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Safeguarding Children and Child Protection Education for UK Trainee Teachers in Higher Education

NCJ Number
244390
Journal
Child Abuse Review Volume: 22 Issue: 2 Dated: March-April 2013 Pages: 108-115
Author(s)
Jane Tarr; Maggie Whittle; Janet Wilson; Liz Hall
Date Published
April 2013
Length
8 pages
Annotation
This article explores the development of child protection education and learning for trainee teachers at the University of the West of England.
Abstract
Knowledge and expertise about safeguarding children and child protection are both essential skills for schoolteachers. Since 2004, specific learning about these topics has been included in the curricula for undergraduate and postgraduate trainee teachers. This article explores the development of child protection education and learning for trainee teachers at the University of the West of England, and reflects on some of our experiences, learning to date and student feedback. Child protection education is a feature of all undergraduate and postgraduate trainee teacher courses at this university. This model differs from others as it is embedded in face-to-face learning which is led by four professionals from relevant disciplines: education, health, police and social work. Evaluations have been mostly positive, and it is intended that such reflections might be helpful to other higher education institutions, local authorities and schools in informing the development of their curricula. Abstract published by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons.