal Mental Health
These three e-learning modules developed by the Institute for Health Visiting, look at:

  • Module One – Perinatal depression and other maternal mental health disorders
  • Module Two – How to recognise perinatal anxiety and depression
  • Module Three – Interventions for perinatal anxiety, depression and related disorders

Each module takes about 45 minutes to complete, and to complete the package there is a short video ‘Marias Story’, which tells of Maria Bavetta’s experience with perinatal OCD.

Link: http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/perinatal-mental-health-for-health-visitors/open-access-sessions/

These are all high-quality modules, which has led to the e-LfH programme receiving many industry awards for best practice in e-learning, and the general public do not have to log in to study the open-access or sample modules. New topics are added regularly – to see the full range visit http://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/

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Free textbooks by The National Academies Press

The NAP in Washington publish more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics, resulting in a catalogue of more than 4,000 titles in PDF format which can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book. The NAP catalogue includes 98 books on Children, Youth and Families. Here are four books from the catalogue:

cover4.phpSnow C.E, and Van Hemel, S.B, (2008): Early Childhood Assessment: Why, What, and How
This book affirms that assessments can make crucial contributions to the improvement of children’s well-being, but only if they are well designed, implemented effectively, developed in the context of systematic planning, and are interpreted and used appropriately. Otherwise, assessment of children and programs can have negative consequences, especially children from economically disadvantaged homes and communities and children with special needs.

cover3.phpBoat, T and Warner, K.E, (2009): Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities  
Mental health and substance use disorders among children, youth, and young adults are major threats to the health and well-being of younger populations which often carry-over into adulthood. This book argues that greater effort is needed to prevent mental, emotional, and behavioural problems in young people, and highlights research which shows that many prevention programs work.

cover2.phpEngland, M.J, and Sim, L.J, (2009): Depression in Parents, Parenting, and Children: Opportunities to Improve Identification, Treatment, and Prevention
Health and social service professionals who care for adults with depression should not only tackle their clients’ physical and mental health, but also detect and prevent possible spillover effects on their children. In making this case, this book highlights disparities in the prevalence, identification, treatment, and prevention of parental depression among different socio-demographic populations. It also outlines strategies for effective intervention and identifies the need for a more interdisciplinary approach that takes biological, psychological, behavioural, interpersonal, and social contexts into consideration.

cover.phpPetersen, A, Joseph, J and Feit, M,(2013): New Directions in Child Abuse and Neglect Research 
This book from the Institute of Medicine reports that rates of physical and sexual abuse of children have declined over the last 20 years, but for reasons not fully understood. Yet, reports of psychological and emotional child abuse have risen in the same period, and data vary significantly as to whether child neglect is increasing, decreasing, or remaining constant.

These textbooks from The National Academies Press are of particular interest to students, academics and policy makers. The hard-cover versions cost in the region of $50-$60 each, so we are very fortunate to be able to download the PDF versions for free. I encourage academics and faculty to choose NAP and other free titles for their courses whenever possible, which saves students lots of money. 

Elsewhere on my blog, there is a separate page which lists other free textbooks of interest.

Rosie: the child protection computer game

rosie 1 screenshot

Rosie 1 is based upon a real child protection home visit by a social worker. Although the visit initially appeared benign, the social worker is exposed to unexpected people, reactions and events as it progresses.
This ‘serious game’ developed by social work researchers at the University of Kent provides a safe new medium to explore child protection assessment and offers professionals, at different stages of their careers, a unique way to evaluate child protection situations.
The 3D virtual reality technology offers those involved in child protection the opportunity to evaluate and re-evaluate child protection situations safely and try out other ways of behaving or reacting to a situation, without serious consequences, or anyone else seeing and commenting. It enables participants to move around the environment to be assessed, explore features of the house in which the child resides and study conversation choices and subsequent reactions from the other characters.

Rosie 1 took me about 10 – 15 minutes to complete initally, and longer when I began selecting and thinking about the different approaches. Each time it was a realistic and thought-provoking experience that I would highly recommend for developing social work skills. I think I’d have found the experience even better if an instruction sheet were available that could be printed and kept alongside the computer whilst installing and playing.

This prototype was released in June 2011. It is currently a free 57mb download, and the minimum requirement to run the game is Windows XP – the prototype is not Mac compatible. Rosie 2, the University of Kent’s follow-on serious training game is available to purchase online from £200 at http://www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/ccp

Download and play the free Rosie 1 from www.kent.ac.uk/sspssr/ccp